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January 2018

RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT

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

*Due to high demand, 2pm Saturday matinee just added! PRESENTS WHITE BIRD UNCAGED 2017-18 LIFTED! Running time 90 minutes with one intermission. Featuring famed Portland gospel singers Alonzo Chadwick and Friends 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…

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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

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 certain to be just as memorable.  …

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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)

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. Sponsored by ALBERT E. CHAFFIN, MD, FAAP            …

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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

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 famed Spanish scores by Albéniz, Riqueni…

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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

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 series of chamber works by Yvonne…

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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

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 the world.   Sponsored By: DARCI…

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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

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. Sponsored by     Talking Points: -Linea Recta, choreographed by Ochoa,…

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