Experimental Theater @ The Manor of Art

Manor of Art, Risk/Reward New Performance Series

Two evenings of cutting-edge performance, curated by Hand2Mouth Theatre and hosted by the Manor of Art Festival at Milepost Five.

Hand2Mouth Theatre’s Risk/Reward New Performance Series

DATES: Wednesday Aug 19th, Thursday Aug 20th

TIME: 6:30-9pm.

ADMISSION: Free (Donations Accepted)

LOCATION: Milepost 5, 900 NE 81st Ave

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Artists will include former and future PICA T:BA artists Joe Van Appen, Angela Fair, Hand2Mouth Theatre, Convenient Noise and Janet Pants.

Joe von Appen – is a Portland based writer/actor/solo performer who has toured his work along both coasts. His serio-comic character-based monologues exploring pre-apocalyptic heartache and paranoia have been presented at PICA, Highways Performance in Santa Monica, The Philadelphia Fringe and at On The Board’s Northwest New Works festival. He’s glad you are here and hopes to make you feel less alone by making light of his nightmares. Shelf Life is a series of monologues depicting well-meaning misfits alive and unwell in a not-too-distant dystopia.


Angela Fair – was a part of musical performance art barn-burners House of Cunt in the late 90’s to mid 00s. For the last few years she has been producing solo work dealing with obsession, dissemblance, love, lust and other prevalent mental and emotional pathologies. As seen here in Hot Live Action, she explores flawed characters that satirize the human experience out of a macabre need to connect and entertain.


Hand2Mouth/Faith Helma – Faith Helma and Hand2Mouth present a song cycle inspired by the fairy tale anti-heroine, Undine. The one-woman wall of sound features original songs, live electronic looping, diaphanous dresses, black boots, and wicked beats. A lonely water creature finds a microphone, and an enchanted girl lost between night and the dawn of day sings her heart out.

“Electro-sorceress of sound” Faith Helma is a founding member of Hand2Mouth Theatre who has performed throughout the U.S., trained with singers and theater artists in Poland and Mexico and opened for Justin Bond and Holcombe Waller. Undine was first performed at On the Boards in Seattle (Northwest New Works Festival, May 2008), and was developed in residency at Milepost 5 in Portland, Oregon.

Listen to songs: myspace.com/faithhelma

Watch highlights: vimeo.com/5534699

Convenient Noise Convenient Noise features stripped down beats that provide a backdrop for the vocals of Travis Taylor. It is a lyric driven performance, characterized by its half artificial, half animalistic nature. Despite being an electronic act, the music has a primitive, bare bones feel. The resulting effect disassembles the expected structure of the song and songwriter, narrowing the distance between the performer and the audience.



Janet Pants – Jane Paik began producing works under the name Janet Pants in 1997 and founded the Janet Pants Dans Theeatre (later Leg and Pants Dans Theeatre) in 2001. Often hailed as a pioneer in bringing experimental modern dance to the underground music scene – in a style that has been described as “punk rock in dance form” – she continues to mash together her take on dance/film/music in various performances, videos, and sounds. This Fall she will be collaborating with local band Explode Into Colors for the Works at TBA.


ABOUT Hand2Mouth Theatre

“The kind of promise, fearlessness and energy that the American theater needs, and should encourage.” – Misha Berson about Hand2Mouth, Seattle Times, November 2007

“What Walters and his troupe seem to be after is nothing less than the re-creation of theater for our time, and of our time, when collaboration trumps authority and multimedia is a fact of life and a linear storyline is no longer necessary.” – Carol Wells about Hand2Mouth, The Oregonian, May 2009

Hand2Mouth makes boundary busting performances with a limitless appetite for exploration, energetic physicality and vocal experimentation. Hand2Mouth has created over fifteen original works since it’s founding in Portland, Oregon in 2000. Recent works have premiered at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time Based Art Festival (Portland, OR), Bumbershoot Arts Festival (Seattle, WA) and Artist Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR) and have toured throughout the West, including showings at On the Boards (Seattle), the Myrna Loy Center (Helena, MT), and the Network of Ensemble Theatre’s Summit (San Francisco). Hand2Mouth has collaborated and toured in Latin America and Europe. The most recent international project paired the company with La Comedia Human of Mexico City to create the 2008 performance Dos Pueblos, funded in part by the Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund.

Hand2Mouth’s work has been supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Oregon Arts Commission among others. Artistic Director Jonathan Walters is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program for Directors.

Undine was first performed at On the Boards in Seattle (Northwest New Works Festival, May 2008), received support from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and was developed in residency at Milepost 5 in Portland, Oregon.

For more info on Hand2Mouth: www.hand2mouththeatre.org

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