Dance Department


Spring 2014

PAIDEIA DANCE WORKSHOPS with Donna Oefinger and Amy O'Neal

Tu-Wed: January 21-22 
11 am-12:30
PAB 240
Taught by Donna Oefinger

Samba encompasses a wide range of both traditional and contemporary dances from Brazil. These classes will introduce Samba to both beginning and experienced dancers and is open to all levels. Teacher Donna Oefinger has been teaching and performing Afro-Cuban and Brazilian dance and music since 1999. She is the director of Axé Didé Dance and Music Company and has performed with including Jujuba, The Lions of Batucada, and Urban Ritual.  She is the owner of Center Space Studio in SE Portland Oregon, where she teaches Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and Samba dance.

Contemporary Dance/Bottom Heavy Funk
Wed-Thu-Fri: January 22-23-24 
1:30-3:30 pm
PAB 240
Taught by Amy O'Neal

This open level class and will be geared toward intermediate level dancers and will combine elements of contemporary concert dance with hip-hop, street and club dance. Classes will begin with exercises in body isolation, core strength, rhythm, and awareness to prepare us for full-bodied, intricate movement and fun movement. Teacher, choreographer and performer Amy O'Neal is known for mixing and sampling in her dance vocabulary to create a unique language of physical experience.  She is inspired by Hip Hop, classicism, club dance forms, Japanese traditional forms, African traditional forms and codified Modern forms.

Video/Talk with Choreographer Amy O'Neal
Thursday: January 23
5:00-6:15 pm
PAB 128

Amy O’Neal will present her choreographic work on video and discuss her approach to choreography and collaboration.  As choreographer, performer and teacher, Amy is known for mixing and sampling dance forms in her work for her companies AmyO/tiny rage and Locust, her diverse collaborations, and her work with film and video. Amy has frequently collaborated with musician/comedian, Reggie Watts, choreographing for his music video Fuck, Shit, Stack as well as stage shows including Disinformation and Reggiedency. Other collaborations include videos with electro pop artists Jules Leotard and Vox Mod. Amy's choreographic work has received broad support and been presented nationally. In addition, she has toured widely as a performer with the Pat Graney Company, Scott/Powell Performance, and Mark Haim.

RECIPROCATION: A Dance-Sociology Thesis Production by Olivia Jensen

Thursday-Saturday, February 6-8 at 8:00 p.m.
Performance Lab (Performing Arts Building 128)
Tickets: $1; available at the door and soon on this website

Performed by Corinne Bachaud, Reid Bondurant, Jaelin Cola, Sam Levin, Galen O'Sullivan, Grace Poetzinger, and Bao Phan
Music by Jon Pape, Dylan Richards, and Madelyn Villano
Lighting by Marisa Kanai, Projection Design by Alan Cline
Stephen Petronio: Intravenous Lecture

Monday, March 10
7:00 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium

Acclaimed choreographer Stephen Petronio performs Intravenous Lecture, an improvised mediation on censorship utilizing movement and spoken text. Referencing Steve Paxton's 1970 piece of the same title, Petronio's work integrates dance with social commentary though his own biographical events. Petronio fearlessly ruminates on his life as a dancer and a gay man, while simultaneously dancing full-force and strapped to an IV. Following the performance, Petronio will give a talk about his choreographic work. Click here for more information.


Reed Community: Free with Reed ID (Please note that this is a free but ticketed event for those with Reed ID. Please click below for ticket.)
Seniors and Non-Reed Students: $7 with ID
General Admission: $12

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Tiffany Mills Company in a Lecture-Demonstration Performance of THE FEAST
Friday, March 28
7:00 p.m. in the Performance Lab (PAB 128)
Free and open to the public

The Reed College Dance Department hosts choreographer-performer Tiffany Mills and her NYC-based company as guest artists in residence on campus March 25-30, 2014.  On Friday, March 28 at 7 pm, the company will present a public lecture-demonstration including a performance of Mills’ recent work, The Feast (excerpts-in-progress). The Feast is driven by questions about abundance and scarcity: When are our lives exposed to the point of feeling devoured? How are our senses nourished or starved? Performed by six dancers (Jeffrey Duval, Kevin Ho, Kyle Marshall, Tiffany Mills, Emily Pope-Blackman, Mei Yamanaka), the work examines these themes in extreme environments of tight, dark, and high and spaces. The lush yet stark movement is heightened by composer Jonathan Melville Pratt’s aural landscape, which draws from a vast array of instruments—synthesizers, microphones, percussion, guitars, piano, and voice—layered on computer. Costumes are by Mary Kokie-McNaugher. Click here for more information.

