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

Recess! WW's top picks for the weekend.

Wondering what to do with yourself this weekend? We have the answers. FRIDAY 6 pm: Catch the Portland Cello Project and Oregon Ballet Theatre at Washington Park [MUSIC/DANCE] The always-awesome cello ensemble and the recently bailed-out dance company perform a free show in the Rose Garden Amphitheater for the closing weekend of the Washington Park Summer Festival. Washington Park Rose Garden ...   More
Friday, August 14, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Danse Macabre: The Cuban Missile Tango reviewed

Jerry Mouawad, one of the two talents behind Portland's 30-year-old Imago Theatre, has is accustomed to creating shows that rely more on movement than on speech. But lately, starting with APIS in February and continuing with his new show, The Cuban Missile Tango, running through this Sunday, Mouawad has moved from mime-heavy drama to something more akin to dance theater. The Cuban Missile Tango ...   More
Friday, August 28, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

TBA Diary: The Powerful People are Tearing Me Apart.

Miguel Gutierrez was right. When I interviewed the New York dance maker last week he explained Last Meadow, his work that had its world premiere as part of PICA'S TBA Festival last night at the Winningstad like this: "“I think this show will go over really well with people who like to be confused." Luckily, there's a lot more to the piece than disconnected imagery and cascades of movement ...   More
Saturday, September 5, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

TBA Diary: AMYO/tinyrage, Too

Amy O'Neal is rightly well known for her kinetic, inventive hip hop dance with locust (read WW's review of their TBA performance this week) and with performance artist Reggie Watts, but in her TBA Fest show with Ellie Sandstrom, Too, there are much different things at stake. The piece begins not with live dance but with film, with a David-Lynch creep up the steps to a house, and what follows ...   More
Friday, September 11, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

We're Not Gonna Remember Most of Your Names: Fame Reviewed

Fame was screened for critics after Wednesday's newspaper went to press. Since I spent the majority of my childhood in tights and spandex (for dance class, don't get any weird ideas), Screen Editor Aaron Mesh volunteered me to review it. Fame When it came time for a remake of Alan Parker's 1980 drama about kids striving at a New York performing arts high school, the crew behind the new Fame ...   More
Monday, September 28, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

TBA Diary: Ten Tiny Dances

For all the big name (in avant-performance circles at least) national and international acts that come to town for TBA, some of my favorite festival moments over the years have come courtesy of the Seattle and Portland performers featured in Ten Tiny Dances, the semi-annual local performance series created and curated by Mike Barber. Nothing in this this year's lineup quite reached the heights ...   More
Thursday, September 10, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diary: Last In Translation

Hopefully all you TBA Fest goers out there made it to the opening Salon chat that took place at 12:30 pm Friday at Pacific Northwest College of Art. The audience there filled about three-quarters of the 50 or so chairs there, so while the crowd was decent, chances are you didn't make it. Which is a shame, because PICA's artistic staff—Cathy Edwards, Kristan Kennedy and Erin Boberg Doughton—provided ...   More
Sunday, September 6, 2009 Jonanna Widner

TBA Diary: Maybe Forever, A Counterpoint

Another WW writer, Matt Korfage, has already written a very discerning analysis on this blog of the interpretive dance in last night's TBA Festival performance of Meg Stuart and Philipp Gehmacher's Maybe Forever performance. So I took a look at what you can glean from the show if precise expressive movements are not your first language. Having seen the drab and desolate looking picture attached ...   More
Saturday, September 5, 2009 Jenny Booth


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