Live Review: (a)merging


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Although she couldn’t resist the allure of decorative punctuation and lower-case letters, the title for Lindsey Matheis’ show (a)merging is actually pretty clever. It’s succinct and whimsical, but also descriptive: “A merging of emerging artists” is a fairly accurate tagline for the compilation show produced by the Northwest Dance Project member.Arguably, not all of these dancers who performed ...   More
Saturday, January 18, 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: Pacific Dance Makers


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Former BodyVox member Éowyn Emerald’s third installment of Pacific Dance Makers, which in concept is a showcase of Northwest talent, is really more about Portland this year. Seven Portland choreographers joined one from Seattle on Friday’s opening night for a show that included some real talent as well as some duds. The standout is definitely dancer Katarina Svetlova. Svetlova danced for seven ...   More
Saturday, January 11, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Arcane Collective, Cold Dream Colour

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BodyVox, the Portland dance company that’s built a following around corny jazz numbers and a penchant for Tom Waits, is doing something unexpected. For the first time, it’s presenting an outside company, one that’s surprisingly different: the esoteric Arcane Collective.The choice isn’t random. BodyVox co-artistic directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland danced with Arcane Collective’s co-founder ...   More
Friday, December 6, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, New Now Wow


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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

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: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Dream


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Under the tutelage of new artistic director Kevin Irving, Oregon Ballet Theatre presented two very different pieces Saturday night. Dream, the season opener for Oregon’s premier dance company, has something old and something new. The show opens with Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero, a contemporary contribution from Irving who has ties with the prominent choreographer, and concluded with former artistic ...   More
Monday, October 14, 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

Dance Review: Something to Declare (Heidi Duckler)

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Choreographer Heidi Duckler sets her work in unexpected locations: laundromats, city hall buildings, on three-story-tall scaffolding. For Something to Declare, she finds herself in Portland’s historic Custom House. While she stays true to her mission of turning an ordinary space into a canvas for her art, it feeels like a missed opportunity. Mundane choreography doesn’t live up to the setting, ...   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 HALEY MARTIN

Dance Review: Alchemy (Lindsey Matheis)

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The 23-year-old guy sitting next to me at Alchemy, which showed this past weekend, said he came to experience more culture and to open his mind to new things. I hear this kind of thing all the time from young people: They like the idea of seeing dance, but when Friday night rolls around, those good intentions dissipate into another night at the bar.Fortunately for this guy, this was exactly the show ...   More
Monday, September 9, 2013 AARON SPENCER


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