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LIVE REVIEW: Jason Samuels Smith/Anyone Can Get It at the Newmark

Tap may be the only kind of dance you don't have to see to enjoy—it's as much about sound as vision. Last night, Jason Sa...   More
Friday, December 3, 2010 by HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Martha Graham Dance Company at the Schnitz

Dance history sprang to life in an excellent multimedia program from the Martha Graham Dance Company, staged Tuesday night at the Arlene Schnitzer Conce...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 by HEATHER WISNER

BloodyVox (BodyVox)

Things that go jump in the night.

What scares BodyVox dancer Eric Skinner? Scary clowns climbing through his bedroom window. Skinner’s childhood nightmare of invasive circus freaks provided fodder for BloodyVox, BodyVox’s ...   More
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre's The Sleeping Beauty

Like Stravinsky and Balanchine or Cunningham and Cage, Tchaikovsky and Petipa created great dance by collaborating closely on steps and score. Their partnership produced some of the classical ballet world's greatest hits, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and T...   More
Sunday, October 10, 2010 by HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Burn the Floor

Burn the Floor, the nationally touring Broadway show that opened in Portland last night at the Keller, is a midriff-baring, hair-flinging, fog-machine-shrouded gallop through exhibition ballroom dance. This is either good news or bad, depending on your expectations.

If you're expecting ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 by HEATHER WISNER

Ladies First


Special Section Stories
GRAHAM BACKER: Longtime Portland choreographer Josie Moseley. IMAGE: mikelarremore.comWhy, when the dance industry is so heavily populated by women, are so many men company directors and choreographe ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

Northwest Dance Project's Andrea Parson Wins Huge National Dance Award

If you're a dancer, winning a Princess Grace Award is a Very Big Deal: the national award, which recognizes emerging artists in performing arts and film, honors ...   More
Monday, August 2, 2010 by HEATHER WISNER

Ten Tiny Taiko Dances

Big drums, little stage.

Sixteen square feet might not seem like much, but you’d be surprised what Ten Tiny Dances participants have done with such a small space over the event’s 19 shows. Sojourn Theatre once sur ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre Wows With Dance United

As Portland Mayor Sam Adams put it during a pre-show presentation, “What a difference a year makes.” He was referring to the 12 months between the 2009 Dance United concert, a fundraiser for the    More
Friday, June 4, 2010 by HEATHER WISNER

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Wednesday, May 5

A balletic Swan of a different color.

A door isn’t just a door in Dutch dancemaker Didy Veldman’s Frame of View. It’s a vehicle to swing from, shimmy over and collapse against. It’s even a source of titillation, wh ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 HEATHER WISNER
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