Live Review: BodyVox and Chamber Music Northwest, In Motion

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Dance and classical music are a popular combination. To say nothing of the ballet, which some die hards won’t even attend if the orchestra is canned, chamber dance performances are especially rich if they share the bill with chamber musicians. That’s partly why BodyVox’s In Motion show, a collaboration with Chamber Music Northwest now in its fourth year, sells out so fast. The other reason is ...   More
 
Sunday, July 6, 2014 AARON SPENCER

The Nutcracker

Busby goes big.


Dance
The Nutcracker makes Busby Berkeley seem like an austere minimalist. Compared to that ballet’s sumptuous, self-satisfied bliss, synchronized swimming might as well be a hockey fight. Oregon Ba   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

American Me (Mizu Desierto)

Stars and stripes and spoon-fed absurdity.


Dance
When you think of butoh—if you think of anything at all—it’s probably bald guys in G-strings and white body paint staggering around like mimes on acid. That generalization bothers Mizu Des   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Float (TopShakeDance)

Cuttin’ a rug here, under the sea.


Dance
Swim instructors will tell you that floating on your back is a nifty trick for staying alive when stranded in a body of water. It’s an act that involves a sort of urgent calm: Either relax o   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Alchemy (Lindsey Matheis)

Dance dance revolution.


Dance
Lindsey Matheis is trying to reinvent the way Portland does dance—at least this weekend. That she’s attempting it at all is surprising, considering her quiet, agreeable manner. “It’s not   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Light Noise (Lucy Yim)

Contemporary dance strips down and flops around.


Dance
On a Sunday afternoon, in a studio off Southeast Foster Road littered with old blankets, Lucy Yim turns from her dancers to me. “We’re actually going to do the run in costume,” she says.    More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Summer Splendors (Northwest Dance Project)

The new and the old, inside and out.


Dance
“Intimate” might seem disingenuous when a dance company uses it to promote a show in a small space—much like how real-estate agents use “cozy” to describe a kitchen that’s actually cra   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 AARON SPENCER

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