Portland, Oregon

Performance Works NorthWest


Performance Works NorthWest/Linda Austin Dance (PWNW/LAD) advances the performing arts in the Pacific Northwest, engaging artists and audiences fully in the process of experimentation, creation, and dialogue around the presentation of contemporary performance. As an artist-run incubator for work covering a range of styles, genres, and interdisciplinary approaches, PWNW/LAD nurtures local artistry while linking Portland audiences and artists to national and international performance makers whose work challenges and inspires.

Boris Natasha Dancers

Photo: J.C. Schechter

Emily Stone

Emily Stone’s Domestic Wild traced the porous border between the domestic and the feral. Photo: Matt Carlson

Linda Austin’s A head of time (2012) used dance, sound, text and video to plumb the infinities of space/time inside each person. Photo: Chelsea Petrakis

3 three trick pony sail

Three Trick Pony (2014): a collaboration among Linda Austin, sculptor David Eckard and composer Doug Theriault. Photo: Chelsea Petrakis

Boris Natasha Dancers

The Boris & Natasha Dancers, a revolving gang of untrained males directed by Linda Austin, perform at PWNW’s Cabaret. Photo: J.C. Schechter

Linda Austin’s solo Hummingbird (2014) is a self-mocking take on aging, marginalization and the shame of failure. Photo: Jeff Forbes