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All That Glitters

Allie Hankins channels one of the greatest dancers of the 20th Century.


Dance
By the time he was 29, legendary Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was calling it quits. Allie Hankins, on the other hand, didn’t start dancing until college. Now 30, the local dancer-ch   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: 'Night, Mother

A review of CoHo Productions' season opener.

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Do not enter Coho Theater for ‘Night, Mother expecting to be anything but emotionally wrecked. Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer-winning drama centers on the aging Thelma, content with watching TV for the rest of her days, and Jessie, the 30-something divorced daughter who cares meticulously for her, right down to filling her candy ...   More
 
Monday, October 20, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre, OBT/25

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Oregon Ballet Theatre is turning 25, and it wants to celebrate. The company’s season opener, OBT/25, acts as its party, and with it comes a reflective mix of past works paired alongside a world premiere. This, understandably, leads to a night of truly diverse dances, all connected by a common feeling of festivity. One thing is for sure...   More
 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Diavolo

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Watching the dance company Diavolo is kind of like watching someone work through a recipe—at least that’s what artistic director Jacques Heim said at the beginning of the company’s Portland performance on Thursday.
The ingredients: part everyday movement and part ballet, hip-hop, martial arts and breakdancing, with a dash of architectural ...   More
 
Friday, October 10, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Greylag: Album Review

Greylag (Dead Oceans)


Album Reviews
[FOLK ROCK] Greylag’s self-titled album is a perfect introduction to Portland’s impending rainy season. The debut LP from the local three-piece is heavy on moody vocals and blustery instru   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Alchemy, Performance Works NorthWest

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Alchemy, the latest installment of Performance Work NorthWest’s Alembic Artists Showcase, is a prime example of how to piece together three starkly different pieces by four artists-in-residence.
This year’s showcase features new work by local contemporary dancers Grace Hwang and Luke Gutsgell, as well as local singer Justin Leon Johnson an...   More
 
Monday, September 29, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: New Expressive Works, Studio 2

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For the second time this year, Studio 2 this past weekend showcased the work of four artists-in-residency. For a collection of work from different dancers with different backgrounds, this fall edition of New Expressive Works finds a common focus in themes of femininity, motherhood, growing up and sexuality.
The show opens with ...   More
 
Monday, September 29, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

TBA Diaries: Jack Ferver, Mon, Ma, Mes

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Everyone wants to collaborate with Jack Ferver. Or so says the New York-based performer in his solo work, Mon, Ma, Mes, part of this year’s Time-Based Arts Festival.
With huge, animated hand gestures and a grandiose way of talking about himself, Ferver makes himself out to be both a cheerful and pretentious narci...   More
 
Saturday, September 20, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

The Test of Time

Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.


Performance
The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, KAITIE TODD

TBA Diaries: Tahni Holt, Duet Love

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Local choreographer Tahni Holt creates dances meant to make the audience question something—perhaps an audience’s relationship to the performers, or what it means to be “normal.” Duet Love, her newest piece at PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival, is no exception. Featuring four dancers often split up in...   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014 by KAITIE TODD
 

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