Master Classes and Lecture-Demonstration with Alejandra Jara de Marco, April 10

The Dance Department, with support from the Weitkamp Fund, welcomes Paraguay-based choreographer Alejandra Jara de Marco to campus for master classes and a lecture-demonstration on April 10. All events are in Steiner Dance Studio (PAB 240).

1:10-2:10 p.m. Master class for all comers
4:10-5:10 p.m. Master class for which dance training is necessary
5:15-6:00 p.m. Lecture-Demonstration based in current work

Ale Jara is a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, and certified Gaga teacher. Born in Asunción, Paraguay, she joined the National Ballet of Paraguay in 1999, where she performed for 9 years nationally and internationally, in pieces by Austin Hartel, Ramon Oller, Ruxandra Racovitza, Birgit Asshoff, Teresa Nieto, and others. In 2007, she started teaching to the members of the company, and created her first choreographic work for the company.

Alejandra has been honored with numerous awards, including the UNESCO Scholarship, which allowed her to study contemporary dance, composition, and Cuban folklore for three months in Havana, Cuba. In 2007, she obtained a Fulbright Scholarship, which allowed her to pursue her M.F.A. in Dance at The Ohio State University, and another scholarship to participate in the 4to encounter of Festival de Artes Escénicas Contemporáneas EL CRUCE in Rosario, Argentina in 2004. Moreover, she was recognized as one of twenty outstanding women in Paraguay in 2010.

Besides performing, Ale has created her own choreographic work and collaborative work, which has been presented in Paraguay and abroad. Her solo piece Sentir (Cuba 2007) received a mention of honor as performer and choreographic work in Festival Elsinor. Her other work includes Finas Agujas (2007) created for the National Ballet of Paraguay, As if… (USA 2009), Passenger (USA 2010), Transit (2011), a videodance piece, To be (Paraguay 2011), and Dame un Momento (Paraguay 2014).

Spring Dance Concert Auditions
Friday, April 11
5:00-7:00 p.m. in Steiner Dance Studio (PAB 240).
More information coming soon.

Dance Beyond Reed Information Session
Friday, April 18
4:15 p.m. in PAB 104

Wondering about how to keep dance alive in your life this summer, after graduation, or just in general? Meet with members of the dance faculty for ideas, information, solutions. . . and snacks!

Spring Dance Concert
Friday-Saturday, May 9-10
7:00 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium
Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, OR 97202 (Use parking lot off SE 28th Avenue)
Tickets at the door: $3 General, $2 Seniors and Non-Reed Students, $1 Reed Community

Students and faculty of the Reed College intermediate and advanced technique dance classes will present a program of choreography and dance for the spring semester. This performance, including members of the Reed College Dance Troupe, will feature works choreographed by students and faculty.

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PORTRAITS by Carla Mann
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Four singular dancers are portrayed in this series of unconventional video installations, each offering a unique perspective on the life of the body. 

Here, unusual projection sites and interfaces engender unexpected encounters between viewers and the video images—images that serve as conduits of the dancers’ subjective experiences. Providing immersive experiences; these installations offer a sense of how each of these diverse dancers encounter the world.

By choreographer/director: Carla Mann

In collaboration with animator/sculptor:  John Bacone

And dancers: Jae Diego, Daniel Kirk, Eric Skinner & Ching Ching Wong

With music by: Heather Perkins

Video Installations: Jae, Ching, Eric+Daniel

Free and open to the public

May 23-June 8, 2014: Friday-Sunday @ noon-6 pm

Reed College Performing Arts Building

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Portland, OR 97202-8199

Fall 2013

Dance Department Open House
Wednesday, August 28, 3:30-4:15 and 4:15-5:00 in Performing Arts Building (PAB) 128 - Performance Lab
Come learn about Dance Department offerings and see choreography presented by senior Alanna Hoyman-Browe.

Choreography Showing: Alanna Hoyman-Browe
Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 p.m. in PAB 128 - Performance Lab
Choreography showing by senior Alanna Hoyman-Browe performed by Alanna Hoyman-Browe '14, Olivia Jensen '14, and Simone Wood '13. Free and open to the public.

Lecture by Amelia Jones: "Performance and 'Relationality' in the 1970s: Chris Burden and the Conceptual Body"
Thursday, September 19, 7:30 p.m. in Vollum Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public.

