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Album Review: Purse Candy

Visions of a Healed Kingdom (Self-Released)

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[DISCO POP] Purse Candy’s debut album will bring to mind a few questions, chief among them: “When did I start dancing?” It’s an album laden with simple grooves, but it will make you move   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, New Now Wow!


Northwest Dance Project’s season opener showcases three world premieres from local and international choreographers, incorporating contemporary movement with classical elements. The title of the show, New Now Wow!, might be a little hacky, but in this case, it's a name well-deserved. The evening opens with Yin Yue’s Between...   More
Saturday, October 25, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Allie Hankins, Like a Sun that Pours Forth Light but Never Warmth

Dance Review: Allie Hankins, Like a Sun that Pours Forth Light but Never Warmth


Experimental dancer Allie Hankins might be quick to stress the differences between herself and Vaslav Nijinsky, the notoriously troubled 20th-century Russian ballet dancer who inspired her latest performance. But her hourlong solo, titled Like...   More
Saturday, October 25, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

All That Glitters

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

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

Just Opened: 'Night, Mother

A review of CoHo Productions' season opener.


Do not enter Coho Theater for ‘Night, Mother expecting to be anything but emotionally wrecked. Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer-winning drama centers on the aging Thelma, content with watching TV for the rest of her days, and Jessie, the 30-something divorced daughter who cares meticulously for her, right down to filling her candy ...   More
Monday, October 20, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre, OBT/25


Oregon Ballet Theatre is turning 25, and it wants to celebrate. The company’s season opener, OBT/25, acts as its party, and with it comes a reflective mix of past works paired alongside a world premiere. This, understandably, leads to a night of truly diverse dances, all connected by a common feeling of festivity. One thing is for sure...   More
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Diavolo

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Watching the dance company Diavolo is kind of like watching someone work through a recipe—at least that’s what artistic director Jacques Heim said at the beginning of the company’s Portland performance on Thursday.
The ingredients: part everyday movement and part ballet, hip-hop, martial arts and breakdancing, with a dash of architectural ...   More
Friday, October 10, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Greylag: Album Review

Greylag (Dead Oceans)

Album Reviews
[FOLK ROCK] Greylag’s self-titled album is a perfect introduction to Portland’s impending rainy season. The debut LP from the local three-piece is heavy on moody vocals and blustery instru   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Alchemy, Performance Works NorthWest


Alchemy, the latest installment of Performance Work NorthWest’s Alembic Artists Showcase, is a prime example of how to piece together three starkly different pieces by four artists-in-residence.
This year’s showcase features new work by local contemporary dancers Grace Hwang and Luke Gutsgell, as well as local singer Justin Leon Johnson an...   More
Monday, September 29, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: New Expressive Works, Studio 2


For the second time this year, Studio 2 this past weekend showcased the work of four artists-in-residency. For a collection of work from different dancers with different backgrounds, this fall edition of New Expressive Works finds a common focus in themes of femininity, motherhood, growing up and sexuality.
The show opens with ...   More
Monday, September 29, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

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