what is erotic
If you are a sex-positive person who’s dreamed of storytelling, poetry reading, singing, dancing, playing an instrument – performance of any kind – you are encouraged to audition!

We are currently creating a brand new community-based show called What Is Erotic?

What Is Erotic? is a cabaret-style curated performance, by and for the community. Artists of all kinds are invited to present their answer to this question, and share their erotic imagination as part of a group production. (Prior performance experience not required).  Each piece averages about 3-6 minutes long. We showcase dance, song, storytelling, comedy, spoken word, performance art and more.  (also accepting visual art/videos for pre-show and intermission slide-shows)

Auditions will be November 30th at 2pm at Artists Repertory Theater (1515 SW Morrison St., Portland. OR 97205). If you know you want to sign up to audition, email eleanor @ dancenakedproductions.com and put AUDITION in the subject line.   I have a few spots left for the 2-3pm time slot.

Auditions don’t have to be memorized or polished.  But do come with an idea of what you want to perform.  (Both myself and a few other directors will be working with the artists to help bring your ideas to fruition!) The auditionis a showing of your concept and what you’ve developed up until that point, but again, YOUR PIECE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE COMPLETE. It does need to be a well developed idea that is cohesive, erotic, and doable. We understand you will have another 2 months to hone your performance. You will be told in December if you are part of the final cast.

What Is Erotic? will preview as a workshop production during the Fertile Ground Festival (Jan. 27th & 28th) (http://fertilegroundpdx.org) and have a full run during Valentine’s Weekend Feb 12-14.

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More info about What Is Erotic? below…


Sun. Nov 30 @ 2pm -Auditions: Artists Repertory Theater (1515 SW Morrison St., Portland).  (You must be pre-registered to audition.  Please do not just show up!)

January 11th @ 2pm – Rehearsal
January 18th @ 2pm – Rehearsal
(you must come to 1/11 or 1/18 – you are welcome at both!)
January 25th @ 2pm – Dress Rehearsal
January 26th @ 6:30pm Tech Rehearsal

Fertile Ground Preview Shows
Jan 27th & 28th @ 7:30pm (Call for Artists 6pm)

Promotion Day – TBA

February 8th @ 2pm – Rehearsal
February 11th @ 6pm Final Dress/Tech Rehearsal

Feb 12, 13, & 14th @ 8pm  – Show Time!  (Call for Artists 6pm)

WHAT – What is Erotic is a community-based performance oriented cabaret that celebrates the erotic.
WHO – Dance Naked Productions is a sex-positive theater company in Portland, OR that has been producing theater since 2005 (past productions include GGG: Domiantrix for Dummies, Lust & Marriage and the Inviting Desire series)
WHEN – What is Erotic? premiers as part of the Fertile Ground Festival in late January and will have a 3-night run over Valentine’s Weekend
WHERE- All performances will be at the Headwaters Theater (55 NE Farragut )
WHY – Because as a culture we need to be more open about sex.  Because Portland is full of incredibly talented people who need the opportunity to share their genius.  Because it’s going to be so much freakin’ fun.

What Is Erotic? began as a fundraiser for the 418 Theater in Santa Cruz (http://www.whatiserotic.com), and has enjoyed a 10-year history as a successful community production. This marks the first year it will premier in San Francisco.

The Portland production will serve as a fundraiser for Dance Naked Productions. Performers will receive a DVD of the show, 2 comp tickets to the Fertile Ground workshop performance, free access to the Sex & Creativity workshop, lots of hands-on directorial attention, entrance to after-parties and a whole new circle of interesting friends

As a participant in the show we value and expect communication with the directors, a commitment to coming to all required evenings, to tell the directors if you won’t be able to make it to a required evening, to participate in being in community with the What is Erotic? cast members.

Artist Support: An amazing aspect of the show is the support team created to help artists get pieces that really work well. We offer two group options for honing and feedback.

1) Group Rehearsal evenings are offered as a means to present your piece in front of your fellow performers and directors, see how it feels with an audience, and get supportive feedback and input on your progress.

2) Individual coaching & support each act is assigned one director for feedback, general communication, and support in the full creation of your piece.

In addition- all participants will be invited to participate in an OPTIONAL Sex & Creativity workshop led by Dance Naked artistic director Eleanor O’Brien free of charge (non-performing participants pay $50).

Production: We have a production team. Every year we look for awesome people to help create the show. Do you or your friends want to help with production? Stage managers, AV, Box Office, Prop Creation.

Promotion: Part of being in the show is promoting the show. We ask that you be willing to spread the word when the time comes.

If you are interested in participating, please get in touch!