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2014

 

SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE SHOWING

 

FRI / AUG 15 / 2014 / 7:30pm

 

Lincoln Performance Hall - PSU Campus
1620 SW Park Ave. (at Market St.) / Portland OR 97201

 

 

Come see the future of dance and the next generation of great dancers at this special showcase. The 50 dancers taking the stage are all 14 - 18 years old and selected from auditions held across North America to take part in Northwest Dance Project's exciting training, creation and mentoring project for pre-professional dancers, our Summer Dance Intensive, taking place in Portland July 21 - August 15, 2014. This showing is the culmination of four focused and challenging weeks of working with Northwest Dance Project's leading artists and dynamic company members Andrea Parson (Princess Grace Award winner 2010), Franco Nieto (Princess Grace Award winner 2012), Ching Ching Wong, and Lindsey Matheis, as well as special guest teachers and master coaches. This concluding Summer Dance Intensive Showing will give these talented young dancers the opportunity to take the theater stage to perform select works from Northwest Dance Project's expansive, all-original repertoire, as well as new works choreographed especially for them.


PRETTY CREATIVES SHOWING

SAT / JUL 19 / 2014 / 7:30pm

Lincoln Performance Hall - PSU Campus
1620 SW Park Ave. (at Market St.) / Portland OR 97205

Our 2014 Pretty Creatives showing moves into the theater and is bigger and better than ever! See the future of dance and experience what the two winners of our sixth annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition, Lesley Telford and Eric Handman, created in 18 intense hours working with the 37 professional dancers selected for our ninth LAUNCH project


SUMMER SPLENDORS

JUN 6 - 15 / 2014 / 7:30 + 4 PM

ALL SHOWS SOLD-OUT

NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT STUDIO
    + PERFORMANCE CENTER

833 N SHAVER STREET (AT MISSISSIPPI AVE.)

How the Light Gets In - Carla Mann (World Premiere)
Before Dawn - Yin Yue (World Premiere)

Atash - Tracey Durbin
This is Embracing – Gregory Dolbashian

Read the glowing Willamette Week review HERE the wonderful Oregon Arts Watch review HERE and Horizon Times' review HERE.

Celebrate the arrival of summer and see Northwest Dance Project perform for the final time in our own intimate and historic Studio + Performance Center. The entire family will be captivated by the incredible experience of seeing dance up so close. These upbeat and beautiful shows always sell out. Tracey Durbin will revive her stunning full company work, Atash, we’ll bring back Gregory Dolbashian’s luminous This is Embracing, and rounding out this popular program will be two world premiere new works to surprise and delight. Dance doesn’t get any better or closer than this!


Kids + Youth Spring Showcase

CELEBRATE YOUNG TALENT

JUNE 7 / 2014 / 12:30 & 3:30pm
$12 ADVANCE TICKETS - LIMITED SEATING

12:30pm: All KIDS Classes (4-8 yrs) --- TICKETS
3:30pm: All YOUTH Classes (9-17 yrs) --- TICKETS

NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT STUDIO+ PERFORMANCE CENTER
833 N SHAVER STREET (AT MISSISSIPPI AVE.)

Celebrate our great Kids + Youth Spring Dance Sessions with our annual Spring Showcase. See and celebrate what our great students have been working on all season with their instructors. Bring your cameras and whoots!



10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

art | wines | dinner | dance | music | live & silent auctions

SAT / MAY 10TH / 2014 / 5:30PM

NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT STUDIO
     + PERFORMANCE CENTER
833 N SHAVER STREET (AT MISSISSIPPI AVE.)

Join us to celebrate a decade of all original world-class dance created and premiered in Portland.

  • Enjoy scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, and fabulous Northwest wines from Dobbes Family Estate.
  • Pick out your favorite one of a kind silent auction items.
  • Be entertained by special musical guest and gala emcee Tony Starlight.
  • Experience a special performance by our full company of award-winning dancers.
  • Savor delicious Northwest cuisine (steak, salmon or vegetarian stuffed crepes) from our friends and neighbors Equinox Restaurant
  • Compete with other guest tables for the first pick of the delicious local confections in our fun "dessert dash".
  • Score your pick of our exclusive and unforgettable 10 live auction items.

Limited to just 100 guests.

