White Bird Dance - the bird is the word.
For those who aren’t familiar with White Bird Dance, they are Portland’s premiere contemporary dance presenting organization—meaning they curate the best contemporary dance companies in the world and facilitate their performances in Portland. In the past 19 years they have brought 230 of dance’s biggest names to perform in our city. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to have seen numerous performances through the years, some more memorable than other but, honestly, none that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy.
Their season runs from October through May, so you haven’t missed out on all this year’s yet! The Martha Graham Dance Company is returning on May 10th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This is their second visit to Portland, with the first in 2009.
The 2017-2018 season has been announced, this is their 20th anniversary and they have put together a season worth celebrating with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, Urban Bush Women & Alvin Ailey to name a few. Start making plans now, so you don’t miss out!
Presenting dance is only a portion of White Bird Dance, they are also greatly involved in the community. With programs they created like NEST (No Empty Seats Today), where they work with health and human service non-profit organizations in distributing tickets for their clients to use. For many of these theater-goers, it is their very first opportunity to see a live performance, which is uplifting and adds to their dignity and self-worth.
And yes, there is a White Bird. His name is Barney, a 27-year-old cockatoo.