Portland’s Time-Based Art Festival (which everyone simply calls TBA) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, which means 10 years of bringing challenging, perplexing, satisfying and even exhilarating art to the city. TBA is the city’s best window into the restless, ever-evolving world of the avant-garde, both American and international, especially in the performing arts but also the visual, and from Sept. 6-16 it changes the flavor of the culture here.
Centered again this year at its hub in the old Washington High School on the city’s east side, TBA spreads to performing spaces across the city with multiple events on any given day, from full-scale productions to lectures and workshops. This year’s festival is headlined by performance pioneer Laurie Anderson, but before she performs on the festival’s closing day, lots of other opportunities for puzzlement and inspiration beckon:
Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol, El Rumor del Incendio
Opening Night – Sept. 6
Washington High School (Southeast Stark and 13th Avenue)
The festival begins with an outdoor performance and video projection spectacle courtesy of New York’s Big Art Group, and the opening of both the festival’s visual arts show and its late-night cabaret, The Works.
Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol – Sept. 7-9 and 10-12
Winningstad Theatre (1111 S.W. Broadway) and BodyVox (1201 NW 17th Ave.)
This Mexico City collective, dedicated to fashioning history into performances for the contemporary stage, performs a “documentary play” about the reform movement in Mexico in the ‘60s, then reprises its account of the disappearance of Mexico City’s water resources since the time of the Conquistadors. (more…)