Portland’s White Bird Dance Is Hosting a Prestigious Showcase in NYC
What’s this American Dance Platform all about?
WJ: We go to the British Dance Edition or the Performing Arts Market in Seoul, but there’s not that kind of funding to bring international presenters to the US. And if they came, they would have to hop around the country. So this is a great opportunity to give them a glimpse into American dance right now.
So it’s a pretty big deal ...
PK: Our first reaction was thank you so much, we’re honored. And then as the reality began to settle in, we thought, “This is how to make a few friends and many, many enemies.”
Whom did you invite?
WJ: We are going to have each program reflect a different region of the country, and pair an emerging company with an established one: the Martha Graham Dance Company (New York), the Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group (Brooklyn, NY), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, TU Dance (Saint Paul, Minnesota), Spectrum Dance Theater with Donald Byrd (Seattle), Alonzo King LINES Ballet (San Francisco), and Ate9 (Los Angeles).
Anyone from Portland?
WJ: We invited Northwest Dance Project.
PK: They’re doing great work.