Dance+ Performance Festival
918 SW Yamhill St., Ste. 401
The annual series by nonprofit Conduit Dance brings together contemporary talent from around the Northwest—and, this year, from around the country—for performances that stretch the imagination. This first show (next weekend will have a different lineup) features five acts that have the potential to be anything from cornball absurdity to Japanese traditionalism. Performers include Conduit co-founder Linda K. Johnson who partners with Sarah Gamblin, a Portland transplant to Texas, who in past performances has screamed “Shit!” and “Fuck!” in rapid succession. This work likely won’t be as avant-garde as others in the showcase, but it does build upon a solo piece created by modern dance star Bebe Miller, with whom both dancers have worked. A more lyrical piece will come from Jessica Hightower, a relatively new choreographer who’s pairing with her familiar partner, Keely McIntyre. The two both dance for the Bobbevy company and performed together in McIntyre’s 2010 piece Subplot. Bringing a different perspective, two Portland choreographers blend divergent cultures from the East: Suba Ganesan attempts to harmonize her South Indian-style Bharatanatyam dance with Michelle Fujii’s taiko, a Japanese folk dance based heavily on percussion. Even more experimental is the performance by Seattle multimedia dance team Ulrich Graczyk Baldoz, whose octogenarian director, Torben Ulrich, is the father of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. The team has a created an installation-heavy performance that will probably challenge audience members with its conceptual nature. Rounding out the show is a video, Clipped Wing, by Chris Peddecord and dancer Kara Girod. It’s a romantic narrative featuring Girod, Northwest Dance Project’s Franco Nieto and Lindsey Matheis and BodyVox’s golden-maned Josh Murry.
Where: Conduit Dance
Address: 918 SW Yamhill St., Ste. 401