Aproduction by NW Dance Project will always be like nothing you’ve seen before. Sarah Slipper, the award- winning choreographer who founded the company
in 2004, asserts that NW Dance Project is “charting the future of contemporary dance” by creating more original work than any other American dance company. While they scout choreographers from across the country and around the world to produce unique works, all productions premiere in Portland and feature talented, full-time, and fully benefited—four of whom have won prestigious Princess Grace Awards during their time with the company.
NW Dance Project’s 14th year includes old friends and new as they highlight the talents of choreographers from around the globe, creating new bonds and reigniting old ones. An old friend includes one of Canada’s most renowned choreographers, Wen Wei Wang, who returns after a five-year absence to create for the season opener. Creating for NW Dance Project for the first time, is Italian choreographer Luca Signoretti, the winner of NW Dance Project’s 2016 Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition.
The company’s spring show is not to be missed, featuring a world premiere by Slipper based on Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and a world premiere by internationally-acclaimed Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto.
In describing the creative process that fuels NW Dance Project, Slipper shares that “the interaction and interplay between choreographers and dancers during creation is nearly sacred to me. The discovery of innovative ways of moving bodies, learning what works and what doesn’t, and the interactive exploration of artistic information and experiences fills and nourishes my heart and mind.”