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XX Digitus Duo presents

20 Frames Per Second

with guest choreographers:

Sharon Lane & Lauren Michelle Sprague,

soloists with the Agnieszka Laska Dancers

 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30PM

The Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta St, Portland, Oregon 97211

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OBSCURE TERRAIN

celebrating 1050 anniversary

of Polish statehood

Sat, April 16 @ 7:00 pm

Polish Hall

3832 N Interstate Av,

Portland, OR

FREE and open to a public
donations to
Oregon Food Bank accepted

suggested donation:
2 cans of nonperishable food

 

The Christianisation of Poland refers to the introduction and subsequent spread of Christianity in Poland. The impetus to the process was the Baptism of Poland, the personal baptism of Mieszko I, the first ruler of the Polish state, and much of his court. The ceremony took place on the Holy Saturday of 14 April 966, and within several decades Poland joined the rank of established European states recognized by the papacy and the Holy Roman Empire. The baptism of Poland marks the beginning of Polish statehood.

 

Agnieszka Laska Dancers joins nationwide celebrations with special concert organized by Polish Library Association featuring composer Jennifer Wright, and Polish School in Portland.

 

Dancers: Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane, Lauren Sprague, Sophie Stensvad, Merlin Benneth;

concept and choreography: Agnieszka Laska

music: Jennifer Wright

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BIEGUNI

 

FRID & SAT, April 1 & 2 @ 7:30 pm
SUN, April 3 @ 6:00 pm

Zoomtopia

810 SE Belmont – map

BIEGUNI (the Runners) is a 55min. dance theater performance, with original music by Jack Gabel. The work is based on a novel by Polish writer, Olga Tokarczuk. Bieguni is a Russian orthodox sect that believes all evil stems from stagnation, and that only people, continually in motion, can save the world. The idea that moving the body is a sacred act translates marvelously into dance.

 

Under supervision of ALD Artistic Director, Agnieszka Laska, 6 company dancers, interpret different characters, each depicting a different thread from within the novel. From these components Laska builds the overarching dramaturgy, blending and alternating the stories. ALD Resident Composer Jack Gabel’s original music drives the dance.

 

Zdzislaw Beksinski’s paintings montage in wall projections. Beksinski’s renowned work haunts the collective Polish conscience with reflections of the 20th century’s indelible horrors and deprivations. Laska feels they’ve risen from her own subconscious, forcing their way into BIEGUNI.

 

Concept, choreography, costumes, lights: Agnieszka Laska

Music: Jack Gabel, Frederic Chopin, Slavic religious chants

Dancers: Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane, Lauren Sprague, Sophie Stensvad,

Merlin Benneth, Niqi Cavanaugh

Musicians: Lucia Conrad – violin, Nancy Wood – soprano,

Bruce Charles – guitar, Florian Conzetti & Brian Gardiner – percussion

 

Funded in part by Regional Arts and Culture Council & Work for Art;

Ronni Lacroute &WillaKenzie Estate; Polish Consulate in Los Angeles;

Polish Library Association & Polish Festival in Portland; North Pacific Music

 

2015

SKELETON

PIANO DANCES

Jennifer Wright, Skeleton Piano

Agnieszka Laska choreography

ALDancers: Merlin Benneth, Karissa Dean,
Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane,
Lauren Sprague, Sophie Stensvad

scores: Jennifer Wright • Jack Gabel • Dan Senn

Tom Bergeron, alto sax • Takafumi Uehara, video

Sat & Sun., October 3 & 4, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

BodyVox Dance Center (View)

1201 NW 17th Ave.

Portland, OR 97209‎ – map

info: 503.715.1866 – email hidden; JavaScript is required

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! ALDancers: Merlin Benneth, Karissa Dean, Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane, Lauren Sprague, Sophie Stensvad.

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ON AN OVERGROWN PATH 

Dreamscapes, Dances and Love Stories of the European Borderlands,

featuring

 

LYRICAL STRINGS DUO,

AGNIESZKA LASKA DANCERS,

ILENE SAFYAN and CHERVONA BAMBINO

 

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• Saturday, May 10 @ 2:00-2:30 PMWhite Eagle poster
A Polish Heritage celebration

McMenamis White Eagle more
836 N Russel St
Portland, OR
last chance to see us in action
before we board the plane to Poland

 


POLISH TOUR 2014

Tour Itinerary:

May 19-20 travel PDX-Krakow

May 21 – outreach performance + lecture / demonstration for the International School of Krakow
May 21-23 workshop in Krakow

May 24 – Broken Flowers in Zakopane at Teatr im Witkacego

May 26 – Rite of Spring & Chopin Project in Warsaw + international conference at Frederic Chopin University of Music.

