White Bird News
Stephen Petronio returns to White Bird for a record 7th time with “gender-bending modern dance.”
April 5-7. Tickets available now.
STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY APRIL 5-7, 2018
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER APRIL 24-25, 2018
BALLET HISPÁNICO MAY 16, 2018
STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY
APRIL 5-7, 2018
“There’s a visceral thrill to the choreography that is unlike anything offered by other contemporary choreographers.”
-The New York Times
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
APRIL 24-25, 2018
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
MAY 16, 2018
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
“Among the most technically accomplished and musical dancers you’ll find in the contemporary sphere.”
-The Washington Post
Hail the Stars and Stripes: Stephen Petronio
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 Rainer.
New York Times reviewed Bloodlines, calling Petronio “a bad boy made good… he developed a brand of gender-bending modern dance that seemed fashionably advanced in its views of society and its taste in music and design.” Read the full article here.
Stephen Petronio Company performs at the Newmark Theatre, April 5-7 at 7:30pm. Tickets available here.
A Closer Look at Ailey’s Tuesday Program Piece: Untitled America
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater makes their long-awaited return to White Bird, with two nights & two programs, both culminating with Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations. The Tuesday night program features a riveting work by Kyle Abraham, choreographer and founder of the dance group Abraham.In.Motion. TIME Magazine writes of his piece, Untitled America, saying: “Art is both a representation and a reflection of the way things are. It’s also a vision of the way the world might be. And for Kyle Abraham, those juxtaposing forces were key in the creation of Untitled America.
The trio of dances, Abraham’s first commission for the renowned Alvin Ailey Dance American Dance Theater, is a statement on incarceration in America. Specifically, it carries a message about the heavy toll that imprisonment takes on families, particularly in African-American communities.
The work focuses on a few central figures who journey through the loss of freedom, the isolation and the challenges of being separated from society. It’s accompanied by haunting melodies as well as spoken word narratives, some from former prisoners about their experience as inmates.
It’s Abraham’s statement about one of the most potent, and inevitably, disruptive forces in the African-American community today. Read the article and watch the preview here.
A Closer Look at Ballet Hispánico’s Program Piece: Linea Recta
White Bird is proud to celebrate Latino Culture through dance in presenting Ballet Hispánico on May 16. The program features three Latina choreographers, one of which is Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The Herald writes of her piece Linea Recta, saying it’s “a spot-on curtain-raiser here. Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has unstitched elements of traditional flamenco, then woven them into a sizzling contemporary dance piece where time-honoured gender-specific movements are kicked aside as men and women swap leading roles, and bodies mesh together in duets powered by the mood shifts in Eric Vaarzon Morel’s thrilling guitar music. Costumes, in blazing red, nod to bare-chested prowess for men and lavish flounces – albeit in abbreviated bustles – for women.” – Mary Brennan
Read the full article here.