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GHOSTS || Snake Talk
NOTE: Arts for All attendees please email info@pwnw-pdx.org with your reservation request. 2 tickets per Oregon Trail Cardholder.

With the support of the Multnomah County Cultural Coaltion, PWNW presents a program of dance curated by  Allie Hankins: GHOSTS by Asaf Aharonson & Ruairí Donovan (Berlin) and SNAKE TALK by Abby Crain, Maryanna Lachman and Mara Poliak (Oakland).

a duet by Asaf Aharonson & Ruairí Donovan

"Mmm, ok?" "So?" "It's about the bear." "Which bear? The big bear? The star constellation? The homosexual archetype?" "No the bear that is waiting."
From the confidential to the indecent, traveling from the erotic to the pornographic and back again to friendship. Veiling and unveiling the potential of a complex intimacy between two lovers. Drawing on the work of theorist Michael Hardt, GHOSTS tries to understand "how love can be the central, constitutive mode and motor of politics."

ASAF AHARANSON was born outside Jerusalem. A recent graduate of the BA Dance & Choreography programme of the H.Z.T., Berlin. Aharonson has collaborated and performed with Peter Plyer, Mia Habib, Hana Erdman, Iris Erez, Tami Lebovits and Arkadie Zidas among others.Through his art practice he aims to prioritise the spending of time with others as the primary site for the generation of material for live performance.
Asaf's mom, Bosmat, is a gardener. She was born in the south and still often thinks about the desert.

RUARí DONOVAN is a performance maker working between choreography, live art and theater. His work aims to offer dramaturgies of participation while queering expectations of the performing body as well as the live theatrical event. He splits his time between Cork, Ireland and Berlin, Germany. His award winning work has been widely presented across Europe and Northern America at Cork Midsummer Festival, Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre (IRL), Chapter Arts Centre, Buzzcutt (UK), CounterPulse, Abrons (USA), and Tanztage, Uferstudios & Dock 11 (DE). He is a core member of Keith Hennessy's Turbulence, which has been presented at NYLA, YBCA, PICA TBA, Kampnagel, HAU and Theatre der Welt .
Ruairí's mother; Mary, lives in Ireland where she is a devoted Grandmother, occasional wheelchair user and believer in the guardianship of Angels.


Snake Talk
Created and performed by Abby Crain, Maryanna Lachman and Mara Poliak

We ooze, leak, wander, scavenge, engulf.
We have forgotten the difference between kissing and eating.

ABBY CRAIN is an Oakland based artist who makes dances, teaches, writes, curates and performs. Her work has been presented in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, NYC, and Berlin. She worked with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People from 2001-2009, and has danced in various capacities with Sara Shelton Mann since 1999. She has also had the pleasure of performing in the work of David Dorfman, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Guillermo Gomez Peña, and Jess Curtis, to name a few. She has taught through Movement Research NYC, teaches annually in Dos Rios California with Sara Shelton Mann, at the FRESH Festival, and recently, at Ponderosa Tanzland in Stolzenhagen, Germany. She has studied Open Source Forms with Stephanie Skura since 2009, and was certified to teach the work in 2014. She is engaged in an ongoing research and teaching collaboration with Margit Galanter under the moniker Art Workouts, and an ongoing dialogue about language and movement with Oakland poet David Buuck.

MARYANNE LACHMAN is a dancer, installation artist and curator based in Oakland, CA. She is a co-curator of the annual FRESH Festival and a visiting artist at Whitman College, Beloit College, Green Street Studios (Boston), and Dance New Amsterdam (NYC). Lachman works as a collaborative performer in works constructed by Minna Harri, Sara Shelton Mann, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Christine Bonansea. She attended ImPulsTanz as part of the danceWEB residency in 2012 and received a California NextGen artist grant the same year. Maryanna is one of the seven women of SALTA, a collective of dance curators in the East Bay. In 2014, SALTA presented their paper Pseudo-, Anti-, and Total Dance: on Curating an Experimental Dance Series, at "Envisioning the Practice: Montréal International Symposium on Curating the Performing Arts". That paper was recently published in Critical Correspondence in NYC and will be published this fall by the Université de Montréal, as part of an anthology on curatorial practice. Lachman is invested in community organizing, in creating trans-disciplinary platforms for discussion surrounding practice and making cultural space for dance experiments to flourish.

MARA POLIAK is a dancer, curator, artist, and writer based in Oakland.  She is currently working with Margit Galanter in her Cave Forms project, and has been a collaborative performer in works by Bay Area choreographers including Tessa Wills, Macklin Kowal, Jess Curtis, and Jesse Hewit.  Mara has recently shown her solo and collaborative work in SF, LA, NYC, Seattle, and Portland, was a guest artist at Whitman College in Washington, and an artist-in-residence at Pieter PASD (LA), CounterPulse, Starline Social Club, Subterranean Arthouse, and Culver Center for the Arts (Riverside). She is a member of SALTA, a 7-woman collective that curates a free monthly mobile performance series in the East Bay. Mara has been a teaching artist for the past seven years at Creativity Explored, a studio in San Francisco for adult artists with developmental disabilities. Her practice is invested in collaboration, feminisms, curation that addresses intersectionality, and natural / cultural spaces.


United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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