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Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble

Shapes and sculptures, deconstructed.

The essential building blocks of dance—shapes—are deftly deconstructed in a new contemporary dance program from the Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble. Co-founders Eric Skinner and Daniel Kirk (als   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

TBA Diaries: Faustin Linyekula, Le Cargo


Congelese dancer Faustin Linyekula made a plainspoken and indelible impression in his solo autobiographical work Le Cargo, which premiered last night at TBA before heading to New York’s Florence Gould Hall. Le Cargo tells of Linyekula’s 2011 return to Obilo, the Congolese village where he spent part of his childhood. It offers a sna...   More
Friday, September 14, 2012 by HEATHER WISNER

TBA Diaries: Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero, Turbulence


If you enjoy Champagne-soaked naked slip ‘n’ slide (as many do) you might enjoy Turbulence, by Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero. I say "might" because that’s just one part of this dance-theater piece, a supposedly optional part, and there are many more parts that compose its sprawling whole. It begins when you walk among the performers on the way to your seat, which you may not occu...   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by HEATHER WISNER

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Dancing In the Dark

With apologies to Julia Stiles, Oregon Ballet dancers go clubbin’.

No one is dancing when I arrive at Jones. I’m here to meet Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers Olga Krochik and Lucas Threefoot and their friends, ostensibly for a night on the town. But it’s early    More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Turbulence/Le Cargo

Getting political in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.

Recent financial upheaval and the roller-coaster ride of the ongoing culture wars feed Keith Hennessy’s Turbulence. Hennessy and his contemporary dance-theater outfit, Circo Zero, mine Wall Stre   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Chromatic Quartet (Oregon Ballet Theatre)

Matjash Mrozewski loses the mob, keeps the flash.

 What’s the appeal of flash mobs? Canadian choreographer Matjash Mrozewski thinks it might be the endorphin-boosting power of moving in unison with a large group,   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Puppet Master: Kidd Pivot's "Dark Matters"


Reality crowds illusion and chaos thwarts control in Dark Matters, a stunning new work by Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM. The company, run by Cana...   More
Friday, March 16, 2012 by HEATHER WISNER

Giselle (Oregon Ballet Theatre)

What it’s like to dance ballet’s toughest role.

Yuka Iino has been feeling a little, well, emotional lately: “I tear up for small little things, not necessarily things that are making me sad,” she confesses via email. “I cry for somethi   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Make/Believe (Teeth)

Ten million channels and nothing but noise.

We’re expressing ourselves through more channels than ever before, but what are we saying? That might well be the question driving this riveting new contemporary dance work by Portland performan   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

In Good Company (Northwest Dance Project)

A premise designed to make you feel old.

It’s been a banner year for Portland’s Northwest Dance Project, which specializes in dancing work by international contemporary choreographers. The company won two European dance competition   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 HEATHER WISNER
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