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: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Dream

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Arts & Books
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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Arts & Books
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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Arts & Books
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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Arts & Books
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

Dance Review: A-WOL's Art in the Dark

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Arts & Books
A-WOL Dance’s Cirque Du Soleil-esque show Art in the Dark is like something you might see in a wild dream. Set among the trees of West Linn’s Mary S. Young park, dancers are suspended from branches by rope, aerial silks, trapeze and hoops. They vigorously propel their bodies up and down the fabric yet still move with beautiful fluidity and grace. Intricately winding the fabric around their bodies, ...   More
 
Monday, August 26, 2013 HALEY MARTIN

Live Review: Dance+ Performance Festival, Part 1 (Conduit Dance)

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Arts & Books
Conduit’s Dance+ Festival is a grab bag of acts, mostly dance numbers with a little something extra. The performances are so divergent that the show as a whole is unlikely to be a crowd pleaser, but that’s the price you pay for experimentation.The show, now in its second year, is a combination of mostly regional performers selected by a panel. The goal is to showcase work that’s innovative and ...   More
 
Friday, July 12, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: BodyVox, Fifteen (Program B)

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BodyVox co-artistic director Ashley Roland said, “What happens over the course of 15 years is you do a lot of work, so when doing a retrospective, it’s hard to choose.”That’s why BodyVox’s Fifteen has two programs, the first premiering last week and the second last night. Comparing the two programs is like comparing apples to apples, perhaps the Braeburn and Gala varieties. Both are sweet, ...   More
 
Friday, May 10, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: BodyVox, Fifteen (Program A)

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If BodyVox had to be summed up in one number, it would be Hopper's Piece, in which two couples go to dinner and end up dancing goofily with the waiter on the table. They dance, slide and jokingly fall with the jovial mood of sailors pinching a girl’s bottom. The women’s cheeky expressions do everything but squeal “Oh, you!”The table-dancing piece is one of 10 pieces that BodyVox has resurrected ...   More
 
Friday, May 3, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review, Circa: Daring Feats with Dancer Envy

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Arts & Books
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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