We are giving away a pair of tickets to a screening The Snow Queen: A Folk Opera @ Fertile Ground 2015. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, January 23.
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Now in its seventh year, the Portland-grown Fertile Ground City-Wide Festival of New Work continues to flourish planted in a town of prolific playwrights, abundant actors, innovative dancers, talented designers and adventuresome producers. With wide variety of new producers, along with several returning companies, FG15 brings dozens upon dozens of new artistic works from Portland’s teeming jungle of artists to light to thrive on stages, nooks and crannies all over Portland for 11 days from Thursday, January 22 to Sunday, February 1, 2015.
Shining out through the winter darkness, Fertile Ground offers an astonishing breadth of creative work for the stage, compressed into the darkest and wettest days of the Portland calendar. From major theatre and dance companies, to spunky young art-creators of a variety of ilk, Portland is fertile ground for presenting new works as a world premieres or pieces in development. This Festival a myriad of new works span theatre, dance, comedy, clown and social action through the arts with staged readings, readings and multidisciplinary events for 11 days, at all times of the day. In addition to seasoned producers, dozens of emerging young producers, playwrights and choreographers are also choosing to offer their work for this collaborative Portland showcase festival.
“Our city is a special place, a place where creativity thrives and creators are (almost literally) on every corner,” said Nicole Lane, Fertile Ground Festival Director. “Likewise, Fertile Ground is an incubator for new works of art creation citywide in theatres, pubs, studios, community centers and galleries all over town in January. This festival is about that phenomenon, that impetus, that undercurrent in our city’s culture to create everywhere, anywhere, with abounding diversity.”
FG15 PROGRAMMING INFORMATION
Full event listings including production descriptions, locations, times and ticket information here: fertilegroundpdx.org. A printed Festival Guide is available in many theatre lobbies around town including Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage and PCPA, among others.
Key producers this year include Post5 Theatre, Lakewood Theatre, CoHo Theatre, Action/Adventure Theatre and more including emerging theatre companies, individual playwrights and chorographers. For FG15, Polaris Dance Theatre will again present the “Groovin Greenhouse” with a variety of choreographers and dance groups. PDX Playwrights will present more than 10 new work readings and Artists Rep presents six.
Single tickets for all festival events are purchased directly through the producing companies.
All access Festival Passes are only $50 and are available at fertilegroundpdx.org
What Makes Fertile Ground Unique.
Several theatre companies across the nation host “new works festivals” and nearly all of these festivals present “staged readings,” works-in-progress curated by the artistic aesthetic of one company’s artistic staff. They are also typically exclusive to genre. In contrast, the Fertile Ground Festival presents a non-curated collection of fully staged world premiere productions in theatre and dance, as well as workshop and staged reading productions, and more. Fertile Ground is about process as well as product in creative development. This festival is the collaborative work of our local artistic community expressing the mother lode of creative capacities, in a quintessentially Portland manner.
Fertile Ground was launched by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance (the service organization for Portland theatre artists and organizations) in 2009 to provide a platform for Portland theatre companies to showcase their commitment to new work, but the Festival has grown to embrace many forms of new works in art allowing Portland’s arts lovers to discover Portland’s truly fertile ground for creativity, innovation and daring acts of performance.
The Fertile Ground Festival of New Work is presented by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance. Festival sponsors include Oregon Media Group, Artslandia and KINK-FM. Festival organizers are comprised of individuals who strongly believe in showcasing Portland’s vibrant creativity.
More Details About Giveaway Show: The Snow Queen: A Folk Opera
Jan 24, 25 @ 7:30pm; Jan 30, 31 @ 9pm; Feb 1 @ 2pm
The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven: 1464 SE 2nd Ave, Portland OR 97201
The Broken Planetarium and The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven present The Snow Queen: A Folk Opera, written by Laura Dunn. The play resets Hans Christian Andersen’s tale in contemporary Detroit where two neighbors make their way through a very un-fairytale like world of economic depression, environmental devastation, and drug addiction with the help of imagination and spooky music.