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June 2017

THE WHITE PARTY: THORNEBIRD

JUNE 24, 2017  SAT | 4PM,  Parking at Portland Westside Vineyard Church, Shuttle to Nearby Host Location.
A Fashion Event at a Stunning West Hills Home to Benefit White Bird's Diverse Community Programs

Featuring Michelle Lesniak You could WIN one of Michelle Lesniak’s exclusive fashion designs! (1) raffle ticket will be included with your event ticket purchase. Additional raffle tickets: $25 A collaboration between two emotive creators, ‘THORNEBIRD’ is a fashion event showcasing pureness with the warbling of evil. Seth Montfort, guitarist, sets the show to a haunting melody of shadow and darkness while his partner, Michelle Lesniak, designs fashion in bright white light. Inspired by a quote from the book The Thorn Birds,…

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October 2017

COMPLEXIONS

OCTOBER 5-7, 2017  THU-SAT | 7:30pm,  Newmark Theatre
"COMPLEXIONS COMBINES TECHNICAL PRECISION, POWER AND PASSION, IN A GROUNDBREAKING MIX OF STYLES RANGING FROM BALLET TO HIP HOP.” - Dance Magazine

*TICKETS ON SALE AUGUST 18, 2017* Since its founding in 1994 by former Alvin Ailey star dancers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions has dazzled audiences around the world with its fiercely kinetic movement and impassioned, almost superhuman dancers. Featured on the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance,” Complexions launches White Bird’s 20th anniversary season with an exhilarating program set to the music of J.S. Bach and David Bowie. Sponsored by: KEN & ANN EDWARDS      …

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PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY

OCTOBER 12-14, 2017  THU-SAT | 7:30pm,  Newmark Theatre
“PAUL TAYLOR IS THE REIGNING MASTER OF MODERN DANCE.” -Time Magazine

*TICKETS ON SALE AUGUST 18, 2017* Paul Taylor Dance Company launched White Bird in 1997 and is now back with us for the 6th time! Paul Taylor is one of the seminal artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, acclaimed worldwide for the vibrancy, power and relevance of his dances. Our special 20th anniversary program will feature Paul Taylor’s masterful blending of lyricism and athletic power, performed by his brilliantly alive dancers. Sponsored by: JIM & SUSAN WINKLER    …

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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

*TICKETS ON SALE AUGUST 18, 2017*   PRESENTS WHITE BIRD UNCAGED 2017-18 Partnering with Dancenorth Australia, in Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef, acclaimed choreographers Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move Founder) have created Attractor, a unique, ecstatic music/dance ritual for nonbelievers. Indonesian music duo Senyawa will perform live, propelling the exceptional dancers into wild physical abandonment and ecstatic release that transmits to the audience as a visceral empathic experience.   Sponsored By: NANCY & GEORGE THORN       …

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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)

*TICKETS ON SALE AUGUST 18, 2017*   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…

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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

*TICKETS ON SALE AUGUST 18, 2017*   PRESENTS WHITE BIRD UNCAGED 2017-18 LIFTED 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 exhilarating and moving epic dance narrative.   Sponsored…

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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

*TICKETS ON SALE AUGUST 18, 2017* SGT. PEPPER AT 50 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…

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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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