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TBA DIARIES: Anna Halprin's Blank Placard Project


Photo by Mary Christmas. For her take on the "Happening," see post here.

On First Thursday, the fourth night of the Republican convention and the opening night of PICA's    More
 
Friday, September 5, 2008 by HEATHER WISNER

OBT takes NYC


They like us—they actually like us! Every September, New York temporarily suspends its disbelief that culture exists elsewhere and invites more than two dozen guest artists to perform at City Center's Fall for Dance Festival. And this year, fo...   More
 
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 by HEATHER WISNER

Northwest Professional Dance Project

On the road to success, eight dancers pull over in Portland.


Performance
I wasn’t expecting topless dancers at a rehearsal for the Project Company, but that’s what I found when I arrived at the studio two weeks ago: a half-dozen naked backs facing the door as p ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

Information Station

Tahni Holt's brainchild Information Studio was a remote-controlled icebreaker.


Books
Spending a sweaty Saturday in an airless room silently touching strangers might not sound like a good time. But Information Studio—a combination of Twister, sociology experiment and art happenin ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

4x4: The Ballet Project


It was crowded Friday night at 4 x 4: the Ballet Project, which capped White Bird's '07-'08 season at the Schnitz, but not so crowded that I couldn't move at intermission, away from the frizzy-haired, seven-foot-tall balletomane obscuring my view. (Has anyone ever considered a ...   More
 
Saturday, May 10, 2008 by HEATHER WISNER

4x4: The Ballet Project (White Bird)

Four on the floor: All ballet, all night long.


Performance
Apparently there’s been some confusion over 4x4: The Ballet Project, the last show of White Bird’s current season. For the record, 4x4 isn’t a collaboration among ballet companies, n ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Oregon Ballet Theatre)

Oregon Ballet Theatre shoots to thrill with Balanchine's Slaughter.


Performance
There are gun-slinging gangsters, a sultry stripper and some surprisingly animated corpses in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, but the real eyebrow-raiser here is the talking. You just don't hear chatter ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

Air-Condition (White Bird Dance)

PREVIEW: Brenda Angiel’s floating dance party.


Performance
Tango, not aerial dance, is Argentina’s best-known cultural export. But with the Buenos Aires-based Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company, you get both. In fact, Angiel believes a certain aerial ta ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

Stephen Petronio: Bloom

March showers bring flower power.


Performance
A punk aesthetic creeps through the work of Stephen Petronio. A modern dancer who came late to the game and its technical training, he has frequently challenged viewers with the unpretty: counterintui ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

The Tuning Score

Steve Paxton and company improvise dance that’s different every time.


Performance
If Greenwich Village’s Judson Dance Theater had never existed, dance would be radically different today. The wildly inventive ’60s group broke away from the conventions of modern dance and ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 HEATHER WISNER
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