Universes in Live From The Edge at Dance Place
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Pacific Northwest Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre meet Band of Horses for an evening of dance and indie rock under the stars at Filene Center, an outdoor amphitheater located at America's National Park for the Performing Arts. Pacific Northwest Ballet screens its world-premiere piece filmed in Olympic National Park, featuring the choreography of Andrew Bartee and the music of Portland electronic band the Chromatics. Seattle indie rockers Band of Horses (Grammy nominees for Infinite Arms) play an intimate, acoustic set, and Oregon Ballet Theatre performs Robust American Love, choreographed by Trey McIntyre and set to the music of Seattle indie folk band Fleet Foxes. Learn More
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An ensemble of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse poetry, theater, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros, Universes creates moving, challenging and entertaining theatrical works. The group breaks the bounds of traditional theater to create their own brand of performance, inviting old and new generations of theater-makers as well as theater-goers and new comers to reshape the face of American theater.
Their work Live From the Edge is an evening that showcases the ensemble’s special brand of fusion theater in a “best of” event that tracks the evolution of their poetic language from childhood rhymes and community rituals, to poetry and theater, hip-hop and gospel. Redefining what theater is and who it speaks to, Live From the Edge is a unique performance event that turns the poem into a communal act.
Universes will also perform selections from Ameriville,a piece using Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans as a lens to further scrutinize and explore the state of the union in its attitudes about race, poverty, politics, history and government. Ameriville is about America, and Universes has moved their neighborhood to put this country under the microscope. This is not a documentary piece though it will have some documentary perspectives. Universes will employ poetry, music, movement and drama to get to the heart of this tragedy.
Ameriville is an NPN Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by New World Theater in partnership with Myrna Loy Center, Dance Place and NPN. This project is made possible by support from NPN Performance Residency Program. This presentation is also supported in part by MAAF and the NEA.