Programs in New Expressive Works


– Artist in Residency Program
Launched in October 2012 and currently getting ready for its 6th cycle, this is an urban choreographers’ residency program that annually, through two separate 6-month cycles, supports eight diverse choreographers to create new works of artistic excellence. This program is also the only local residency program that incorporates “Fieldwork,” a New York-developed, facilitated forum for peers to share developing works and exchange feedback. To date, 20 local artists have benefitted from this program. Our advisory board is made up of the following individuals:- Mike Barber, Erin Boberg Doughton, Michelle Fujii, Katherine Longstreth, CaroleZoom. Learn more here.

– Performance & Workshop Venue
Thus far in 2015 alone, Studio 2 has been the performance and workshop venue for over 15 organizations and individual artists. This includes organizations such as Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Third Angle New Music, Disability Arts and Culture Project and Oregon Ballet Theater to name a few. Individual artists Tracy Broyles, Suniti Dernovsek, Michelle Fujii (UNIT SOUZOU), and Rachel Slater have or will be premiering new work in Studio 2 this year.

Studio 2 has a sprung dance floor 40′ wide by 50′ deep, modern theatrical lighting, an excellent sound system, and seating for audience members. Studio Two has the flexibility to host a wide variety of classes, performances, workshops, and residencies. For more information about upcoming events please visit our classes and performances page. For more information about renting the space please visit our “Rent Our Space” page.

– Space for Diverse Artists
A core tenet of N.E.W. is to support and promote artists of diaspora. N.E.W. provides a venue for classes and rehearsals for diverse artists such as Unit Souzou (Japanese Taiko), the Obo Addy Legacy Project, Disability Arts and Culture Project, Robert Hauk Argentine Tango and Capoeira Raca. Learn more about our classes here.

Artistic home of Natya Leela Academy
This is the only Bharatanatyam (South Indian Classical Dance) dance company and school within the city of Portland. Classes are rigorous and the dance company explores contemporary collaborations and innovative expressions of this ancient dance form. In June 2015, the school performed “Conference of the Birds” through Classical Indian Dance. This is an original choreography (Artistic Director Subashini Ganesan) adapting the 12-Century Sufi poem by the same name. Learn more here.

The TEAM:-
Founder and Directo, Subashini Ganesan
Projects Manager, Allie Hankins
Tech Manager, Robin Greenwood