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A Portland Circus on Cage’s Silence

Release date: 09/13/12

PORTLAND, OR – SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art’s (PNCA) Feldman Gallery + Project Space presents A Portland Circus on Cage’s Silence, a performance in concert with the exhibition, Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening, which celebrates the 100th Anniversary of John Cage’s birth. This dance and music performance created by choreographer Linda Austin and sound artist Seth Nehil will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 in the Swigert Commons in PNCA’s Main Building at 1241 NW Johnson. The hour-long performance draws inspiration from the cacophonous, multifocal happenings of John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham, using chance procedures to spark unexpected simultaneities. A Portland Circus will fill the PNCA Commons with music and movement, with 16 dancers, 10 musicians, recorded sounds, and a poet among and around the audience, on balconies, and in distant hallways. A score produced through rolls of the die will decide what, where, when, and how performers move and play. In true Cage/Cunningham fashion, dance and music are being created separately – the audience will witness the merging of elements for the first time, along with the performers and creators.

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