Dance Weekly: Relationships matter

Northwest Dance Project and Éowyn Emerald top the dance weekend

This week’s dance offerings are about relationships. Old ones, new ones, difficult one, fun ones, inspiring ones and then some. Talking about how we as humans relate to each other and to the things around us, is our favorite topic. There is endless material and endless variations on it. This week’s choreographers will be working out these relationship puzzles right before your very eyes, in real time.

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers. Courtesy of Éowyn Emerald.

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers
October 23, 24, 25
Greenwood Theater at Reed College, 2903 SE Botsford Dr

Led by Portland choreographer Éowyn Emerald, this mighty band of dancers who have traveled from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and back, will present an evening of new work based on the idea that bonds between people are created through shared experiences. “In every group of individuals there are hundreds of stories to tell, yet it is the relationships between them that capture our imaginations over and over again.”

Northwest Dance Project, "New Wow Now." Courtesy of NW Dance Project.

Northwest Dance Project, “New Wow Now.” Courtesy of NW Dance Project.

New Now Wow!
NW Dance project
October 22-24
Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave
Freshly back from a tour to Mongolia, NW Dance Project presents three new dances (two world premiers), by European choreographers Jirí Pokorný, Felix Landerer and NW Dance Project Resident Choreographer, Ihsan Rustem. New works representing contemporary choreography now, in what promises to be a wow kind of evening.

Former Oregon Ballet Theatre dancer and writer Gavin Larsen, sat in on rehearsals and spoke with company dancer Ching Ching Wong and wrote about her experience for Arts Watch.

Fallen Fruit’s A Day in Paradise

apples & pomegranates by Tahni Holt
Presented by Portland Art Museum and Caldera
1 & 3 pm October 24
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave
The long-time Portland choreographer and director of Flock, Tahni Holt, will perform a solo as part of Fallen Fruit’s A Day in Paradise along with artists Natalie Ball, Bruce Conkle, Bill Cravis, Horatio Law, Aaron Lish, Marne Lucas, Jess Perlitz, and DeAngelo Raines.

We turn to the press release: Building on “the mythological idea of Eve eating the apple in the Garden of Eden, Holt will perform a solo that walks the line between rejected female stereotypes and embodied expression, wrestling with motherhood, sensationalism, emotionality, sexuality, and image/time-bound body, and the body in the present moment.”

Fallen Fruit is an artist collective based in Los Angeles led by artists David Allen Burns and Austin Young who “create site-specific projects using fruit to examine concepts of place, history, and issues of representation often addressing questions of public space.” For Portland, that fruit is the apple, and Fallen Fruit will use it as a metaphor to “explore concepts of place and history in the context of complexities unique to Portland.”

A Day in Paradise is one of many events scheduled for Fallen Fruit of Portland. Please check Portland Art Museum’s website for schedule details.

Kieraqmil Brinkley and Uriah Boyd in SOAR. Courtesy Kieraqmil Brinkley and Uriah Boyd .

Kieraqmil Brinkley and Uriah Boyd in SOAR. Courtesy Kieraqmil Brinkley and Uriah Boyd .

A documentary film directed by Susan Hess Logeais
7:30 pm October 22
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Q & A with director Susan Hess Logeais and producers Kieraqmil Brinkley and Uriah Boyd to follow the screening.
SOAR is a documentary film directed and produced by Susan Hess Logeais, former ballerina and model, that explores the relationship between dancing sisters Kiera Brinkley, a quadruple amputee and dancer/choreographer with Polaris Dance Theatre, and her younger sister Uriah Boyd, who is a dancer/choreographer with Rejoice: Diaspora Dance Theatre, as they adapt to life with and without each other.

Shaping Sound; Dance Reimagined
7:30 pm October 28th
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1111 SW Broadway Ave

Stars from  “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars” will fill the Schnitz for one night with a dance performance mashup of styles and musical genres with “all the right moves.”  Well known choreographer and dancer Travis Wall with co-creators Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson will be joined by a cast of 14. All of your favorite TV dance stars under one roof…such a deal!

Marginal Evidence (an interactive experience of dance-making)
Katherine Longstreth
October 1 – November 14
White Box, 24 NW 1st Ave
Marginal Evidence is a visual art installation about the intimate act of choreography. Dance is ephemeral and when it is gone, what is left? How do we know it existed? What is the evidence left behind? Using the approach of a forensic investigator, Longstreth reveals the private process of dance making and exposes the inner life of archival materials. You can read the full preview here.

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