Movin' Out

Outdoor Dance Abounds!

Nothing enlivens a dance performance like an actual breath of fresh air. Mark your calendar for the breezy alfresco dance offerings set to grace the remainder of our waning sunny season.

By Anne Adams August 24, 2012

Already this summer, Polaris coaxed dance fans into daylight for the Galaxy Dance Festival, and BodyVox tiptoed through the roses for a special show at the Washington Park Amphitheater. If you liked those shows—or if you missed them—you'll be thrilled to know there's more!


OBT Exposed!
Through Aug 25 in Director Park

Black Swan and Bunheads have nothing on OBT's real-life rehearsal spectacle, "showing" all this week in (aptly named) Director Park. Watch venerated Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg putting the company through their paces while ballet master Anne Muller scribbles scrupulous notes in preparation for a piece that you won't see again 'til next April. The full-day schedules intersperse the professional heavy lifting with kids' creative movement classes, Q & A sessions with Lindberg, and a special evening screening TONIGHT of the choreo's gorgeously melancholic 2001 split-narrative dance film, The Rain.


Art in the Dark: Drop of a Hat 
Aug 24–26 in Mary S. Young Park, West Linn

AWOL Dance Collective, one of Portland's most active aerial troops, frequently appears with Wanderlust Circus, where Ringmaster Noah Mickens extolls their virtues as "sylphs of the sky, suspended on silken strands!" But for three evenings this weekend, the limber ladies will take to the trees. Surely original "Swinger of Birches" Robert Frost would approve, and so do we!


White Bird presents Le Grand Continental 
Sept 30 in Pioneer Courthouse Square

When life imitates art, art answers back! Québécois choreographer Sylvian Émard, fascinated by the recent "flash mob" mass public dance trend, has designed his own variation of the mode: Le Grand Continental. Having handpicked a diverse dance team of 150 members of the Portland public, he'll stage two spectacular afternoon performances in "Portland's living room," Pioneer Square.

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