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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

Gather: A Dance About Convergence (Tere Mathern & Tim Duroche)

When musicians and dancers collide.


Dance
Gather, a new dance-music piece, professes its mission with buzzwords like interdependence, isolation, connection, division, collaboration and community. Such a jargon-y catalog is unsurprising    More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Turbulence/Le Cargo

Getting political in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.


Dance
Recent financial upheaval and the roller-coaster ride of the ongoing culture wars feed Keith Hennessy’s Turbulence. Hennessy and his contemporary dance-theater outfit, Circo Zero, mine Wall Stre   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Chromatic Quartet (Oregon Ballet Theatre)

Matjash Mrozewski loses the mob, keeps the flash.


Dance
 What’s the appeal of flash mobs? Canadian choreographer Matjash Mrozewski thinks it might be the endorphin-boosting power of moving in unison with a large group,   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Giselle (Oregon Ballet Theatre)

What it’s like to dance ballet’s toughest role.


Dance
Yuka Iino has been feeling a little, well, emotional lately: “I tear up for small little things, not necessarily things that are making me sad,” she confesses via email. “I cry for somethi   More
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 HEATHER WISNER
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