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DanceWatch Monthly: Back to the future

Jamuna Chiarini looks back on December and January shows and ahead to February’s dance, from BodyVox’s “Flights” to Rejoice!’s “Rites of Passage” to OBT’s “Peter Pan” and more.

January DanceWatch: Moving into a new year

From dancerly Broadway musicals to Éowyn Emerald’s return to a Bantu circus, a mystical being from Buenos Aires, Linda Austin’s birthday bash and more, 2024 kicks off in grand style.

Dancer Elenaluisa Alvarez moved with Graham Cole’s signature light and lofty footwork and clear balletic influence in "Origami Night." Photo by Blaine Covert.

Dance Review: ‘Origami Night’

Graham Cole’s newest production, featuring dramatic lighting design and a joyful solo performance by Elenaluisa Alvarez, struck an incongruent note with the introspective, feminist poetry which was its inspiration.

2023 in Review: Jamuna Chiarini’s year in dance

From a magnificent dancerly takeover of Zidell Yards to a push/FOLD contemporary festival to her own solo Odissi show, our DanceWatch columnist steps deftly through a busy year.

Carolyn Stuart: Making Contact

For this dance teacher and Contact Improvisation devotee, gender and movement are fluid: “We are in constant motion—that’s life. We’re constantly evolving. We are the transition.”

Dance by the book: Moving stories

From the rhythms of tap to the glories of Nijinska to “Why Dance Matters” and more, Martha Ullman West prepares a list of great dance reads just in time for giving.

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Imagining a new future: ‘Make Banana Cry’ at PICA

The much anticipated finale of PICA’s “Time-Released” programming is the work of Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson. The performance engages with representations of Asian identity with a sense of play, recognition and, ultimately, reclamation.

On writing ‘The Boy from Kyiv’

Marina Harss talks about dance, writing, and her new biography of Ukrainian American choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, whose “Wartime Elegy” will be performed Nov. 3-12 in Seattle.

Company dancers perform "Sweet Purgatory," which was commissioned by the American Dance Festival for Pilobolus’s 20th anniversary in 1991. Photo by Grant Halverson.

Dance Review: Pilobolus and the joy of re-creation

During their single night performance at White Bird, the celebrated dance company presented new collaborations and revisited classic works stretching back to its founding in 1971.

Taking a rehearsal dive into ‘Swan Lake’

Oregon Ballet Theatre kicks off its 34th season with Christopher Stowell’s remounting of his sterling 2006 OBT version of the classic tale of love and loss.

September DanceWatch: Summer’s last tangos

As the fall performance season approaches, there’s still time to catch some of the best dance summer has to offer, including performances by Linda Austin, NW Dance Project, B. Movement Project, and more.

Preview: ‘Break to Build’ at Zidell Yards

The site-specific performance combines dance, music, puppetry, and film in an exploration of the cyclical nature of life and ideas, as well as the evolving identity of the historic shipbuilding location.

Review: Danielle Ross presents ‘Lineage’

Utilizing choreographic iterations and iconography from different dance lineage backgrounds, the choreographer and performer offered a uniquely abstract look at the spiraling chain of Portland dance connectivity.

June DanceWatch: Unity in Diversity

Jamuna Chiarini takes a deep dive into Indian dance this month with a look at a performance of the epic “Ganga to Kaveri,” plus productions from NW Dance Project, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Danielle Ross, and more.

Review: MOMIX goes through the looking glass

A colorful rendition of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’ and ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ brings illusion to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre’s ‘Firebird’ takes flight

Yuri Possokhov’s highly acclaimed rendition of the Russian folktale was accompanied by “Indigo,” Stanton Welch’s one-act contemporary octet, and the world premiere of “Eco” by Paul Taylor Company resident choreographer, Lauren Lovette.

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Portland State University College of Arts William Shakespeare Measure for Measure PSU Portland Oregon
Portland Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Competition University of Portland Free Event Portland Oregon
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