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Northwest Dance Project's Viktor Usov Wins Prestigious Princess Grace Award

Usov is the third NWDP dancer to be awarded the prize.


Viktor Usov, who rejoined contemporary chamber company Northwest Dance Project last year, has won a Princess Grace Award, a resume topper for a dancer. The Princess Grace Foundation USA, named after Grace Kelly, gives the awards to emerging U.S. artists in dance, theater and film. The winners also r...   More
Friday, August 15, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Art in the Dark (A-WOL Dance Collective)

Dangling from the trees and battling the elements.

The wilderness, though beautiful, can also be deadly. Or just annoying. So while an outdoor stage is an alluring prospect for an aerial company accustomed to hanging from ceilings of dusty wareh   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Louisiana Beignets: Breathe In Through Your Nose

Our Fifty Plates tour continues with beignets from The Parish

parish beignets

Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each state. Our 50 Plates tour continues with beignets fr...   More
Sunday, July 20, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Golden Girl

After 20 years, burlesque legend Tiffany Carter dons the catsuit again.

Back in 1965, a Corvallis native named Teresa Sandford took her first dancing gig. She was underage—only 17—and she’d been booked as a go-go dancer in Anaheim, Calif. She danced twice befo   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Conduit Dance, Dance+ (Program 1)

d3 photographer- meghann gilligan

The Dance+ festival, which community dance hub Conduit is presenting for a third year, encourages collaboration between dancers and other artists—sculptors, sound engineers, video game designers, etc. Multimedia shows aren’t uncommon, but the pieces in the Dance+ festival unite art forms rather than juxtaposing them.  In the fest...   More
Friday, July 11, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Live Review: BodyVox and Chamber Music Northwest, In Motion


Dance and classical music are a popular combination. To say nothing of the ballet, which some die hards won’t even attend if the orchestra is canned, chamber dance performances are especially rich if they share the bill with chamber musicians. That’s partly why BodyVox’s In Motion show, a collaboration with    More
Sunday, July 6, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

The Royale: Brunch and Burlesque

Bar Reviews
The closure of Hamburger Mary’s last year left a hole in Portland’s gay nightlife. The Royale (317 NW Broadway, 432-8944), a new bar in the former Tiger Bar spot on Northwest Broadway, aims to   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON SPENCER

The Sprockettes

The glam-punk, all-female minibike troupe turns 10.

Ten years ago, Portland’s bike scene was burgeoning. Zoobombing—speeding down the West Hills on blinged-out minibikes—was a new trend. But a group of lady cyclists felt something was missi   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Co/Mission


The premise of Co/Mission, an experimental show at Conduit Dance this weekend, is that the dancers chose—yes, commissioned—the choreographers for their pieces, rather than the choreographers recruiting dancers. This isn’t unusual. Northwest Dance Project, home to two of the evening’s choreographers, commissions work all the time. B...   More
Saturday, June 14, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Polaris Dance Theatre, Homegrown


Five dancers, ribcages printed on their black tank tops, swing outstretched arms and jolt to a stop. The sound of mechanical clanking and whirring propels them backward, each reaching one leg behind as they hop on one foot. Then they fall and crawl away, panicked. The piece, Post-Op by company dancer Kiera Brinkley, is one of seven dances in ...   More
Thursday, June 12, 2014 by AARON SPENCER
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