Live Review: Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, Bodyland

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Arts & Books
Your body is not a wonderland. At least, not the way Israeli choreographers Yossi Berg and Oded Graf tell it in BodyLand, which makes its U.S. premiere in Portland to kick off White Bird’s 15th annual Uncaged series. The piece explores body image and societal expectations, but not in as grim a way as you might expect. Their point is there, to be sure, but for the most part the hourlong work feels ...   More
 
Friday, December 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: BodyVox, Firewall

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BodyVox’s latest performance, Firewall, is as technology-riddled as the name suggests.“We got a lot of really cool toys and we played with them,” said BodyVox co-artistic director Jamey Hampton when introducing the show opening weekend. Featuring lasers, green screens and sword-like “wind wands” that hiss like light sabers, Firewall succeeds in being playful and creative, even ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Dance Review: Eleven

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We've all heard the phrase "emotional roller coaster." Eleven, a collection of work by 11 choreographers from across the country, actually is one. The show, which just closed a weekendlong run at the Headwaters, sees 12 dancers mixing dance styles—from tutting and krumping to ballet and modern—all with the intent of exploring different emotions.“I would describe ...   More
 
Monday, December 8, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, In Good Company

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In Good Company, Northwest Dance Project’s annual winter show, begins with a phone call. “Northwest Dance Project at the Vestas Center, how can I help you?” a female voice asks, surrounded by the clacking and ringing of a switchboard operator’s room. She quickly responds to the voice on the other end of the line: “I know that you have a busy schedule….but they’re seated and ...   More
 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: TopShakeDance, A-bout

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“Put those elbows in!” the coach shouts at the wrestler on the mat who, pinned to the floor and in a headlock, shakes in struggle. Her opponent holds the pose tight before being suddenly knocked onto the floor with an unexpected move, and the crowd chatters amidst shrill whistles and cheers.  This isn’t the scene at some Friday night wrestling match—instead, it’s the opening sequence ...   More
 
Saturday, November 15, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Polaris Dance Theatre, Word

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Is the pen mightier than the score? That’s a question that surfaces during Polaris Dance Theatre’s season opener, Word, which plays with movement set to the cadence and rhythm of spoken word. The texts are by the likes of Maya Angelou and Samuel Beckett, as well as by local writers including Claire Willett and high-school student Sophie Mautz. Word consists of short vignettes and longer works—14 ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: BalletBoyz, Serpent and Fallen

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For a company called BalletBoyz, the dancers aren't really what you'd expect. Either bringing to mind cheesy '90s dance routines or rigid, classical all-male ballet, the United Kingdom-based dance company—founded by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt—instead opts for something entirely different. Neither cheesy nor rigid, BalletBoyz are a group of 10 male dancers with ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Allie Hankins, Like a Sun that Pours Forth Light but Never Warmth

Dance Review: Allie Hankins, Like a Sun that Pours Forth Light but Never Warmth

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Experimental dancer Allie Hankins might be quick to stress the differences between herself and Vaslav Nijinsky, the notoriously troubled 20th-century Russian ballet dancer who inspired her latest performance. But her hourlong solo, titled Like a Sun that Pours Forth Light but Never Warmth, presents a compelling and often hypnotizing look into the iconic moves of her legendary muse and the struggle ...   More
 
Saturday, October 25, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, New Now Wow!

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Northwest Dance Project’s season opener showcases three world premieres from local and international choreographers, incorporating contemporary movement with classical elements. The title of the show, New Now Wow!, might be a little hacky, but in this case, it's a name well-deserved. The evening opens with Yin Yue’s Between Rise and Fall, which sends the audience into a dark world. It ...   More
 
Saturday, October 25, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre, OBT/25

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Oregon Ballet Theatre is turning 25, and it wants to celebrate. The company’s season opener, OBT/25, acts as its party, and with it comes a reflective mix of past works paired alongside a world premiere. This, understandably, leads to a night of truly diverse dances, all connected by a common feeling of festivity. One thing is for sure: OBT knows how to throw a party. Artistic director ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 KAITIE TODD

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