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Live Review: Trey McIntyre Project

Trey McIntyre Project Gravity Heroes

I had the strangest dream last night. I was at a party with a bunch of musicians: Roy Orbison, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Antony and the Johnsons, Tommy James and the Shondells. (The Sex Pistols crashed it, naturally.) Strips of paper were fluttering to the floor and everyone was dancing. It might have been a wake, except for all the piñatas. 
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Friday, December 2, 2011 by HEATHER WISNER

Live Review: Chunky Move, "Connected"


What looks like an oversized brass steering wheel is planted firmly at stage right, alongside what looks like a narrow loom. From it, dozens of wires extend diagonally toward the ceiling, then hang down at stage left, each holding a small bauble.
This fascinating contraption the first thing you see when the curtain rises on Connected, a work by the Australian dance company    More
Friday, October 21, 2011 by HEATHER WISNER

Northwest Dance Project, "New Now Wow!"

New Now Wow

“New Now Wow!” wasn’t just an ear-catching title for the Northwest Dance Project’s fall show. It’s more like the inherent promise of most NWPD shows: the work will be new and you are likely to see at least one thing that will surprise and/or amaze you. It might be the work, which is regularly created on the dancers by various internation...   More
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 by HEATHER WISNER

Live Review: Vertigo Dance Company

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Those new people in that big white house, the ones who keep coming and going and gathering out front—what are they doing, exactly? As it turns out, they are Vertigo Dance Company and they’re just visiting for the weekend. They’ve come all the way from Jerusalem to share a contemporary dance piece called    More
Friday, October 14, 2011 by HEATHER WISNER

TBA Diary: Offsite Dance

Offsite Dance On Thirteenth at TBA

Some advice if you’re planning to see the Japanese company Offsite Dance Project at TBA: wear heels, no matter your height, and clothes in which you can comfortably stand, sit or kneel on pavement. If you’d like to bring a Siberian Husky as your date, that’s allowed, provided he ...   More
Thursday, September 15, 2011 by HEATHER WISNER

Fall Arts Guide 2011: Bring On the Rain

Dayglo landscapes, feral children, killer choruses and more art to keep you sane this fall.

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The day is coming, not long from now, when you will have to go inside.

Galaxy Dance Festival

A park full of arts nuggets.

Fickle weather notwithstanding, Portland is pretty good about offering summer movie and concert series in parks all over the city. Outdoor dance series? Not so much, with the exception of Oregon Ba   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 HEATHER WISNER

OBT Exposed (Oregon Ballet Theatre)

Lunch in the sun with a side of toe shoes.

Oregon Ballet Theatre has a new starting lineup of fresh faces this season, and OBT Exposed—the company’s week of free public programming July 18-23 at Director Park—offers a sneak preview of   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 HEATHER WISNER

Live Review: Laboratory Dance Project

Laboratory Dance Project

Five thousand miles is a long way to go for a three-night stand, so we should count ourselves lucky that South Korea’s Laboratory Dance Project made the trip. The eight young men who performed Friday night at Lincoln Hall as part of White Bird’s Uncaged Series showed no signs of jet lag and gave the three pieces on the program their all. &...   More
Saturday, April 2, 2011 by HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


As it visits Portland this week for a two night White Bird engagement, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating an anniversary, anticipating changes and offer...   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 by HEATHER WISNER
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