push/FOLD presents ‘Union PDX - Festival:19’. Commissioned Portland choreographers, Amy Leona Havin and Carlyn Hudson, join Artistic Director Samuel Hobbs this September 26-29 in a Festival of Contemporary Dance at the Hampton Opera Center (Portland Opera). Showcasing three world-premiere works, Union PDX features a long-form performance structure and highlights the breadth of dance in Portland: Hudson’s work is ballet-based, Havin’s work is influenced by Ohad Naharin’s ‘Gaga’, and Hobbs’ work is mixed-discipline.
Festival:19 is the inaugural production of push/FOLD’s Union PDX program. Festival:19 consists of four public evening performances, one outreach performance for young dancers, three professional-level workshops led by our respective choreographers (Havin, Hudson, and Hobbs), and three Artist-Talks, open to the public (September 26, 27, 28).
Join us our final evening, September 29, at the Union Soirée to help us celebrate the recipients of our ‘Portland Dance Community Awards’ (PDCA). PDCA Recipients are Portland-based artists and key members of our dance community who are devoted to the success of Portland dance. PDCA Recipients are selected by a panel of our peers from across our Portland dance communities who represent our multi-faceted city.
Union PDX - Festival:19 will be performed by the dancers of push/FOLD: Liane Burns, Briley Jozwiak, Ashley Morton, and Holly Shaw. The dancers will be joined by choreographer Carlyn Hudson for her work.
Sponsored in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council
Venue: Portland OperaHampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers St.
Portland, OR 97214
From grounding in ballet fundamentals and technical barre into a contemporary center and repertoire, Carlyn Hudson builds dancers into the utility of their extremities emanating from the core through use of the cranium and thorax. Through her athletic bend of contemporary ballet, participants work with detailed and focused precision to level up performance quality and establish clear intention in movement.
Dancers should bring form fitting clothing, and ballet shoes without rosin or socks.
Visceral Movement Theory™—Movement Partnering
Fusing athletic form and the foundations of dance technique, we introduce internal fluid dynamics to the application of power in movement. Through athletic phrase-work and partnering, dancers learn the articulations required for the persistence of momentum and the translation into momentum-based choreography and dynamic partnering.
Dancers should expect floor-work, mid to high level movement, and working with partners of varied genders and sizes.
Amy Leona Havin
Grown from her training in various Israeli movement languages, dancers move into the expansive world of stamina and exploration through the use of imagery and metaphor, tapping into the natural power and fluidity of the body. Dancers dedicate themselves to finding openness within their body’s existing knowledge of classical and codified techniques, and push past perceived boundaries of movement. To explore delight within the effort of dancing, this class consists of gravity work, balance investigation, guided movement exploration, technique deconstruction, and cardiovascular conditioning.
Portland-Vancouver area dance students are invited to preview Union PDX - Festival:19 during our invited dress rehearsal September 25.
Interested dance schools and program coordinators, please contact us at email@example.com to learn more.
Invitations and inquiries will be distributed by September 1.
Visibility & Accessibility
Opportunity & Platform
- Yulia Arakelyan—Wobbly Dance
- Ingrid Carlson—RACC
- Amy Leona Havin—The Holding Project
- Lisa Kipp—Oregon Ballet Theatre
- Daniel Kirk—BodyVox
- Tere Mathern—Tere Mathern Dance
- Franco Nieto—NW Dance Project
- Yashaswini Raghuram—Odissi Dance Company
- Kemba Shannon—Kemba Shannon Dance Center
- M'Liss Quinnly—Polaris Dance Theatre
What are the PDCAs?
The Portland Dance Community Awards are a community acknowledgement to those devoted to the success of Portland dance through their service to the community. The goal of the PDCAs is to raise visibility and awareness of the unsung heroes of Portland dance and the organizations they represent, broaden their potential for donorship, and help expand the reach of their voices to different audiences. The PDCAs are a true celebration of our city and the hard work and successes of those we often take for granted or simple do not know about.
The nomination and selection process for PDCA recipients is driven entirely by our panel of representatives from organizations around our city.