TBA Diary: Meg Stuart, Philipp Gehmacher, Maybe Forever

Only once during all of the TBA fest's history have I seen anyone boo. "It's so self-indulgent," said the portly man in the striped shirt, at the end of the Maybe Forever performance. He'd furiously twitterpated on his iphone during the duration, before promising to quote the New York Times on his blog to register his displeasure. He and I, apparently, had seen different shows. Because as it goes, ...   More
Saturday, September 5, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

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: 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: 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

Get yer tix: Hofesh Shechter Company spars with PDX tomorrow night.

Two men stand on a dark stage. They greet each other calmly, sharing a series of slow, intimate embraces—but the kindness doesn't last. Before long their encounter has turned into a wrestling match, the pair twisting and writhing for the upper hand. The drumbeats in the background grow to dictate their movement–as if each undulation is commanded by the music. Just as one gains control, ...   More
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Kate Williams

Live Review: Hofesh Shechter Company

Hofesh Shechter Company (read WW's dance preview, here) began in the U.K. in 2008, and has only made four trips to the United States—Portland was actually only one of two American stop on this tour. The Schniz grew hot and muggy on Wednesday, Oct 21 as the majority of its 2,776 seats were filled for the British company's performance of two pieces, Uprising and In Your Rooms. Out of the ...   More
Thursday, October 22, 2009 Sasha Ingber

Live Review: Exquisite Corpse

I doubt any of the audience members at Exquisite Corpse this past weekend had any clue what we were walking into as they made their way into the transformed Reed College gym. We were presented with a choice of seating in the round, but to make it to our seats, we first needed to negotiate our way through the performance space, littered with odd objects—a red dress here, a portrait of a monkey ...   More
Monday, October 26, 2009 Kate Williams

In the altogether: Daniel Léveillé Danse at Leftbank Annex

First of all, the elephant in the room is pink and naked. That's because the hook, the gimmick that accounts for the lion's share of buzz surrounding Daniel Léveillé Danse is that the performers dance in the buff. As much as all of us would like to pretend we went into the West Coast premiere of Crépuscule des Oceans (Twilight of the Oceans) wondering how Léveillé ...   More
Thursday, December 3, 2009 RICHARD SPEER


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