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

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

Live Review: BodyVox's Chronos/Kairos

By means of audience response, BodyVox's current show, Chronos/Kairos was certainly successful. The guests laughed when they were supposed to laugh, gasped when they were supposed to gasp and gave the dancers a standing ovation at the curtain. While it certainly felt warm and fuzzy to sit with such receptive company, the enthusiasm for what turned out to be a lackluster performance got a little ...   More
Monday, November 16, 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

"Sometimes People Don't Click": Phil Busse No Longer White Bird's GM

Phil Busse, former Mercury editor, former mayoral candidate/mayoral campaign manager, sign plucker and panty model, is no longer the general manager of White Bird Dance, after only six months in the position. Byron Beck broke the news that Busse was let go near the end of last month on his spiffy new blog this afternoon. "Phil brought some really good new ideas for us. But after his six month ...   More
Thursday, November 12, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Opposites Attract: Minh Tran and Co. and Tere Mathern Dance at the Forestry Center (White Bird)

Two-thirds of the way through White Bird's latest Uncaged show, around the time Minh Tran started sashaying around the perimeter of Forestry Center's Miller Hall wearing a ripped '80s style tee with the word "LESBO" spray-painted on the front of it, I had already given up all hope of understanding exactly what was going on. But at least I wasn't yawning anymore. The Portland dance presenters commissioned ...   More
Thursday, January 21, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Live Review: Bruno Beltrao Grupo de Rua

Brazilian street dance, minus the street, moved into an industrial corner of Portland this week. Bruno Beltrao Grupo de Rua, a nine-member, all-male ensemble from Rio, enjoyed a sold-out run through the White Bird Uncaged series, which brought the action to the Bison Building, a cavernous warehouse space in Northeast Portland. That bare-bones setting fit H3, the company's 55-minute deconstruction ...   More
Sunday, February 7, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: U-Theatre at the Newmark

U-Theatre, one of Taiwan's national cultural treasures, spends most of its time at a outpost near the top of a hill outside of Taipei—surrounded by wind and rock. The group reportedly trains together for up to 16-hours a day—they meditate and eat together too—creating art together in the form of dance, song, theater, drumming and martial arts. They are an intense and spiritual ...   More
Friday, April 9, 2010 KELLY CLARKE


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