NW Fusion brings an eclectic mix of lively fun and haunting imagery to the Portland stage
NW Fusion proudly presents its fourth annual spring concert, featuring a diverse range of exciting new works by both resident and guest choreographers. The concert pieces encompass a broad spectrum of dance styles, including contemporary, jazz, tap and ballet. All of the works are new this season, with many to premiere at the concert. In January, the company previewed four of its new pieces at the Groovin’ Greenhouse (Fertile Ground Art Festival) to audience acclaim.
This year’s concert will include the works of several well-known guest choreographers. Among the works will be the premier of “Going Going Gone,” a theatrical piece that explores the complexities of relationships, by prolific New York choreographer Chase Brock (Broadway’s Spider-Man). Erika Boudreau’s new contemporary choreography, “Flying into Tokyo,” will be performed, as will a piece by local award-winning choreographer Éowyn Barrett (BodyVox). In Autumn Dones’ “Bitter Earth,” a stage-length drape–which alternately entangles and flows with the dancers–joins forces with the music’s stark lyrics and dancers’ intensity to create an indelible, somber aura that remains long after the piece has ended.
Creative works by NW Fusion’s resident choreographers will include “Sing Sing Sing,” an upbeat Fosse-inspired number by artistic director Brad Hampton, and “Deux Oiseaux,” a frolicking and fun visual ditty by ballet choreographer Dana Bliss, as well as a fast-paced tap dance.
As in past NW Fusion concerts, the show will be illuminated by dance lighting specialist Mark LaPierre, and music will be provided by Portland’s home-grown hip-hop artist and master spinner DJ Renz. If past concerts are any indication of future performance, expect to see DJ Renz on the dance floor during the finale, to the delight of the audience.
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