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American Me (Mizu Desierto)

Stars and stripes and spoon-fed absurdity.


Dance
When you think of butoh—if you think of anything at all—it’s probably bald guys in G-strings and white body paint staggering around like mimes on acid. That generalization bothers Mizu Des   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Float (TopShakeDance)

Cuttin’ a rug here, under the sea.


Dance
Swim instructors will tell you that floating on your back is a nifty trick for staying alive when stranded in a body of water. It’s an act that involves a sort of urgent calm: Either relax o   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Punk de Bourrée

How ballet and punk rock keep a Wisconsin farm boy from flying off the rails.


Dance
Growing up, Michael Linsmeier milked cows in rural Wisconsin. His family lived in a town of 1,600 people along the shores of Lake Michigan and grew half the food they ate. Linsmeier spent most o   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Alchemy (Lindsey Matheis)

Dance dance revolution.


Dance
Lindsey Matheis is trying to reinvent the way Portland does dance—at least this weekend. That she’s attempting it at all is surprising, considering her quiet, agreeable manner. “It’s not   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Light Noise (Lucy Yim)

Contemporary dance strips down and flops around.


Dance
On a Sunday afternoon, in a studio off Southeast Foster Road littered with old blankets, Lucy Yim turns from her dancers to me. “We’re actually going to do the run in costume,” she says.    More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Summer Splendors (Northwest Dance Project)

The new and the old, inside and out.


Dance
“Intimate” might seem disingenuous when a dance company uses it to promote a show in a small space—much like how real-estate agents use “cozy” to describe a kitchen that’s actually cra   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 AARON SPENCER

American Music Festival (Oregon Ballet Theatre)

Scrappy pride, en pointe.


Dance
Little about ballet is American. Poised, practiced and, to many, pretentious, it’s antithetical to the unbridled passion of a country built on freedom, manifest destiny and tea parties.     More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 AARON SPENCER

You Swig, They Jig

Underage entertainment for your St. Patrick’s Day.


Dance
Drink enough on St. Patrick’s Day, and you may think you’re seeing leprechauns dance for you. But those aren’t leprechauns: They’re kids from local dance studios, whose parents are happy   More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble

Shapes and sculptures, deconstructed.


Dance
The essential building blocks of dance—shapes—are deftly deconstructed in a new contemporary dance program from the Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble. Co-founders Eric Skinner and Daniel Kirk (als   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Sun$hine (Tahni Holt)

A cardboard world, shiny and sequined.


Dance
A towering wall of used cardboard boxes stretches diagonally across the stage, clear packing tape glinting in the light. Robert Tyree enters, tall and long-limbed and dressed head to toe in sequ   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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