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

"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

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

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: 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

Pants-Off Dance-Off Presents Homo's Got Talent

After the flurry of gayness that composed last month's Pride festivities, the queer community is all rested up and ready to roll out a roster of events for the rest of summer. On Saturday, July 31, Pants Off Productions brings you the second annual Homo's Got Talent Dance-Off Competition at the Jupiter Hotel Courtyard. There can be only one Top Homo Dancer, and registered acts from all over ...   More
Thursday, July 15, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

Northwest Dance Project's Andrea Parson Wins Huge National Dance Award

If you're a dancer, winning a Princess Grace Award is a Very Big Deal: the national award, which recognizes emerging artists in performing arts and film, honors only six dancers nationwide every year, typically from major companies (American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet among them in 2009). So when Andrea Parson, a member of Portland's Northwest Dance Project, learned she was a 2010 recipient, ...   More
Monday, August 2, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Burn the Floor

Burn the Floor, the nationally touring Broadway show that opened in Portland last night at the Keller, is a midriff-baring, hair-flinging, fog-machine-shrouded gallop through exhibition ballroom dance. This is either good news or bad, depending on your expectations. If you're expecting the TV show So You Think You Can Dance, minus the chitchat and commercials, you're warm—nearly a half-dozen ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

TBA 2010: Gloria's Cause

One of the strangest and least predictable performances I've seen at PICA's Time Based Arts festival, Seattle Chreographer Dayna Hanson's take on the lesser-known aspects of the American Revolution incorporates a creepy bald eagle mask (seen above), an animatronic George Washington, plenty of cherry pie, some racial tension, a live score that ranges from funk to noise and a lot of dancing. It's a ...   More
Saturday, September 11, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE


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