TBA:19 Nivhek + Guests REQUIEM

An immersive evening of ethereal performance, film, and sound, with textures of reflection dipped in impressions…



We start the festival with a BBQ and end with a breakfast! For our final daytime…



Feeling of Home will reconstruct what home and healing can feel like for local, intergenerational Black…

Illustration of portrait of tattooed individual with the words JUDY written above them in an arc


‘JUDY’ is a queer party that materializes every last Saturday night of the month at a…

Two performers: one standing while the other kneels. Standing individuals has knee on the kneeling knee.

TBA:19 Adam Linder „THE WANT“

„The Want“ adapts Marie-Koltes’ In the Solitude of Cotton Fields (1985) as an experimental dance, musical…


TBA:19 Laura Ortman IN CONCERT

With varied natural and urban instrumentation, including violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, and pedal…

Creative Exchange Lab, Meet the Artists

Meet the Artists

Creative Exchange Lab Fall 2019

Creative Exchange Lab (CXL) artists in residence are collaboratively selected by PICA’s Artistic Directors, who seek…

New Expressive Works
corner store place holder



jay dodd

jayy dodd

The Black Condition, Live!

Portland-based curatorial initiative Nat Turner Project presents The Black Condition, Live!, the materializing of a multimedia lyric essay by Los…

The Last Artful, Dodgr

The Last Artful, Dodgr

One of the brightest voices on the Portland hip-hop scene is Alana Chenevert, aka The Last Artful, Dodgr. Her name is a nod to her hometown of Los Angeles, a pun on its baseball team, a reference to Oliver Twist, and it illustrates a life spent dodging bullets. Since arriving in Portland in 2013, she’s made the city her own and has quickly become a rising star. Press and fans have compared her to Chance the Rapper, Missy Elliott, and Dizzee Rascal with lyrics inspired by Sufjan Stevens. While we’re always sad to see the festival end, brilliant hip-hop delivered by a queer black woman is the perfect way to say ‘until next year.’…

Photo by Vy Hong Pham

Tender Table

Stories about Food, Family, Identity

Tender Table is a series of stories about food, family, and identity told by femmes of color and nonbinary people of color. For each event, storytellers prepare a dish connected to the experiences they’ve shared. Audiences are invited to listen generously, spend time communally, and sample the food….

PICA Annex


脚儿粘地 fóot sòn stícky gròund

This performance takes the form of a slow walk through a section of the city. All…

Begins at PICA

ariella tai


swallow is a multi-channel video installation of visual gestures from contemporary television and film exploring parts of black femme existence considered less desirable for consumption. what resistance sits wet and warm in the offal? swallow considers the different imperatives around consumption that exist for black bodies and what it feels like to hunger for things that catch in your throat. how do we read black femme queerness into, underneath and behind these visual spaces? how does it look, feel and sound, to open things up so that we can fit inside?

PICA Bathrooms


Dykes Wanted

JUDY is a queer, femme, and non-binary-centered party that materializes every last Saturday night of the month at a dive bar in Portland, Oregon. Run by queer women and exclusively featuring female identified, trans, and non-binary DJs, JUDY was started in 2014. Each month, JUDY features hand-drawn flyers of community members, party people, and over-the-top queens, with the ritual of crowning a new “Judy” at every party….

Awaiting Oblivion. Photo by Joseph Lambert/Jazzy Photo

Tim Smith-Stewart | Jeffrey Azevedo

Awaiting Oblivion—Temporary Solutions for surviving the dystopian future we find ourselves within at present

Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, Awaiting Oblivion… follows the story of AO, an anonymous street artist who has tasked artists Tim Smith Stewart and Jeffrey Azevedo to create a performance that will share AO’s “temporary solutions” for existing within our collapsing empire. Inspired by creative processes developed by the ’60’s Fluxus art movement, each “temporary solution” is a poem contained in a Flux-kit (a cigar box collaged with stenciled imagery and typewritten letters). We follow Tim, Jeffrey, and AO in a radical flurry of street art, secret messages, and performance scores in a poetic fight for survival….

Artists Repertory Theatre
AFTER. Photo by Maria Baranova.