May 30 – Rite of Spring & Chopin Project in Polanica Zdroj at Teatr Zdrojowy

June 1 – Rite of Spring and excerpts from Broken Flowers in Krakow at Teatr Ludowy

June 2 – travel Krakow-PDX

 

 


• Saturday, July 12 PFS
Polish Festival Seattle 2014
 

Seattle Center
Seattle, WA 98109

FREE AND OPEN TO A PUBLIC!!!

 

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 8PM

Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta St

Portland, OR Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian 

 

The program is inspired by Leoš Janáček’s work of the same name, which draws on the folklore of his native Moravia and his own personal stories. The Lyrical Strings Duo will perform his works alongside those of his romantic era predecessors and the vibrant folk and Gypsy-inspired works of his contemporaries and successors. The composers on the program include Antonín Dvořák, Frédéric Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Mykola Lysenko, Jeno Hubay, and Bohuslav Martinů.

The evening begins with Andrei Temkin’s Chervona Bambino trio, featuring Viorel Russo of the Oregon Symphony on viola and Jeff Holt of the Wanderlust Orchestra on upright bass, exploring the region’s folk traditions.

International multi-media performance artist and choreographer Agnieszka Laska, has created a number of dance pieces to accompany Lyrical Strings’ original arrangements.

 

ALDancers: Kelsey Adams, Merlin Benneth, Sissy Dawson, Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane, Lauren Sprague, Caitlin Wichlacz.

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BODY SUNG

ELECTRIC

CC plugged in

supercharging new dances

from ALD

SUN, March 15, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Portland State University • Lincoln Hall
1620 Southwest Park Avenue, Portland, OR ‎ –
map

FREE admission to all PSU students

admission: $10 – $20 – tickets at the door and online

info: 503.715.1866 – email hidden; JavaScript is required

Agnieszka Laska Dancers present new choreography to electroacoustic scores by regional composers — music of Cascadia Composers: Susan Alexjander, John Bilotta, Daniel Brugh, Jack Gabel, Gary Noland, Dan Senn and Tomas Svoboda

 

Choreography by Agnieszka Laska and ALD choreographer/dancers:  Kelsey Adams, Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane, Lauren Sprague, Caitlin Wichlacz – joined on stage by Merlin Benneth, Niqi Cavanaugh Sissy Dawson and Karissa Dean

 

Just prior to the show (7:30 pm), ALD Artistic Director, Agnieszka Laska and Resident Composer / Technical Director, Jack Gabel will give a free lecture / demonstration on composer / choreographer collaboration.

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Frederic’s Birthday 

 

SATURDAY, Feb 28th @ 7:30 pm

Polish Hall

3832 N Interstate map

Tickets at the door:

$15 general/ $10 senior, student, PLBA member

BUY TICKETS

on line: http://fredbirthday.bpt.me/

 

Frédéric François Chopin was born between the 22nd of February and 1st of March 1810 – different sources cite different dates. We choose to celebrate his birthday on Feb. 28 with music dance and more! Since Chopin was a child prodigy, we invited some VERY young pianists – along with seasoned artists, to celebrate with us. Birthday cake included!

Tickets: Regular: $15.00; senior, student, PLBA members: $10.00

on line: http://fredbirthday.bpt.me.

 

  • Colleen Adent – piano:
    1. Waltz in Db Major (Minute Waltz),Op 64, No 1
    2. Nocturne in Eb Major, Op 55, No 2
    3. Barcarolle, Op 60
  • Excerpts from “On an Overgrown Path” – a Spring 2015 concert at the Alberta Rose Theater by the Lyrical Strings Duo, (Lucia Conrad - violin and Stephen Osserman - classical guitar) with ALDancers. Chopin’s preludes #4, #7 and #12 from Op. 28
  • Mitchell Falconer – piano + ALDancers, choreography by Agnieszka Laska; Chopin’s preludes #1, #14 and #17 from Op. 28
  • Matthew Kaminski – piano, will play his own composition: “At the Top of the World” inspired by Chopin
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  • Sebastian Stenfert Kroese – piano, Little Prelude #18 in C Minor by J.S. Bach

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  • Colleen Adent, Mitchell Falconer – piano
  • Lyrical Strings Duo: Lucia Conrad - violin and Stephen Osserman - classical guitar
  • ALDancers in Chopin Project
  • Matthew Kaminski (age 13) - piano/ composition
  • Sebastian Stenfert Kroese (age 12) – piano

 


2014

ALLEGRO CON HUMORE

TOMAS SVOBODA • 75th Anniversay
SAT & SUN, Dec. 6 & 7 @ 7:00 pm

Marylhurst University

17600 Pacific Highway (43) – map

Marylhurst, Oregon 97036

Come celebrate the 75th birthday of Oregon’s most prominent living composer TOMAS SVOBODA! Hear his seminal collection for solo piano, NINE ETUDES in fugue style, choreographed, fully staged, costumed and lighted; score performed live by Polish pianist, Igor Lipinski.

