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Date: Friday, June 30  |  Time: 7:00pm  |  Stage: TBA

Andrea Kleine & Linda Austin with Fabian Rucker & Mike Gamble: “DUETS” Choreography and Microbrutes occupy space

Andrea Kleine



Andrea Kleine is a writer, choreographer, and performance artist. She is a five-time MacDowell Colony fellow and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. Her recent performance works include SCREENING ROOM, OR, THE RETURN OF ANDREA KLEINE (AS REVEALED THROUGH A RE-ENACTMENT OF A 1977 TELEVISION PROGRAM ABOUT A ‘LONG AND BAFFLING’ FILM BY YVONNE RAINER) (2014), commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater, and MY DINNER WITH ANDREA: THE PIECE FORMERLY KNOWN AS TORTURE PLAYLIST (2017), commissioned by New York Live Arts.

Kleine has been described as an “enigmatic and eccentric” (The New York Times), “brainy, allusive Downtown artist” (The Village Voice), whose work is “wry, poignant” (The New York Times) and “something like genius” (ArtVoice). Her critical writing has been published in PAJ: a journal of performance and art, Los Angeles Review of Books, Bomb, and on her blog, The Dancers Will Win. Her debut novel, CALF, was named one of Publishers’ Weekly Best Books of 2015. Her second novel, EDEN, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018. She lives in New York City.



Linda Austin

Linda Austin in Hummingbird

Linda Austin in Hummingbird| photo: Jeff Forbes


Linda Austin, director of Performance Works NW in Portland, Oregon, deploys movement, sound, objects, text, and visuals to create non-linear, poetic works laced with an eccentric wit. Austin has presented at venues and festivals such as Danspace Project, Performance Space 122, On the Boards’ NW New Works, and PICA’s TBA Festival. She is the recipient of the 2017 Foundation for the Contemporary Arts Merce Cunningham Award and RACC’s 2014 Fellowship in Performing Arts, along with fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Linda Austin Dance