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Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Grand Tour

Liberté, Egalité, Tour Jeté: OBT’s French accent

What awaits us when Oregon Ballet Theatre’s globally themed Grand Tour season stops in France? Only one of the country’s best known—and most heavily freighted—compositions: Rav ...   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

Josie Moseley Dance

Moseley takes a chance and lets the pieces fall where they may.

The love-hate divide over Julie Taymor’s new musical Across the Universe —which builds a hippie-era narrative from bits of Beatles’ tunes—illustrates the inherent dilemma of us ...   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 HEATHER WISNER

Rennie Harris Puremovement

Hip-hop for the mind—and body.

Hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris apparently dislikes interviews—dislikes them enough, in fact, to suggest doing one at 4 am before vanishing into a phone and email void, never to be heard fro ...   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 HEATHER WISNER

Let’s Get This Party Started

Tahni Holt would like to invite you to a small, unusual party.

Unusual because you'll be performing at it. Holt, founder of the contemporary dance group Monster Squad, is So...   More
Thursday, November 29, 2007 by HEATHER WISNER

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie

O Canada! Compagnie debuts dance from the Great White North.

Is there a Canadian dance aesthetic? I put the question to Laurence Lemieux, co-founder (with her husband, Bill Coleman) of Montreal-based Coleman Lemieux&Compagnie, which makes its Portland debut Wed ...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 HEATHER WISNER

Linda Austin/Performance Works NorthWest

Invitation to an urban circus

How often have you seen, from the window of a moving bus, some silent interaction between people that begged for a back story? The Linda Austin/Performance Works NorthWest show Circus Me Around works ...   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 HEATHER WISNER

Forty zombies walk into a Portland bar....

Everyone has a "Thriller" memory, and mine is painfully New Wave: around 1984, my ballet-school partner and I broke curfew to see the video's midnight debut at Portland's old Metro dance club. Our high-school troupe was dancing it, and seeing it stomp across the big screen totally, totally made up for ...   More
Monday, October 29, 2007 by HEATHER WISNER

Oregon Ballet Theatre The Germanic Lands

A dreamy opening for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s yearlong Grand Tour.

Ballet titans George Balanchine and Sir Frederick Ashton both famously adapted Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream : Balanchine in 1962 for New York City Ballet (casting himself ...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 HEATHER WISNER

Paul Taylor Dance Company, Wednesday, Oct. 3

White Bird marks a milestone with the company that started it all.

It’s improbable that local dance presenter White Bird exists at all, never mind existing for 10 years. Founders Paul King and Walter Jaffe could have stayed in New York, where they first fell fo ...   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2007 HEATHER WISNER

TBA DIARY: Zoe Scofield

8:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 16

Lincoln Hall, Portland State University

Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey, The devil you know is better than the devil you don't

This is TBA's last stage show, and what fest head Mark Russell calls ...   More
Monday, September 17, 2007 by HEATHER WISNER
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