 

Agnieszka Laska has choreographed more Svoboda music than anyone (view on vimeo). Laska and Svoboda share Slavic heritage, striking in their collaborations. ALD’s strong company of dancers and aspiring choreographers* premiere the entire set of NINE ETUDES VOLs. 1 & 2.

 

ALDancers:

Kelsey Adams*, Sissy Dawson*, Karissa Dean*, Allie Fahsholz*, Sharon Lane*, Lauren Sprague*, Caitlin Wichlacz, Merlin Benneth, Keyon Gaskin, Kentrel Wesson (guest dancer from Polaris Dance),

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ALLEGRO CON HUMORE is made possible by generous support of Ronni Lacroute and WillaKenzie estate.

 

TOMAS SVOBODA 75

Agnieszka Laska Dancers • Igor Lipinski – piano
Visegrad Group • Polish School PDX •
Celebrating the 75th birthday of Czech-American composer

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Polish Music at Polish Hall

 

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THE SECRETS OF MUSIC

revealed for you by

Igor Lipinski

magician at the piano

 

THURSDAY, Dec 4th @ 7:30 pm

Polish Hall

3832 N Interstate

Tickets at the door:

$20 general

$15 senior/ student/

on line: http://igor2.bpt.me

Tomas Svoboda excerpts from Etudes in Fugue Style

guest artist: ALDancers in preview from ALLEGRO CON HUMORE

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Sat Sep 13 @ 2:05-2:20 PM

Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair

 

The 11th annual event at Esther Short Park showcases the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place. FREE and open to a public!

more info

 

The Rite of Spring – excerpt

 

Sat Sept. 20 @ 2:45-3:00 PM

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Sun Sept. 21 @ 1:30 & 2:00

Portland Polish Festival

 

Two festive days of the best Polish food, dance and music.

The best in the Northwest! FREE and open to a public!

more info

 

excerpts from:

Rite of Spring

Chopin Project

Svoboda Tribute

 

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Pacific Northwest

Summer 2014

June 28

Astoria Music Festival

with pianist Alexandre Dossin

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Astoria tickets here

 

July 12

Seattle Polish Festival

excerpts from:

Chopin Project

Rite of Spring

Svoboda Tribute

Sept. 20-21

Portland Polish Festival

 

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2014 Poland Tour

12 artists4 venues • 3 shows

2 weeks • May 19 - June 2

 

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Date/Time

Celebration of Mazurkas – 2014

April 13, 2014 1:00 PM (matinee)

 

Location

Polish Hall

3832 N Interstate Ave

Portland, OR 97227

Yellow Line MAX

+ Agnieszka Laska Dancers with Ruta Kuzmickas in The Chopin Project!

Friday, March 14 • 7:30 PM

Igor Lipinski Electrifying NW Debut

PLUS: Agnieszka Laska Dancers in excerpts from The Chopin Project!

 

• Saturday, March 15 @ 7:30 PMALD poster Majestic
THE CHOPIN PROJECT & THE RITE OF SPRING

Majestic Theatre
115 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis, OR 97333


• Saturday, March 1st @ 7:00 PMChopin Project
ALD 11-th anniversary
– fundraising ball
Sit-down dinner, fantastic wine selection, entertainment, silent auction for tickets to prime artistic events around the region and much, much more!
Polish Hall
3832 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227


2013

• Sunday, September 29 @ 7:00 PM
THE RITE OF SPRING (excerpts) with
CHICAGO PHILHARMONIC

Scott Speck – conductor
Pick-Staiger Hall in Evanston
50 Arts Cir Dr
Evanston, IL 60208

Twilight of the Romantics: Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky

The dancers performed with skill and passion. Lauren Michelle Richmond contributed an intense performance as The Chosen One during the “Sacrificial Dance”.
The Chicago Philharmonic, on the other hand, flexed their muscles for a powerful reading of this work. The size of the ensemble, which is slightly more compact than a full symphony orchestra, allowed them to bring out every complex rhythmic nuance of this piece with pinpoint accuracy.

