Opposites Attract: Minh Tran and Co. and Tere Mathern Dance at the Forestry Center (White Bird)


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Two-thirds of the way through White Bird's latest Uncaged show, around the time Minh Tran started sashaying around the perimeter of Forestry Center's Miller Hall wearing a ripped '80s style tee with the word "LESBO" spray-painted on the front of it, I had already given up all hope of understanding exactly what was going on. But at least I wasn't yawning anymore. The Portland dance presenters commissioned ...   More
 
Thursday, January 21, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Live Review: Bruno Beltrao Grupo de Rua


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Brazilian street dance, minus the street, moved into an industrial corner of Portland this week. Bruno Beltrao Grupo de Rua, a nine-member, all-male ensemble from Rio, enjoyed a sold-out run through the White Bird Uncaged series, which brought the action to the Bison Building, a cavernous warehouse space in Northeast Portland. That bare-bones setting fit H3, the company's 55-minute deconstruction ...   More
 
Sunday, February 7, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: U-Theatre at the Newmark


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U-Theatre, one of Taiwan's national cultural treasures, spends most of its time at a outpost near the top of a hill outside of Taipei—surrounded by wind and rock. The group reportedly trains together for up to 16-hours a day—they meditate and eat together too—creating art together in the form of dance, song, theater, drumming and martial arts. They are an intense and spiritual ...   More
 
Friday, April 9, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Pants-Off Dance-Off Presents Homo's Got Talent


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After the flurry of gayness that composed last month's Pride festivities, the queer community is all rested up and ready to roll out a roster of events for the rest of summer. On Saturday, July 31, Pants Off Productions brings you the second annual Homo's Got Talent Dance-Off Competition at the Jupiter Hotel Courtyard. There can be only one Top Homo Dancer, and registered acts from all over ...   More
 
Thursday, July 15, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

Northwest Dance Project's Andrea Parson Wins Huge National Dance Award


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If you're a dancer, winning a Princess Grace Award is a Very Big Deal: the national award, which recognizes emerging artists in performing arts and film, honors only six dancers nationwide every year, typically from major companies (American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet among them in 2009). So when Andrea Parson, a member of Portland's Northwest Dance Project, learned she was a 2010 recipient, ...   More
 
Monday, August 2, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Burn the Floor


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Burn the Floor, the nationally touring Broadway show that opened in Portland last night at the Keller, is a midriff-baring, hair-flinging, fog-machine-shrouded gallop through exhibition ballroom dance. This is either good news or bad, depending on your expectations. If you're expecting the TV show So You Think You Can Dance, minus the chitchat and commercials, you're warm—nearly a half-dozen ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

TBA 2010: Gloria's Cause


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One of the strangest and least predictable performances I've seen at PICA's Time Based Arts festival, Seattle Chreographer Dayna Hanson's take on the lesser-known aspects of the American Revolution incorporates a creepy bald eagle mask (seen above), an animatronic George Washington, plenty of cherry pie, some racial tension, a live score that ranges from funk to noise and a lot of dancing. It's a ...   More
 
Saturday, September 11, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

TBA 2010: Blanket Made Me Sleepy


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In a sun-bathed, above-street storefront on Northwest 11th Avenue, poofy, bulbous forms hang from the ceiling, swinging gently, like horrid fruit. Simultaneously cuddly and grotesque, stitched from colorful scraps and sometimes penetrated by plush holes, they make me uneasy. I don't want to touch them, let alone dance through them. Blanket, the day's entertainment at PICA's TBA Festival, is ...   More
 
Sunday, September 12, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

LIVE REVIEW: Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal


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Making its Portland debut Thursday night as the opening to the 13th season of the White Bird Dance Series, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal held up its reputation as a “feel good company.” Under the direction of Louis Robitaille, the Canadian company “explores the creative side of contemporary trends, yet is still firmly committed to classical aesthetics.” Thursday's ...   More
 
Monday, September 27, 2010 Riley Hooper

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