The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Conduit's Dance+ is a breeding ground for new ideas.
by Jenna Lechner
CONDUIT'S SECOND ANNUAL Dance+ series is a curated performance series featuring artists from the West Coast and Texas. It's a two-weekend show with different programs each weekend, and last weekend's first round of shows—a diverse mix of dance, heavy on duets between women—was a mixed bag.
Standouts included Subashini Ganesan and Michelle Fujii's Omoide Ananda II, a beautiful merging of two distinct traditions: Japanese drumming (by Fujii of Portland Taiko) and south Indian classical dance (by Ganesan of Natya Leela Academy). The two perform solo, rhythmically cued by one another, and in unison. Ganesan is lyrical and coy, Fujii overtly confident and joyous.
More colloquial movements came in the form of Jessica Hightower's piece, Problem of Bias, which at times felt like a penny arcade, the dancers moving like marionettes. In a more absurd vein was the confused
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