Linda Austin BA ’76
Linda Austin BA ’76 debuted her latest dance and performance piece, a world, a world at her home studio and theater, Performance Works NorthWest, in January 2020. The piece is an immersive experience for viewers featuring seven dancers that unfolds in parts, the culmination of a years-long choreographic process that draws from Austin’s previous solo show, (Un)Made. Austin directed and choreographed the work with her husband, Jeffrey Forbes BA ’78, who also designed the lighting.
Linda Austin BA ’76 is a Portland-area dancer and choreographer. Her latest project, a solo show titled Ordinary Devotions, was featured at Performance Works NorthWest in spring 2019. The Oregonian described her performance as “an ode of loving kindness to an aging body.”
Linda Austin BA ’76 was one of 17 artists recently awarded a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, which offers financial support and recognition to contemporary performing and visual artists. Austin received the foundation’s Merce Cunningham Award, a biennial grant in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts that reflects the creativity and spirit of choreographer Merce Cunningham.