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April 2017

View from the Perch with Judith Jamison and Ronald K. Brown

APRIL 3, 2017  MON | 5:30 - 7:30PM,  The Treasury

  Judith Jamison, former dancer and former Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and choreographer Ronald K. Brown are the first guest speakers in View from the Perch to discuss their work and shared inspiration.  The Ailey Company has commissioned numerous works by the acclaimed Brown whose company, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence performs at the Newmark Theater April 6-8.  During its 32 years, Evidence has focused on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken…

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APRIL 6-8, 2017  THU-SAT | 7:30pm,  Newmark Theatre
“AN UNDENIABLE SENSE OF JOY” -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PROGRAM:  (Running time 100 minutes including intermission ) All works are choreographed by Ronald K. Brown. WHY YOU FOLLOW/ POR QUE SIGUES, Music by Zap Mama and others, Originally performed by Malpaso Dance Company/Cuba Intermission LESSONS: March (excerpt), Text by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , Music by Bobby McFerrin Pause ON EARTH TOGETHER, Music by Stevie Wonder Ronald K. Brown/Evidence focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Last with White Bird in 2005,…

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View from the Perch with Michael Curry and Bruce Guenther

APRIL 20, 2017  THUR | 5:30-7:30PM,  The Treasury

  Over 30 years, Portlander Michael Curry has achieved an international reputation as a production designer specializing in transformational scenery, large-scale puppetry, costuming, and character design. He collaborates regularly with the world’s foremost entertainment companies, such as The Walt Disney Company, Cirque du Soleil, the Olympic Committee, and the Metropolitan Opera, to create exhilarating performance experiences.  Curry will be conversing with Portland Art Museum former Chief Curator Bruce Guenther who steered the Museum’s acquisitions and exhibitions for fourteen years.  He has…

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APRIL 25-26, 2017  TUE & WED | 7:30pm,  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
“STOMPING, DRUMMING, ROARING…RAPID-fire rhythms” - The New York Times

ARGENTINA FOR ALL AGES Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that tested skills of agility and strength among the gaucho (Argentine cowboys). From Argentina comes Che Malambo, with 14 unbelievably powerful men, who will introduce you to the zapeteo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses, and the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and whirling boleadoras  (throwing weapons of cords and stones). Sponsored By: GARY NELSON, MINH TRAN & CHRIS GREENAWAY   Talking Points:…

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May 2017


MAY 10, 2017  WEDNESDAY | 7:30pm,  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
The oldest and most celebrated modern dance company in the world!

Artistic Director, Janet Eilber Diversion of Angels Now celebrating 90 years, the world-renowned Martha Graham Dance Company returns with an extraordinary program combining Graham masterworks with new pieces by today’s outstanding choreographers, inspired by Martha Graham’s genius. Our program is scheduled to feature Martha Graham’s 1948 joyous and lyrical masterwork Diversion of Angels. Sponsored By: Talking Points: Recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Martha Graham founded her company in 1926.  Graham forever altered the scope…

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June 2017

View from the Perch White Party with Michelle Lesniak

JUNE 24, 2017  SAT | 4-6PM,  

  In one of Portland’s most stunning residential settings commanding a panoramic view of Portland, fashion designer Michelle Lesniak debuts a capsule collection exclusively for White Bird.  Her designs focus on small production and emotive clothing.  Envisioned for the White Party, Ms. Lesniak’s fashion tableaux are accompanied by music performed by bass guitarist Seth Aaron Montfort in their first artistic collaboration.  Dancer-models will create an atypical (non-runway) fashion show emphasizing clothes in movement.  Lesniak, a native Portlander, jumpstarted her career…

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