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

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

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

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

Summer Splendors Stand Out

Our most recent Summer Splendors shows were an incredible display of three phenomenal female choreographic voices. Some of the best work from the company was seen in these shows. Oregon Arts Watch followed the works from creation to final stage production. Jamuna Chiarini covered the preview in her Dance Weekly: Women make dances post and… Continue Reading

Salt Lake City Sold-Out and Standing Ovations

Salt Lake City loved NW Dance Project, with a sold-out performance that moved the audience to their feet with roaring post-show applause. The company’s reception leading up the show was outstanding as well with exciting previews from the Salt Lake Tribune and the Salt Lake City Weekly. We hope to come back again to such… Continue Reading

In Good Company in this week’s “Tops”

In Good Company hits the top picks lists for both the Willamette Week and Oregon Arts Watch. Don’t miss this scholastic holiday throwback as we take over Revolution Hall DEC 17 + 18! Post show glee is abundant, Sean Ongley’s review in Thru Magazine sites In Good Company with, “romantic undertones with a cheerful approach,… Continue Reading