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Portland’s dance companies fight breweries for urban real estate.

First, they came for the bars. Now, Portland dance is getting pushed around. In the past seven months, at least four different Portland dance companies have been shunted to new spaces—only som   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Belleville (Third Rail)

Expat lovebirds unravel in Amy Herzog’s relationship psycho-drama.

Amy Herzog’s Belleville isn’t the kind of thriller with Psycho strings or undead dance moves. It’s the haunting kind that meticulously picks at peripheral, casual details until an entire m   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Live review: White Bird, New Israeli Voices in Dance


Danielle Agami and Hillel Kogan are Israel’s fastest rising choreographers, and this weekend, Portland gets to see them slathered with hummus on stage as White Bird presents two striking works of athleticism and, surprisingly, humor. The night opens with Agami's world premiere, Exhibit b, performed by her Los Angeles-based dance company, Ate9. The music—frene...   More
Sunday, March 22, 2015 by KAITIE TODD

Live review: Northwest Dance Project, Louder Than Words


Northwest Dance Project’s first-ever resident choreographer got a standing ovation at the Friday night premier of Louder Than Words, and it was well-deserved. The sheer range of moods throughout the performance—calm and classical to dramatic and emotional to fast-paced and breathless—makes for a night hard to forget. Consisting of three pieces, Loud...   More
Saturday, March 21, 2015 by KAITIE TODD

Introducing: Girls in Trouble

Music Stories
Who: Alicia Jo Rabins (vocals, violin), Aaron Hartman (bass).   Sounds like: Soaring folk ballads mixed with dark 1990s alt-rock and Jewish theology. For fans of: Andrew Bird, Nina Nastasia, th   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Ching Ching Wong (Northwest Dance Project)

For one dancer, NWDP is more than a company, it’s family.

Ching Ching Wong, all 4 feet 11 inches of her, wriggles in her chair as she throws up jazz hands: “I want to dance forever. Like in retirement homes in my wheelchair, I’m going to be killi   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Live review: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Cinderella


We all know the story of the rags-to-riches girl with a fairy godmother and glass slipper. But chances are you haven’t seen Cinderella like Oregon Ballet Theatre does it.For its first ever performance at OBT, the company takes a notable step away from the traditional Cinderella story. They add splashes of over-the-top humor, seemingly boundless enthusias...   More
Saturday, March 7, 2015 by KAITIE TODD

Durang Durang

Six one-acts through the undeniably strange.

Post5 Theatre’s Durang Durang, a collection of six one-act plays by absurdist playwright Christopher Durang, touches on grave issues: domestic violence, parental abuse and mental health. But   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Live review: Alonzo King LINES Ballet


Choreographer Alonzo King loves high contrast. At least, that’s true of his most recent visit to Portland with San Francisco-based LINES Ballet company, the fourth in 17 years.Dance presenter White Bird touts the company, 11 classically trained ballerinas and ballet dancers, as seemingly “boneless.” This is true of their top halves: dancers’ sweeping, rounded and elongated arm movements fl...   More
Monday, March 2, 2015 by KAITIE TODD

Hold Me Closer, Tango Dancer

Clay Nelson built the longest-running tango festival in North America—in Portland.

Clay Nelson knows all about the Portland tango. After all, he’s the main reason it exists. Each year, dancers and instructors come from all over the world to the ValenTango festival he found   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 KAITIE TODD
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