AWOL Dance Collective

Art in the Dark

AWOL is a performing company and training facility that over the past 10 years has become a staple of the Portland aerial dance scene. Every August they put on a magical show called Art in the Dark. With stars shining above and a theatrically lit canopy of trees, it is an outdoor adventure and a quintessential experience that truly represents the values of the Northwest. While Art in the Dark has a unique theme each year, you can always expect to see a full company of aerialists doing tricks on a variety of apparatus (some traditional, some invented) and often times accompanied by live music. The seating wraps around four stages which adds yet another dimension to the work. This year will be the company’s 10th year doing Art in the Dark and the company has extended the show over two weekends to accommodate the sold out crowds of the past few years. If you are a local, let it become an annual tradition, if you are a visitor, this is a perfectly unforgettable Portland experience!