PDX Fusion presents: WORDS
PDX Fusion celebrates the collaboration between different modalities of expression. We bring together lecture, visual art, performance and music to create a unique experience. Our winter event is themed around “Words”.
Bay area native Sixis will headline the night by fusing samples of storytelling with his unique style of music: distinct sonic spaces with danceable bass music aesthetics to create a thought provoking and emotive experience. The night will also feature Portland’s own Incredible Kid - sans DJ Anjali - who helped spearhead the fusion of international beats with bass music in Portland, OR with the club night Atlas in November of 2003. Another Portland native, AfroQben, draws from a wide palette of sonic colours, blending afro-cuban rhythms with funk, reggae and hip-hop. Providing downtempo grooves for mingling, interspersed with live hip hop, will be dj MoM aka ate21.
Fusion:Words will also feature multiple different performers. Portland poet Ariel Zimmer is teaming up with Eugene dancer Talia Vintzileos to present a fusion of spoken word and modern dance entitled Body Language. Live storytelling set to live music with live illustration will be presented by Katie Penna, Mark Gerolami, Kizzy Anel. Nationally-established Sinferno alum Melody Kay and partner Candy Barr will perform Checked Baggage, inviting the audience to witness how emotional baggage can weigh on our ability to explore movement. Erica Belfiore and Mista Ox offer Letters to XY, a spoken word piece between the modern man and the modern woman, exploring archetypes in poetry and performance.
Visual and interactive art will be present throughout the night. Along with Endi Clark’s giant interactive MadLib display, attendees of Words will have the opportunity to participate in Dead Letter’s pirate mail service, a connectivity art project where strangers write strangers a letter, and those letters are given to travelers to see if they can arrive via hand-to-hand transmission. Fusion:Words will also offer a small selection of choice vendors; for a small fee, Parallel Praxist will be on-site to screenprint attendees’ clothing or accessories to commemorate the evening.
As an important part of PDX Fusion tradition, the night will open with a short salon-style presentation led by a local expert in the field. At Words, we’ll learn about Creating Social Change through Body-Centered Communication from Will Lillard - mindfulness in communication to create a healthier culture, including a guided meditation on language.