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After Flood Destroys $50,000 Worth of Equipment, Northwest Dance Project Rebuilds

A broken water main under a storage unit destroyed costumes, sets and two-thirds of the company's sprung floor.

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A few weeks ago, while preparing for Thanksgiving, Northwest Dance Project artistic director Sarah Slipper received a startling phone call from executive director Scott Lewis: A broken water main beneath the dance company’s storage unit had destroyed an estimated $50,000 worth of equipment, sets and costumes.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, Bodyland

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Your body is not a wonderland. At least, not the way Israeli choreographers Yossi Berg and Oded Graf tell it in BodyLand, which makes its U.S. premiere in Portland to kick off White Bird’s 15th annual Uncaged series. The piece explores body image and societal expectations, but not in as grim a way as you might expect. Their point is...   More
 
Friday, December 12, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: BodyVox, Firewall

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BodyVox’s latest performance, Firewall, is as technology-riddled as the name suggests.“We got a lot of really cool toys and we played with them,” said BodyVox co-artistic director Jamey Hampton when introducing the show opening weekend. Featuring lasers, green screens and sword-like “wind wands” that hiss like light sabers, Firewall succeeds in being playful and ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Dance Review: Eleven

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We've all heard the phrase "emotional roller coaster." Eleven, a collection of work by 11 choreographers from across the country, actually is one. The show, which just closed a weekendlong run at the Headwaters, sees 12 dancers mixing dance styles—from tutting and krumping to ballet and modern—all with the intent of exploring different emotions.“I would d...   More
 
Monday, December 8, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, In Good Company

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In Good CompanyNorthwest Dance Project’s annual winter show, begins with a phone call. “Northwest Dance Project at the Vestas Center, how can I help you?” a female voice asks, surrounded by the clacking and ringing of a switchboard operator’s room. She quickly responds to the voice on the other end of the line: “I...   More
 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Firewall (BodyVox)

A dance company reveals the tricks behind the technology.


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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

Just Opened: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

A review of Triangle Productions' egg-obsessed comedy.

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer doesn’t matter much to the main characters in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, as long as there are eggs, and plenty of them. Set in 1956 in an unnamed town, the comedy—written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood and presented by Triangle Productions—centers on the Susan B. Anthon...   More
 
Monday, December 1, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: TopShakeDance, A-bout

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“Put those elbows in!” the coach shouts at the wrestler on the mat who, pinned to the floor and in a headlock, shakes in struggle. Her opponent holds the pose tight before being suddenly knocked onto the floor with an unexpected move, and the crowd chatters amidst shrill whistles and cheers.  This isn’t the scene at some Friday night wrestling match—instead, it’s the opening sequen...   More
 
Saturday, November 15, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Polaris Dance Theatre, Word

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Is the pen mightier than the score? That’s a question that surfaces during Polaris Dance Theatre’s season opener, Word, which plays with movement set to the cadence and rhythm of spoken word. The texts are by the likes of Maya Angelou and Samuel Beckett, as well as by local writers including Claire Willett and high-school student...   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: BalletBoyz, Serpent and Fallen

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For a company called BalletBoyz, the dancers aren't really what you'd expect. Either bringing to mind cheesy '90s dance routines or rigid, classical all-male ballet, the United Kingdom-based dance company—founded by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt—instead opts for something entirely different. Neither cheesy nor ri...   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by KAITIE TODD
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