Live review: White Bird, New Israeli Voices in Dance


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Danielle Agami and Hillel Kogan are Israel’s fastest rising choreographers, and this weekend, Portland gets to see them slathered with hummus on stage as White Bird presents two striking works of athleticism and, surprisingly, humor. The night opens with Agami's world premiere, Exhibit b, performed by her Los Angeles-based dance company, Ate9. The music—frenetic horns, ...   More
Sunday, March 22, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Russell Maliphant Company, Still Current


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Russell Maliphant isn't just a dancer and choreographer. After seeing his program Still Current, presented by White Bird, there's reason to believe the Brit is something of a magician.  With a company of four talented dancers and inventive lighting by designer Michael Hull, Still Current features three solos and two duets that all feature remarkable strength and skill, as well as stunning illusion. ...   More
Friday, January 23, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, Bodyland


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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: 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: Diavolo

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Watching the dance company Diavolo is kind of like watching someone work through a recipe—at least that’s what artistic director Jacques Heim said at the beginning of the company’s Portland performance on Thursday. The ingredients: part everyday movement and part ballet, hip-hop, martial arts and breakdancing, with a dash of architectural structures thrown into the mix. Toss these together, ...   More
Friday, October 10, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Emio Greco, Rocco

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Upon entering the Newmark Theatre for Rocco, a work choreographed by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Schoten that White Bird is presenting in its U.S. premiere, audiences will find a full-blown boxing ring on the stage. Part of the audience gets to sit ringside, facing two boxers, both dressed in shiny athletic shorts and dragging on cigarettes, who’ve already taken up posts in opposite corners. One slouches ...   More
Friday, April 11, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Stephen Petronio Company, Like Lazarus Did

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The performance of Stephen Petronio's Like Lazarus Did is a special one for dance presenter White Bird, not because of the dance company—White Bird's presented Petronio six times, more than any other choreographer—but because of the live accompaniment by the Pacific Youth Choir. As the curtain rises merely a foot, just enough to show Petronio lying on his back in a black suit downstage ...   More
Friday, March 7, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Songs of the Wanderers


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Abstract, expressive dance commonly seeks some kind of enlightenment. Butoh, for example, is often credited for changing lives with its agonizingly slow movement and grimaces. More difficult-to-categorize performance art has similar goals—if I may use a word as deliberate as “goal.” Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, presented by White Bird, abides by a similar rule, although perhaps more overtly. ...   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet


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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, an ever-popular company out of New York, is no stranger to popular culture: Emily Blunt was cast as a company dancer in The Adjustment Bureau. But its repertoire is at least high-minded in intent, as seen in a one-night performance Wednesday night, presented by White Bird, that featured three works by European choreographers. The first, Violet Kid by Hofesh Shechter, is ...   More
Thursday, February 27, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Phillip Adams BalletLab, Amplification

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Australian Phillip Adams created his signature piece Amplification after visiting a morgue in Melbourne. Two body bags from that morgue were onstage again last night in Portland, for the opening night of a three-night run presented by White Bird.The piece, created in 1998, is a great example of how inspiration for art doesn’t necessarily define the finished work. Adams imaged the choreography by ...   More
Friday, January 24, 2014 AARON SPENCER


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