Beauty and power abound in Chicago Philharmonic season opener .
Erin Cano, examiner.com read more:

A big anniversary this year was, of course, the centenary of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” which the Joffrey commemorated with its unsurpassed re-creation of Vaslav Nijinsky’s original choreography. On a dance program you cannot do better. But concert performances of “The Rite” do not normally add a dance component, and Sunday’s did, in the form of several scenes performed by the Agnieszka Laska Dancers, who often paid tribute to Nijinsky’s choreography while softening its radical nature.
Chicago Philharmonic explores ‘The Romantic Impulse’ .
Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune read more:


• Saturday, September 28 @ 10:00 AM
• Sunday, September 29 @ 3:00 PM
THE CHOPIN PROJECT
with Igor Lipinski – piano

“…there are many ways to promote Polish culture, some better, some stronger, but this show was exceptional, reaching the hearts of literally everyone in the audience…’
Sep. 2013, transcendentphoto.com
more (Polish only):

‘…the performance, authored by a renowned choreographer, running her dance company in Portland, Oregon for many years now, was incredible — beyond our imagination. As a result we started to sense the music of our greatest romantic composer not only through hearing it but by seeing it as well…”
Sep. 2013. Polish Daily News
more (Polish only):

Copernicus Center
5216 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60603


• Sunday, September 22
THE CHOPIN PROJECT and The Rite of Spring
at POLISH FESTIVAL

12:45-1:00 Main stage – the Chopin Project
1:15 – 1:30 Main stage – The Rite of Spring

2:00- 2:15 Polish Hall stage – The Rite of Spring
3:00-3:15 Polish Hall stage – the Chopin Project
FREE and open to the public
3900 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227

• Saturday, September 21
THE CHOPIN PROJECT
at POLISH FESTIVAL

1:30-1:45 Polish Hall stage – the Chopin Project
2:30-2:45 Polish Hall stage – the Chopin Project
3:15-3:30 Main stage – the Chopin Project
4:00-4:15 Polish Hall stage – the Chopin Project


• Saturday, September 14 @ 7:00 PM
THE CHOPIN PROJECT & THE RITE OF SPRING

Lincoln City Cultural Center
540 U.S. 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367


• Saturday, September 7 @ 1:00 PM
Excerpts from Broken Flowers
Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair

FREE and open to the public
ALDancers: Kelsey Adams, Sissy Dawson, Sharon Lane, Heidi Nelson,
Lauren Michelle Richmond performed excerpts from Broken Flowers– our recent work addressing teen sex slavery and human trafficking — main stage 1 PM
10th Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair
ESTHER SHORT PARK
8th and Columbia St.
Vancouver, WA.


July 24-27 BTP buy
Cunning Little Vixen Opera by Leos Janacek
Opera Theater Oregon
production
REVIEW: Opera Theater Oregon: Janacek’s bucolic frolic read all
PREVIEW: Opera Theater Oregon lures cityfolk to opera down on the farm read all
Wild Goose farm on Sauvie Island
19433 NW Reeder Road
Portland, OR 97231 map


Saturday, July 13
Polish Festival Seattle
Seattle Center

Saturday, June 29 @ 7:00 PMsold out
Astoria Music Festival The Rite of Spring
REVIEW: Laska’s ‘Rite of Spring’ is raw, visceral, satisfying read all
PREVIEW: Director returns to roots with ‘Rite of Spring’ read all
Liberty Theater
1203 Commercial Street
Astoria, OR 97103 map


Friday, June 7th @ 8:00 PMsold out
Rite of Spring at Lincoln Hall
2013 is the 100th Anniversary of THE RITE OF SPRING. June 7, Lincoln Hall, Portland, PSU Orchestra and Agnieszka Laska Dancers celebrate; new choreography by Agnieszka Laska, Ken Selden conducting.
REVIEW: A Portland ‘Rite of Spring’ momentous in its own right read all
REVIEW: PSU orchestra and Agnieszka Laska Dancers electrify the audience with Rite collaboration read all
REVIEW: Last Rite read all
PREVIEW: Weekend MusicWatch: Spring Rounds read all
PSU Lincoln Hall
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland OR 97201 map


Wednesday, May 29th @ 7:00 PM
Rite of Spring history – panel discussion – excerpts from Rite of Spring
PSU Lincoln Hall
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland OR 97201 map

Tuesday, May 14th @ 7:00 PM
Rite of Spring history – lecture demonstration – excerpts from Rite of Spring
PSU Lincoln Hall
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland OR 97201 map

