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September 2018

Uncaged Subscription

October-March  Thurs-Sat | 8PM,  
Set yourself free with White Bird Uncaged. See all four shows, starting at just $80.

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October 2018

Pilobolus: Come to your senses

OCT 4-6, 2018  THURS-SAT | 7:30PM,  Newmark Theatre
"A MIND-blowing troupe of wildly creative and physically daring dancers" - Newsday (New York)

Co-Artistic Directors Renée Jaworski and Matt Kent  PROGRAM Come to your senses: “Eye Opening” (2018) “Gnomen” (1997) “Symbiosis” (2001) Intermission “Warp & Weft” (2018) “Branches” (2017) Pilobolus’s Come to your senses is a multisensory experience, featuring live performances of onstage Pilobolus works alongside transmedia digital creations. In this brand new repertory show, we invite audiences to come back to their senses …and explore the connection between the human body and the analog world around us. Astounding transformations. Mesmerizing movement. Named after…

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Circa

October 11-13, 2018  THURS-SATURDAY | 7:30 PM, 2:00 PM Saturday Matinee,  Newmark Theatre
"COURAGEOUS, RISK-taking- these are artist athletes of the highest order." -Arts Hub, Australia

Artistic Director YARON LIFSCHITZ HUMANS Running time approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. Returning to White Bird for a second time, Circa is at the forefront of the new wave of contemporary Australian circus. They are known worldwide for pushing the boundaries of the art form, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre, and circus. In their newest work HUMANS, 10 acrobats take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human. They show incredible strength and…

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Lucy Guerin Inc

October 18-20, 2018  THURS-SAT | 8:00 PM,  Lincoln Hall, PSU
"TEEMING WITH RAGE AND PASSION, MOVEMENT, AND COMPLEX RELATIONSHIPS" -The Age (Australia)

Running time 60 minutes with no intermission. In Split space is getting tight, and time is getting shorter. Acclaimed Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin has created a fascinating new work, where two female dancers negotiate ever-diminishing dimensions of space and time. As our world contracts, the clock ticks faster, and bodies press closer. With delicacy and complexity, Split revels in Lucy Guerin’s sharp, elegant choreographic investigations. CONTAINS NUDITY Sponsored by: NANCY & GEORGE THORN Talking Points:  Lucy Guerin, born in Adelaide…

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November 2018

$100

Thomas Lauderdale Sing-Along

November 11, 2018   Sunday | 6-9PM,  
GRAB A SONG BOOK AND SING-Along with Thomas Lauderdale for White Bird!

Join us! Bring family and friends to have an amazing time as we sing-along with Pink Martini founder Thomas Lauderdale at his downtown loft! Enjoy a tasty beverage and snack, grab a songbook, and ignite your inner DIVA! All proceeds help White Bird bring the best dance in the world to our Portland community. Limited $100 tickets on sale. Purchase now, sing later!

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Tangueros del Sur

November 14, 2018  WEDNESDAY | 7:30 PM,  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
"TANGO AT ITS TRUEST." - The New York Times

Featuring Tango Star Natalia Hills ROMPER EL PISO “BREAK THE FLOOR”  World renowned tango dancer and choreographer Natalia Hills, original member of the worldwide hit Forever Tango, leads an exquisite 16-member ensemble of tango artists in Romper el Piso. Showcasing intricate footwork, partnering, sensuality, and drama of the classic tango, Tangueros del Sur transports audiences from its Afro-Argentine roots in working class districts of Buenos Aires to today’s modern ballroom. Onstage, master musicians on bandoneón, cello, guitar, piano, and percussion…

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January 2019

Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art

January 31- February 2, 2019  THURS-SAT | 8:00 PM,  Lincoln Hall, PSU
"BREATHLESSLY FAST MOVEMENT... WOUND LIKE A TIGHT SPRING THAT EXPLODES OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN RELEASE." - The Georgia Straight (Vancouver, BC)

TELEMETRY  With a foundation in martial arts, Shay Kuebler, from Vancouver, B.C., creates cross disciplinary works spanning hip hop, contemporary ballet, tap, and modern dance. His astonishing Telemetry illustrates how the human body is an antenna and satellite for sound, energy, and memory. The remarkable charismatic Kuebler performs with a diverse cast skilled in hip hop, contemporary dance, and tap to create a raw, acrobatic language that generates an intense theatricality, enhanced by interactive lighting and propulsive sound score. Talking…

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February 2019

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo

February 13, 2019  WEDNESDAY | 7:30 PM,  The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
" THIS IS A COMPANY THAT BRINGS ITS AUDIENCES PURE JOY." -The Seattle Times

The Trocks, our favorite men in tutus, are coming back! Yes, they are incredibly funny, but at the same time they are marvelously skilled ballet dancers. Performing the full range of classical ballet, and even some modern dance as well, these men dance all the parts, and do it magnificently. Whether you have never seen them or seen them numerous times, you will fall in love with what The Seattle Times calls “the clown princes of ballet.”   Talking Points: They…

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Beijing Dance Theater

February 20, 2019  WEDNESDAY | 7:30 PM,  The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
ONE OF CHINA'S MOST EXTRAORDINARY CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANIES

Artistic Director Wang Yuanyuan Founded in 2008, Beijing Dance Theater is led by choreographer Ms. Wang Yuanyuan together with visual artists Tan Shaoyuan and Hanjiang. Ms. Wang prides herself in being rooted in Chinese traditions, while at the same time producing innovative, authentic, and thought-provoking contemporary dance works for the world stage. Beijing Dance Theater will make its White Bird debut with a compelling mixed repertory program showcasing the unique collaborative nature of the company between choreographer, dramaturg, sound score,…

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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 MUSIC 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, Chouinard’s exceptionally flexible and charismatic dancers will perform solos,…

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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.  

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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: 

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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.  

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