Gala Sponsors:
The Boeing Company
Equinox Restaurant
ProGraphics
La Vie Flowers
Alan and Sharon Jones / North Country Productions
Northwest Dance Project Board of Directors

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

THE BEST FROM OUR FIRST DECADE

APR 3 - 5 / 2014 / 7:30 PM

NEWMARK THEATRE
1111 SW BROADWAY (AT MAIN ST.) PORTLAND, OR 97205

World Premiere - Sarah Slipper
State of Matter - Ihsan Rustem

Harmonie Défigurée - Patrick Delcroix
A Fine Balance - Sarah Slipper


Founding Artistic Director Sarah Slipper’s inspiration and mission for Northwest Dance Project is infused with innovation, creativity and bold artistry. This vision keeps Northwest Dance Project on the cutting edge of contemporary dance with the presentation of works from established and talented rising choreographers. In celebration of our 10th Anniversary Season, Artistic Director Sarah Slipper will select the very best works from our incredible all-original repertoire for a spring dance celebration that is brilliant, stunning and hot. Revisit captivating creations from acclaimed French choreographer Patrick Delcroix, British sensation Ihsan Rustem, and from our own awarding-winning director Sarah Slipper, who will also unveil her latest world premiere work, After the Shake.

 

2013


IN GOOD COMPANY

DEC 6 - 15 / 2013 / 7:30 PM + 4 PM

NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT STUDIO
    + PERFORMANCE CENTER

 

833 N SHAVER STREET (AT MISSISSIPPI AVE.)
PORTLAND, OR 97227

 

LIMITED SEATING - THESE SHOWS SELL-OUT!
Subscribers get priority seating.


Wind back the clock forty years — we’re rockin’ the Top 40 hits from 1973! Don’t miss this magical and festive family-friendly performance – imagined, choreographed, and danced by Portland’s award-winning contemporary dance company, Northwest Dance Project. This is not your usual holiday show, but it certainly is a fun and festive experience for the entire family -- complete with warm wassail!


Kids + Youth
Holiday Showcase

CELEBRATE YOUNG TALENT

DEC 7 / 2013 / 12:30 & 3:30 PM

NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT STUDIO
+ PERFORMANCE CENTER
833 N SHAVER STREET (AT MISSISSIPPI AVE.)
PORTLAND, OR 97227
12:30 PM: All Kids Classes (4-8 yrs)
3:30 PM: All Youth Classes (9-17 yrs)


Celebrate our Kids + Youth Fall Dance Session with our annual Holiday Showcase.
See and celebrate what our great students have been working on all season with their instructors. Bring family and friends and your cameras!


NEW NOW WOW!

3 WORLD PREMIERES

OCT 24 - 26 / 2013 / 7:30 PM

LINCOLN PERFORMANCE HALL (PSU)
1620 SW PARK AVE. (AT MARKET ST.) PORTLAND, OR 97205

World Premiere - Loni Landon
World Premiere – Danielle Agami
World Premiere - James Gregg

Be prepared to be surprised, amazed, and energized. These works are NEW, represent contemporary dance NOW and will leave you WOWed! This all world premiere program features inspired and energetic new works from Loni Landon and James Gregg, both winners of our annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition, as well as our first work from Danielle Agami, a dynamic dancer and muse of renowned Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see three important world premieres representing the current state of and promising future of dance.


HAPPENING #1 - HOTEL

CELEBRATE OUR
10th ANNIVERSARY SEASON!

SEP 14 / 2013 / 5:30 PM

HOTEL MODERA / NEL CENTRO
1408 SW 6TH AVE., PORTLAND, OR 97201

Kick off our 10th Anniversary Season! Northwest Dance Project has partnered with nel centro and Hotel Modera to present this special arts happening! Enjoy delicious delicacies from one of Portland's finest restaurants and celebrated chefs (David Machado), complimentary cocktails, and witness a special evening of site-specific dance as the moving story unfolds before the beautiful vertical gardens of Hotel Modera's courtyard set to live music from special guests. Experience why Oregon Public Broadcasting says Northwest Dance Project is “one of the most dynamic dance troupes in the country" and The Oregonian says we are "an essential part of the city's arts scene."


SUMMER FREE FOR ALL
WASHINGTON PARK SUMMER FESTIVAL

MIXED WORKS + DJ ANJALI & EDEN HANA

FRI / AUG 9 / 2013 / 6 PM / FREE

Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater
410 SW KINGSTON AVE / PORTLAND, OR 97205

Kick off our 10th Anniversary Season with a special free, performance with our friends DJ Anjali and singersongwriter Eden Hana, at Portland’s breathtaking outdoor amphitheater at Washington Park. Bring your shades, picnic baskets, blankets or lawn chairs and experience why Oregon Public Broadcasting says Northwest Dance Project is “one of the most dynamic dance troupes in the country" and The Oregonian says we are "an essential part of the city's arts scene."



 

PRETTY CREATIVES SHOWING

SAT / JUL 20 / 2013

7:30 PM (door opens at 7 PM)
8:30 PM (door opens at 8:15 PM)

LIMITED SEATING

$10 suggested donation at the door

Northwest Dance Project Studio + Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave.) Portland OR 97227

Come into the studio to see what the two winners of our fifth annual Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition, Simone Orlando and Yin Yue, created in just 18 hours working with the professional dancers selected for our eighth LAUNCH project.

