Welcome to the soft start of the 2023-24 performance season. The September performances express the waning summer’s wild and expansive outdoor spirit with two performances in vineyards with Ballet Fantastique and NW Dance Project; a long and winding adventure with Linda Austin; Portland’s all-star rock band Love Gigantic performing classic Led Zeppelin songs, accompanied by aerial performance artist Brandy Guthery and the B. Movement Project; and a new choreographic work by Portland Bharatanatyam dancer Jayanthi Raman. Take it easy now because the dance season hits the ground running in October and, thankfully, doesn’t let up.
Dance Performances in September
Ballet in the Vineyard
Presented by Ballet Fantastique
5:30 pm, September 2
Silvan Ridge Winery, 27012 Briggs Hill Rd, Eugene
Join Ballet Fantastique at the Silvan Ridge Winery for a late-summer outdoor concert. The event features live music by The Whiteaker Hot Club, site-specific choreography by Ballet Fantastique’s international dancers, globally inspired food from Lily Belle Bistro, and delicious wine!
NW Dance Project’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
4 pm, September 9
Sequitur, 14865 NE North Valley Road, Newberg
Enjoy the serene “backyard” meadow of Sequitur Winery, nestled amongst 17 other wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, while the NW Dance Project dancers perform outdoors and up close to the music of cellist Scott Allen. Relish the superb wines of Sequitur and the creative appetizers developed by chef Erick Caballero while mingling with NW Dance Project founding directors Sarah Slipper and Scott Lewis, Sequitur hosts Michael Etzel and Carey Critchlow, as well as NW Dance Project artists and staff.
3 miles of possible
Performance Works NW, 4625 SE 67th Ave., Portland
Mile 1 — Thursday, September 14 // 4:30-6 pm
Mile 2 — Friday, September 15 // 6-7:30 pm
Mile 3 — Saturday, September 16 // 8-9:30 pm
ALL 3 Miles performed consecutively — Sunday, September 17 // 4:30-9:30 pm (About halfway through mile 2, 6:50-7ish, there is a 40 min. break for food and beverages)
Mile 1 — Thursday, September 21 // 4:30-6 pm (ASL Interpreted)
Mile 2 — Friday, September 22 // 6-7:30 pm (ASL Interpreted)
Mile 3 — Saturday, September 23 // 8-9:30 pm (ASL Interpreted)
ALL 3 Miles performed consecutively — Sunday, September 24 // 4:30-9:30 pm (About halfway through mile 2, 6:50-7ish, there is a 40 min. break for food and beverages)
“3 miles of possible” is a long-form performance by Performance Works artistic director Linda Austin exploring what is possible in a world of fluctuating personal, material, political, and artistic contingencies. Austin will travel along spatial paths envisioned as a giant map. She will wander three miles, interacting with guest artists, animating objects, creating text and sound, and choreographic compositions that touch upon ideas of utopian longings, possible world theory, and modal logic.
The Mile series began in 2021 with the first mile, followed by the second mile in 2022; the third and final mile will be performed during the fall equinox. You can experience every mile individually or as one long consecutive performance, with the the freedom to come and go during any of the segments. Please note that only 20 people are allowed per performance, so seating is limited.
An accompanying catalog/artist’s book designed by Noelle Stiles, with contributions from Austin, Kate Bredeson, Allie Hankins, and Hannah Krafcik, will be available for $15 if ordered with your ticket or purchased at the performance.
Navarasa Kalinga Nardana
4 pm, September 24
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, 12625 SW Crescent Street, Beaverton
Award-winning Bharatanatyam dancer Jayanthi Raman will present a new work featuring the dance styles of Bharatanatyam, Chau, folk, and contemporary dance with a troupe of dancers from India and the U.S. The performance will feature an original score with English narration. Raman is a renowned Bharanatayam dancer, choreographer, author, and scholar whose career spans over three decades. Her choreography is rooted in classical dance, but incorporates modern themes, concepts, and technology to showcase her Indo-American identity. She has choreographed 25 full-length evening works, published two books and several articles, and holds an M.D. in Internal Medicine and a Master’s in Computer Science and Informatics.
Fool in the Rain — Featuring Love Gigantic
Presented by B. Movement
8:00 pm, September 30
Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland
Portland’s all-star rock band Love Gigantic will perform classic Led Zeppelin songs accompanied by aerial performer Brandy Guthery and the B. Movement Project. Guthery was the co-director and founder of Portland’s AWOL Dance Collective and now directs her company, B. Movement Project, a contemporary dance company specializing in aerial dance. Love Gigantic features Sarah King, Arthur Parker, and David Langenes (The Nowhere Band), Chet Lyster and Joe Mengis (Eels), Jenny Conlee-Drizos (The Decemberists), Michael Nelson (Climber), and Kristi Evans and Jon VanCura (Marchfourth).