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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


Out crowd.

Everyone has a group that will accept them unconditionally—but it’s not always the people they know. Artists Repertory Theatre explores this notion with Nina Raine’s Tribes, a play that    More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Profile Theatre)

Put a ring on it.

Profile Theatre’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone begins with a familiar scene: two strangers sitting separately at a cafe, and neither will turn off their damn cellphone. Our protagonis   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Fertile Ground Diaries: Groovin' Greenhouse, Polaris Dance Theatre and Automal

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Dreams, daily routines and Silly Putty all came alive on the Polaris Dance stage last night. Part of the Fertile Ground festival, Groovin’ Greenhouse is a showcase produced by Polaris that puts a spotlight on emerging dancers across Portland, including five-piece collective   More
Friday, January 30, 2015 by KAITIE TODD

Gender Tree

Bend and rend.

A work in progress by Portlander Cassandra Boice, Gender Tree begins by posing a few questions. Do people still identify with traditional gender roles? How do you define the word “gender”? B   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Fertile Ground Diaries: Woman on the Scarlet Beast


Woman on the Scarlet Beast, a darkly sarcastic new play by Portlander Caroline Miller, follows the lives and secrets of three generations of women. There’s the sweet but victimizing grandmother, Dulce (Jane Fellows). Her cynical daughter, Ruby (Adrienne Flagg), is a wheelchair-bound former prostitute struggling with her faith in others. And then there’s Ruby’s daughter, Jenny ...   More
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Russell Maliphant Company, Still Current


Russell Maliphant isn't just a dancer and choreographer. After seeing his program Still Current, presented by White Bird, there's reason to believe the Brit is something of a magician.  With a company of four talented dancers and inventive lighting by designer Michael Hull, Still Cu...   More
Friday, January 23, 2015 by KAITIE TODD

The Snowstorm

From Russia with love.

The Snowstorm begins with an intense concert. Sitting at a piano in the darkened theater, Eric Nordin looks calm and serene, but that belies the torrent of sound he’s producing. As the final   More
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Ezza Rose

When the Water’s Hot (Self-Released)

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[PLUGGED-IN FOLK] If Ezza Rose’s dreamy, delicate vocals weren’t so recognizable, one might not realize that her latest album, When the Water’s Hot, is the product of the folk songstress who   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 KAITIE TODD

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