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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.


Theater
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

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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

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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.


Theater
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

Spring Awakening

Performance picks for spring 2015.


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THEATER The Snowstorm As part of Fertile Ground—an 11-day spree of locally produced new works—pianist Eric Nordin and choreographer Jessica Wallenfels collaborate on an original piece of d   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, KAITIE TODD

After Flood Destroys $50,000 Worth of Equipment, Northwest Dance Project Rebuilds

A broken water main under a storage unit destroyed costumes, sets and two-thirds of the company's sprung floor.

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A few weeks ago, while preparing for Thanksgiving, Northwest Dance Project artistic director Sarah Slipper received a startling phone call from executive director Scott Lewis: A broken water main beneath the dance company’s storage unit had destroyed an estimated $50,000 worth of equipment, sets and costumes.
“It was at the wors...   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, Bodyland

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Your body is not a wonderland. At least, not the way Israeli choreographers Yossi Berg and Oded Graf tell it in BodyLand, which makes its U.S. premiere in Portland to kick off White Bird’s 15th annual Uncaged series. The piece explores body image and societal expectations, but not in as grim a way as you might expect. Their point is...   More
 
Friday, December 12, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: BodyVox, Firewall

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BodyVox’s latest performance, Firewall, is as technology-riddled as the name suggests.“We got a lot of really cool toys and we played with them,” said BodyVox co-artistic director Jamey Hampton when introducing the show opening weekend. Featuring lasers, green screens and sword-like “wind wands” that hiss like light sabers, Firewall succeeds in being playful and ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by KAITIE TODD
 

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