Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance
While most local theaters and dance companies go dark for the summer, the Risk/Reward Festival offers Portland a firework display of some of the brightest, loudest, and wildest offerings for the stage, cutting across theater, dance, performance art, and music. “We choose based on which ideas fascinate us the most,” says Jerry Tischleder, the festival director, of selecting the six acts from the Pacific Northwest. “Some of the artists will come up with something out of the blue that’s totally amazing, and some will fall flat on their face.”
Portland artists this year include PETE (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble) with a 20-minute excerpt of a new work titled (after thought), the Neutral Fembot Project with a performance exploration of the work of Cindy Sherman, dancer Lucy Lee Yim, and puppeteer Laura Heit. Coming down from Seattle are Ilvs Strauss, whose dance solo will involve giant props, including a California Red Sea Cucumber, to explore the topic of womanhood, and Erin Pike, who's one-woman performance That’swhatshesaid was created using only female dialogue from the most-produced plays in America.