 

Summer Splendors

JUNE 7 - 16 / 2013 / 7:30 & 4 PM

World Premiere – Minh Tran
MemoryHouse – Sarah Slipper
Illumine – Carla Mann
Covered – Loni Landon

NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT STUDIO
    + PERFORMANCE CENTER

833 N SHAVER STREET (AT MISSISSIPPI AVE.)
   PORTLAND, OR 97227

Read The Oregonian's review HERE

Celebrate the arrival of summer and see Northwest Dance Project perform in our own intimate space. The entire family will be captivated by the incredible intimacy of seeing dance so close. These upbeat and beautiful shows always sell out. Minh Tran will unveil his second new work for the company, Sarah Slipper will revive her spellbinding duet, MemoryHouse, which recently brought a recent New York crowd to its feet. Be swept away by Loni Landon’s riveting trio, Covered, and experience Carla Mann's moving and mysterious Illumine. Dance doesn’t get any better or closer than this!


 

Kids + Teens Spring Showcase

CELEBRATE YOUNG TALENT

JUNE 8 / 2013 / 12:30 & 3 PM

12:30: All Kids Classes (4-8 yrs)
3 PM: All Youth Classes (9-17 yrs)

NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT STUDIO
+ PERFORMANCE CENTER

833 N SHAVER STREET (AT MISSISSIPPI AVE.)
PORTLAND, OR 97227


Celebrate our Kids + Teens Spring Dance Classes with our annual Spring Showcase.
See and celebrate what our great students have been working on all season with their instructors!

 

Summer Soirée

A GALA BENEFIT
FOR NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT

SAT  |  JUNE 1  2013  •  6 PM

art | cocktails | dinner | dance | music | live & silent auctions

SOLD OUT

Celebrating all original contemporary dance
created and premiered in Portland

Live Auction Preview HERE


Hosted by Vagabond Opera’s one and only Eric Stern
Seated dinner catered by Equinox Restaurant
Wines from Dobbes Family Estate

LIMITED SEATING

NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT STUDIO + PERFORMANCE CENTER
833 N SHAVER STREET (AT MISSISSIPPI AVE.) PORTLAND, OR 97227

Painting by Mona Jones Cordell

 

 SPRING PERFORMANCES

2 WORLD PREMIERES + CHI

MARCH 28 - 30 / 2013 / 7:30 PM

NEWMARK THEATRE (PCPA)
1111 SW BROADWAY (AT MAIN ST.) PORTLAND OR 97205

World Premiere
– Sarah Slipper

World Premiere – Patrick Delcroix
Chi – Wen Wei Wang

One of "the season's 25 most exciting shows"
- Portland Monthly

We break the dreary and dark days of winter with a show that’s hot hot hot. Sarah Slipper, founding Artistic Director of Northwest Dance Project and Portland’s most acclaimed and gifted choreographer unveils her latest creation for our dynamic dancers that she knows better than anyone. French Knight (really!) and assistant to the legendary Jirí Kylián, Patrick Delcroix, returns for his third premiere on the company who adore him. Patrick’s previous works for Northwest Dance Project have been described as “mesmerizing...gave the dancers the kind of space-eating, tempo-shifting movement -- from fast, aggressive unison to lyrical duets that makes this company such a pleasure to watch.” Finally, we are thrilled to bring back Wen Wei Wang’s precise and otherworldly full company piece, Chi, which was reviewed as “the highlight of the show...a small feast of images.” With choreographers who know and work with the company so well and our dancers that can and will do anything, this is a show not to be missed.

 

 

 

In Good Company

PREMIERES & VINTAGE VINYL

DECEMBER 7 - 16 / 2012 / 7:30 & 4 PM

NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT STUDIO
+ PERFORMANCE CENTER

833 N SHAVER STREET (AT MISSISSIPPI AVE.)
PORTLAND, OR 97227

VERY LIMITED SEATING


We had so much fun last year that we’re doing it again. We're putting another spin on our popular annual holiday show! Our talented dancers premiere new works set on their fellow company members, drawing inspiration from the sounds found on vintage vinyl records with DJ Anjali spinning live during the shows and a special appearance by Eden Hana. A fun and festive show for the entire family. Add warm wassail and you have a hip holiday happening!

These limited seating shows sell-out. Subscribers get priority seating.

 

 

Kids + Teens Holiday Tea

CELEBRATE YOUNG TALENT

DECEMBER 8 / 2012 / 12:30 & 3 PM

12:30 PM (4-8 YRS)
3 PM (9-17 YRS)

NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT STUDIO
+ PERFORMANCE CENTER

833 N SHAVER STREET (AT MISSISSIPPI AVE.)
PORTLAND, OR 97227

VERY LIMITED SEATING


See and celebrate what our great students have been working on all season with their instructors, get your picture taken with your dancer in our special Photo Booth and toast their talents with tea and treats!

 

NEW NOW WOW!

