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October 2017

DANCENORTH AUSTRALIA

OCTOBER 26-28, 2017  THU-SAT | 8pm,  Lincoln Hall, Portland State University
“ATTRACTOR CHANNELS A SENSE OF FRENZIED POSSESSION….THE DANCERS ARE BRILLIANT.” - Dance Australia

PRESENTS WHITE BIRD UNCAGED 2017-18 ATTRACTOR Running time 60 minutes– No Intermission Featuring Senyawa from Indonesia– Spectacular World-Famous Javanese Duo BE PART OF THE ACTION! Each night 20 pre-selected ticket-buying audience members will join the dancers on stage for the last 15 minutes to perform very simply moves. No dance experience necessary. Don’t miss a really fun and exciting opportunity to join in in this spectacular show with live music. For further information and to sign up, contact Chelsea Bushnell…

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November 2017

L-E-V

NOVEMBER 16-18, 2017  THU-SAT | 8pm,  Lincoln Hall, Portland State University
“DARING AND SURPRISING, SINEWY AND SINUOUS… THRILLING.” - London Grip (UK)

PRESENTS WHITE BIRD UNCAGED 2017-18 ISRAEL Artistic Directors, Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar OCD LOVE Making a memorable White Bird Uncaged debut in Fall 2015, L-E-V, which in Hebrew means “heart,” returns with a spellbinding new creation OCD Love by choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. Matters of the heart actually form the theme of this work, also dealing with OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, which repeatedly poses challenges for love and for life. Six powerful dancers will move to the pulsating…

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January 2018

RENNIE HARRIS

JANUARY 25-27, 2018  THU-SAT | 8pm,  Lincoln Hall, Portland State University
“A TAPESTRY OF ELEGANTLY FLUID POPPING AND LOCKING…PHENOMENAL.” - The New York Times

PRESENTS WHITE BIRD UNCAGED 2017-18 LIFTED Click to read the Eugene Weekly Cover Story “Black Movement Matters” written by Rachael Carnes. Legendary hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris returns to White Bird Uncaged with his newest work Lifted, combining gospel music and house dance to explore contemporary issues of community and spirituality. Loosely based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Lifted follows a young black man who is surrounded and supported by his church community. Harris’ new work promises to be an…

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February 2018

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP

FEBRUARY 21, 2018  WED | 7:30pm,  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES' GROUND-Breaking Album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

PEPPERLAND A Tribute to The Beatles’ Ground Breaking Album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Mark Morris, hailed as “the most influential choreographer alive and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), returns to White Bird with a new evening-length work Pepperland, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ landmark Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Created at the request of the City of Liverpool as part of the city’s season-long tribute to the groundbreaking album, Pepperland will feature…

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March 2018

URBAN BUSH WOMEN

MARCH 1-3, 2018  THU-SAT | 8pm,  Newmark Theatre
“UBW’S WORK INTENDS TO HELP PEOPLE MAKE SENSE OF THIS WORLD AND PREPARE TO TAKE ACTION IN IT.” - Urban Bush Women Core Value

*TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 17, 2017*   PRESENTS WHITE BIRD UNCAGED 2017-18 HAIR AND OTHER STORIES In 2001, White Bird introduced Urban Bush Women with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s humorous and poignant Hair Stories. Hair and Other Stories is a brand new multidisciplinary work that addresses matters of race, gender, identity and economic inequality through the lens of hair, primarily that of African American women. Harking back to the original Hair Stories, this exciting work with a new director is…

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JESSICA LANG DANCE

MARCH 8-10, 2018  THU-SAT | 7:30pm,  Newmark Theatre
"JESSICA LANG’S IMAGES LINGER LONG AFTER THE CURTAIN FALLS.” - Times Colonist (Victoria, BC)

*TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 17, 2017* Jessica Lang, former member of Twyla Tharp’s company, has created more than 95 works on dance companies worldwide, including American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet. Founding her company in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance will make its White Bird debut with dances that are lyrical and urgently relevant, accompanied by strong visual elements with music that stirs the heart and leaves the audience breathless.              …

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COMPAÑIA JESÚS CARMONA

MARCH 14, 2018  WED | 7:30pm,  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
“THE FAST-slicing percussiveness of his feet is brilliant.” -The New York Times

*TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 17, 2017* Impetu’s Flamenco from Spain A dance prodigy from Barcelona, Jesús Carmona has shared the stage with Spain’s most legendary dancers. He was a principal dancer with the prestigious Ballet Nacional de España for three years before creating his own award-winning company. Jesús Carmona and his company of 11 dancers, musicians and vocalists will make their Portland debut with an emotionally charged program, Impetu’s (“bursting with energy”), starring the spellbinding and charismatic Carmona and featuring…

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April 2018

STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY

APRIL 5-7, 2018  THU-SAT | 7:30pm,  Newmark Theatre
“THERE’S A VISCERAL THRILL TO THE CHOREOGRAPHY THAT IS UNLIKE ANYTHING OFFERED BY OTHER CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHERS.” -The New York Times

*TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 17, 2017* Stephen Petronio, one of the leading dance-makers of his generation, returns to White Bird for a record 7th time with dance that uniquely merges new music, visual art, and fashion, producing powerfully modern landscapes for the senses. In 2014 Stephen founded Bloodlines, to pay tribute to the masters of American postmodern dance who have strongly influenced him. Featured in White Bird’s program will be new and retrospective work by Petronio as well as a…

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ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

APRIL 24-25, 2018  TUES-WED | 7:30pm,  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
“I AM TRYING TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS AND THAT COLOR IS NOT IMPORTANT. WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THE QUALITY OF OUR WORK.” - Alvin Ailey

*TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 17, 2017* Robert Battle, Artistic Director  Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director Renowned for its brilliant artistry and passionate energy, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will make its long-awaited return to White Bird with two electrifying programs that will showcase the Company’s immensely powerful dancers. What makes the Ailey company so phenomenal is their incomparable sense of joy, freedom and spirit, shared by dancers and audience alike. Don’t miss one of the most beloved dance companies in…

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May 2018

BALLET HISPÁNICO

MAY 16, 2018  WED | 7:30pm,  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
“AMONG THE MOST TECHNICALLY ACCOMPLISHED AND MUSICAL DANCERS YOU’LL FIND IN THE CONTEMPORARY SPHERE.” -The Washington Post

*TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 17, 2017* Ballet Hispánico is acclaimed for exploring, preserving and celebrating Latino cultures through dance. Their thrilling new program will feature all female choreographers – Michelle Manzanales’s Con Brazos Abiertos, harking back to her childhood as a Mexican-American growing up in Texas; Línea Recta by BelgianColombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, pairing flamenco dance with intricate partnering; and 3. Catorce Dieciséis by Tania Pérez-Salas, one of the leading voices of Mexican contemporary dance.          …

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