Monday , August 21 2017
Urban Meadow. Anna Marra, Brent Luebbert, and Scott Stampone. Photo by Derrin Battles, Polara Studio.

BodyVox

VISIONARY DANCE WITH SOMETHING TO SAY

BodyVox. Photo by Basil Childers.


BodyVox
, Latin for “voice of the body,” is an internationally renowned dance company that always has something specific to say “Each piece of our choreography has relationships, tension, and support. Even if a dance is somewhat abstract, every dance we do has an underlying theme,” says Jamey Hampton, who co-founded BodyVox in 1997 with partner and fellow Emmy Award-winning choreographer, Ashley Roland.

From their creative home in a century-old carriage house in the Pearl District, Roland and Hampton and a small cadre of dedicated dancers draw from a bottomless bag of theater tricks to tell stories (and sometimes even jokes) through movement. Novel lighting and costumes, nontraditional venues, and evolving technologies, such as film projection and motion capture, have all been played to great effect by these mad scientists of movement. The result? A repertoire of original works that they rotate and  reprise by popular demand. BloodyVox, for example, has become a Halloween staple.

2017 will bring BodyVox’s 20-year anniversary, and the company will celebrate by highlighting their partnership with NW Film Center and touring five different countries on three continents. From there, who knows what they’ll get up to? We’re betting they keep adding new bells and whistles that amplify the voice of the body.

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ARTSLANDIA APPLAUDS: BodyVox’s consistent ability to deliver the element of surprise, all while moving with the precision and perfection of a well-oiled machine.

“BodyVox, based in Portland, Ore. approaches dance with a breezy freshness and simplicity that is all its own.” —The New York Times