Guest Artistic Director Cathy Edwards returned in 2010, bringing personal stories to stage with deep, universal truths. Celebrated musician Rufus Wainwright launched the Festival with a special concert with the Oregon Symphony, based on his debut opera; the legendary Wooster Group installed THERE IS STILL TIME…BROTHER, a viewer-controlled, 360-degree “war movie;” Nature Theater of Oklahoma returned to Portland with a misremembered take on Romeo & Juliet; and Ireland’s Gare St. Lazare Players shared two of Beckett’s poignant prose novels.
We animated Washington High School once more with THE WORKS late-night performances (including Japanther, William Basinski, and many more) and ten classrooms of visual art. “Human Being” gathered a suite of artist projects exploring the human condition, both large and deeply personal. Legendary filmmaker Charles Atlas presented a multi-channel video installation drawing on memories from his childhood; Storm Tharp and Jessica Jackson Hutchins each explored personal artifacts from their lives and loved ones; and curators Harrell Fletcher & Jens Hoffman debuted The People’s Biennial project of artist work from outside the traditional gallery system.