3 WORLD PREMIERES

OCTOBER 4 - 6 / 2012 / 7:30 PM

LINCOLN PERFORMANCE HALL (PSU)


World Premiere – Ihsan Rustem
World Premiere – Gregory Dolbashian
World Premiere – Alex Soares

Be prepared to be surprised, amazed and energized. These works are NEW, represent contemporary dance NOW and will definitely WOW you! Three rising, award-winning choreographic voices converge on Portland to kick off our amazing season with three stunning world premieres. Ihsan Rustem returns to follow-up on the promise of his 2010 premiere, State of Matter, which won multiple international awards and we performed at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in London, while Gregory Dolbashian and Alex Soares, both winners of our annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition, will create on the company for the first time. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see three new important works that represent the current state and promising future of contemporary dance.

 

 

 

PRETTY CREATIVES SHOWING

Saturday, July 21 / 2012


Come into the studio to see what the two winners of our fourth annual Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition, Robyn Mineko Williams and Hanna Kiel, created in just 18 hours working with the 32 professional dancers selected for our seventh LAUNCH project.

LIMITED SEATING
7:30 PM (door opens at 7 PM)
8:30 PM (door opens at 8:15 PM)

Northwest Dance Project Studio + Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave.) Portland OR 97227

$10 suggested donation at the door

Photo courtesy of Christopher Peddecord


LONDON CALLING

 

A Very Special Gala Benefit
Saturday / June 23rd @ 6:30 PM
SOLD OUT


Send Northwest Dance Project to the Olympics in style!

Join us in the studio for this special London-themed night featuring a gin and tonic bar, delicious full dinner from Equinox Restaurant fine wines, British songs sung by Portland stage sensation Susannah Mars, Master of Ceremonies Eric Stern of Vagabond Opera, special guest speaker James Canfield, fabulous live auction items and a very special performance of the piece we are performing taking to London: Ihsan Rustem's amazing "State of Matter" (winner of the 2011 Sadler's Wells Global Dance Contest). And Ihsan will be at the event!

Northwest Dance Project Studio
+ Performance Center

833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave.)
Portland OR 97227


$125 -- includes $75 tax-deductible donation

 

SUMMER SPLENDORS  
June 8 - 17

"...one of the most dynamic dance troupes in the country."
-- Oregon Public Broadcasting
 

Celebrate the arrival of summer and see our international-award-winning company perform in our beautiful dance studio and performance center in the heart of the hip Mississippi district before jetting off to London for our special 2012 Cultural Olympiad performances.

Read The Oregonian's glowing review of our 2011 Summer Splendors show that notes "The company is strong across the board, with an appealing blend of technique and personality, and the men especially are solid." HERE

This intimate show features four world premieres from acclaimed choreographers Sarah Slipper, Artistic Director of Northwest Dance Project, Portland dance fixture Tracey Durbin, Gregory Dolbashian of New York and winner of our 2011 Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition, and Kate Wallich, an inventive, rising choreographer based in Seattle.

Only 70 seats per show to ensure an intimate, special performance experience.

Northwest Dance Project Studio + Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave.) Portland OR 97227 MAP

 

Photo by Christopher Peddecord

 


SPRING PREMIERES
     THE BEST OF NOW

3 WORLD PREMIERESfrom renowned choreographers returning to create on our international-award-winning company.

Friday / March 9 @ 8 PM
Saturday / March 10 @ 8PM

Newmark Theatre
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
1111 SW Broadway (at Main Street)
Portland OR 97205


Discounts for groups of 8 or more - please contact us for details.

Tickets also available at PCPA Box Office


- World Premiere from NWDP's award-winning Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper, whom Dance International Magazine said is "changing the way dance is created." With over 30 original works to date performed from Portland to New York to the revered Bolshoi stage in Moscow, Slipper is Portland's most gifted and accomplished choreographer and she knows how to mine the very best from her classically trained yet dynamic and fearless company.

- World Premiere from one of France's most acclaimed and accomplished choreographers, Patrick Delcroix, Nederlands Dans Theater dancer for 17 years and assistant to the legendary Jirí Kylián (and a real-live Knight!). Patrick's previous work for Northwest Dance Project, "Harmonie Défigurée", is a rich exploration of human relationships filled with inventive, breathtaking partnering The Oregonian reviewed as "mesmerizing...gave the dancers the kind of space-eating, tempo-shifting movement -- from fast, aggressive unison to lyrical duets -- that makes this company such a pleasure to watch."

- World Premiere from Chinese-born Wen Wei Wang, considered one of Canada's top choreographers. Wen Wei's previous work for Northwest Dance Project, the other-worldly, martial arts-inspired "Chi", is a riveting study in detailed movement and energy exchange The Oregonian reviewed as "the highlight of the show...a small feast of images."

