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You Swig, They Jig

Underage entertainment for your St. Patrick’s Day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 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.

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

Make/Believe (Teeth)

Ten million channels and nothing but noise.

We’re expressing ourselves through more channels than ever before, but what are we saying? That might well be the question driving this riveting new contemporary dance work by Portland performan   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

In Good Company (Northwest Dance Project)

A premise designed to make you feel old.

It’s been a banner year for Portland’s Northwest Dance Project, which specializes in dancing work by international contemporary choreographers. The company won two European dance competition   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 HEATHER WISNER

Galaxy Dance Festival

A park full of arts nuggets.

Fickle weather notwithstanding, Portland is pretty good about offering summer movie and concert series in parks all over the city. Outdoor dance series? Not so much, with the exception of Oregon Ba   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 HEATHER WISNER

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