Led by Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, BodyVox is a
freewheeling, multi-media, boundary-bending movement troupe. BodyVox’s
unique approach to theater assimilates all possibilities for movement;
endows it with breathtaking physicality; enriches it with striking
imagery and embellishes it with humor, wit and whimsy to create refined
dancing that knows no boundaries.
On Stage, BodyVox brings its full personality to the fore with a reputation for adventurous and
innovative choreography that is challenging and engaging for committed
dance fans while also remaining accessible to new audiences. A BodyVox
show is a distinctive blend of dance, theater, imagery, unexpected
storytelling, original cinema and human comedy.
Based in Portland, Oregon, BodyVox’s movement surges from a source informed by
years of cross training imbued with a curiosity and fascination with the
endless possibilities of the human body in motion. Artistic Directors
Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland are distinguished artists on the world
stage, formed by their years working as creators and performers with
innovative dance companies Momix, ISO Dance, and Pilobolus. BodyVox
builds upon this tradition of excellence with a unique voice that is
equally influenced by its Northwest roots and world view. Created in
1997 to fulfill a commission from Portland Opera, the company has since
created eleven original shows (including three operas), and toured
across the U.S. to critical acclaim. Adding to its full-evening shows
and repertory pieces, BodyVox’s films have won numerous awards in
national and international festivals. “Modern Daydreams” – composed of
“Treadmill Softly,” “Islands in the Sky,” Unleashed” and “Deere John” –
won the prestigious American Choreography Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Short film in 2002. Most recently the company’s film
“Advance” won the Audience Choice Award at Dance Camera West.
The company also offers a full schedule of community classes at the BodyVox Dance Center and has an extensive in-school education program that brings dance-based learning to some 20,000 school children annually. The Dance Center features an intimate studio theater that is available as a rental space for community performances and events.