News & notes: Portland Center Stage numbers, Galaxy dance fest, NW Dance Project


Portland Center Stage, the city’s largest theater company (and perhaps the largest in the Northwest, depending on what measures you apply), released some of its salient numbers from the 2010-2011 season and fiscal year last month. Those numbers were record breakers, or near record breakers, for the company. Let’s take a look:

  • $3,414,180 — cash and in-kind contributions, a record year and almost $200,000 more than the previous year
  • 148,000 — ticketed attendance for the season, another record. (Total attendance, including education and community events was 186,900)
  • $4,852,000 — ticket revenue, the second-highest in the company’s history

These are still unaudited numbers at this point, the company cautions, and may very well change. We asked for some additional details, and here’s what we learned:

  • $964,000 — grants and foundations
  • $373,000 — corporate giving rental income was $211, 000. Individual giving was $1,586,630.
  • $211,000 — rental income
  • $1,586,630 — individual giving

The banner year allowed the company to erase $100,000 from its accumulated deficit, which stands at $1.1 million.

What about attendance at individual shows? The top three for the 2010-2011 season:

  • 24,350 — “A Christmas Story”
  • 21,889 — “One Night with Janis Joplin”
  • 21,220 — “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Those were all main stage shows. The highest attended show in the Ellyn Bye Studio was “An Iliad” (9,472).

Director Park in the heart of Downtown Portland sets up so nicely for performances of various sorts, and Polaris Dance Theatre is taking advantage with this weekend’s Galaxy Dance Festival. Companies involved include A-WOL Dance Collective, Agnieszka Laska Dancers, Circus Project, Rainbow Dance Theatre, Edge DanceSport, Portland Festival Ballet, Flamenco artist Laura Onizuka, Pendulum Aerial Arts and Polaris Dance Theatre itself. And it’s not just a performance festival: Classes are involved, too. Click the link for the full schedule. (Willamette Week)

Just to get into the whole free dance spirit, Sarah Slipper’s Northwest Dance Project has two outdoor performances this week, and the first one is TODAY (which slipped up on us), part of the PCPA Noontime Showcase and also part of Summer Arts on Main. It’s noon to 1 pm next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. On Friday, 6-8 pm, the company joins forces with the Blue Cranes jazz unit for a Summer Free For All Concert in Washington Park’s Rose Garden Amphitheater. Free dance!

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