Wolf Tales Re-imagines Fairytales and Fables

Wolf Tales is “a kick in the pants.” NW Dance Project’s annual holiday tradition continues and the dancers took over our winter 2018 show at Lincoln Performance Hall. Wolf Tales served up five new works created by company dancers Kody Jauron, Franco Nieto, Andrea Parson, and Anthony Pucci, all inspirdby classic fairytales and fables. Of… Continue Reading

Mass Appeal in Massachusetts

NW Dance Project was invited to perform at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, turning in crowd-pleasing performances of Sarah Slipper‘s cinematic duet MemoryHouse, You Are All I See by Wen Wei Wang, and the whimsical Le Fil Rouge by Resident Choreographer Ihsan Rustem. In its glowing review, The Massachusetts Daily… Continue Reading

NW Dance Project Wows in Amherst

NW Dance Project’s fall tour included a stop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Fine Arts Center to perform three works. Mass Live critic Ken Ross was wowed by the show, noting “NW Dance Project is different…works were precise, exciting and a breath of fresh air…there’s no mistaking the distinct, delightful genius of NW Dance… Continue Reading

Moss Fine Arts Center presents NW Dance Project

NW Dance Project’s 2018 East Coast Tour included a wonderful stop at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. In its preview of the show, Virginia Tech Daily noted “NW Dance Project brings a moving reinvention of a classic Virginia Woolf novel (Artistic Director Sarah Slipper‘s Woolf Papers). An outstanding model of contemporary dance that… Continue Reading

The Colors of Room 4

Brown, green, grey and blue; these are the colors of Room 4. Inspired by Harold Pinter and Monty Python, Artistic Director Sarah Slipper, composer Owen Belton and costume designer Alexa Stark set the mood for the premiere of this “quirky and appealing” piece. Oregon ArtsWatch praised Slipper’s choreography, stating “One of Slipper’s great strengths as a choreographer is… Continue Reading

Carmen Strikes Back

Carmen strikes back! Celebrating the start of our 15th Anniversary Season, we welcome the return of Ihsan Rustem’s smash hit CARMEN SEP 27-29, 2018 at the Newmark Theatre. Ihsan’s combines the iconic tale of betrayal, mayhem, and passion with his version of “The Stepford Wives” and 1950s Harper Bazaar silhouettes set in a hair salon and barbershop.… Continue Reading

Summer Performances hits the right note

Heather Wisner of Oregon Arts Watch is swept away by NW Dance Project’s Summer Performances, noting, “NW Dance Project’s Summer Performances will send you into summer with a song. (Danielle Agami’s This Time Tomorrow is) a wonderfully weird piece—choreographically varied, with sharp tempo and directional changes—and absurdist in feeling (kudos to the dancers for not… Continue Reading

Step into our Broadway Jazz Class

Oregon Arts Watch’s Heather Wisner came by to check out Kody Jauron‘s “Broadway Jazz” class, noting, once teacher Kody Jauron gets class underway in the sunny studio at NW Dance Project, that jazz hands are indeed on today’s menu. The warmup begins with Sweet Charity’s “Rich Man’s Frug,” which musical nerds will recognize as one… Continue Reading

The Premiere of Hedda and Flamingo 37

NW Dance Project brings two premieres to the stage this March, both full of manipulation and drama. Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper created a “compelling contemporary movement narrative” world premiere from Isben’s icon play, Hedda Gabler. This new take on a well known story impressed Oregon ArtsWatch, who said, “What keeps viewers engaged isn’t the story itself,… Continue Reading

Oregon arts watch previews hedda and flamingo 37

Oregon Arts Watch came into the studio to get an advance look at our two latest world premieres, Hedda, from Artistic Director Sarah Slipper, and Flamingo 37 from Cayetano Soto, noting, “Slipper’s Hedda is a deep examination of Ibsen’s text and the character Hedda told through dance, music, and theatre. On Monday I was able… Continue Reading

“Bolero + Billie” Pleases Holiday Crowds

NW Dance Project’s Bolero + Billie shows DEC 7-9, 2017 at Lincoln Performance Hall brought smiles to the crowds and received their nightly standing ovations. In her debut review for Oregon Arts Watch, Elizabeth Whelan notes, “The evening was a two-part show: the first act, Billie, premiering a brand new work created in collaboration by… Continue Reading

Carmen named “Coolest Collaboration” by Dance Magazine

Dance Magazine has named NW Dance Project’s Carmen “Coolest Collaboration” for 2017! Congratulations to choreographer Ihsan Rustem, set designer Luis Crespo, and costume designer Michelle Lesniak! Ihsan will create a new work for NW Dance Project’s summer 2018 show and Luis will return to create the fantastic sets for Artistic Director Sarah Slipper‘s Hedda premiering… Continue Reading

Jacob’s Pillow in Review + 2017-18 Season Preview

After opening night at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Berkshire Eagle shared high praises for the company debut. The Oregonian turned its attention to our stunning Jacob’s Pillow debut performances and looked forward to NW Dance Project’s exciting 14th season, noting “At The Pillow, the company’s performances went “from dark to light,” Tatge said, ending… Continue Reading

Summer Splendors Wows Audiences

Our Summer Splendors program featuring the Chopin Project and a world premiere from Artistic Director Sarah Slipper received standing ovations each night and wowed Oregon Arts Watch, who said, “Summer Splendors featured the premiere of director Sarah Slipper’s inventive, ambitious new piece, Tell Me How it Ends and the welcome return of Chopin Project from… Continue Reading

Good times at our “To the Nines” Gala

Even our galas get great reviews! NW Dance Project friend and fan, David Nijhawan, attended our To the Nines Spring Gala on May 20 and had some great things to say, including “…it’s a TON of fun…it’s something I look forward to every year now…this gala gets an A+ in my book…I’ve been to scores… Continue Reading

NW Dance Project featured in the world dances

Artistic Director Sarah Slipper and Executive Director Scott Lewis shared an excellent in depth scope on NW Dance Project’s history and what’s made us who we are today, with Tamara Johnson of The World Dances, who noted “Since its founding in 2004, NW Dance Project has been devoted to creating opportunities for dancers and choreographers.… Continue Reading