Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, Summer Splendors

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Arts & Books
The annual summer show from Northwest Dance Project, Portland’s standout contemporary chamber company, is a sea of airy turns and dreamlike reflection. The four pieces, two of them world premieres, have notable similarities in style and approach, even though they were created by four different choreographers. The first, How the Light Gets In, is a world premiere from Portland dance mainstay Carla ...   More
 
Saturday, June 7, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, Director's Choice

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Arts & Books
It was simulcast free to the public Thursday evening, but if you saw Northwest Dance Project's Director's Choice show live at the Newmark, you got your money's worth with nearly two hours of serious dance. Portland's leading contemporary company turns 10 this year, and artistic director Sarah Slipper's anniversary show is a selection of four works, including a premiere, from that decadelong ...   More
 
Friday, April 4, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Northwest Dance Project Goes Big with 50-Foot Simulcast of Tonight's Anniversary Show

The scrappy chamber company's show will be projected onto the side of downtown's Jive Building.

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Arts & Books
It’s like a First Thursday Drive-In for dance. Northwest Dance Project, Portland’s scrappy chamber dance company, is 10 years old, and it’s celebrating the milestone by making its dancers bigger—50-foot projections of them will be turning and twisting on the side of the Jive Building this evening. The performance, the company’s Director’s Choice show, will be going on live at the ...   More
 
Thursday, April 3, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, New Now Wow

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Arts & Books
Northwest Dance Project is an asset to Portland’s dance community, serving as an incubator for new choreographers and a presenter of the city’s often remarkable talent. That said, its current show, New Now Wow, really shouldn’t have “wow” in the title.Not that the show is bad—far from it. The collection of three contemporary works by guest choreographers creates memorable moments and showcases ...   More
 
Friday, October 25, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Summer Splendors (Northwest Dance Project)

The new and the old, inside and out.


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“Intimate” might seem disingenuous when a dance company uses it to promote a show in a small space—much like how real-estate agents use “cozy” to describe a kitchen that’s actually cra   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project

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Arts & Books
A show with two intermissions says one thing to me: marathon drinking. Maybe that’s not what Northwest Dance Project had in mind for its Spring Performances, now at the Newmark Theater, but what else is a patron to do? We’re facing a 30-minute contemporary dance number followed by a 15-minute break, and then another number followed by another break, and the bar is right down the ...   More
 
Friday, March 29, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Scoop: Future Drinking and the Portland Digital eXperience

The Neo Geo of Portland gossip columns.


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WEED ’N’ FEED: In what reads like satire but appears to be true, an all-hemp cafe has opened in Portland at 2714 NE Alberta St. Billing...   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 WW Culture Staff

In Good Company (Northwest Dance Project)

A premise designed to make you feel old.


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It’s been a banner year for Portland’s Northwest Dance Project, which specializes in dancing work by international contemporary choreographers. The company won two European dance competition   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Northwest Dance Project Celebrates Cool Yule with Blue Cranes


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So what's cool about the Northwest Dance Project's Cool Yule show? Its collaboration with Portland jazz collective Blue Cranes. Each of the six choreographers who contributed to the show chose a piece from the Cranes catalog and set work to it, which the band accompanies live onstage. Variations on this theme are not unusual in the dance world—a single choreographer choosing a suite of music ...   More
 
Friday, December 17, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

Northwest Dance Project's Andrea Parson Wins Huge National Dance Award


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If you're a dancer, winning a Princess Grace Award is a Very Big Deal: the national award, which recognizes emerging artists in performing arts and film, honors only six dancers nationwide every year, typically from major companies (American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet among them in 2009). So when Andrea Parson, a member of Portland's Northwest Dance Project, learned she was a 2010 recipient, ...   More
 
Monday, August 2, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

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