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Program for the Time-Based Art Festival Announced (Sept. 3 – 13, 2009)
 The annual performance program for this year’s the 7th holding of the festival will feature works such as Last Meadow by Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People (world premiere) portraying the downfall of the “American Dream” though a collage of quotes and gestures taken from James Dean films, Bolero Variations by Raimund Hoghe (U.S. premiere), the former dramaturge for Pina Bausch until 1990, THE SHIPMENT by Korean-American Young Jean Lee, dealing with the issue of African-American identity, a collaborative production by Belgium’s Kaaitheater, Paris’ municipal Theatre de la Ville, Volksbuehne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and the Wexner Center for the Arts of Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods & Philipp Gehmacher/Mumbling Fish’s MAYBE FOREVER, and the 2008 Bessie Award winning production small metal objects by the Back to Back Theatre, a contemporary theater company with the disabled. Also, photographer Hitoshi Toyoda, a resident of New York, will be participating with his silent slide-shows NAZUNA and spoonfulriver.

Festival Outline:
This is a comprehensive arts festival organized by PICA (Portland Institute of Contemporary Art). As implied by its name, any form of artwork is accepted as long as it involves an element of time in its viewing (is “time-based”). PICA holds many art events in the city throughout the year, and functions as an art hub for the city of Portland. Since 2003, the festival has been held each year in September. At its outset, it was directed mainly by Kristy Edmunds, also the founder of PICA. From 2006-2008, Mark Russel (director of Performance Space 122 in New York from 1983 to 2004) served as its director, and then in 2009 and 2010, Cathy Edwards (currently the director of International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, after serving as co-director of Movement Research Inc., and then as artistic director of Dance Theater Workshop) will be directing the festival. Participants from Japan have included Yubiwa Hotel in 2006, and in 2007, Fuyuki Yamakawa and Atsuhiro Ito participated with curating by Aki Onda.
+Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival
Dates: Sept. 3 – 13, 2009
Venues: PICA, etc.