Live Review: BalletBoyz, Serpent and Fallen

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Arts & Books
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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Arts & Books
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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Arts & Books
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

Live Review: Sydney Dance Company, 2 One Another

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Arts & Books
As strides in technology connect us ever more seamlessly, we somehow grow increasingly isolated. Arguments about how texting and Facebook contribute to loneliness are making their rounds, ironically enough, in social media (See here, here and here).But while that message has merit, the cursory way it’s delivered misses the mark. Sydney Dance Company, on the other hand, illustrates this ...   More
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Compagnie Maguy Marin, Salves

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Americans, and as dance presenter White Bird showed last night, apparently the French, have a preoccupation with the apocalypse. Even if you’re not the in the 41 percent of Americans who believe in an imminent rapture, media and pop culture constantly bombard us with the idea of a collapsing society (h/t David Wong). From The Walking Dead to Elysium to the frenzy over the government shutdown ...   More
 
Friday, October 11, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review, Circa: Daring Feats with Dancer Envy

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Art that aims to be part one thing and part another has a tendency to wind up nothing at all. That’s the worry when watching Circa, the Australian act often described as almost circus and almost dance.But that’s an imperfect portrait of this company. Circa is not part circus, part dance. It’s all circus, just in dance packaging.Take a circus show, throw away the kitsch, popcorn, animals and gaudy ...   More
 
Thursday, April 11, 2013 AARON SPENCER

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