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After a storied career with Dance Theater of Harlem and Feld Ballet, Marcus McGregor returned to the stage after a 15-year hiatus to appear in "The History of Empires." Photo: Maria Baranova.

Dance Review: “The History of Empires”

An exhilarating, if unconventional, look at the rise and fall of empires – historical, contemporary, urban, political, and even our own personal domains – through dance theater.

Dance Review: ‘Beautiful Everything’

BodyVox’s collaboration with Imani Winds is a whimsical and visual spectacle that delighted fans, but missed synergistic opportunities amid the fun.

May DanceWatch: Celebrating women dancemakers

A busy bloom of storybook ballets, world premieres, film festivals and experimental dance is highlighted by a festival featuring the work of women choreographers.

The Jefferson Dancers in Charlotte Faillard's "Éclat d’Instant." Photo: Isabelle Faillard.

Dance Preview: Jefferson Dancers 2024 Spring Concert

Portland’s longest running dance company celebrates their 48th season at their annual performance, as artistic director Steve Gonzales marks his 25th year leading the nationally recognized high school dance program.

Katherine Longstreth as "Kate Long" performing "Let’s Dance." Photo: Chelsea Petrakis.

Dance Review: Alembic Artists in performance

The 10th cohort of Alembic Resident Artists presented their new experimental dance pieces to a sold out crowd of fans, friends, and family at Performance Works NW.

GRAMMY®-nominated musician and Eugene native Tracy Bonham (center) is joined by Eugene Ballet dancers Antonio Lopez and Hayley Tavonatti in works choreographed by Suzanne Haag. Photo: Antonio Anacan.

Dance Preview: Tracy Bonham with Eugene Ballet

Two-time GRAMMY® nominee and New York-based musician Bonham joins EB resident choreographer Suzanne Haag in a collaborative performance of song, sound, and movement, April 6 and 7.

SKC dancers Irvin Torres Hernandez (left) and Eva Crystal in "The Age of Influence." Photo: Norm Eder.

Dance Review: Shaun Keylock Company’s ‘The Age of Influence’

Presented at the 2024 Portland Jazz Festival, SKC’s latest world premiere promised to transcend artistic boundaries with innovations that take dance and sound in a new dimension, though delivered a more puzzling traditional concert dance experience.

Naomi Funaki, center right, and Ana Tomioshi, right, with fellow Music From the Sole dancers. Photo: Titus Ogilvie Laing.

Dance Review: Music From The Sole

In its enrapturing show, ‘I Didn’t Come to Stay,’ this acclaimed tap and live music company celebrated the depth and virtuosity of tap’s Afro-diasporic roots.

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.

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