A-WOL Dance Collective
19900 Willamette Drive, West Linn
Picture a tree-surrounded clearing in Forest Park, except in West Linn, and in the middle, dancers dressed like wood nymphs are suspended in the air, illuminated by theater lights as they perform an aerial ballet. This is A-WOL's annual Art in the Dark show, now in its 11th year, and for the first time, the show runs in the park for two weekends. The show is A-WOL's most popular, drawing about 1,600 people to Mary S. Young Park, where they sit on blankets and risers, eat picnic dinners and watch dancers dangle from trees (well, cables tied to trees). This year's theme is Ten Laws, based on a song by yoga studio favorite East Forest. The song is a practical list of tips for survival in the wilderness: "Always see the dangers first," "Always protect your feet," "Always know where good water or source is." The dancers, dressed as though they were abandoned in the woods as children, interpret these rules as they navigate silks, a triple trapeze and a couple of water features. East Forest performs live with a keyboard, mixed tracks and a cellist on one of five raised stages. The show is a 25-minute drive from Portland, but it's worth it.
Where: Mary S. Young Park
Address: 19900 Willamette Drive, West Linn