                   

Photo: Lindsey Matheis in Pedro Dias' "Through the Mouth of Your Eyes"
Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert

 

2011

IN GOOD COMPANY

December 9 - 17 / 2011

Great "In Good Company" previews in Willamette Week HERE and The Portland Mercury HERE.

We're putting a special spin on our popular annual holiday show! Six members of our award-winning company will premiere new contemporary dance works set on their fellow dancers and inspired by the sounds found on vintage vinyl records which DJ Anjali will spin during the shows. A fun and festive show for the entire family. Add warm wassail, Voodoo Doughnuts and surprize balloons and you have a hip holiday happening!

Northwest Dance Project Studio + Performance Center     MAP
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave.) Portland

VERY LIMITED SEATING to ensure an intimate, special performance experience for all.

 

$30 advance - NO service fees
($40 door if available - these shows sell out quickly)

SurPRIZE balloon-pop fundraiser supports the company's New York performances in January!

Northwest Dance Project is "the 'it' company" -- OPB


Company Photo courtesy of Christopher Peddecord


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FALL SHOW:


NEW NOW WOW!

An All-World-Premiere program featuring three talented international choreographers creating on our company for the first time. Show contains partial nudity.

Oct. 14-15 / 2011 / 8 PM
Lincoln Performance Hall
1620 SW Park Avenue

World Premieres from:

Didy Veldman (Netherlands) one of the hottest names in European dance
Noam Gagnon (Canada) co-founder of the world-renowned The Holy Body Tattoo
Pedro Dias (Portugal) 2011 Pretty Creatives choreographic residency winner

 

Northwest Dance Project is "the 'it' company" -- OPB

 

 

 


NWDP Dancer: Samantha Campbell
Photo courtesy of Christopher Peddecord


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BENEFIT FUNDRAISING PARTY!!!


DANCING OUT OF THE BOX

Our Party of the Year!

September 10 / 2011 / 6:30 PM start
Sponsored in part by   nel centro / Hotel Modera
1408 SW 6th Avenue / Portland OR 97201

Join us for a unique evening of dance, delicacies and drinks, learn about our exciting 2011-12 all-premiere season and party Northwest Dance Project style!

Enjoy
- Unique plates inspired by the sensuous tastes of the French and Italian Riveria created by nel centro's chef, David Machado
- Magical and novel dances conceived by Artistic Director Sarah Slipper and our company dancers as Skip VonKuske of the Portland Cello Project plays live with Hotel Modera's gorgeous vertical courtyard garden as the backdrop
- Elegant Oregon wines and nel centro's special NEW NOW WOW! cocktailcreated just for this evening in support of our October shows

Photo courtesy of Christopher Peddecord

 

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PRETTY CREATIVES SHOWING


Come into the studio to see what the two winners of our third annual Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition, Gregory Dolbashian and Marina Mascarell, created in just 18 hours working with the 27 professional dancers selected for our sixth LAUNCH intensive.


Saturday, July 23 / 2011
7:30 PM (door opens at 7 PM)
8:30 PM (door opens at 8:15 PM)

Northwest Dance Project Studio + Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave.)Portland OR 97227

$10 suggested donation at the door.
Photo courtesy of Christopher Peddecord


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SUMMER SPLENDORS

JUNE 10-18

Read The Oregonian's glowing review of the show that notes "Summer Splendors" showcases the vitality and flexibility of artistic director Sarah Slipper's 10-dancer troupe, which performed a refreshingly varied and well-balanced suite." "Northwest Dance Project is on a high." "high-energy program" ... "The company is strong across the board, with an appealing blend of technique and personality, and the men especially are solid." HERE 


Celebrate the arrival of summer and see our award-winning company perform in our beautiful dance studio and performance center in the heart of the hip Mississippi district.

This intimate show features four world premieres from acclaimed choreographers Sarah Slipper, Artistic Director of Northwest Dance Project, Carla Mann, Chair of the Reed College Dance Department, Loni Landon from New York and winner of our 2010 Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition and Lauren Edson, winner of our first Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition and current Trey McIntyre Project company member.


Only 70 seats per show to ensure an intimate, special performance experience for all.

Northwest Dance Project Studio + Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave.) Portland OR 97227
MAP


CHOREOGRAPHERS:

NWDP Dancer: Samantha Campbell
Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert

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SPRING PERFORMANCES
Friday / March 18 + Saturday / March 19 / 8PM
Newmark Theatre
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
1111 SW Broadway
(at Main Street)
Portland OR 97205

Portland's finest contemporary dance company, Northwest Dance Project, presents our annual spring performances featuring:

- World Premiere from one of France's most acclaimed and accomplished choreographers, Patrick Delcroix, Nederlands Dans Theater dancer for 17 years and current assistant to Jirí Kylián (and a Knight!). This premiere will be the first time Patrick has created on a U.S. company. "Harmonie Défigurée" is a rich exploration of human relationships filled with inventive, breathtaking partnering. See a video clip rehearsal section HERE.

