IMAGE: Blaine Truitt Covert

Wanderlust Circus

Oregon Country Fair goers will be familiar with these meta-retro numbers, but the acts have been juiced up for Time Warp,

a circus show and dance party. Wanderlust Circus' acrobats, aerialists

and jugglers start a new decade every half hour in this themed show,

while DJ LePhreak spins for the dance floor. Among the acts is Jon

Dutch, a towering acrobat, boylesquer and late-night pool crasher, who

leads the Rose City Acro Devils through throws, flips and balancing

acts—some of the most impressive stunts in the local bar circuit.

Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700. 8 pm Saturday, Sept. 20. $10-$20. 21+.

Khecari and Happydog

Chicago choreographer Julia Rae Antonick and her group

Khecari join Portland choreographer Muffie Connelly and her multi-city

group Happydog for this double bill of contemporary dance. In Antonick's

Cresset: Vibrant, Rusting, she incorporates Balinese dance and a

small stage on wheels that three dancers roll around the floor.

Antonick compares the piece to a tree with a broken limb: something

beautiful with a bit of decay. Connelly and New York choreographer

Leslie Cuyjet perform with Portland dancer Ruth Nelson in Lady Parts, a take on how the body transitions between pregnancy and motherhood.

The Headwaters Theatre, 55 Northeast Farragut St., No. 9, 289-3499,

khecarihappydog.bpt.me. 7:30 pm Friday-Sunday, Oct. 3-5. $15-$20.

White Bird

Architecture and Bowie: That's a taste of White Bird's

lineup this fall. Los Angeles company Diavolo returns to Portland after

10 years and brings another of its colossal sculptures, this one a

futuristic dome covered with holes like Swiss cheese. In a work that

mixes dance and acrobatics, performers scale the structure and dive

through its holes. Then Britain's Michael Clark Company goes into the

past, circa 1972. Dancers strut and fall in a modern piece inspired by

David Bowie's ecstatic body language, while the rocker's hit music

videos play on a giant screen behind them.


Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 245-1600, whitebird.org. Diavolo runs Oct.

9-11; Michael Clark Company runs Oct. 16-18. $26-$64.

Portland Tango Fest

One of Portland's two big tango festivals (the other is

Valen Tango in February), this event draws tangueros from as far as

Holland and Argentina for this five-day fest. Most of the instructors

perform at the Grand Ball at Norse Hall on Saturday night, where

spectators line the wood-paneled walls and Alex Krebs plays the

accordion-like bandoneon.

Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave., 236-3401, portlandtangofest.com. 10 pm Saturday, Oct. 11. $40 for grand ball.

Oregon Ballet Theatre

Oregon's premier ballet company performs a retrospective

to celebrate 25 years of pirouettes in Portland. The first show of the

season, OBT 25, features George Balanchine's landmark ballet Agon,

last performed by the company 12 years ago. The program also includes

three shorter works that showcase OBT's most influential choreographers:

a duet from Trey McIntyre's Robust American Love; a pas de deux from former artistic director Christopher Stowell's Carmen; and a pas de deux from former artistic director James Canfield's Romeo & Juliet. Finally, a new piece by Nicolo Fonte will be accompanied by live music from Pink Martini.

Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 248-4335, obt.org. 7:30 pm

Saturday, Oct. 11; 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 12; and Thursday-Saturday, Oct.

16-18. $27-$144.

Northwest Dance Project

Portland's standout contemporary chamber company's New Now Wow show

features three new works from international choreographers. Prague

native Jiří Pokorný has a choreographic style that's modern and

chilling. Portland choreographer Minh Tran incorporates Vietnamese

influences, and Yin Yue brings Chinese traditional folk dance influences

to her highly physical piece. Lincoln Hall,

Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave., 725-3421,

nwdanceproject.org. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 23-25. $25-$39.

Allie Hankins

In this homage to Vaslav Nijinsky, experimental dancer

Allie Hankins sits topless, smears herself with gold glitter and wraps

herself in red fabric before pacing, leaping and turning across the

floor. She imagines the piece, Like a Sun That Pours Forth Light but Never Warmth,

as a correspondence between herself and the Ballets Russes danseur

noble. Nijinsky was notoriously troubled, prone to rage and catatonic

withdrawal. Hankins attempts to embody his state of mind, obsessive

repetition and sexual deviancy. As her imitation devolves into

disorientation, she creates something new: an unsettled mix of fantasy

and reality. Conduit Dance, 918 SW Yamhill St., 221-5857, risk-reward.org. 8 pm Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26. $15-$20.