Win Tickets ($40+): White Bird Uncaged Presents Dark Matters @ Newmark Theatre | Puppetry, Dance, Original Music

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see White Bird presents Dark Matters at Newmark Theatre on Thursday, March 15, 2012. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, March 12.

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From our sponsors at White Bird:
White Bird Presents Dark MattersWhite Bird Presents Dark Matters
Thursday, March 15th – Saturday, March 17
8 p.m. | All Ages
Tickets are $20-$30
Purchase Tickets at

Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway

White Bird Uncaged is delighted to present the return of Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM and Crystal Pite's new work Dark Matters. Kidd Pivot's Lost Action launched White Bird Uncaged in Fall 2008, and Portland audiences discovered in Pite one of Canada's most exciting and inventive choreographers.

Emerging from Pite's fascination with the unseen forces at work on mind and body, Dark Matters is a brilliant combination of lifelike puppetry and dynamic movement, featuring a haunting original score from long-time collaborator Owen Belton. The Australian observed that Pite ¬Å“faces the inevitabilities of death and decay with humour and resilience . . .[She] plucks tenderness and transcendence from the void . . .The movement is ravishingly fluid,¬Â while The Sydney Morning Herald remarked that ¬Å“her dancers have exceptional fluency and control.¬Â

Comprising roughly 96 percent of the observable universe, ¬Å“dark matter¬Â is the terra incognita of our day. It affects the speed, structure and evolution of galaxies, yet its nature remains a mystery. This potent, affecting darkness inspires the seven extraordinary dancers in Crystal Pite's work, which is structured into two distinct acts. Dark Matters begins by portraying the tension between creation and destruction through a decidedly theatrical fable; a struggle of wills develops between a Bunraku-style puppet, manipulated by black-clad puppeteer-performers, and the puppet-maker, leading to a ferocious climax.

Act Two is pure dance, with choreography that aspires to the impossible purity and grace of the puppet, while grappling with the essential question of free will and the conflict inherent in manipulation. The revelations of Act One inform the way the audience views the dancing in Act Two. With ¬Å“dark matter¬Â beautifully embodied in the shadowy puppeteers, Dark Matters is a haunting portrait of the unknown, a performance that pulls itself apart in an attempt to discover what it's made of.

Under the direction of internationally renowned Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM has been resident company at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt since spring 2010, supported by Kulturfonds Frankfurt Rhein Main. Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM's performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigour, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk.

The company's distinct choreographic language a breadth of movement fusing classical elements and the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention. Kidd Pivot tours extensively around the world with productions that include Dark Matters (2009), Fault (2008), Lost Action (2006), Uncollected Work (2002) and Double Story (2004), created with Richard Siegal. Kidd Pivot is the recipient of the 2006 Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award.

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31 Responses to Win Tickets ($40+): White Bird Uncaged Presents Dark Matters @ Newmark Theatre | Puppetry, Dance, Original Music

  1. Anni Becker March 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    I’d love to attend this! I have recently started a love affair with modern dance.
    Best Regards,

  2. Erica Schoenborn March 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    I attended the opening night of Body Vox 2 and saw the advertisement for “Dark Matters” on the performance brochure. I was immediately intrigued!! I have a friend who just moved to Portland who would be so excited to attend this with me. Please pick me as your winner – this show is going to be amazing!!

  3. A. Miller March 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I, and my partner, would love to attend. We come from places that do not have modern dance or (to be honest) modern art of any kind. It is why we moved here in the first place: to be closer to the arts. Funds have been tight as of late, due to unexpected and uninsured surgery; a chance to have a night out would be a boon and a blessing. In particular, I love dance, while my partner has been obsessed with puppets and the craft of bringing them to life since she was a child. To see the two combined would be amazing.

  4. Minna March 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I would love to see this show! White Bird has been on my radar for a while, but we haven’t had a chance to check them out yet. The themes and method of execution are really intriguing!

  5. Liz March 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I would really love to see this show.

  6. Tiffany garner March 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Yes! White Bird is so amazing, this will no doubt be a very inspired show. That’s why I would love to go!

  7. Lisa March 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Oh, I would love to go. The last show I went to sucked and I need a new one to get that bitterness out!

  8. Mike March 8, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    My wife is going but we couldn’t afford tickets for my daughter and I too. It would be an great night out for all of us.

  9. Chix March 8, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    What a unique performance to witness. I’d love a pair of tickets to see this!

  10. Teagan Walden March 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    A theater extravaganza! This looks spectacular, and just the thing to get my lover to the theater with me. A magical night of artists transporting us, igniting us with artistic joy – whoazers!

  11. Josh C March 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Like Lisa said above, the last puppet show I went to was terrible! Maybe we were at the same show? Either way, how about picking me?!?

  12. Hayley March 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    I’m a theatre nerd… and broke :( Please pick me!!

  13. marisa March 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    I love theatre that pushes boundaries with shows like.these. Puppets!!!

  14. Dnae March 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    I love White Bird. I can never go to these shows because I can’t afford them! It’s my Spring Break and although I refuse to plan anything fun because I need to write my thesis and save money, this would be the perfect respite. Please help a sista out!

  15. April March 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    A night out with my best friend and husband would be great.

  16. Amelia Santiago March 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    There are just no words to describe how much I want to win these tickets! Dance and puppetry? Freaking brilliant!
    This show looks so cool and I have never once been to a White Bird production, and I have attended many, that has not completely blown me away! Seriously, if I win I will be over the moon!!

  17. Matthew March 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    I love White Bird!

  18. Brooke March 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Wow! This sounds amazing, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen! I’d love to check it out, but having just graduated from grad school, free is the only way I can see this.

  19. daVe March 8, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    my girl’s into movement, a teacher of Eurythmy. this would be a wonderful surprise for her. and me.

  20. Kacy March 9, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Anything by White Bird is sure to be amazing and I’d love to take my friend for an early birthday treat!!

  21. Leisa March 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Wow, I’m glad I don’t have to pick a winner from these posts… tough job! All I have to say is this looks to be an inventive and exciting performance that will enhance the terra incognita of my life. I want that!!!

  22. Andrew March 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    I actually got into modern dance a little in college, took some weirdly awesome classes with some hippy-types living nearby (in St. John area believe it or not) and have never looked back. I love it, and this show looks particularly interesting, i’d love to get a look.

  23. Loly March 10, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    Recommended by a friend. And hey! I’ve got rhythm, I love dance. Why not?

  24. Kristin March 10, 2012 at 2:46 am #

    This is the best thing i’ve ever read!!!!

  25. Rosie March 10, 2012 at 2:47 am #

    Awesome!!! I’ve seen this group before and they’ve got some real talent! I need to see them again!!

  26. Leonard March 10, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Always enjoy White Bird

  27. carly March 10, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    I’d like to attend this performance because i have been moved to tears during the 3 performances i’ve seen by white bird. I’m a farmer outside of town that can’t afford to purchase a ticket at the moment.

  28. Birdonit March 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    I am so excited about this show! I’ve never seen a White Bird performance, but they have such innovative productions. If I win tickets, I will give you my first born.

  29. wooshmaster March 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    sounds ridix gimme tix

  30. Mindi March 12, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    This sounds amazing – I would love to attend!

  31. Sooxie March 12, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Visiting from Colorado where I just started a puppet theater. I would love to go to this!!

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