Dancing in the Dark

With three weeks and no rules, two European choreographers will make Portland premieres.

Fall Arts
Northwest Dance Project’s season opener is a mystery—even to the company. Since 2009, the company has kicked off each season by bringing in renowned choreographers to create a new work on the fl   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Open Space

Portland’s dance companies fight breweries for urban real estate.

First, they came for the bars. Now, Portland dance is getting pushed around. In the past seven months, at least four different Portland dance companies have been shunted to new spaces—only som   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 KAITIE TODD

After Flood Destroys $50,000 Worth of Equipment, Northwest Dance Project Rebuilds

A broken water main under a storage unit destroyed costumes, sets and two-thirds of the company's sprung floor.


Arts & Books
A few weeks ago, while preparing for Thanksgiving, Northwest Dance Project artistic director Sarah Slipper received a startling phone call from executive director Scott Lewis: A broken water main beneath the dance company’s storage unit had destroyed an estimated $50,000 worth of equipment, sets and costumes. “It was at the worst time,” says Slipper, who founded the contemporary dance company ...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, In Good Company


Arts & Books
In Good Company, Northwest 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 know that you have a busy schedule….but they’re seated and ...   More
Sunday, December 7, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, New Now Wow!


Arts & Books
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 Rise and Fall, which sends the audience into a dark world. It ...   More
Saturday, October 25, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Northwest Dance Project's Viktor Usov Wins Prestigious Princess Grace Award

Usov is the third NWDP dancer to be awarded the prize.


Arts & Books
Viktor Usov, who rejoined contemporary chamber company Northwest Dance Project last year, has won a Princess Grace Award, a resume topper for a dancer. The Princess Grace Foundation USA, named after Grace Kelly, gives the awards to emerging U.S. artists in dance, theater and film. The winners also receive various amounts of money, depending on need. Usov is among eight choreographers and dancers ...   More
Friday, August 15, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, Summer Splendors


Arts & Books
The annual summer show from Northwest Dance Project, Portland’s standout contemporary chamber company, is a sea of airy turns and dreamlike reflection. The four pieces, two of them world premieres, have notable similarities in style and approach, even though they were created by four different choreographers. The first, How the Light Gets In, is a world premiere from Portland dance mainstay Carla ...   More
Saturday, June 7, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, Director's Choice


Arts & Books
It was simulcast free to the public Thursday evening, but if you saw Northwest Dance Project's Director's Choice show live at the Newmark, you got your money's worth with nearly two hours of serious dance. Portland's leading contemporary company turns 10 this year, and artistic director Sarah Slipper's anniversary show is a selection of four works, including a premiere, from that decadelong ...   More
Friday, April 4, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Northwest Dance Project Goes Big with 50-Foot Simulcast of Tonight's Anniversary Show

The scrappy chamber company's show will be projected onto the side of downtown's Jive Building.


Arts & Books
It’s like a First Thursday Drive-In for dance. Northwest Dance Project, Portland’s scrappy chamber dance company, is 10 years old, and it’s celebrating the milestone by making its dancers bigger—50-foot projections of them will be turning and twisting on the side of the Jive Building this evening. The performance, the company’s Director’s Choice show, will be going on live at the ...   More
Thursday, April 3, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, New Now Wow


Arts & Books
Northwest Dance Project is an asset to Portland’s dance community, serving as an incubator for new choreographers and a presenter of the city’s often remarkable talent. That said, its current show, New Now Wow, really shouldn’t have “wow” in the title.Not that the show is bad—far from it. The collection of three contemporary works by guest choreographers creates memorable moments and showcases ...   More
Friday, October 25, 2013 AARON SPENCER


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