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February 2019

Compagnie Hervé Koubi

February 28-March 2, 2019  THURS-SAT | 8 PM,  Newmark Theatre
"MESMERIZING... THEATRICAL MAGIC." -The New York Times

THE BARBARIAN NIGHTS OR THE FIRST DAWNS OF THE WORLD  Selling out all three performances during its White Bird Uncaged debut in 2016, Compagnie Hervé Koubi returns with 13 male street dancers from Algeria and Morocco to perform Koubi’s newest work The Barbarian Nights or The First Dawns of the World. With their virile sensuality and breathtaking energy, wearing headgear design inspired by Swarovski, the dancers evoke the humanity of the early “barbarians” of the Mediterranean basin, whirling their dark skirts…

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March 2019

Compagnie Marie Chouinard

March 7-9, 2019  Thursday-Saturday | 8:00 PM,  Newmark Theatre


Henri Michaux: Mouvements 24 Preludes by Chopin  Featuring LIVE PIANO accompaniment by Susan Chan, Professor of Music, Portland State University Focusing on the exploration of the body in immediate, intelligible and ever-surprising ways, Montreal-based choreographer Marie Chouinard returns to us with a  two-part program. Henri Michaux: Mouvements is inspired by the India ink drawings and poetry of the Belgian artist Henri Michaux (1899-1984), with the dancers responding “word for word” to projections of his artwork. In her masterwork 24 Preludes of Chopin,…

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April 2019

Parsons Dance

April 4-6, 2019  THURS-SAT | 7:30 PM,  Newmark Theatre
"ONE OF THE MOST EXHILARATING PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR" - Courier Journal (Louisville)

Artistic Director David Parsons Founded in 1985 by David Parsons and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley, Parsons Dance is known around the world for choreography and dancers bursting with unstoppable energy. After many years, Parsons Dance returns to White Bird with a tribute to the glorious brash and funky sounds of New Orleans Jazz, featuring David Parsons’ effervescent Whirlaway and Trey McIntyre’s spirited Ma Maison. Talking Points  – The company has toured extensively, traveling to more than 445 cities,…

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Savion Glover

April 9-10, 2019  TUES-WED | 7:30 PM,  The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
"PASSION, CREATIVITY AND DRIVE..." - NBC News

Savion Glover’s All FuNKD’d Up, The Concert  Savion Glover returns to White Bird with a thrilling new show that will showcase his percussive genius. Accompanied by a six-piece band and a dynamic ensemble of tap dancers, Savion Glover’s All FuNKD’d Up, The Concert will highlight Savion’s magnificent use of tap as a unique and vibrant sound instrument. In Savion’s words, “It’s funky, it’s loose, it’s live, it’s high energy.” Instagram | @the_savionglover Share this event: Sponsored By:  Talking Points:  -Famous…

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PHILADANCO

April 24, 2019  WEDNESDAY | 7:30 PM,  The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
"THIS COMPANY HAS TALENT, CHUTZPAH, AND ENERGY TO BURN." -The Boston Globe

Founder/ Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown  Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of African- American traditions in dance. Founded in 1970 in Philadelphia by Joan-Myers Brown, PHILADANCO will make its Portland debut with their superb trained dancers performing works by pioneering choreographers such as Ulysses Dove and Talley Beatty as well as contemporary choreographers like Rennie Harris and Christopher Huggins. Talking Points:  – Joan Myers Brown founded the International Association…

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