People are born to be loved. Things are made to be used.
Lives go wrong when things are loved and people used.
With ‘Broken Flowers’ Laska takes on another tough topic
As the lights were coming up I could hear muffled crying and I saw people wiping their eyes. I don’t normally see people so emotionally moved after a dance concert, and that by itself made this a very successful performance. read more
by Jamuna Chiarini in Oregon Arts Watch 10-16-12
ALD’s newest work addressing the painful subject of teen sex slavery and human trafficking, is developed with music from the Marzena Music release Hendrix Uncovered.
The project includes dance workshops for victims of sexual trafficking and sexually exploited children. Art therapy for victimized children — a path back toward a life of love and trust. Dance helps. Please help us to continue this program, by making tax deductible donation. Our most recent, generous donors: Joella Werlin, Geraldine Misrach Jackson, Mai P Leopold: on behalf of victimized children, thank you!
Choreographer Agnieszka Laska is known for creating provocative works related to the most painful issues of our time. Her multimedia productions The Fall ’01, Lamentatio, Homeland Insecurity have taken us to 9/11′s ground zero, Middle East battle fields, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, through airport body scans and into the very heart and soul of humanity’s suffering.
dancers: Heidi Nelson, Sissy Dawson, Marcella Sweeney, Richard Sokpor
photo © 2012 Chris Leck
These striking photos show the work in progress, presented on Portland’s March Music Moderne 2012 series. The performance generated meaningful feedback from the audience and launched our fundraising preview series, toward the fully developed work, premiered October 12th 2012 in Portland, Oregon.
Broken Flowers is supported in part through an RACC Community Participation Grant. The project includes dance workshops for victims of sexual trafficking and sexually exploited children. Art therapy for victimized children — a path back toward a life of love and trust. Dance helps.
dancers: Heidi Nelson, Sissy Dawson, Marcella Sweeney, Lauren Richmond
photo © 2012 Chris Leck
Special thanks to Sylvia Gray, Chris Leck, Llew Rhoe, Bob Priest, Aaron Eklove, Hannah Rasker,
Sheila Wildfeuer, April Shattuck, Alex Gagne-Hawes.
Agnieszka Laska Dancers is a public benefit, nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) corporation. All donations are tax deductible and essential to the continued pursuit of our mission: advancing the art form of modern dance and educating audiences to its artistic scope and depth, especially when paired with live music. Of course, we can only do this with generous support from lovers of fine art music and dance. We are pleased to perform for you and grateful for any and all support.
Donations can be made online at through the link to Network for Good (in the right column on this page), where ALD is registered and profiled; or donations can be sent directly to us.
Agnieszka Laska Dancers
PO BOX 82627
Portland, OR 97282-0627
All pictures on this page by Chris Leck Photography all rights reserved
Concept, choreography and lights: Agnieszka Laska
Music: Stuart Dempster, Jack Gabel, Patrick Marcland, Gary Noland, Roman Palester, Randy Raine-Reusch, Wrick Wolff
Dancers: Sissy Dawson, Karissa Dean, Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane, Heidi Nelson, Lauren Richmond, Marcella Sweeney, Nick Cavanaugh, Timothy Johnson
Broken Flowers project is partially supported by Regional Arts & Culture Council Community Participation Grant.
premiered October 12, 13 @ 8:00 PM, October 14 @ 3:00 PM
810 SE Belmont
Portland, OR 97214
October 21 @ 7:30 PM
El Sindicato — Espacio Cultural Alternativo
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Hay en Broken Flowers una reminiscencia de ‘estética eslávica’ conocida en Querétaro en agosto de 1996 a partir de la presentación del Ballet Modern Forms, de Cracovia, Polonia, en el Auditorio Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez. Llama la atención que Laska logre su reproducción con personal estadounidense siendo una característica tan étnica. read more
by Oscar Salas Gomez en El Espactador
Our Kickstarter fundraising for BROKEN FLOWERS was successful! Thank to everybody who donated and spread the message!
Big thank you to all our wonderful Kickstarter backers:
Marie Ballance, Jack Gabel, Bonnie Miksch, Lindsay Dawson, Llewellyn Rhoe & Arts Equity, Carole Zoom, Joan Sterr, Anna Niichel, Jamuna Chiarini, Wayne Haythorn, Elizabeth Dyson, Brian Staufenbiel, Erin Hendricks, Robert Shotola, Robin Stiehm, Ashia Grzesik, Susan Fischer, Carlton Grew, Sam Engle, Rebecca Sund, Nancy Wood & Paul Safar, Derek & Olive Healey, Donny Cablao, Mark Richmond, Lavinia Magliocco and Equipoise enlightened exercise LLC, Jeanne Zink, Jennifer Camp, Cynthia Gerdes, Lavaun Heaster, Matthew Danskey, Andrew Chang, Michael Sprague, Holly Mosher, Art Resnick, Allan Seward, Arun Chandra, Anna Gindlesperger, Czeslaw Czapla, John Light, Heidi Nelson, Peter, Caroline Swanson, Jean Fuller, Piotr Laski, Janusz Laski, Carleton Johnson, Stephanie Spak, Florian Conzetti, Barbara Kite, Anna Senczuk, Bob Priest, Cindy Gabel, Ines Voglar, B. Smith,
Shane Sund, David Morrison, Tom Stiles, Ethan Gans-Morse, Rachel Lidskog, Allie Fahsholz, Mickey Sutton, Chie Nagatani, Rachelle Parrs, Ann Lederer, Maria Choban, Denise Harris, Nancy Pope, Julie Richmond, David Drexler, Larry Tapanen, Tiziana DeRovere, Heiko Heilemann-Bartsch, Viktors Berstis, Stacie Barth, Marcia Halpern, Nils Helppi, Denis R. Floyd, Claire Sykes, Jocelyn Edelstein, Jennifer Wright, Chris Neumann, Ryszard Kott, Maria and Miroslaw Grabowscy! Thank you!