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Jamuna Chiarini
Jamuna Chiarini
Jamuna Chiarini
Jamuna Chiarini is a dance artist, producer, curator, and writer, who produces DanceWatch Weekly for Oregon ArtsWatch. Originally from Berkeley, Calif., she studied dance at The School of The Hartford Ballet and Florida State University. She has also trained in Bharatanatyam and is currently studying Odissi. She has performed professionally throughout the United States as a dancer, singer, and actor for dance companies, operas, and in musical theatre productions. Choreography credits include ballets for operas and Kalamandir Dance Company. She received a Regional Arts & Culture Council project grant to create a 30-minute trio called “The Kitchen Sink,” which was performed in November 2017, and was invited to be part of Shawl-Anderson’s Dance Up Close/East Bay in Berkeley, Calif. Jamuna was a scholarship recipient to the Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute, “Undoing Racism,” and was a two-year member of CORPUS, a mentoring program directed by Linda K. Johnson. As a producer, she is the co-founder of Co/Mission in Portland, Ore., with Suzanne Chi, a performance project that shifts the paradigm of who initiates the creation process of new choreography by bringing the artistic vision into the hands of the dance performer. She is also the founder of The Outlet Dance Project in Hamilton, N.J.

May DanceWatch: From Harlem to the Moon

In the spirit of International Dance Day, a busy month in Oregon ranges from Dance Theatre of Harlem to a circus moon shot, steampunk Shakespeare, flamenco, contemporary and more.

2021: A year of dance, up in the air

From dance on film at the start of the year to a flurry of Nutcrackers at the end, the ups and downs of Oregon’s Covid-tinged dance year.

Kurtis Blow & The Hip Hop Nutcracker

As the holiday hip hop tour heads to Portland, rap pioneer and show MC Kurtis Blow talks about his career, his faith, and his heart transplant.

November DanceWatch: Onstage at last

From “Hip Hop Nutcracker” to “Cinderella,” Keylock & Bielemeier to Linda Austin’s explorations, dance is live and on the move again.

DanceWatch: Back on stage!

After a long layoff, dance is getting back in performance halls. Celebrate its return – if you’ve been vaccinated.

Jordan Schnitzer speaks on OBT

In the wake of the ballet’s reshuffle, the philanthropist talks about perceptions, funding, and the duties of boards.

June DanceWatch: Back on stage

Oregon Ballet Theatre unveils two world premieres in its first concert since the pandemic. And there’s lots more live performance to cheer on, too.

DanceWatch: March hare edition

Though we long for the Olden Times, when dancers occupied the same rooms we did, we’re still counting our blessings: 1) Spring awaits; 2) Dance online.

A Portland pandemic dance survey

Local dance companies and choreographers are adapting to the new normal with determination and creativity, though everyone’s anxious about the future.

White Bird on the brink

The rest of its season canceled by the health crisis, the venerable dance presenter faces acute money woes.

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