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Stravinsky Gets Contemporary!

Wrapping up NW Dance Project’s 20th year with two new works and new company dancers!

Presented by NW Dance Project May 4, 2023

NW Dance Project dancers Nicole Hennington and Alejandra Preciado in rehearsal at NW Dance Project’s NE Portland Creative Center.

NW Dance Project Presents: STRAVINSKY - 2 World Premieres

JUNE 2+3 / 2023 / 7:30PM AT THE NEWMARK THEATRE (1111 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97205)

Visit our website for more information. Click here to purchase tickets in advance (29$+). 

Choreographer info HERE | Company dancer info HERE

NW Dance Project company dancers in performance.

Experience two world premiere works that wildly reimagine classic Stravinsky ballets - The Rite of Spring from Resident Choreographer Ihsan Rustem (sponsored by Martin Christoph Müller), and Petrushka from Associate Choreographer Joseph Hernandez (sponsored by Ronni Lacroute).

About this new version of The Rite of Spring: The premiere of The Rite of Spring, over 100 years ago, which caused public outcry and a riot, is arguably the most famous scandal in the history of the performing arts. The work is bold, powerful, challenging, polarising even. After Bolero and Carmen, Resident Choreographer Ihsan Rustem looks at Stravinsky’s most-known work through the lens of The Chosen One…a fiercely rebellious nature who wishes to shape the course of their own destiny. Expect the unexpected from Rustem and the cast of nine dancers, including NW Dance Project alum Anthony Pucci.

NW Dance Project Associate Choreographer Joseph Hernandez with dancers in creation of Petrushka world premiere.

About this new version of PetrushkaPetrushka: A Contemporary Fantasia on Classical Themes is a dance piece for eight dancers with music (mostly) by Igor Stravinsky. Incorporating self-aware spoken text and epic theatre’s (1920s Germany) concern with the retelling of a story over the story’s narrative itself, this Petrushka takes aim at tradition from a place of criticism but also a place of love. The piece asks the questions, “What remains when we try to separate beloved art pieces from their problematic nature?” “Is this even possible?” Hernandez and his collaborators at NW Dance Project are devoted acolytes of beauty and connection, wherever they can find it. Through the course of this piece, they hope to uncover a realm of humanity and empathy, beneath layers of history, politics, and the machinations of power..

NW Dance Project company dancer Ingrid Ferdinand in performance.

No vaccination requirement for attendees.
Masks are optional for all NW Dance Project performances.

Don’t miss this dazzling night of dance from “a jewel in Portland’s arts’ crown.” — City Commissioner Nick Fish

The estimated running time is 110 minutes.

NW Dance Project 
Sarah Slipper | Artistic Director

NEXT UP: STRAVINSKY featuring wildly reimagined tellings of The Rite of Spring and Petrushka


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