Sunday, May 12 @ 3:00 PM
Astoria Music Festival Preview The Chopin Project
Performing Arts Center
588 16th Street
Astoria, OR 97103 map

Saturday, April 27 @ 2:00
Polish Heritage Day – at the White Eagle – FREE!!!
836 N. Russell St.
Portland, OR 97227 map

Saturday, April 20 @ 7:00
ALD 10-th anniversary – fundraising ball at Polish Hall
3832 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227 map

Thursday, March 7th @ 7:00 PM
March Music Moderne – excerpts from Rite of Spring – Polish Hall
3832 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227 map


Child Trafficking in Portland Forum

March 3 @ 6:00 pmBroken Flowers card
Pollin Chapel of Schnitzer Family Center 

Child Trafficking Forum
Program featured guest speakers U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Deputy Keith Bickford of OATH (Oregonians Against Human Trafficking), as well as others involved in this battle.

According to OATH: “A common misconception about human trafficking is that it only happens abroad. In reality, it is happening here, in the United States and in Oregon.”

ALDancers: Sissy Dawson, Lauren Michelle Richmond and Heidi Nelson performed short excerpt from Broken Flowers – our newest work addressing teen sex slavery and human trafficking.


from Broken Flowers to Rite of Spring (Start a Rising)

February 14 @ 6:00 pmBroken Flowers card
Polish Hall
3832 N Interstate
Portland, OR 97227
 

One Billion Rising
Agnieszka Laska Dancers open rehearsal! Learn steps from Broken Flowers – work addressing the painful subject of teen sex slavery. Join Rite of Spring – newest creation on woman power to change the world!


2012

SAWERA GALA

November 3 @ 6:00 pmsawera gala poster
The Governor Hotel, Portland  

SAWERA Gala Dinner
SAWERA, the South Asian Women’s Empowerment and Resource Alliance, offers free, confidential, and culturally sensitive services to South Asian women and children who are experiencing domestic violence in Oregon.

ALDancers: Sissy Dawson, Lauren Richmond, Sharon Lane and Allie Fahsholz performed several Chopin’s preludes from Op 28; ALD’s CHOPIN PROJECT


COLORED PENCILS

October 26 @ 5:30 pmCOLORED PENCILS poster
Portland Art Museum, Portland  

Colored Pencils
Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council is a grass root non-profit organization promoting Human Rights and Equal Rights through art and culture exchange.

ALDancers: Sissy Dawson, Lauren Richmond, Karissa Dean and Timothy Johnson performed several Chopin’s preludes from Op 28; ALD’s CHOPIN PROJECT and a short excerpt from BROKEN FLOWERS


from Broken Flowers to Rite of Spring (Start a Rising)

February 14 @ 6:00 pmBroken Flowers card
Polish Hall
3832 N Interstate
Portland, OR 97227
 

One Billion Rising
Agnieszka Laska Dancers open rehearsal! Learn steps from Broken Flowers – work addressing the painful subject of teen sex slavery. Join Rite of Spring – newest creation on woman power to change the world!


BROKEN FLOWERS
PFSOctober 21 @ 7:30 PM
El Sindicato — Espacio Cultural Alternativo
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
October 19 @ 8:00 PMPFS
Auditorio de Usos Multiples de la FCA
Queretaro, 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

PFSOctober 12, 13 @ 8:00 PM, October 14 @ 3:00 PM
@ Zoomtopia
810 SE Belmont
Portland, OR 97214
 

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

People are born to be loved. Things are made to be used.
Lives go wrong when things are loved and people used.

ALD’s newest work addressing the painful subject of teen sex slavery and human trafficking, developed to this point with music from the Marzena Music release Hendrix Uncovered.

Polish Festival Seattle 2012
Seattle CenterPFS
201 Mercer street
Seattle, WA 98109 map

FREE AND OPEN TO A PUBLIC!!!
Sunday, September 30th
1:00 – 1:25 / 3:20 – 3:40
The Polish festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts, … It is for everyone.
ALDancers performed The Chopin Project
Agnieszka Laska took on a challenging task: choreographing all 24 Chopin preludes Op. 28. So far she’s completed 14 – all presented in different configurations on various occasions related to her heritage: Polish Festival in Portland, Polish Independence Day, etc. For the Polish Festivals in Portland and Seattle she’s combined them with Nocturne Op. 9: No. 1 in B-Flat Minor resulting in a very romantic and emotional set of solos, duets and group dances, with a distinct Polish flavor.

