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The Foot Opera Files (BodyVox)

BodyVox inaugurates its unfinished new digs.

“If we were a band, I’d say, ‘We’re making a live album and you’re all going to be a part of it,’” said BodyVox co-founder Jamey Hampton, as he welcomed a cap ...   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 HEATHER WISNER

Trey Mcintyre Project (White Bird)

What’s one of our top young choreographers doing in Boise?

When dance lovers speak wistfully of finding the next Balanchine, Trey McIntyre’s name often comes up. And why not? McIntyre began at Houston Ballet as a dancer and left as an associate choreogr ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 HEATHER WISNER

Good Luck, Movin' Out

There are people who like musicals and people who don't, and rarely does the twain meet: “It's not natural for people to break into song mid-conversation,” complains one friend, who is unswayed by my retort that slaying Orcs isn't natural either.
So what...   More
Monday, January 19, 2009 by HEATHER WISNER

Bad Boys Of Dance (White Bird Dance)

In this boy band, Rasta is the dangerous one.

The Bad Boys of Dance, who make their West Coast debut this week, haven’t been kicked out of companies for smoking in the studio or snapping people’s dance belts. They won’t steal yo ...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 HEATHER WISNER

Skinner/Kirk + Bielemeier (White Bird)

Three Portland choreographers circle the wagons.

At first glance, a Saturday afternoon rehearsal for this week’s Skinner/Kirk + Bielemeier show looks pretty normal. Sweaty dancers from the previous hour’s jazz class are fetching their ba ...   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

Kidd Pivot, Lost Action (White Bird)

White Bird, kicked out of the PSU nest, goes wild.

Change is scary, but if we survived the political season, we can certainly survive White Bird’s 2008-2009 dance season as the company packs up and moves to new digs. The series has presented wor ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

Tero Saarinen Company (White Bird)

Finnishing what the Russians started.

Ever since the Ballets Russes’ 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s discordant The Rite of Spring sparked a riot in the theater, dance figures from Pina Bausch to Béjart to the Joffrey Bal ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

Alonzo King Lines Ballet (White Bird)

Ballet meets martial arts in White Bird’s dance-season opener.

A quest for diversity is not what drives San Francisco dancemaker Alonzo King, although he has paired his ballet dancers with such artistically divergent collaborators as tabla master Zakir Hussain, f ...   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

TBA DIARY: Halprin in the Hay

8 pm Tuesday, Whitsell Auditorium: "Documenting Dance."

Anna Halprin and Véronique Doisneau are both dancers, but the similarities pretty much end there. TBA's “Documenting Dance: Three Films" (shown Monday and Tuesda...   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 by HEATHER WISNER

TBA DIARY: All Mod Cons

The droll onstage exchange between Thai classical dancer Pichet Klunchen and French choreographer Jérôme Bel Sunday night at PSU's Lincoln Hall not only showcases contrasting artistic traditions, it inadvertently gives TBA a raison d'etre. Klunchen spends the ...   More
Monday, September 8, 2008 by HEATHER WISNER
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