Agnieszka Laska Dancers

Agnieszka Laska Dancers (ALD) in "Obscure Terrain" by Portland composer/pianist Jennifer Wright, performed live on the world's only "Skeleton Piano"


SKELETON PIANO DANCES is a new multimedia dance theater production that harnesses the fluid energy at the intersection of artistic disciplines to chart the human condition and the communicate the essence of emotion. Through a transformative interplay of sound, movement and light, this extraordinary experience bends traditional media into wild new shapes: music, motion and moving pictures morph into one another, dissolving traditions and charting a course for an entirely new artistic continent.

This event fuses modern dance by Agnieszka Laska Dancers, video artistry by Takafumi Uehara, and groundbreaking modern music by three living composers that seeks to map the wilderness of the inner human landscape. The visceral experience of SKELETON PIANO DANCES illuminates an ecstatic and turbulent interior topography writ large, searching for those ultimate truths that have occupied humans since the dawn of time: what is true, worth fighting for, or worth being lost for.

The evening's core work is the world premiere of the complete concert-length suite Obscure Terrain by Portland composer/pianist Jennifer Wright, performed live on the world's only "Skeleton Piano": a deconstructed, experimental instrument that delivers a unique visual and sonic feast. Stripped of its exterior cladding, this sound sculpture is played in wild ways with full-body performance techniques and unusual tools of all kinds: mallets, hammers, picture wire, shot glasses, a violin bow, cannibalized piano parts, and more. Don't miss this rare chance to witness this exotic creature in action!

The program also features the captivating music of eminent composers Jack Gabel and Dan Senn, created for solo saxophone with digital electro-acoustic soundscapes and a unique found-object 'mini-orchestra'.

Only in Portland, only for two nights: join us for an unforgettable evening of dynamic music, incredible visuals and passionate choreography!

Generous support for this event is provided by RACC.

Choreography by Agnieszka Laska
ALDancers: Merlin Benneth, Karissa Dean, Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane, Lauren Sprague, Sophie Stensvad.

Saturday, Sunday, Oct 3, 4, 2015 7:30 PM
BodyVox Dance Center
1201 NW 17th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209

admission: $5 - $20 - tickets at the door
info: 503.715.1866 - email hidden; JavaScript is required -

ALD is a modern, multi-media, dance company — now in its 12th year. We've staged over 180 performances in 3 countries on 2 continents with over 250 different dancers, 150 musicians, 12 actors, 14 children and 1 dog — over 22,000 have attended at wide-ranging venues, including 5 international dance festivals. ALD prides itself on the extensive number of performances we've staged with musicians aboard (i.e. not in the can). Our signature is collaboration — we relish it and consistently deliver inspired highbred art.
We are a tax exempt 501(c)(3) public benefit, non-profit corporation. We serve the community in the fine arts tradition as a modern dance company. Our artistic/educational mission is to advance the art of modern dance, primarily through engaging performance, coupled with educational opportunities when they arise and are pertinent to the work.
All pictures by Chris Leck Photography

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