Polish Festival Portland 2012
3900 N Portland, OR 97227 map PFS
FREE AND OPEN TO A PUBLIC!!! 

Saturday, September 22nd
1:30 – 2:00 @ Polish Hall
 / 3:30 – 3:45 @ Main Stage / 
4:30 – 5:00 @ Polish Hall

Sunday, September 23rd
1:45 – 2:00 @ Main Stage /
 3:00 – 3:30 @ Polish Hall


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DANCE 

April 29 3:00-6:00 PMIDD
Miracle Theater, Portland
425 Southeast 6th Avenue Portland, OR 97214 map
FREE AND OPEN TO A PUBLIC!!!
“International Dance Day 2012 Message: To celebrate Dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together through the common language of Dance”.
ALDancers: Sissy Dawson, Heidi Nelson & Lauren Richmond performed excerpt from BROKEN FLOWERS


DANCE COLLABORATIONS

April 28 @ 7:00pmdance collaborations poster
Scottish Rite Center Theater, Portland map 

www.classicalballet.net
Classical Ballet Academy’s annual charity fundraising show featuring dance talent from some of Portland’s best schools, companies and choreographers. All proceeds ($3000) were donated to The American Cancer Society.

ALDancers: Sissy Dawson, Heidi Nelson, Lauren Richmond, Marcella Sweeney (apprentice) performed several Chopin’s preludes from Op 28 + Nocturne Op. 9: No. 1 in B-Flat Minor – romantic and emotional solos, duets and quartets: ALD’s CHOPIN PROJECT and a short excerpt from BROKEN FLOWERS


OREGON DANCE WEEK 

April 27 @ 4:00pmoregon-dance-week
Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway at Main Street, Portland map
Tickets: FREE!!!
A showcase presented FREE to the public in honor of Oregon Dance Week. The following companies and artists shared excerpts of their work:

Agnieszka Laska Dancers
BodyVox
Eowyn Barrett
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Polaris Dance Theatre
TopShakeDance

A brief history: Last year State Senator Suzanne Bonamici took a leap of faith and proposed Concurrent Resolution 5, establishing the last week in April as Oregon Dance Week. “Even in difficult economic times, it’s important to recognize the benefits of arts and culture” Bonamici stated during the initial vote. The resolution was quickly adopted by the Oregon State Legislature.

The resolution recognizes that, “…dance contributes to the well-being of individuals who watch dance performances… and opportunities to go dancing lend vibrancy and vitality to the community”.


OREGON DANCE WEEK — OPEN REHEARSAL

April 26 @ 6:00pm
POLISH HALL
3832 North Interstate Avenue, Portland map
FREE AND OPEN TO A PUBLIC!!!
Join us for the last preparations at Polish Hall.

as we are preparing for 3 different performances this weekend:
April 27 @ 4:00pm at Newmark for OREGON DANCE WEEK,
April 28 @ 7:00pm at Scottish Rite Center for DANCE COLLABORATIONS ,
April 29 @ 3:00pm at Miracle Theater for INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DANCE ,
we will be rehearsing the Chopin Project and excerpts form Broken Flowers.

PROMISE THE OPERA

April 13 & 14 @ 7:30pm
Camille Claudel image Ainsworth House & Gardens, Oregon City
April 20 @ 7:30pm & April 22 @ 2pm
Scottish Rite Center Theater, Portland map

More info: www.promisetheopera.wordpress.com 

Camille Claudel was a risk-taking artist in France who studied with the famous Rodin in Paris during the late 1800s. Theresa Koon’s passionate portrait paints Claudel’s tumultuous struggle with her family, her affair with Rodin and her burning inner conflict of whether or not to allow her creativity out into the world. Libretto and Music by Theresa Koon, directed by Kevin Yell, conducted by David Hattner.
ALDancers: Sissy Dawson, Niqi Cavanaugh, Lauren Richmond, Marcella Sweeney (apprentice) & Anet Ris-Kelman (guest dancer) embodied Camilles sensual works and models.