- World Premiere cathartic quintet from NWDP's award-winning Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper, whom Dance International Magazine said is "changing the way dance is created."

- Lucas Crandall's exquisitely beautiful, full-company ballet, Blue, which The Oregonian described as a "gracefully athletic ballet." Former Artistic Associate of the renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lucas now serves as Repetitor of Nederlands Dans Theater.

                   
More information on our amazing company HERE.

Photo: Viktor Usov in Lucas Crandall's "Blue"
Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert

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2010 PERFORMANCES:


COOL YULE!
Live Jazz + New Dance = Holiday Happening

Thursday / Dec 16 / 7 PM
*Opening Night
w/ Hosted Reception
+
Friday / Dec 17 / 7 + 9 PM
Saturday / Dec 18 / 7 + 9 PM

VERY LIMITED SEATING

Read Willamette Week's review of "Cool Yule" HERE.

Northwest Dance Project
Studio + Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227


The Blue Cranes new album "Observatories" is "one of the best releases out of Portland this year -- or any year, for that matter."   - Willamette Week


Premieres:

Sarah Slipper's sensual new duet
Minh Tran's electric creation for two couples
Carla Mann's reflection of the random yet harmonious interactions of an improvised jazz duet
Tracey Durbin's lyrical solo for company dynamo Ching Ching Wong
Andrea Parson's avant-garde look at life between real and imagined walls
Kemba Shannon's snazzy closing piece that is the newest form of clean energy

ALL PERFORMED TO THE STIRRING LIVE JAZZ OF PORTLAND'S OWN BLUE CRANES
+ warm wassail, mulled wine, cider and special seasonal sweets...

More info on our COOL YULE choreographers HERE
The company makes diamonds out of dust and sweat.


Dancer: Joni Tuttle
Photo courtesy of Blaine Truitt Covert

 


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NEW NOW WOW!

Thursday / Sept. 30 / 2010 / 8 PM
Friday / Oct. 1 / 2010 / 8 PM
Saturday / Oct. 2 / 2010 / 8 PM

Lincoln Performance Hall
1620 SW Park Ave
Portland OR 97201

Northwest Dance Project will premiere four original dance works from four choreographers who are beginning to make their names in the dance world -- these are the artists the field will be buzzing about very soon.

"I took some time to really research young, rising choreographers -- edgy and talented emerging dance makers from around the world," says Sarah Slipper, the founding Artistic Director of the Northwest Dance Project, "and I picked the best of the best for this special program. These are four names the dance world will be abuzz about in the coming seasons and they all have a sense of daring innovation and a contemporary ballet aesthetic that is perfectly suited to our company of fearless, classically trained dancers. I can't wait to see this show!"

These four amazing choreographers are definitely on the rise (NEW), creating exciting and innovative contemporary ballet works (NOW) and unbelievably talented (WOW!).

"We are so excited to be back in Lincoln Hall -- to be the first dance company and show in the newly reappointed theater," Slipper says. "It's where we started and we're thrilled to return."

The four choreographers selected to create new works for NWDP -- Loni Landon from New York, André Mesquita from Portugal, London-born Ihsan Rustem and Olivier Wevers from Belgium and current principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet -- will do so in the company's beautiful, historic studio in Portland, Oregon, and each will have complete artistic freedom and the resources to bring their most daring ideas to life.

"Though we already have quite a reputation for fostering the creation of inspired new works," (85 in seven years) Slipper notes, "I just know that these new pieces are going to blow the roof off!"  


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LIVE DANCE LIVE
Friday / Sept. 17 / 2010 / 7 PM

Northwest Dance Project Studio
+ Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave)

Join us for the Northwest Dance Project's annual fundraising party, LIVE DANCE LIVE.

Enjoy great food, fantastic drinks, new "flash dances" by our amazing company - and then dance with them as Portland's best Russian party band, Chervona plays live! Plus, pop a balloon to get a great surprise gift inside, take a spin at the Wheel of Wine, see your future with a Dino Tarot reading and when you need something sweet, just walk to the back door and order something special from the famous Voodoo Doughnuts van!

$45 Advance (no service fees)/ $50 at the door

Your ticket supports our company members bringing dance to local youth in-need.   Come meet these amazing dancers!

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PRETTY CREATIVES SHOWING


Come into the studio to see what the two winners of our second annual Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition, Loni Landon and James Gregg, created in just 18 hours working with the 27 professional dancers in our fourth LAUNCH intensive.


July 17 / 2010
7:30 PM (door opens at 7 PM)

Northwest Dance Project Studio + Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave.) Portland OR 97227

$10 suggested donation at the door.

Information on these two amazing dance makers HERE.