Amelia Jones, Professor and Grierson Chair in Visual Culture at McGill University, provides a historical framework for currently trendy notions of “relationality” in con- temporary art by looking at Chris Burden’s early performances and performance installations anew. She argues that Burden’s work from the ’70s participated in the wide scale opening up of relations among performer, art materials, and spectators or participants, shifting art making into a social, temporal, spatial, and intersubjective practice with explicit political valance, setting the stage for “relational aesthetics” as defined in the late ’90s and ’00s.

Panel Discussion with Amelia Jones, Jane Chin Davidson, and Alpesh Patel: "Seeing Differently"
Friday, September 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Psychology 105
Free and open to the public.

Contemporary art professors Jane Chin Davidson (Reed class of 2001) and Alpesh Kantilal Patel will lead a discussion of their work with comments by Amellia Jones, their former doctoral adviser, on queer, feminist, South Asian, and Chinese visualities, which draws upon Jones’ phenomenological approach to identity.

Performing Arts Building Opening Celebration and Community Day
Saturday, September 21
For full schedule of events and locations, visit
Dance, Music, and Theatre performances in various spaces throughout the Performing Arts Building at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Bharathanatyam Master Class with Subashini Ganesan
Monday, September 23, 3:10-4:30 p.m. in PAB Steiner Dance Studio (PAB 240)
Free and open to the Reed community.

Subashini Ganesan, artistic director, choreographer and founder of Natya Leela Academy, has over 20 years of experience in studying, performing, and interpreting Bharathanatyam. She has performed internationally and nationally in Singapore, Washington DC, New York, and up and down the West Coast. She teaches students of all ages in Singapore and in the US. Her background and interests in the world traditional and sacred arts lend a unique ability to her teaching methods, that help students to discover the dancer within, while executing the movements and routines of this ancient style.

Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium Inaugural Lecture

"From Babies to Gender Identity"
Anne Fausto-Sterling, Brown University

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Vollum Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public

Anne Fausto-Sterling, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies at Brown University, is a leading expert in biology and gender development. Her groundbreaking approach to understanding gender differences is shifting old assumptions about how humans develop.

Sponsored by the anthropology, art, biology, dance, economics, English, German, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, Russian, and sociology departments; the Krause Economics and the Robinson Human Rights lecture funds; and the institutional diversity and dean of the faculty offices.

Master Class with Franco Nieto
Sponsored by Dance Troupe
Saturday, October 12, 1:00-3:00 p.m. in PAB Steiner Dance Studio (PAB 240)
Free and open to the Reed community.

NW Dance Project Dancer Franco Nieto Will be talking about his experience at Northwest Dance Project as well as teaching a class called Rock your Body, which is decribed as follows:

Do you want to have fun and get fit? Join us for this lively dance class with upbeat grooves from the past to present. This energetic and energizing class will take you on a journey through stylized jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, salsa, afro-funk and body sculpting. Exhilarate your mind, body and spirit and ROCK YOUR BODY. All levels welcome.

Lecture-Demonstration with Lucy Guerin Inc
Tuesday, October 15, 11:00-11:45, PAB Steiner Dance Studio (PAB 240)
Presented in partnership with White Bird Dance
Free and open to Reed community

Lucy Guerin will talk about her work, and her company Lucy Guerin Inc will perform excerpts of her choreography.

Lucy Guerin is one of the most original and influential choreographers in Australia, who develops her movement-based work by experimenting with voice, video, sound, and even industrial design. Her most recent piece Weather thrillingly explores our complex relationship with the environment. Integrating physical sensation and textural sound with a shifting sculptural design, this arresting work uses the dynamic patterns of weather systems to create an immersive experience that celebrates the physical body’s connection to the natural world.

For more information about Lucy Guerin and Lucy Guerin Inc: and

Lecture: “‘Too Sexy for Export?’: Martha Graham and the US State Department” - Dr. Clare Croft, University of Michigan
Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Building Choral Rehearsal Room (PAB 320)
Free and open to the public

In 1963, modern dance became a hot topic in Congressional debate. At the center of the debate was American modern dance matriarch Martha Graham’s provocative dance piece, Phaedra (1962). Based on the Greek myth that tracks a woman’s (Phaedra’s) sexual entanglement with her stepson, the Graham work grapples with the staging of female sexual desire and, to the dismay of Congress people, does so in a setting populated with barely clad male dancers and onstage choreographed depictions of sexual encounters. My presentation charts the Congressional controversy that ensued after the Graham company performed Phaedra on a tour sponsored by the US State Department. I argue, through close readings of Congressional hearings, popular press accounts, and choreographic material, that the debate centered on a negotiation of Cold War gender norms—Cold War gender norms that Graham, onstage and as a public persona, skillfully transgressed by enacting what cultural theorist Lauren Berlant terms “diva citizenship.” Specifically I consider if white privilege might have buoyed Graham’s diva status, allowing her to remain the sole female choreographer frequently funded by the State Department during the Cold War.

