Fall Arts 2016

Five Can’t-Miss TBA Shows

From meditative juggling to masked avant-porn, here’s what to see at the annual extravaganza.

By Fiona McCann August 15, 2016 Published in the September 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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Meditations in juggling, from UNTITLED_I will be there when you die (left); Kelly Pratt opens TBA 16 (top right); Exploring mourning rituals in Ali Chahrour's Leila's Death

Image: Courtesy PICA

Fanfare: Birth > Rebirth

PICA, Sept 8

Onetime Beirut member Kelly Pratt opens PICA’s new space and this year’s TBA festival with Birth > Rebirth, an all-ages troop of brass and woodwind players in full fanfare, saluting new beginnings.


PICA, Sept 9 & 10

Narcissister has raised eyebrows and awareness at shows as varied as at New York’s MoMA and on America’s Got Talent. Her choreographed pieces explore gender and sexuality, all from behind a plastic mask.

Leila’s Death

Winningstad Theatre, Sept 15 & 16

A professional mourner takes the stage in full lamentation in this piece by Lebanese choreographer Ali Chahrour, which explores traditional Islamic Shiite rituals.

UNTITLED_I Will Be There When You Die

Lincoln Hall, Sept 16 & 17

In this meditation on time from the man behind last year’s TBA hit F-OLKS, Italian Alessandro Sciarroni uses juggling to meditative, compelling effect.

Blind Cinema

Hollywood Theatre, Sept 10, 11 & 16–18

Sit, blindfolded, and have children (from North and Northeast schools Boise Eliot/Humboldt and King) whisper what’s transpiring on the movie screen into your ear.

TBA runs Sept 8–18.

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