Dedicated to Excellence in Dance
White Bird is the sole dance-only presenter west of the Rocky Mountains
What does a dance presenter do?
The job of a dance presenter is complex. First, the company scouts dance companies from around the world, consulting with agents and choreographers to pick performances that will push artistic sensibilities and excite audiences. Presenters handle the logistical planning of curating a season of companies to perform in Portland, handling the travel, booking, marketing and ticket sales associated with each performance. Once showtime arrives, the dance presenter is the intermediary between the venue and the company, ensuring the best possible experience for the visiting company and the audience.
For 22 years, White Bird has been committed to bringing the best Portland-based, regional, national, and international dance companies to Portland, Oregon. Through presenting established and emerging companies and choreographers, commissioning and co-commissioning new work, as well as collaborating with other arts organizations in Portland and the region, we are able to make these dance performances possible. Through contributed income and sponsorships, White Bird is able to facilitate extensive community engagement as well as keeping ticket prices affordable.
Excellence in performance
Diversity in movement
Accessibility and inclusiveness
Generosity of Spirit
Dedication to Community
White Bird believes in the transformative power of movement and its capability to uplift, inspire, and unite. Historically, institutionalized performing arts were built within a system of ingrained racism, sexism, ableism, and ageism, with the result being a field that does not prioritize the voices of marginalized groups. Our commitment is to break down these structures and to foster a community that not only represents a diverse range of individuals, but gives equal access and value to their voices.
The entire staff and board at White Bird understand that systemic social norms are inherently biased. We acknowledge the unique nuances between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and recognize the added complexities of addressing these concepts in a historically oppressive region such as the Pacific Northwest. Our vision is an ecosystem where the power of the arts is able to impact and inspire all communities, while simultaneously uniting each individual in a shared human experience.
Knowing that this is an ever-evolving process, we at White Bird pledge to:
Use our privileged position to help amplify the voices, stories, and histories of marginalized communities through movement
Hold ourselves accountable for past ignorance, and learn from any future transgressions
Actively strive to dismantle systemically oppressive cycles within the performing arts
Harness our influence as presenters to create spaces for underrepresented artists by actively programing companies that meet our standards of DEI
Consciously work to redefine the dynamic of venues that traditionally prioritize the comfort of white, able-bodied, Cisgender patrons
Ensure that all White Bird spaces (theaters, offices, events) remain respectful, inclusive, and safe
Foster conversations on the intersection of performative dance and social change
Be active listeners, respect existing knowledge, and avoid assumptions on how to best meet the needs of those in our community
Approach our DEI work from a place of humility; understanding that these efforts are non-negotiable, and that progress can only be achieved through actions not rhetoric.