Allie Hankins – Our first N.E.W.E.R.

Allie Hankins has been selected to be in Studio 2’s first N.E.W.E.R. (New Expressive Works – Extended Residency).

Candidates for N.E.W.E.R. are selected from past & present N.E.W. residents, at the discretion of the Residency Director.

allienewerAllie says, “As I begin the process of creating my first evening-length show, I am grateful for the opportunity provided by N.E.W.E.R and Studio 2 to maintain a consistent practice and deep involvement with my craft. My piece expanded and evolved significantly during the N.E.W Residency in the summer/autumn of last year, so it seems fitting to embark on this stage of final development with the support of this extended residency, and the greater community associated with Studio 2. It has been inspiring to work with Suba on the design of this residency model — here’s hoping it continues to facilitate the works of many artists to come!”

Allie Hankins is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and researcher. A Seattle/Portland resident since 2008, Hankins’ work has been presented in Seattle at On the Boards’ Northwest New Works Festival,Velocity Dance Center, and Seattle International Dance Festival,The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s 19th Street Project Space in New York, Conduit Dance and PICA’s TBA Festival in Portland, and various venues in Minneapolis, Albuquerque, and abroad. As a collaborator, Hankins performs withSeattle-based dance/sound performance company Salt Horse, Portland-based choreographer Tahni Holt, and has designed movement for experimental theater ensemble Implied Violence (now Saint Genet), with which she toured to New York’s New Island Festival and Austria’s DonauFestival, under the tutelage of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. Hankins was recently an Artist in Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida, and has received grants from Washington’s Artist Trust and Oregon’s Regional Arts & Culture Council.

APPLY for Studio 2’s N.E.W. (New Expressive Works) Residency Program

We are very excited to announce that application forms are now available for our 4th N.E.W. (New Expressive Works) Artist in Residence Program. 4 choreographers will be selected for this 6 month program where they receive up to 6 hours of rehearsal space per week to create a 20-minute work! Learn more… and APPLY!

Visit our Residency page.

We are accepting application for APRIL 20th 2014 – OCTOBER 4th 2014 RESIDENCY


Visit our Residency page.


3 Venues, 3 Works by Local Choreographers, A Discounted PASS OF $30!!

NOTE: Thank you to everyone who got your passes. See you at the shows. Thank you for supporting local artists.

The first weekend of November is full of amazing premiers! In our continued effort to make performances accessible to everyone, Studio 2 has partnered with Linda Austin and TopShakeDance for a limited 2 day offer!

WHAT: A $30 PASS (20% Discount) gets you a one time admittance, on the night of your choosing, to EACH of the following performances
(NOTE: While reservations for a particular showtime is not required, it is highly recommended.)
1. a(l)lone at Studio 2@Zoomtopia – Friday 8pm; Saturday 5:30pm AND 8pm (
2. Float by TopShake Dance at Conduit Dance, Inc – Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8:30pm (
3. cabaret boris & natasha (the resurrection) at Performance Works NW – Friday, Saturday 8:00pm (

HOW: Passes will be sold online for two days only. Tuesday October 29th and Wednesday October 30th (NOTE: This is the only way to get them). Each venue will have your name listed under pass holder. For verification, please bring an electronic or paper version of your receipt.

THE THREE PERFORMANCESal(l)one 2011-11-12 - Suba - 001 - 3MP
A dance performance by Subashini Ganesan and Natya Leela Troupe. An exploration of the human struggle between loneliness and the quest to be alone.
Friday November 1st, 8pm; Saturday November 2nd. 5:30pm and 8pm
Studio 2@Zoomtopia; 810 SE Belmont.
Learn more about this event here.cabaret-2013-frontcabaret boris & natasha (the resurrection)
PWNW presents a weekend of performance riffing on notions of alternate personae, impostors, disguises & cover versions.
Friday November 1st & Saturday November 2nd, 8pm
Performance Works NorthWest; 4625 SE 67th Ave
Learn more about this event here.

A new work by TopShakeDance
Friday November 1st – Sunday November 3rd Wednesday November 6th – Friday November 8th; 8:30pm
Conduit Dance
918 SE Yamhill
Learn more about this event here.

al(l)one – A dance performance by Subashini Ganesan and Natya Leela Troupe

al(l)one – A dance performance

An exploration of the human struggle between loneliness and the quest to be alone. An inquiry into how relationships are really forged….Performed by Subashini Ganesan (Artistic Director of Natya Leela).
Accompanied by Kristina Spooner and Tassa Chabouni

Sound Engineer: Roland Toledo; Lighting Designer: Robin Greenwood.

