Bearing Fruit

In its fifth year, Fertile Ground showcases new, local work.

It’s a big year for the annual Fertile Ground festival. The 11-day bender of locally produced new works of theater and dance turns 5 this year, and once again the lineup overwhelms. The number o   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Puppet Master: Kidd Pivot's "Dark Matters"


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Reality crowds illusion and chaos thwarts control in Dark Matters, a stunning new work by Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM. The company, run by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite and known simply as Kidd Pivot when it made its Portland debut in 2008, has returned with a work that’s thought-provoking and moving, as well as funny and periodically heart-stopping. It’s ingeniously lit and packed with ...   More
Friday, March 16, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Live Review: Chunky Move, "Connected"


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What looks like an oversized brass steering wheel is planted firmly at stage right, alongside what looks like a narrow loom. From it, dozens of wires extend diagonally toward the ceiling, then hang down at stage left, each holding a small bauble. This fascinating contraption the first thing you see when the curtain rises on Connected, a work by the Australian dance company Chunky Move. Berkeley-based ...   More
Friday, October 21, 2011 HEATHER WISNER

One Week In, Quick Takes on Fertile Ground


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As I sat in the chilly warehouse space last night and waited for …ballet? to begin, I eavesdropped on the conversation next to me. Two women and one man were heatedly–though cordially–discussing their picks and pans of the Fertile Ground festival, the 10-day spree of new works of local theater and dance. Merely listening in on their conversation was exhausting. Fertile Ground’s offerings are overwhelming ...   More
Thursday, January 27, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

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

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

LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre's The Sleeping Beauty

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Like Stravinsky and Balanchine or Cunningham and Cage, Tchaikovsky and Petipa created great dance by collaborating closely on steps and score. Their partnership produced some of the classical ballet world's greatest hits, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. Oregon Ballet Theatre already had the first two in its repertoire; on Saturday, the company opened its 21st season ...   More
Sunday, October 10, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

Live Review: I Want to Stop Wanting

Theory 1: Dance's I Want to Stop Wanting had it's PDX debut last night at Disjecta—and the local company had its audience's full attention from the moment that dancer Lucy Yim first crossed the floor. "Is this real?" a voice asks as Yim steps into a circle of light—an image that would reappear throughout the show—then, the voice reflected on how her childhood influenced her desires ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2009 Christie Wright

Earth-shattering news: Boris & Natasha Dancers to perform at Dance United.

As previously reported, Oregon Ballet Theatre is having major money trouble—the Portland company needs to raise $750,000 by the end of June in order to stay afloat (check out the O's story for even more background on that). To help raise funds, the company's launching a humongous benefit tomorrow night, Friday, June 12, that features amazing dancers from companies all across the country ...   More
Thursday, June 11, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Goodbye Merce Cunningham

A sad day for the world of dance, as we say goodbye to the one and only Merce Cunningham. The lauded choreographer died last night at the age of 90. NYT's Alastair Macaulay captures the giant of chance-dance up nicely with this: Mr. Cunningham ranks with Isadora Duncan, Serge Diaghilev, Martha Graham and George Balanchine in making people rethink the essence of dance and choreography, posing ...   More
Monday, July 27, 2009 KELLY CLARKE


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