CELEBRATION OF MAZURKAS

April 14 @ 7:00pmmazurkas
POLISH HALL
3832 North Interstate Avenue, Portland map

Fine regional pianists: Ruta Kuzmickas, Art Maddox, Lisa Ann Marsh, Sung Eun Roh;
performed mazurkas of three immortal Polish composers: Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Roman Maciejewski.
Poland’s most distinctive music is as sweet as its finest dessert; Mazur and Mazurek, respectively (Mazurka in English); baked only at Easter time. The weekend following Easter this year, we enjoy both at Polish Hall.
ALDancers: Heidi Nelson & Lauren Richmond took the stage with Ruta Kuzmickas performing Chopin’s preludes No 17-19 Op 28

broken flowers poster

photo © Chris Leck

Saturday March 17 • 7:00 pm

BROKEN FLOWERS — ALD’s newest work in progress, addressing the painful subject of teen sex slavery and human trafficking, developed to this point with music from the Marzena Music release Hendrix Uncovered

TICKETS: BrownPaperTickets
Zoomtopia
810 SE Belmont, PDX map

Choreographer Agnieszka Laska is known from creating provocative works related to the most painful issues of our reality. 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 humanities suffering. The work in progress showing was a part of the 2012 March Music Moderne series. This performance served as a feedback opportunity from the audience and a fundraising preview toward the fully developed work, tentatively scheduled for premiere in the fall of 2012.

Dancers: Sissy Dawson, Heidi Nelson, Lauren Richmond, Richard Sokpor
Apprentice: Marcella Sweeney
Music: Stuart Dempster, Jack Gabel, Patrick Marcland, Roman Palester, Randy Raine-Reusch, Wrick Wolff
Choreography and lights: Agnieszka Laska

racc logo Broken Flowers project is partially supported by Regional Arts & Culture Council grant. _______________________

March Music ModerneMMM
See it! Hear it! Believe it!

Sunday March 11 • 3:00 pm DANCE TO THE MUSIC — ALD screens 2 hours of performance movies • danse et musique moderne
• refreshments• FREE •donations accepted • Polish Hall (3832 N. Interstate Avenue, PDX)
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Saturday March 10 • 9:00 pm ScratchPDX
— excerpt from upcoming performance Broken Flowers
• refreshments• tickets: $10 at the door • Hipbone Studio • 1847 East Burnside, Portland, OR
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Monday March 05 • 7:30 pm
RAIL RIDE
— ALD’s Heidi Nelson w/Harrison Welter • score by ALD Resident Composer, Jack Gabel - http://www.jackgabel.com/
EARS WIDE OPENFREE • Hipbone Studio (1847 E. BURNSIDE, #104, PDX)
March Music Moderne MMM + Preview Party & Panel PPP Discussion
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Fertile Ground Festival
Broken Flowers — work in progress
Sat 28 Jan 2012 05:30 PM 

Cady Cox solo

photo © Chris Leck

location: Polaris Studio Theater – www.polarisdance.org
1501 SW Taylor, Portland OR 97205
 

Choreographer Agnieszka Laska is known from creating provocative works related to the most painful issues of our reality. 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 humanities suffering.

Her newest work, Broken Flowers, addresses a severe tragedy unfolding on a growing scale within our region: forced induction of young persons (some prepubescent) into bonded prostitution literally sex-trade slavery.

Dancers: Sissy Dawson, Heidi Nelson, Hannah Rasker, Lauren Richmond, Richard Sokpor, Marcella Sweeney
Music: Stuart Dempster, Wrick Wolff, Randy Raine-Reusch, Patrick Marcland
Choreography and lights: Agnieszka Laska

contact: 503.715.1866 – www.ALDancers.org – email hidden; JavaScript is required


2011

GalaxyLogoBlack Portland Youth Ballet GALA PERFORMANCE

Portland Youth Ballet Gala Performance on Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. at the World Trade Center Theater, downtown Portland. Wonderful choreography from Kimmary Williams, former dancer with Twyla Tharp.

Guest companies were Agnieszka Laska Dancers, Ballet Pacific, Columbia Gorge Dance and Eowyn Barrett. Not to be missed! A wonderful summer evening of exciting dance!


Saturday, August 27th @ 7:00 PM

World Trade Center Theater
121 SW Salmon Street, Portland

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GalaxyLogoBlack GALAXY DANCE FESTIVAL
DISCOVER A WORLD OF DANCE IN PORTLAND!! 

Join us as we explore the rich diversity of dance in the Portland Community. From cultural dance forms such as Flamenco, African and Hip Hop… to classical and contemporary dance… to ballroom – there is a world of dance to discover in Portland. The Galaxy Festival brings this world together for two event-packed days that include performances, demonstrations and classes from local dance organizations representing these various styles. Whether you chose to watch or participate – or both – ADMISSION IS FREE!

Friday, August 12th 5:45-6:15 PM ALDancers performance
Saturday, August 13th 12:00-1:00 PM free modern dance class + company repertory!

