Ballerina Xuan Cheng

After strict training in China, an Oregon Ballet Theatre dancer finds joy in the rigor.

Fall Arts Outside of ballet, Xuan Cheng says her life is pretty boring. She knows people who go on hikes or stay out late partying, but after rigorous rehearsal, she doesn’t have the energy. Instead, th ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Portland Fall Dance Picks

Fall Arts Wanderlust Circus Oregon Country Fair goers will be familiar with these meta-retro numbers, but the acts have been juiced up for Time Warp, a circus show and dance party. Wanderlust Circus’ acrob ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Firewall (BodyVox)

A dance company reveals the tricks behind the technology.

Dance If you saw Inception a few years back, chances are you marveled at the film’s spinning, zero-gravity hallway scene. BodyVox didn’t stop at admiration—the 17-year-old dance company decided ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

You Too Are Made of Stars (Wobbly Dance)

Dancing by their own rules to rethink disability.

Dance Yulia Arakelyan remembers the first day of an improv dance class led by an experimental choreographer from San Francisco. “The elevator was broken that day,” she says. “I was carried up th ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Luciana Proaño

From Peru to Portland, with poetry and hammocks.

Dance In 20 years of performing in Portland, Luciana Proaño has never gotten significant media attention. She acknowledges she could do more to promote herself, but by her nature—she improvises all ... More

Feb 12, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

A-Bout (TopShakeDance)

Dancing themselves black and blue.

Dance TopShakeDance is about to hit the dance floor hard. Literally: To explore competition and groupthink, the company’s newest work, A-bout, employs wrestling mats, mixed martial arts-inspired choreog ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Togetherness (Danielle Ross and Stacey Tran)

Uniting the melodramatic and the mundane.

Dance How would you move if you were a Greek god? That’s just one question posed during Togetherness, a new dance piece by choreographer Danielle Ross. In the piece, dancers strike iconic poses of ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Dynamic Duet

On and off the dance floor, Portland sisters Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know when to push one another.

Dance As sisters, Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know siblings don’t get anywhere by being babied. So even as they look out for each other, they won’t hesitate to make the other do things for herse ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Metal Machine Music (Kogut Butoh)

Lou Reed, with white kimonos and candlelight.

Dance When Lou Reed’s album Metal Machine Music came out in 1975, critics assailed it as a contemptuous joke, a smack in their faces and an immature scrape with career suicide. Now, the album, a 64- ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

The Nutcracker

Busby goes big.

Dance The Nutcracker makes Busby Berkeley seem like an austere minimalist. Compared to that ballet’s sumptuous, self-satisfied bliss, synchronized swimming might as well be a hockey fight. Oregon Ba ... More

Dec 18, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

3x3 (POV Dance)

Climbing up walls and sliding down banisters.

Dance The last time POV Dance performed was in 2010, when the company balanced on windowsills and did handstands in the atrium of Southeast Portland’s Ford Building. The years since have been eventf ... More

Jan 8, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER
 

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