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Live Review: Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, Bodyland


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


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.

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


“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


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

Album Review: Rocket 3

Burn (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[POP ROCK] The fun of Rocket 3’s debut album, Burn, is in its contrasts. Framed by singer Ramune Nagisetty’s crunchy power chords and sweet, hazy vocals, the album leans toward rock-inflecte   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD
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