Director Park – Downtown Portland
815 SW Park Ave
more info
festival schedule

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June 16th @ 3:00 PM
Donald E. Long Home
1401 NE 68th, Portland

Multnomah County Juvenile Custody Service Youth and Staff were honored to host Agnieszka Laska and four of her dancers (Allegra, Niqi, Kathryn, and Heidi) today. We were all held captive by their talents, fluidity of movement, and ability to answer the questions from our captive audience. Thank you! You’re amazing!

International Dance Company Performs in Donald E. Long

On June 16th, approximately 75 detained youth and staff gathered in the gym in the Donald E. Long Detention Home. For more than an hour, the gym was transformed into a makeshift dance studio by the Agnieszka Laska Dancers (ALD). read more

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 SIDF sign Seattle International Dance Festival – Beyond the Threshold 

ALD performed updated version of the Love and Beyond with the music by Tomas Svoboda, in collaboration with Ciudad Interior, on the main festival stage June 12th @ 7:30 PM. For the site specific Art on the Fly on June 11th we had two showings of the revised the Long Table of Contents with the music by Dan Senn. More

June 11th @ 12:00 and 1:00 PM
Art on the Fly – McGraw Square
500 Stewart Street

June 12th – @ 7:30 PM
Raisbeck Performance Hall (Cornish College of the Arts)
2015 Boren Ave
Seattle, WA  view festival brochure

The Agnieszka Laska Dancers were wonderful — especially the amazing Nick Cavanaugh

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HOMELAND INSECURITY poster HOMELAND INSECURITY
Agnieszka Laska Dancers (Portland, OR) and Ciudad Interior (Queretaro, Mexico) present Homeland Insecurity — 3 evenings of collaborative performance — new, original dance theatre at Southeast Portland’s multi-arts space, Zoomtopia. The work brings two strong visions to a single lively, universal subject. 

Ciudad Interior is led by Queretaro-based, choreographer/dancer, Alejandro Chavez, who, in 2008, earned the National Award Miguel Covarrubias and won the VII International Contest of Choreography Burgos, New York. This is Ciudad Interior‘s first Pacific Northwest visit.

June 3-5 @ 7:30 PM
The Mouth @ ZOOMTOPIA — 810 SE Belmont

Dear visitor, 

Thank you for taking the time to know more about Agnieszka Laska Dancers project:
HOMELAND INSECURITY

Agnieszka Laska Dancers (Portland, OR) and Ciudad Interior (Queretaro, Mexico)

3 evenings of collaborative performance — new, original dance theatre at Southeast Portland’s multi-arts space, Zoomtopia.

Ciudad Interior is led by Queretaro-based, choreographer/dancer, Alejandro Chavez, who, in 2008, earned the National Award Miguel Covarrubias and won the VII International Contest of Choreography Burgos, New York. This is Ciudad Interior‘s first Pacific Northwest visit.

June 3-5 @ 7:30 PM

The Mouth @ ZOOMTOPIA — 810 SE Belmont

Big thank you to all our wonderful Kickstarter backers:

Elise Jackman, Jack Gabel, Douglas DeVivo, Carol A Parker, Ben Roth, Anet Ris-Kelman, Bob Priest, Carole Zoom, Jill Romine, Gary Nelson, Ann Wheale, Zeb Knudsen, Piotr Laski, Steve Bontecou, Carol Sherbenou, Leslie Wahlquist, Lindsey Bontecou, Cynthia Gerdes, Dana Wahlquist, Bonnie Miksch, Tessa Brinckman, Chie Nagatani, Joel Bluestone, Ines Voglar, Bob Landwehr, Rita J. Sherbenou, Dr Greg A Steinke, Paloma Griffin, Mark Vigil, Debra Reiter, JoAn Sterr, Gary Noland, Nancy Wood, Susan Bell, Patricia Green, David Drexler, Nancy Ives, Elizabeth Dyson, Lisa Mooyman, Jim McGinn, Mimi Sanders, Joan Levers, Clayton Morgareidge, Phil and Gayle Neuman, Stephanie Spak, Kirsten Peterson, John G. Bilotta, Iwona Erbe, Genowefa, Renderyard, Jennifer Sireklove, Chien, Renee Keltner, Matt Heminger, Romaric Pokorny, John Light, Denis R. Floyd, Maureen McNally, Robert Shotola, Michael Anderson, Connie DeNault, JoAnn Crabtree, Mickey Sutton, Jennifer, Caroline Swanson, Rick Hawley, Jennifer Camp, Katherine Reedy, Janusz Laski, Stan Stanford

 

 

 

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