One Week In, Quick Takes on Fertile Ground


Arts & Books
As I sat in the chilly warehouse space last night and waited for …ballet? to begin, I eavesdropped on the conversation next to me. Two women and one man were heatedly–though cordially–discussing their picks and pans of the Fertile Ground festival, the 10-day spree of new works of local theater and dance. Merely listening in on their conversation was exhausting. Fertile Ground’s offerings are overwhelming ...   More
Thursday, January 27, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

LIVE REVIEW: Northwest Dance Project Celebrates Cool Yule with Blue Cranes

So what's cool about the Northwest Dance Project's Cool Yule show? Its collaboration with Portland jazz collective Blue Cranes. Each of the six choreographers who contributed to the show chose a piece from the Cranes catalog and set work to it, which the band accompanies live onstage. Variations on this theme are not unusual in the dance world—a single choreographer choosing a suite of music ...   More
Friday, December 17, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre's The Sleeping Beauty

Arts & Books
Like Stravinsky and Balanchine or Cunningham and Cage, Tchaikovsky and Petipa created great dance by collaborating closely on steps and score. Their partnership produced some of the classical ballet world's greatest hits, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. Oregon Ballet Theatre already had the first two in its repertoire; on Saturday, the company opened its 21st season ...   More
Sunday, October 10, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

Live Review: I Want to Stop Wanting

Theory 1: Dance's I Want to Stop Wanting had it's PDX debut last night at Disjecta—and the local company had its audience's full attention from the moment that dancer Lucy Yim first crossed the floor. "Is this real?" a voice asks as Yim steps into a circle of light—an image that would reappear throughout the show—then, the voice reflected on how her childhood influenced her desires ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2009 Christie Wright

Earth-shattering news: Boris & Natasha Dancers to perform at Dance United.

As previously reported, Oregon Ballet Theatre is having major money trouble—the Portland company needs to raise $750,000 by the end of June in order to stay afloat (check out the O's story for even more background on that). To help raise funds, the company's launching a humongous benefit tomorrow night, Friday, June 12, that features amazing dancers from companies all across the country ...   More
Thursday, June 11, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Goodbye Merce Cunningham

A sad day for the world of dance, as we say goodbye to the one and only Merce Cunningham. The lauded choreographer died last night at the age of 90. NYT's Alastair Macaulay captures the giant of chance-dance up nicely with this: Mr. Cunningham ranks with Isadora Duncan, Serge Diaghilev, Martha Graham and George Balanchine in making people rethink the essence of dance and choreography, posing ...   More
Monday, July 27, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Recess! WW's top picks for the weekend.

Wondering what to do with yourself this weekend? We have the answers. FRIDAY 6 pm: Catch the Portland Cello Project and Oregon Ballet Theatre at Washington Park [MUSIC/DANCE] The always-awesome cello ensemble and the recently bailed-out dance company perform a free show in the Rose Garden Amphitheater for the closing weekend of the Washington Park Summer Festival. Washington Park Rose Garden ...   More
Friday, August 14, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Danse Macabre: The Cuban Missile Tango reviewed

Jerry Mouawad, one of the two talents behind Portland's 30-year-old Imago Theatre, has is accustomed to creating shows that rely more on movement than on speech. But lately, starting with APIS in February and continuing with his new show, The Cuban Missile Tango, running through this Sunday, Mouawad has moved from mime-heavy drama to something more akin to dance theater. The Cuban Missile Tango ...   More
Friday, August 28, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

TBA Diary: The Powerful People are Tearing Me Apart.

Miguel Gutierrez was right. When I interviewed the New York dance maker last week he explained Last Meadow, his work that had its world premiere as part of PICA'S TBA Festival last night at the Winningstad like this: "“I think this show will go over really well with people who like to be confused." Luckily, there's a lot more to the piece than disconnected imagery and cascades of movement ...   More
Saturday, September 5, 2009 KELLY CLARKE


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