DATES – Friday Nov 1st 8:00pm; Saturday November 2nd 5:30pm AND 8:00pm
LOCATION – Studio 2@Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont, Portland, OR 97214
DURATION – 45 minutes (no intermission)
TICKETS – CASH – $15 (Adults); $10 (Kids between 7 and 18 years);
CREDIT CARD – $16 (Adults); $11 (Kids between 7 and 18 years) (See below to buy tickets online)
CONTACT – Subashini Ganesan; for further information.

This performance is partially funded by the Regional Arts & Culture Council‘s 2013 Projects Grant.


Performance Dates:

Studio 2@Zoomtopia presents New Expressive Works – September 27th & 28th AND October 4th & 5th

We are excited that our residents are almost ready to bring their work to the public. After 6 months of weekly rehearsals, one closed-rehearsal, and three Fieldwork sessions with Facilitator, Katherine Longstreth, N.E.W. residents will present the fruits of their labor on two consecutive weekends.

We hope many of you will join us to witness their works. Details below.

Studio 2@Zoomtopia presents two weekends of N.E.W. Expressive Works:

WEEKEND 1: Friday & Saturday | September 27th & 28th | 8pm
RESIDENTS: Keyon Gaskin, Danielle Ross

WEEKEND 2: Friday & Saturday | October 4th & 5th | 8pm
RESIDENTS: Allie Hankins, Kaj-anne Pepper

$10 per show OR $15 for both shows (Cash/Check)
$11 per show OR $16 for both shows (Credit Cards)

Pick one of the following dates:

Premier work by new Portland choreographer, Muffie Connelly


Induction Ceremony explores the physicality of the body in relation to the lines of intimacy and intimate relationships that blur during gestation, and continue postpartum.The obligations and necessary functions of the body and its parts, as a nurturing lifeline, are compared to the same bodily existence in a sexual context – the body as a means for pleasure. This dance performance features female performers wearing a range of repurposed pantyhose, exposing flesh and femininity as they move in and out of the extremes of bodily domination.

Portland choreographer Muffie Connelley presents this performance in collaboration with Happydog and local sound designer Eric Garcia on August 23 and 24 at 7:30pm at Studio 2@Zoomtopia on 810 SE Belmont in Portland, OR. Tickets are available at For more information please go here:

The How and the Why of It – Thursday May 16th – Saturday May 18th

The How and the Why of It

New Dances Choreographed by Christy Funsch and Katherine Longstreth

Performances by Kelly Bartnik, Christy Funsch and Katherine Longstreth

Film by Kelly Bartnik and Geoffrey Ehrlich

WHEN: Thursday, May 16 – 8:00pm; Friday, May 17 – 8:00pm; Saturday, May 18 – 3:00pm AND 8:00pm

WHERE: Studio 2 at Zoomtopia 810 SE Belmont, Portland, OR

TICKETS: $20 regular; $10 student, artist, senior.
NOTE: Seating is limited at Studio Two. If you have questions, comments, or trouble please email me at Thanks for supporting the arts in Portland and I look forward to seeing you at the show.

PRESS CONTACT: Katherine Longstreth;

MORE ON “The How and The Why of It”

Katherine Longstreth

Christy Funsch

Kelly Bartnik

Fresh from launching a three-city tour in New York City, critically acclaimed Christy Funsch and Katherine Longstreth are together again to present brand new dances in Portland at Zoomtopia’s Studio 2.  Both Funsch and Longstreth accept the limitations of our knowledge and are interested in highlighting our potential for disorientation.  Funsch’s work celebrates the vulnerable yet indefatigable spirit through choreographic experiments with gaze, distinctive movement invention, and unpredictable phrasing and Longstreth’s work examines the vulnerability and mutability of what we believe to be true and hints at the possibility for discovery once we acknowledge our essential lack of control and powerlessness.  In addition to performing, Kelly Bartnik will be screening the film, Reins, made with Geoffrey Ehrlich and commissioned by Dances Made to Order and selected for Glove Box Film Festival, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Third Coast Dance Film Festival, and Movies by Movers.

Studio 2@Zoomtopia presents “New Expressive Works” – March 15th, 16th, 17th

We are excited that our residents are almost ready to bring their work to the public. After 6 months of weekly rehearsals, one closed-rehearsal, and three Fieldwork sessions with Facilitator, Katherine Longstreth, N.E.W. residents will present the fruits of their labor on March 15th, 16th, and 17th.

We hope many of you will join us to witness their works. Details below.

Studio 2@Zoomtopia presents:
WHAT: N.E.W. – New Expressive Works
WHO: 2012 – 2013 Residents – Tracy Broyles, Stephanie Lanckton, Rachel Slater, Robert Tyree
WHEN: Friday March 15th, Saturday March 16th,  Sunday March 17th; 7:30pm
COST: $11 (Credit Card & online Payments); $10 (Cash & Checks)

ONLINE TICKET SALES ARE NOW CLOSED! Box office will open at 6:30pm each night of the performance. We will be able to take your credit cards at the door.