Willamette Week's preview of Pretty Creatives showing:
Who will make the dances of tomorrow? Northwest Dance Project offers a suggestion with an in-studio showing of work by Loni Landon and James Gregg, winners of the project's second annual Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition. The pair has impressive credentials: Landon, a Juilliard grad, has worked with Aszure Barton on the opening of the Baryshnikov Arts Center before joining Ballet Theater Munich. She has been a finalist in the International Choreography Competition in Hannover, Germany, and her work has been shown at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Gregg, a member of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, has danced work by Crystal Pite, Daniel Ezralow and Mia Michaels, among others, and has tested his dancemaking mettle by creating work for such companies as Chicago's River North. Both artists spent just 18 hours setting work on the 27 professional dancers in NWDP's Launch intensive. HEATHER WISNER.

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SUMMER SPLENDORS

Celebrate the first anniversary of our beautiful dance studio and performance center in the heart of the hip Mississippi district with these special, intimate shows featuring world premieres from leading Northwest choreographers James Canfield (founding Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre and current Artistic Director of Nevada Ballet Theatre), award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director of Northwest Dance Project, Sarah Slipper, Carla Mann (Chair of the Reed College dance department) and Lauren Edson who currently dances for the Trey McIntyre Project.

Seating is limited to ensure an intimate, special performance experience for all.

KBOO's Dmae Roberts did a great interview with Sarah Slipper and James Canfield about their pieces for our Summer Splendors program. Listen HERE.

Read the Oregonian's great review of our Summer Splendors show HERE.


Northwest Dance Project Studio + Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave.) Portland OR 97227
   
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SPRING PERFORMANCES

Friday / March 12 + Saturday / March 13 / 8PM
Newmark Theatre / Portland Center for the Performing Arts
1111 SW Broadway (at Main Street), Portland, OR


This program includes:

- World premiere by Nederlands Dans Theater's Maurice Causey, winner of Northwest Dance Project's first annual Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition in 2009. Reviewing his ballet, "Mood Swings," Dance Europe effused "the pièce de résistance came from the hand of Maurice Causey. Seldom have I seen a mixture of fun and serious art go together so well. Causey's many years at Forsythe's Ballet Frankfurt is evident not only in the extreme and off-balance balletic movement, but also in the kinetic energy and fierceness that are awesome. The work was a total attack on the senses with an edginess and immediacy that kept you riveted throughout."

- Portland premiere of "Flying E," the latest creation from Northwest Dance Project's own Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper, inspired by the company's residency in the Arizona desert. Dance International noted that "Sarah Slipper is changing the way dance is created," and she has been described as "truly gifted."

- "Ensemble for Somnambulists," created especially for Northwest Dance Project in 2006, marks the return of international choreographer Luca Veggetti, whose choreographic works are in the repertoire of leading companies such as New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. The New York Times noted, "The strength is in the way this Italian choreographer pares down every movement - and the connections among them - creating an intriguing tension between stillness and sudden flurries of dipping, gliding motion."

- Sarah Slipper's "A Fine Balance," finalist for the prestigious Benois de la Danse choreographic award and performed at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. The dramatic and cinematic duet reveals the complexities of a couple's relationship, whether the cycle of tension and tenderness unfolds over a day, a year or a lifetime. The News Record said "This is what dance should be ... she found the point at which the form of dance (steps, technique, feet, performance) combine to create a work of art.

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2009 PERFORMANCES:


WALTZING + WASSAILING

VERY Limited Seating Available

Friday / December 18  /  7 PM + 9 PM
Saturday / December 19  /  7 PM + 9 PM
Northwest Dance Project Studio + Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave), Portland, OR

Great preview in The Portland Mercury of our Waltzing + Wassailing shows HERE

Here we come a-wassailing! Join Northwest Dance Project and the Vagabond Opera for a wonderful holiday evening of dance, song and music!

Northwest Dance Project continues to expand our partnerships with local artists and groups and is collaborating on this exciting evening of music, song and dance with the six-piece Portland-based Vagabond Opera. The Vagabond Opera delivers passionate offerings of Bohemian cabaret for young and old. Paris hot jazz, gut bucket swing, tangos, Ukrainian folk-punk ballads, klezmer and vigorous originals meet a world of riverboat gambling queens, Turkish belly dancers, and the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich.

Waltzing + Wassailing will premiere new works from Portland-based choreographers Sarah Slipper, Mary Oslund, Jamey Hampton, Gregg Bielemeier, Andrea Parson, Patrick Kilbane and Linsdey Matheis created on our extraordinarily talentedcompany as the Vagabond Opera plays live and premieres two new arias from their upcoming opera, "Queen of Knives."

The results will be an amazing evening comprised of fresh new works to celebrate the holiday season and the New Year. A fun, family friendly evening of music and dance with warm wassail for all! In-studio seating is very limited to ensure an intimate experience.

