NW Dance Project Presents Secret Stories @ Newmark Theatre | 3 World Premieres

From our sponsors:
NW Dance Project presents:
Secret Stories – 3 World Premieres

March 29-30, 2024
7:30PM | $29 ADV | All Ages
Info: nwdanceproject.org
Tickets: app.arts-people.com

Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97205

NW Dance Project’s 20th Anniversary springs to life with exciting international voices of dance — be the first to experience curious new creations from former Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Associate Choreographer Joseph Hernandez creating his third work for the company, and rising Swiss-American choreographer Nicole von Arx.

ON THIS ALL-PREMIERE PROGRAM:

Gustavo Ramírez Sansano – The Spanish choreographer and former Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago makes his NW Dance Project live debut with a new work that reflects and celebrates NW Dance Project’s two decades of work and varied creations. A colorful and dynamic full-company piece set to the iconic music of Mozart and featuring a sublime set from Spanish designer Luis Crespo (who conceived and created the sets for our smash hit Carmen), experience “a celebration of the City of Roses and of life expressed through the art of dance.”

Explore his work HERE.

Nicole von Arx, a Swiss & British performer and choreographer based in New York City since 2008, is also creating with NW Dance Project for the first time. She is crafting a full-company, 20+ minute work veering into the realm of dance theater. Focused on the theme of power, the new creation delves into the intricate dynamics between people and explores the juxtaposition of human power versus the forces of nature. The work will blend choreography, musicality, and theatricality to emphasize the dichotomy of “I vs. them” and “us vs. it.” Get ready for a highly physical and dynamic work, employing minimalist stage design and props, with touches of sly humor.

See a trailer for her most recent work HERE and previous works HERE.

Joseph Hernandez has created eight original works for NW Dance Project and was named Associate Choreographer in 2022. His latest piece, created on five female dancers (Quincie Bean, Ingrid Ferdinand, Nicole Hennington, Alejandra Preciado, and Lucia Tozzi), each with a very distinctive personality (“a mix of cabaret performers and survivors of a natural disaster”). Tentatively titled Fistful of Love, the 20+ minute work is “centered around the exploration of dance as a space for unimaginable shifts in practice” and “focuses on the individual performers and the histories that lie in their bodies.” Having previously wildly re-told the classical ballet tale of Petrushka, Joseph is focusing on “themes of global warming, love, grief, and hope, with the goal of reflecting the whiplash we’ve witnessed living under a confluence of oppressive systems, at increasingly unsure times.”

Experience two of Joseph’s previous NW Dance Project creations, Petrushka and bye bye for now.

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