The new Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) is pleased to announce its inaugural performance series featuring nine outstanding programs encompassing performance art, new music, experimental theatre and contemporary dance. Founded by artist and curator Kristy Edmunds, PICA is committed to furthering the development of regional contemporary art and exposing audiences to the most compelling national and international artists working today.

PICA’s 1995-96 series opens with award-winning performance artist Holly Hughes’ My One Man Show (September 20-23, Echo Theatre). Other programs include: Island of Lost Shoes by the hilarious, English musical theatre ensemble Bloolips (October 12 & 13, Aladdin Theatre); a rare Solo Piano performance by contemporary American composer Philip Glass (October 30, Catlin Gabel Cabell Center Theatre); Exposed, the most recent, no-holds-barred dance piece by Stephanie Skura/Cranky Destroyers (December 5-8, Imago Theatre); the magical realism of Purgatorio Ink’s Something Recklessly Gay or Cirque de Ca Ca (January 22-24, Clinton Street Theatre); a return engagement by singer/composer/actor/movement artists Rinde Eckert performing The Idiot Variations (February 22-24, Echo Theatre); PopACTION, the latest piece from dancer/choreographer Elizabeth Streb + Ringside (April 6, Catlin Gabel Cabell Center Theatre); P.S. 122 Field Trips, a collection of experimental solo pieces by performance artists Molissa Fenley, Danny Hock, John Kelly and Reno (April 24-25, Catlin Gabel Cabell Center Theatre); and New York based choreographer Donna Uchizono’s The Ivy Project (May 16-18, Echo Theatre).

In addition to the performance series, PICA will also offer a series of workshops, special events, educational forums and visual exhibitions to fulfill its commitment to fostering creativity among artists and building community involvement in and support for contemporary art of all kinds. In its first season, PICA has also created a partnership with members of Portland’s arts community to share existing performance space and fill otherwise empty theatre seats. PICA has also commissioned several sight-specific visual installations to be presented in a variety of locations throughout the city in 1996.

For further information about the Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts, call 503/242-1419.

(September 17, 1995)