5TH WEDNESDAY: Lemme Hear Your Body Talk Curated by Allison Halter
MGM Grand NUT
NUT is structured like a nut: a fruit with a skin, meat, and a seed. NUT speaks to our relationship with dance, as practice and as a discipline. NUT is MGM’s first dance created during the winter months. It questions the aesthetics of produced dance, and how it is expected to affect an audience and a venue. NUT takes cues from diverse performance cultures and historical influences such as Motown, elements of the mid90’s NYC dance improvisation scene and Tommy DeFrantz's dance class for undergraduates at MIT.
MGM Grand (Modern Garage Movement), an (un)disciplined art dance group, started as a threesome in a onecar garage in CA. Since 2005, MGM has taken themselves on the road, transforming spaces into arenas for audiencemobilizing dances: garages, galleries, alleyways, schools, movie theaters, streams and valleys. MGM is Biba Bell, Jmy Leary and Piage Martin, with R McNeill. www.moderngaragemovement.com
Carolyn Reagan I am still an animal
...animal is an attempt to confront the struggle of being lost in a world of simulations.
Carolyn Reagan is a multidisciplinary artist with an emphasis on printmaking and performance, and is currently pursuing her BFA at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Devin Lucid somewhere over the rainbow (uniform)
Activating emotive/commercial gesture forms through his body's dance movements, Lucid reinvestigates a miserable and bizarre scene from childhood. In the vestige of a boyscout uniform with a conflicting vestige of black pumps, Lucid presents a body on display, working it. Obsessed with the ability for gender performance to heal capitalism's wounds, Lucid translates the physical vocabulary of voodoun rituals, budoh and vogueing into his work.
Devin Lucid has been destroying gender through performance since boyhood. His still and moving images deal with everything from online dating to a long term investigation of the Boys Scouts of America. Lucid will be entering into his third year towards his BFA at PNCA in the fall.
Allison Halter’s description of 5th WEDNESDAYS: Performances for live audiences only. 5th WEDNESDAYS is a new performance series that occurs on the fifth Wednesday of each month having five Wednesdays.
Born of a desire to create a continual conversation with performance art in Portland, 5th WEDNESDAYS is interested in additional ways of prioritizing temporal work. To this end, 5th WEDNESDAYS is a location where potential can be realized, functioning on the spectrum between radical laboratory and surprise party.
5th WEDNESDAYS wants a moment in time with the audience. 5th WEDNESDAYS wants the risk of exquisite failure. 5th WEDNESDAYS wants to engender a site for enchantment.
Allison Halter is a performance artist's performance artist and organizer of 5TH WEDNESDAYS. Halter has exhibited, published, and performed nationally at Plan-It-X-Fest, Catch That Beat, the Citizen Jane Film Festival, Feminist Form, Ditch Projects, and YA5. She received her MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.