This is a week to celebrate the intimate side of Portland dance—small performance spaces and smaller groups of dancers, workshops, even a party and a benefit. That’s a week, in short, of what makes Portland dance imaginative and a continual work-in-progress.
New Expressive Works
7:30 pm, Friday March 27–Sunday March 29
Studio 2@Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont St.
Movement artists Oluyinka Akinjiola, Jen Hackworth, Dawn Stoppiello, Takahiro Yamamoto as part of Studio 2@Zoomtopia’s New Expressive Works (N.E.W) artist residency, will be showcasing the culmination of their six-month studio residency/practice, in an evening length work in progress showing. N.E.W is in its 5th cycle and strives to support artistic excellence and the creation of new works of all genres of dance.
TC Smith Benefit and Celebration
7 pm Monday, March 30
Portland State University, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave.
TC Smith, of Portland’s ShowDrape, was a long-time contributor and friend to Portland’s dance and theater community, passed away on December 30th, 2014, due to injuries sustained in a work related accident. There will be a gathering on March 30th at PSU’s Lincoln Hall to pay tribute to his life and generosity. Performances and media by: Linda Austin, The Boris & Natasha Dancers: Brian Jennings, Bill Boese, Chris Rousseau, Jeff Forbes, Dora Gaskill, Summer Turpin, Dug Martell, Jessica Kelley, Vanessa Renwick, Do Jump, Pixie Dust and many more. There will be an open mic for toasts and tributes and a reception to follow.
Cuerpo Migrante/Migrant Body
7 pm Wednesday, April 1
Performance Works Northwest, 4625 SE 67th Ave.
La Barabacoa Danza Contemporanea, in residence at PWNW from March 25-31st, is a dance group from Morelia, Mexico. Choreographer Isabel Nares and composer Jorge David García Castilla will present a body/sound/visual Installation: A hybrid intermedial movement process ending in a conversation with the artists.Their current project, Migrant Body/Cuerpo Migrante, is a platform for reflection and research on how migration between México and the United States affects the body. How does a migratory, mobilized body affect the zones and territories it enters? How does this body affect other bodies already residing in these locations? How do the newly-encountered zones and bodies transform the migratory, recently-displaced body?
8 pm Saturday, March 28
SubRosa Dance Collective, BodyVox, 1201 NW 17th Ave.
SubRosa Dance Collective, Design By Goats, Dylan Wilbur Media, & Peddecord Photo presents HOUSE | party a gala evening with live dancing, food, drinks, a silent auction and a special screening of ‘Living the Room’ dance for film. SubRosa is a contemporary dance collective featuring choreographers and dancers Carlyn Hudson, Cerrin Lathrop, Jessica Evans, Kailee McMurran, Lena Traenkenschuh & Zahra Banzi.
noon Saturday, March 28
Flock Dance Center, 8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Portland-based Physical Education(PE) is comprised of dance and performance artists keyon gaskin, Allie Hankins, Lucy Lee Yim and Takahiro Yamamoto. PE’s vision is to offer performance audiences, artists of all mediums, and curious individuals immersive modes through which to engage with dance and performance. On Saturday Hankins leads a new Transcendentaerobicourage class (all levels and abilities welcome) and cool down with an engaging artist’s talk with visiting visual artist Samantha Wall. Snacks and drinks provided.
“Transcendentaerobicourage is a movement based class for any and all levels and physicalities and mobilities and backgrounds. We will move, sweat, visualize, rest and consider our way to a state of self-appreciation and re(new)ed embodiment.”
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) presents DIALOGUE
9 pm Tuesday, March 31
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison
“An evening of performance featuring artists who are currently engaging ideas around identity, identification, and (ill)legitimacy, which includes but is not limited to, questioning and processing race, gender and sexuality. Following the performance will be a talk back and a Q+A.” Performers include Sidony O’Neal, Samiya Bashir, and Enrico D. Wey (NYC, Berlin).