Union PDX is an avenue to provide much needed resources to artists seeking greater foundational support and to help create a healthy community for Portland dance.
What is the mission of Union PDX?
To create a platform for artists to push towards greater work, and to continually retrain our audiences on what professional performance is in Portland.
What does the Union PDX logo symbolize?
Community, Direct Vision, Clarity with Simplicity, and Growth. It is a start and an open-ended mark symbolizing that our paths are undetermined and yet still chosen.
Portland is a melting pot of ideas. For years it has been heralded as an incredible city for upcoming artists and it needs continual help to keep that alive.
Why a festival?
It as a forum for dance. It is an opportunity to share ideas with our community that we wouldn't have otherwise.
Additionally, it's one solution to a Catch-22. Upcoming artists need as much support as they can get. However, people want proof they are worth supporting. You cannot gain proof if you do not have an avenue to display your work.
As a community, we must seek a variety of tastes to keep us healthy. Accessing those new tastes has become increasingly difficult as Portland... grows.
Is the festival only open to Portland Artists?
We welcome companies and performers from all over!
Like all life, Portland needs variety.
Workshops & Masterclasses?
Workshops and masterclasses are a great way to highlight the skills of Portland's dancers while providing opportunities to build relationships between dancers, companies, and choreographers. They are also how we must train the new generations of Portland's professional dancers. We cannot rely on a few large dance companies in town to bear that whole weight.
Right now, increasing numbers of incredible professional artists are migrating into our city. They are attracted to our strong arts community and our beautiful glow from afar. However, when they get here, they experience difficulties accessing the professional-level classes and choreographers they enjoy. Some of these dancers are leaving. That is a great loss to Portland.
We must ensure that Portland's professional dance scene is constantly growing. By exposing Portland to more outside choreographers, and teachers who do not regularly teach, we improve ourselves as a community.
We hope to keep the influx of professional level artists in the city.
How are you supported?
We rely on the love our community has for the Arts. We are 100% supported by donors, sponsors, and volunteers; and of course Ticket and Merchandise Sales.
Our Union PDX website was created and is maintained entirely by Samuel Hobbs, the Artistic Director of push/FOLD. His time and effort is largely volunteer.
Support through donations volunteering towards Samuel's effort is greatly appreciated, and helps ensure Union PDX continues to provide services to Portland dance.