DanceWatch Weekly: It’s a Rantum Scoot

A busy summer dance weekend issues an invitation to be here now!

It’s all kind of up in the air this weekend. Will it work or won’t it? Who cares where we’re going—it’s beautiful outside. Just relax. Forget about the destination or the drive. Let intuition take over. Be here now.

It’s that kind of dance weekend.

Enjoy the ride!

Performances this week

Bob Eisen in RESEVIC. Photo courtesy of Performance Works NW.

Rantum Scoot: a summer dance outing
Performance Works NorthWest presents
Choreography by Linda Austin, Gregg Bielemeier, Bob Eisen (NYC), and Sada Naegelin and Leah Wilmoth
July 14-15
Performance Works NW, 4625 SE 67th Ave.
Open workshop with Bob Eisen July 17-19, FREE or PAY WHAT YOU WILL
In this Rantum Scoot—an outing with no particular destination—veteran Portland dancer/choreographers Linda Austin and Gregg Bielemeier, alongside visiting New York dance artist Bob Eisen (originally seen in Portland in 2012 in 4 Men Only), will explore a range of ideas distilled into three solos. Austin will perform yes, AND…, Bielemeier will perform Hello, my name is Gregory Michael Christopher Bielemeier, first eliminated from the Spelling Bee and last chosen for the Team, and Eisen will perform RESEVIC.

They will be joined by Leah Wilmoth and Sada Naegelin, who will be performing in their own work, I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra, a title borrowed from Carrie Fisher’s dream obituary, that explores a range of female archetypes and experiments with and distorts pop culture.

Apparatus by Danielle Ross. Photo courtesy of Danielle Ross.

Choreography by Danielle Ross featuring Stephanie Lavon Trotter, Chloe Alexandra Thompson, DB Amorin, Oluyinka Akinjiola, Claire Barrera, keyon gaskin, and Simeon Jacob
July 14-16
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, 8371 N Interstate Ave.

Choreographer Danielle Ross, in collaboration with singer Stephanie Lavon Trotter, sound artist Chloe Alexandra Thompson, video artist DB Amorin, and performers Oluyinka Akinjiola, Claire Barrera, keyon gaskin and Simeon Jacob, will explore ideas and images around sonic feedback looping. Apparatus explores “looping ritual, gesture, identity creation, experience, and voice” while asking what and who gets lost, and what remains in a social feedback loop.

Rush Hour by Heidi Duckler Dance Theater/Northwest, 5 pm July 15. Photo By Blaine Truitt Covert

Rush Hour
Curated by Heidi Duckler Dance Theater/Northwest
Featuring choreography by Heidi Duckler, Carla Mann, Conrad Kaczor, Kiel Moton, and Catherine Egan
5 pm July 15
Northwest Marine Iron Works-Art Studios, 2516 NW 29th Ave. Entrance to the performances on NW Industrial St. Entrance to the artist studios on 29th.
In response to Portland’s rapid growth and the challenges it poses to pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles alike, choreographers Heidi Duckler, Carla Mann, Conrad Kaczor, Kiel Moton, and Catherine Egan have responded with five dances or “rides” in and around different modes of transportation. The performances which focus on personal stories of identity and relationships, will take place in the parking lot of the Marine Artists Studios in the old NW Marine Iron Works building, and will be ongoing from 7-9 pm.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theater/Northwest directed by Heidi Duckler and Carla Mann is interested in redefining audience performer relationships by positioning dance in unusual places.

Choreographer Alysa Pires with NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH 2017 dancers. Photo by Katie Holliday.

Pretty Creatives Choreographic Showing
NW Dance Project
Choreography by Alice Klock and Alysa Pires
7:30 pm July 15
Portland State University, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave.
For eight years now NW Dance Project has put out a call looking for new choreographers through their Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition. Each year the winners create a new work on the dancers participating in the Launch Project: NW Dance Projects summer training intensive. This year’s winners are Alice Klock, a dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago since 2009, and Alysa Pires, a Toronto-based choreographer and artistic director of her own company, Alysa Pires Dance Projects. The choreographers are given 18 hours to make a dance on 32 dancers.

Upcoming Performances

July 26, Movement and Flow: Portland Dance Films, Hosted by NW Film Center featuring films by Conrad Kazcor, Fuchsia Lin, Dylan Wilbur Media, Gabriel Shalom, Jackie Davis, and Amy Yang Chiao
July 29, Hafla, Portland Bellydance Guild
August 3-5, Galaxy Dance Festival, Hosted by Polaris Dance Theatre
August 11-13, JamBallah Northwest ’17, Hosted by JamBallah NW
August 24-September 6, Portland Dance Film Fest, Directed by Kailee McMurran, Tia Palomino, and Jess Evans
August 24-October 8, Kurios: Cabinet Of Curiosities, Cirque Du Soleil
September 7-17, TBA, Portland Institute For Contemporary Art

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