Andrew Schneider


US WEST COAST PREMIERE Andrew Schneider and his team follow up their revolutionary, OBIE award-winning tech-theater masterpiece YOUARENOWHERE, with a mind-bending examination of what constitutes a single life, and the endless possible outcomes at the precise moment of death.

PSU: Lincoln Performance Hall

Third Angle New Music / Sarah Hennies


US WEST COAST PREMIERE: Contralto is an hourlong work for video, strings, and percussion. The piece features aspects of experimental music and documentary, with a cast of transgender women that speak, sing, and perform vocal exercises, accompanied by a dense and varied musical score that includes various conventional and “non-musical” approaches to sound-making….

Sur le fil.

Compagnie Nacera Belaza

La Nuit, La Traversée, Sur le fil

US PREMIERE With spare aesthetics and focused intensity, choreographer Nacera Belaza invites the audience into an immersive experience through her vision and artistic process. Compagnie Nacera Belaza takes us on a journey through a trio of introspective, meditative and transcendent dance works, (whose titles translate as as The Night, The Crossing, and The Wire), revealing the evolution of her work as one would experience viewing three different paintings by a single artist in a gallery. Belaza’s hope is for each piece to become something new in the audience’s imagination, that one’s gaze is sharpened when let in on the inner workings of the artist’s mind.

PORTLAND’5: Winningstad Theatre

Utopian Visions Art Fair

Utopian Visions Art Fair (UVAF) is a platform for artists, gallerists, and curators to present projects that are speculative and working towards possible futures. …

518 SE 76th Ave
Photo: Meg Whiteford

Meg Whiteford and Tim Reid

Pelléas & Mélisande: a Vaudeville Symbolist Duodrama

Loosely based on the original turn-of-the-century play by Maurice Maeterlinck, Pelléas et Mélisande is about love, silence, and the ineffable nature of human emotion. It bears the fluctuating trait of tragicomedy (funny/sad), and involves timekeeping, constant weeping, and the symbolism that epitomized the original play. As Pelléas et Mélisande engages a mystery it does not understand, the writers hope their audience might slip into this mystery, to find a new and surprising way to commune.

Chicken Coop Contemporary
Sounds et al

Sounds et al

Sounds et al presents an electroacoustic collaboration from duos Caspar Sonnet/Kozue Matsumoto, and Kaori Suzuki/John Krausbauer….

Photo by Ian Douglas

Mariana Valencia


US WEST COAST PREMIERE ALBUM is an evening-length solo performance that researches my herstory from a tableaux of personal narratives, a product of approaches that compound ethnography, memoir, and choreography. Uniting text, song, and dance inside of the content of an album― a picture album, a song album, an autobiographical album, a herstorical album― the work finds ways to be an archive, or altar, for my body. My relationship to urbanity, vampires, love, and marginality arise with equal importance, as I orbit around the primary curiosity: I’m not sure who will write a herstory about me, so I’m starting now so that they can have good notes. In ALBUM, I make visible the surround, a chorus of influences that have shaped who I am.

Gregg Bordowitz, Some Styles of Masculinity, 2018. Performance view, New Museum, New York, January 19, 2018. Photo: Chloe Foussianes.

Gregg Bordowitz


Sponsored by the Cooley Gallery—Part of the Visiting Writers Series, Reed College English Department Followed by…

Reed College Chapel
Collection of Lovers

Raquel André

Collection of Lovers

US WEST COAST PREMIERE: In Collection of Lovers, Raquel André envisions a particular collection—one made up of lovers. Between Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, Rio de Janeiro, Loulé, Minde, Paredes de Coura, Sever do Vouga, Ovar, Manaus, Barreiro, Bergen, Stavanger, Oslo, and Warsaw, André has collected 161 lovers. People of all nationalities, genders and ages, agree to meet her in an unfamiliar apartment, to build a fictional intimacy within the span of an hour. Throughout each city she travels, she encounters more lovers and the collection grows. These encounters are documented by photograph, to serve as content for an ever-evolving performance—to be further mediated in books, theater, T.V., and other formats. Collection of Lovers serves as a seemingly infinite archive, to show what a collection of relationships might mean. Throughout this peculiar body of work, André falls into a new abyss each time the door opens to a new lover, and fiction and reality become irresistibly entwined….

PORTLAND’5: Brunish Theatre