Ever seen the Khambatta Dance Company perform live? Well, this Saturday, March 9th, you’ll have the chance. The Seattle-based dance company is coming to Portland’s Conduit Dance to perform four works, as well as deliver a workshop and a panel discussion on “the artist as social entrepreneur and do-it-yourselfer”. The five-member company is currently touring the West Coast with three repertory works (“Kim”, “Ashutosh” and “A Moment Repeated”), but Portlanders will be the first to witness the premiere of “Truth and Betrayal”. The unique style of the Khambatta Dance Company—a very athletic, contact-based form of dance with tight choreography—should be noted; your focus is solely on the dancers, save for a few props, like a chair.
What we love most about this particular dance company is their interactive approach to telling stories through dance. “Kim” and “Ashutosh” are both based on a five-month process of working with with Seattle community members, translating their life experiences into performances. “Truth and Betrayal” also takes an interactive approach—but with the audience members—who each receive a different crumpled up note on their seats prior to the show with “one or another version of reality” so they can see the performance through that lens, if they choose. While these dance performances are visually stimulating and beautiful, they also simmer with tension and emotion, resulting in a one-of-a-kind experience for everyone involved.
The all-day affair will begin with the workshop, “FITTING IN: FROM BASICS TO BALLISTICS WITH NO EFFORT” ($35, some experience needed), then move to the panel discussion, “Re-Envisioning the Artist’s Role” and end with the four performances. For more information or questions, visit the Conduit Dance site or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dance Conduit presents Khambatta Dance Company
918 SW Yamhill, 4th Floor of the Pythian Building
Portland, OR 97205
Saturday, March 9th at 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 — Purchase tickets here!
Workshop: 1-3:30PM ($35)
Panel Discussion: 4-5PM
Written by: Lauren Kodiak
Photo Credit: Conduit Dance Inc.