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OSLUND+CO/DANCE IN PERFORMANCE

Four Performances: April 15-17, 2005
Friday-Sunday @ 8:00pm
Imago Theatre
17 SE 8th Portland, Oregon
Tickets: $15 general
$12 students, seniors, artists

Reservations can be made by calling Conduit Dance, 503.221.5857 Ext. #3 or via email

Choreography: Mary Oslund
Lighting: Jeff Forbes
Costumes: Genevieve Dellinger and Katherine Gray
Music: Daniel Bernard Roumain, Darrin Verhagen, and Christian Cherry
Dancers: Margretta Hansen, Jim McGinn, Jessie Hong-Berdine, Michele Ainza, Dana Loewen, Keely McIntyre, Eric Nordstrom, Sarah Dulaney, and Joan Scott.


Program:
Fog (2005)
60 Seconds (2005)
The Awkward Duets (2005)
The Edge of the Fell (2005)
Band of Innocents (2004)

Oslund+Co./Dance presents an evening of new and repertory works April 15-17 at Imago Theatre, with lighting design by Jeff Forbes, costume design by Genevieve Dellinger and Katherine Gray, and music by Darrin Verhagen, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Christian Cherry. Linda Austin Dance will also present a new work-in-progress on the eveningís program, The Edge of The Fell. The program will include the premieres of Mary Oslundís new works 60 Seconds, The Awkward Duets, and Fog. Also being performed is Band of Innocents, which was premiered at Imago in 2004. The Oslund+Co. 2004-05 season is supported in part by funds from The National Endowment for the Arts, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Collins Foundation, and The Regional Arts and Culture Council.

60 Seconds is a full co. work for nine dancers in rapid, highly charged movement clips that surround curious groupings. Music is composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, music director for Bill T. Jones Co. and a resident of NYC. The trio Fog, danced to a music score by University of Oregon faculty member Christian Cherry, was developed as a score to fine-tune kinetic telepathy within the three movers while exploring the uncomfortable. Also being performed as a premiere is The Awkward Duets (composer Darrin Verhagen), an oddball quintet that borders on boisterous and wayward. Band of Innocents, an Oslund+Co. repertory work from 2004, is again set on the entire company, and built on a playground of suspense, rescue, and subtle humor. Music is by Australian composer Darrin Verhagen. Oslund+Co. members are Margretta Hansen, Jim McGinn, Jessie Hong-Berdine, Michele Ainza, Dana Loewen, Keely McIntyre, Eric Nordstrom, Sarah Dulaney, and Joan Scott.

Loosely inspired by the landscape of glacier-carved fells and valleys of England's Lake District, Austin's work-in-progress The Edge of the Fell takes as its point of departure the exploration of edges. The work features geometric set pieces created by Linda Hutchins and live music on trumpet is by Angelina Baldoz. Performers are Austin, Karla Betts, Lilly Chamberlain, Kestrel Gates, Kathleen Keogh, Rebecca Harrison, Paige McKinney and Emily Stone.

Oslund +Company/Dance is a nonprofit dance company with the mission of supporting the highest quality contemporary dance through choreography, performance and education. Over more than two decades, the company has created new work in the Pacific Northwest-based on the vision of its Artistic Director Mary Oslund. Raised in Oregon, Mary Oslund received a BFA and an MA at The Ohio State University. Oslund has served on the faculties of Reed College, Lewis & Clark College, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University. She co-founded Conduit Dance in 1995, and currently co-directs the organization with Tere Mathern. Conduit has provided a home base for Oslund+Company/Dance for ten years. Oslund professional awards have included a NewYork Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts individual award in 1999, one of only twenty such grants given internationally each year, as well as both a National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship and an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship for Dance in 1989, and one of two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland for excellence in her field in 1999. Oslund +Company/ Dance has also been commissioned for new work and presented on the performance seasons of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA, 2000) and White Bird (2004). The Company has also received funding from The National Dance Project and The New England Foundation for the Arts (2000).

Linda Austin has been making dance since 1983 in New York City, in Mexico and in Portland, Oregon. Inspired by the puzzle of the human body's awkward, lyrical and often accidental beauty, Austin's poetic, unconventional yet rigorously-conceived works have been performed in New York at PS 122, The Danspace Project and The Kitchen, and in the Northwest at Conduit, Echo Theatre, the TBA Festival, Seattle's On the Boards and at Performance Works NW, which Austin co-founded in 1999 with lighting designer Jeff Forbes. Support for her work has come from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Movement Research, The U.S./Mexico Culture Fund, a Djerassi Artist Residency, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and, most recently, The Paul G. Allen Foundation.

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