Live Review: Arcane Collective, Cold Dream Colour

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Arts & Books
BodyVox, the Portland dance company that’s built a following around corny jazz numbers and a penchant for Tom Waits, is doing something unexpected. For the first time, it’s presenting an outside company, one that’s surprisingly different: the esoteric Arcane Collective.The choice isn’t random. BodyVox co-artistic directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland danced with Arcane Collective’s co-founder ...   More
 
Friday, December 6, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: BodyVox, Fifteen (Program B)

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Arts & Books
BodyVox co-artistic director Ashley Roland said, “What happens over the course of 15 years is you do a lot of work, so when doing a retrospective, it’s hard to choose.”That’s why BodyVox’s Fifteen has two programs, the first premiering last week and the second last night. Comparing the two programs is like comparing apples to apples, perhaps the Braeburn and Gala varieties. Both are sweet, ...   More
 
Friday, May 10, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: BodyVox, Fifteen (Program A)

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Arts & Books
If BodyVox had to be summed up in one number, it would be Hopper's Piece, in which two couples go to dinner and end up dancing goofily with the waiter on the table. They dance, slide and jokingly fall with the jovial mood of sailors pinching a girl’s bottom. The women’s cheeky expressions do everything but squeal “Oh, you!”The table-dancing piece is one of 10 pieces that BodyVox has resurrected ...   More
 
Friday, May 3, 2013 AARON SPENCER

LIVE REVIEW: BodyVox-2 at BodyVox Dance Center


Arts & Books
Sitting on stage with their torsos barley visible above large white hoops skirts, two dancers fidget onstage with stiff ballerina smiles. Perched on hidden skateboards, the two women are rolled across the stage by a pair men, who look like half-dressed characters from Hansel and Gretel. The women emerge from their swanlike poses only to swirl and collide across the stage with their male counterparts, ...   More
 
Friday, January 28, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

EXTENDED REVIEW: Portland Opera, Pagliacci / Carmina Burana


Arts & Books
Murderous clowns never sounded so good. The curtain goes up. Onstage, in bright lights, lie two dead or nearly dead bodies, a woman in clown paint and a young man in plain clothes. Nearby sits the jealous husband who has stabbed them. The townspeople are poised to apprehend him, but at this moment, for some reason, they are frozen like a photograph, a tableau of horror and outrage. All at once, ...   More
 
Monday, October 4, 2010 JOHN MINERVINI

Live Review: BodyVox's Chronos/Kairos


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By means of audience response, BodyVox's current show, Chronos/Kairos was certainly successful. The guests laughed when they were supposed to laugh, gasped when they were supposed to gasp and gave the dancers a standing ovation at the curtain. While it certainly felt warm and fuzzy to sit with such receptive company, the enthusiasm for what turned out to be a lackluster performance got a little ...   More
 
Monday, November 16, 2009 Kate Williams

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