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The Box Marked Black

Checking in.


Dance
In 2013, as an intern at WW, I wrote this about local actress, teacher and dancer Damaris Webb’s one-woman show The Box Marked Black: “In the absence of easy description, ‘delightful’ will   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Hold Me Closer, Tango Dancer

Clay Nelson built the longest-running tango festival in North America—in Portland.


Dance
Clay Nelson knows all about the Portland tango. After all, he’s the main reason it exists. Each year, dancers and instructors come from all over the world to the ValenTango festival he found   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Firewall (BodyVox)

A dance company reveals the tricks behind the technology.


Dance
If you saw Inception a few years back, chances are you marveled at the film’s spinning, zero-gravity hallway scene. BodyVox didn’t stop at admiration—the 17-year-old dance company decided    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 KAITIE TODD

A-Bout (TopShakeDance)

Dancing themselves black and blue.


Dance
TopShakeDance is about to hit the dance floor hard. Literally: To explore competition and groupthink, the company’s newest work, A-bout, employs wrestling mats, mixed martial arts-inspired choreog   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Togetherness (Danielle Ross and Stacey Tran)

Uniting the melodramatic and the mundane.


Dance
How would you move if you were a Greek god? That’s just one question posed during Togetherness, a new dance piece by choreographer Danielle Ross. In the piece, dancers strike iconic poses of    More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 KAITIE TODD

All That Glitters

Allie Hankins channels one of the greatest dancers of the 20th Century.


Dance
By the time he was 29, legendary Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was calling it quits. Allie Hankins, on the other hand, didn’t start dancing until college. Now 30, the local dancer-ch   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Art in the Dark (A-WOL Dance Collective)

Dangling from the trees and battling the elements.


Dance
The wilderness, though beautiful, can also be deadly. Or just annoying. So while an outdoor stage is an alluring prospect for an aerial company accustomed to hanging from ceilings of dusty wareh   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Golden Girl

After 20 years, burlesque legend Tiffany Carter dons the catsuit again.


Dance
Back in 1965, a Corvallis native named Teresa Sandford took her first dancing gig. She was underage—only 17—and she’d been booked as a go-go dancer in Anaheim, Calif. She danced twice befo   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AARON SPENCER

The Sprockettes

The glam-punk, all-female minibike troupe turns 10.


Dance
Ten years ago, Portland’s bike scene was burgeoning. Zoobombing—speeding down the West Hills on blinged-out minibikes—was a new trend. But a group of lady cyclists felt something was missi   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Puente (Diego Piñón)

Bridging the gap, with shamanism and seaweed.


Dance
On an August afternoon in the high desert of central Mexico more than a decade ago, Portland butoh performer Mizu Desierto found herself blindfolded and tied together with 14 other people. Runni   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AARON SPENCER
 

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