Clare Croft is a historian, theorist, and dramaturg, working at the intersection of dance studies and performance studies. Dr. Croft’s current book project, Funding Footprints: Dance and American Diplomacy (Oxford University Press), examines the history of US State Department funding of international dance tours. She is also editing the anthology, Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance. Croft has published writing about dance in academic journals, including Dance Research Journal and Theatre Journal, as well as being a regular contributor to The Washington Post and the Austin American Statesman. Croft holds a PhD from the University of Texas-Austin. At Michigan, Dr. Croft teaches courses in in the BFA and MFA Dance programs, focusing on 20th and 21st century American dance, cultural policy, feminist and queer theory, and critical race theory. She also has a keen interest in helping students develop as choreographers and dramaturgs. This academic year she will be collaborating with UMS on audience engagement programs, including Dance Club and Night School

This event is sponsored by the Dance Department and supported in part by the Weitkamp Fund.

Lunch with Clare Croft
Thursday, October 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in PAB 131

Bring your lunch and talk with Clare Croft about her work, her lecture, the field of dance studies, and graduate school programs in dance. All are welcome. If you plan to come, please email Hannah at

Arts Division Open Meeting
Monday, October 28, 4:45-6:15 p.m.
Mark your calendar! More information coming soon.

Butoh Master Class with Mizu Desierto
Sponsored by Dance Troupe
Saturday, November 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m. in PAB Steiner Dance Studio (PAB 240)
Free and open to the Reed Community

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Greenberg Scholar: Meredith Monk
Residency and performances November 9-12
Duet Vocal Concert with Meredith Monk and Katie Geissinger
Monday, November 11, 7:30 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium
Free and open to the public - For more information:
Meredith Monk in Archaeology of An Artist
Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 in PAB Massey Performance Lab
Free and open to Reed students, faculty, and staff.

Auditions for Winter Dance Concert
Friday, November 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in PAB Steiner Dance Studio
Prepare and audition your choreography to be shown in the Winter Dance Concert!
Choreography must be original and complete, no more than 5 minutes for ensemble pieces and no more than 3 minutes for solo pieces.  
Reserve an audition space on the sign-up sheet posted outside the PAB Dance Studio door. Please bring your own music, costume ideas, and information on any special technical needs you might have.
For questions, please contact Minh Tran or Serra Shelton.
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Master Class with Linda Austin
Sponsored by Dance Troupe
Saturday, November 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m. in PAB Steiner Dance Studio (PAB 240)
Free and open to the Reed community

With a background originally in theatre, Linda Austin began making performance and dance in 1983, when her first piece was presented at the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church. As an active participant in the downtown New York dance and performance community until 1998, Austin presented work at Performance Space 122, the Danspace Project, the Kitchen, and Movement Research at Judson Church. From 1992 to 1994 she lived and made work in Mexico, returning in Mexico City in 1998 for a two-month residency sponsored by Movement Research and funded by the U.S./Mexico Culture Fund.
In 1998, needing a more expansive and stable environment for the creation of work, Austin moved to Portland, Oregon, bought a small church which became her studio and, with lighting designer Jeff Forbes, founded the performing arts non-profit Performance Works Northwest. PWNW serves as parent organization for Linda Austin Dance as well as the catalyst for other projects such as a 2002 residency and commissioning project with New York-based choreographer Sally Silvers. For more information about Linda Austin:

Winter Dance Concert
Saturday-Sunday, December 14-15 in Kaul Auditorium at 8:00 p.m.

Students and faculty of the Reed College intermediate- and advanced-technique dance classes present a program of choreography and dance. This performance, which includes members of the Reed College Dance Troupe, features works choreographed by students and faculty. Tickets: $1-3; available at the door.

A pre-show tour of site-specific dances takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, in the Performing Arts Building. On Sunday, December 15, the pre-show is at 7 p.m. in the student union. Pre-shows are free and open to the public.

Plus Upcoming Dance Performances in Portland

White Bird Dance presents dance companies from around the world.

The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's (PICA) Time-Based Arts Festival (TBA) presents more than a dozen performances, lectures, and classes by and with contemproary artists from September 12-22.

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