 

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FALL PREMIERES

Friday / October 16 + Saturday / October 17 / 8PM
Newmark Theatre / Portland Center for the Performing Arts
1111 SW Broadway (at Main Street), Portland, OR

This program includes:

- World premiere from Andrea Miller, Artistic Director of Gallim Dance and a rising star in the choreographic world whose work displays wit, energy and power. Dance Magazine said she has "burst onto NYC's downtown dance scene," naming her one of "25 to Watch" in January 2009 and whom The New York Timesnoted as "a choreographer finding her own voice." Andrea's work is energetic, unpredictable and uniquely exciting. Her new piece features music from Portland artists The Blow, Benoît Pioulard and The World Court.

- World premiere from French-born Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Artistic Director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet based in New York, and former dancer with Alvin Ailey creating his first work for the Northwest Dance Project. White Bird will present the company in May 2010. Benoit-Swan's movement is bold, fluid, natural and seems to move beyond time and space.

- World premiere from Northwest Dance Project's own Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper. Dance International's Spring 2009 issue noted that Sarah Slipper "is changing the way dance is created" and she has been described as "truly gifted." Employing live multi-media images and spoken text, this work is sure to surprise.

- World premiere from Mexican-born Edgar Zendejas, Artistic Director of ezdanza based in Montreal, whose works are described as lush, expressive, beautiful poems in movement. This piece will feature a live performance of Bizet's "Récit et Romance" from The Pearl Fishers with piano playing by Bill Crane the operatic tenor Eric Stern of Portland's own Vagabond Opera.

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DANCE / FRANCE

Friday, October 9, 2009
Northwest Dance Project Studio + Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave.)
6 - 7:30 PM

Calling All French Speakers:
Join us for our special Dance / France event on Friday, October 9th!

Come into our beautiful studio to enjoy French wine and cheeses while watching Paris-born choreographer and Artistic Director of the amazing Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, work with our Project Company on his latest creation. Following the rehearsal, host Sharon Kitzhaber will lead a discussion with Benoit-Swan about his art in his life, in French. Attendees will be encouraged to join the conversation - in French.


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SUMMER PREMIERES

Friday / August 14 + Saturday / August 15 / 8PM
Newmark Theatre / Portland Center for the Performing Arts
1111 SW Broadway (at Main Street), Portland, OR

"...world premieres from a truly jaw-dropping quartet of choreographers." - Willamette WeekJune, 2009

This program includes:

- World premiere from Portland's own founding Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre and new Artistic Director of Nevada Ballet Theatre, James Canfield.

- World premiere from Lucas Crandall, Associate Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, whose work has been described by The Chicago Sun-Times as "enchanted and enchanting ... delicacy, clarity and mystery throughout."

- World premiere by Nederlands Dans Theater's Maurice Causey, winner of the Northwest Dance Project's new Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition.

- World premiere from Wen Wei Wang, Artistic Director of Wen Wei Dance and a significant new choreographic voice on the international dance scene that Le Devoirhas described as "a mix of haunting grace, subtle eroticism and thoughtful movement that reveals a well-defined and original voice."


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LIVE DANCE LIVE
Benefit Studio Warming

Friday / August 7 / 7PM
Northwest Dance Project Studio &
Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street
(at Mississippi Ave.) Portland / OR

Join Northwest Dance Project to celebrate the opening of our beautiful new dance studio and performance center in the heart of the vibrant Mississippi District.

- Our amazing company will perform up-close "short takes" from local choreographers James Canfield, Sarah Slipper, Carla Mann, Lauren Edson, Andrea Parson and Patrick Kilbane.

- Enjoy music from members of the Portland Cello Project.

- Artist Mona Cordell will paint as our dancers perform and photographer Paul Thacker will unveil his stunning portraits of our company members.

- Lucy Brennan of Mint Restaurant and 820 ("one of the nation's top mixologists") will be serving a special "Project Cocktail" designedjust for this event, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and Dobbes Family Estates will be pouring their amazing Pinot Noir and more.

- Plus, pop balloons to win great prizes!

Thanks for your support - this was a wonderful event!


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PRETTY CREATIVES SHOWING

Saturday / July 18 / 7PM
Northwest Dance Project Studio
833 N. Shaver St. / Portland (just off Mississippi Ave.)
$10 suggested donation at the door

Featuring the two talented winners of our new Pretty Creatives choreographic competition, NDT's Maurice Causey and Lauren Edson, showcasing works created on our LAUNCH: 2 dancers during the previous week. Reception followed this special in-studio presentation.


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SUMMER ARTS ON MAIN STREET


July 22 / August 5 / August 19
11 AM - 1 PM
Main Street at Broadway / Downtown Portland
FREE

Celebrate summer with these special free performances by our company of "short takes" from a selection of Portland choreographers. Bring the kids down early to explore dance with our company on the stage and take in all the fun at the Farmer's Market. Performances provided in partnership with Portland Center for the Performing Arts and their Summer Arts on Main Street series

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