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April 2018

Celebrate 20!

APRIL 24, 2018  TUESDAY, 5-7pm,  Portland Art Museum, Fred & Suzanne Fields Sunken Ballroom
A Festive Event Celebrating 20 years of White Bird. Great Food and Drink. Special Performance by Thomas Lauderdale, China Forbes and Meow Meow. White Bird Awards.

Join us to Celebrate 20 years of White Bird at a festive fundraising event with great food and drink, featuring a special performance by Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes, and Australian cabaret star Meow Meow. The program starts promptly at 5:15pm with performances, White Bird Awards, and a special appeal. Emcee:  Poison Waters Event Co-chairs: Ken and Ann Edwards White Bird Awards Julie Vigeland, Angel Award Renee Mitchell, Community Engagement Award Thomas Mack Lauderdale, The Little Prince Award…

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ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

APRIL 24-25, 2018  TUES-WED | 7:30pm,  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
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“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 TWO DIFFERENT PROGRAMS ENDING WITH ALVIN AILEY’S MASTERWORK “REVELATIONS” EACH NIGHT! 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…

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May 2018

BALLET HISPÁNICO

MAY 16, 2018  WED | 7:30pm,  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
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“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. Program Includes: Línea Recta (2016)-  Annabella Lopez Ochoa. Con Brazos Abiertos…

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August 2018

First Six Shows Available for Purchase

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It’s that time of year! Secure your seats to your favorite shows today by purchasing your individual tickets to Pilobolus: Come to your senses, Circa: HUMANS, Lucy Guerin Inc., Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art, and Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo. Get them now before we sell out! Please note: Second half of the season’s individual ticket on-sale date is: November 16

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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– Running time 115 minutes, including intermission 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.…

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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”  Run time: 90 minutes, no intermission 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…

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Cyber Monday Sale

Nov 26-30, 2018  ,  
Limited time only! Get discounts on Holiday packs and White Bird Merchandise!

Still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Look no further! White Bird is excited to announce not one, but TWO holiday packs, featuring world famous tap dancer Savion Glover and a west-coast premiere of China’s Beijing Dance Theater. Also, favorites like Parsons Dance and Compagnie Hervé Koubi return to Portland! Get your pack THIS week at a discounted price of $98, price level 3 only. That’s four brilliant shows for just $98!! To bring this awesome deal home for the…

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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)

Run Time: 65 minutes, no intermission 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…

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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

Run Time: 2 hr 15 min, 2 intermissions 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…

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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

Run time 2 hr 15 min, 2 intermissions 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…

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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  Run time: 60 minutes, no intermission. 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…

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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 PIANO accompaniment by Qi Kong, young piano virtuoso from Julliard Run time: 105 minutes, one intermission 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…

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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 Run time: 110 minutes, including a 20 minute intermission 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. Please note: Program contains strobe.…

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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  Run time: 75 minutes, no intermission 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…

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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  Run time: 95 minutes, including one intermission 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. Talking Points:  –…

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May 2019

White Bird S’Wing Ding

May 4, 2019  Saturday | 6PM,  
Live swing band, vintage cocktails, and a divine dinner!

A Fun-Filled Evening to Support White Bird’s Diverse Dance Programs Featuring the live music of Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band, Vintage Cocktails and a Divine Dinner     Emcee: Poison Waters TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON!  Individuals: $200 (Tax Deduction $125) Sponsor Tables of 10: $2200 (Tax Deduction $1450), includes prime seating and French Champagne Fore more details, contact Paul King at 503-245-1600   WHITE BIRD 2019 AWARDS Michael Curry Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Darci and Charlie Swindells Angel Award…

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