Live Review: Sydney Dance Company, 2 One Another

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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

Live Review: Illstyle & Peace Productions

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It’s never a good sign when show organizers keep stressing a group is their second choice for a performance. White Bird founders Paul King and Walter Jaffe were gracious in their introduction Thursday night, but you could tell they were disappointed that their planned performers, the dancers of Abou Lagraa, ran into visa issues coming from Algeria.The replacement, Illstyle & Peace Productions, ...   More
Friday, March 22, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: MOMIX

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While reading the biographies for the dancers in Botanica, one can’t help but imagine some of them spent years training in classical ballet only to be cut from the company. Maybe the phone call to their parents went something like, “You know what, Mom, forget it! I’m just going to spend my dance career riding giant Triceratops puppets.”There is indeed a giant Triceratops puppet in MOMIX’s ...   More
Thursday, February 28, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Camille A. Brown & Dancers

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Mr. TOL E RAncE, a new piece of dance-theater from choreographer Camille A. Brown, clocks in at only 45 minutes. But with its frenzied pace, repetitive movements and sometimes cluttered staging, the work feels much longer. Receiving its West Coast debut as part of White Bird’s Uncaged series, Mr. TOL E RAncE means terribly well. Using stylistic tropes and clichés of minstrelsy, it aims to investigate ...   More
Friday, December 7, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

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

GO SEE IT: Fraulein Maria at the Newmark

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The majestic Alps, the iconic songs, the Vogueing Mother Superior clad in a pair of Adidas as she warbles "Climb Every Mountain"... New York choreographer Doug Elkins creates a joyful, jaw-dropping remix of The Sound of Music, setting everything from ballet to b-boy moves to the original Rodgers & Hammerstein film score in his truly exceptional work Fraulein Maria. White Bird presents his company, ...   More
Saturday, January 15, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

LIVE REVIEW: Oslund + Co/Dance's Childhood Star

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Imagine a person is trapped inside a cloth sack and stretching the surface trying to get out from the inside. That's what the sculptures adorning the stage of Oslund's newest work Childhood Star look like. The show was commissioned by local dance presenter White Bird and premiered last night as part of Portland's Fertile Ground festival (read WW's big preview on the festival here). In constantly transitioning ...   More
Friday, January 21, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

LIVE REVIEW: Jason Samuels Smith/Anyone Can Get It at the Newmark

Tap may be the only kind of dance you don't have to see to enjoy—it's as much about sound as vision. Last night, Jason Samuels Smith and his tap company Anyone Can Get It made that clear when they opened their Portland debut in total darkness, with just the amplified sound of taps clicking and scuffing out an infectious rhythm on the stage. The best hoofers work like jazz musicians, breaking ...   More
Friday, December 3, 2010 HEATHER WISNER


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