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

Oregon Tour Previews

NW Dance Project hits the Oregon roads, returning to Medfrd and making our Corvallis debut! Both stops were the subject of terrific press previews. Looking forward to our fourth Medford performance, The Rogue Valley Messenger said, “NW Dance is not like many dance companies. It is (sorry for the pun), a step above. In fact,… Continue Reading

Carmen…slayed by Portland audience

Were you at Carmen? Did you see what SHE was wearing? Oregon Arts Watch‘s Bob Hicks, shared all the gory details from the premiere of Resident Choreographer, Ihsan Rustem‘s, new “Carmen,” and the show’s opener, “Visible Darkness,” a beautiful new work from Patrick Delcroix. With the build up to the performance, the previews came in… Continue Reading

Standing Ovations in Bonn

NW Dance Project’s first fall tour in Europe celebrated an incredible performance in Bonn, Germany at the Theater Bonn, with the program “Chopin Preludes” featuring luminary pianist, Yekwon Sunwoo, and Ihsan Rustem’s “Yidam.” In a review from the General-Anzeiger, described the company as the, “nine fabulous dancers are classically trained…dominate as the expressive gestures of… Continue Reading

Bolero + Sensational Fall Premieres

Our thirteenth season opening shows, Bolero + brought boldness to Portland with three sensational world premieres from visionary choreographers, Felix Landerer (Germany), Lucas Crandall (US), and NW Dance Project Resident Choreographer, Ihsan Rustem (Switzerland), who’s reinvented Bolero gave a fresh look on a classic work. Oregon Arts Watch’s Bob Hicks gave a glowing and insightful… Continue Reading

Audition Notice

NW Dance Project is seeking dancers for the 2016-17 season. Auditions will be held in New York Aug 20 + 21 / 2016, all audition information is posted on our Employment Page.