Co-curated by KT Kusmaul & Charles Smith

Oct 16: Performance Lab: In the Round Oct 16, 2019

TICKETS Merrill Theater

Participating Artists:  

Shaun Keylock
Keylock is a choreographer, director, teacher and dancer currently based in Portland, Oregon. As a choreographer, Keylock's movement research is rooted in contemporary performance that is at once both technically sound and radically subversive, often exploring the many facets of LGBT and queer identity. His work has been presented by many leading festivals and institutions, including ACDA Northwest, Dance Source Houston, Ten Tiny Dances, and New Expressive Works. 
A solo iteration of a larger work in process, Shaun Keylock's Wonderland is an endless search through a self-destroying world that is growing evermore distorted. 


Michael Swaine
Swaine is a core member of the collective FuturefarmersThey are artists, designers, architects, scientists and farmers with a common interest in creating frameworks for exchange that catalyze moments of "not knowing". Swaine is often called the analog anchor.  He builds devices & tools for interaction. Many of his projects involve the streets as a stage for these actions to happen. 
Orson Welles pushes a lawn mower while Ora Nichols hands out egg beaters. We listen to the conversation being broadcast. 

Lyra Butler-Denman
Lyra is a dancer, choreographer, and actor based in Portland. Her work examines transitions of a stimulus from external to internal, the ways our bodies digest and transform our lives into memory, and our ability to access, inform, and perhaps change those physical imprints. She explores trauma, sensuality, and the somatic translation, expression, and impact of our world on our bodies. Lyra is a white-identified, heterosexual, cis-gendered woman, using the pronouns she/her. More at 
A selection of an evening-length work premiering February 2020.  A conversation between the dying and grieving,  a relationship transitions from the physical to existing, perhaps, somewhere else.  


Fairygawdzad (Aaron Carr - he/him/they/them) is a 27 year old Singer/Producer/Community organizer hailing from Detroit, MI.  His experiences navigating the world and existing as queer and Black have influenced his sound, which infuses RnB, indie rock, and Jazz.  Seeing music expression as a form of social justice, he hopes to create spaces for community healing and emotional vulnerability through his music. 
D R E AM Y is a sonic space created for emotional release and self-healing from the impacts of systemic oppression on Black queer bodies. 



About the Co-Curator

KT Kusmaul is a fat, queer, genderqueer femme performance artist, dancer, choreographer, and community builder. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Body Home Fat Dance. With a history of creating radical gender performance in the underground queer art scene, now she is using her creative skills to bring fat liberation performance art to life. In 2018 she was awarded the year-long Alembic Artist Residency at Performance Works NW. Her work has recently been produced as part of PDX Dance Collective Choreographers Showcase, Knock Out, On The Boards' NW New Work Festival, and Risk/Reward.