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push/FOLD presents 'Union PDX - Festival:19'
Hampton Opera Center
Portland, OR
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push/FOLD presents 'Union PDX - Festival:19'
push/FOLD presents Union PDX - Festival:19

Commissioned Portland choreographers, Amy Leona Havin and Carlyn Hudson, join Artistic Director Samuel Hobbs this September 26-29 in a Festival of Contemporary Dance at the Hampton Opera Center (Portland Opera). Showcasing three world-premiere works on a 3/4 round stage, Union PDX highlights the breadth of dance in Portland: Hudsons work is ballet-based, Havins work is influenced by Ohad Naharins Gaga, and Hobbs work is mixed-discipline.

Festival:19 is the inaugural production of push/FOLD's Union PDX programfour public evening performances, one outreach performance for young dancers, three professional-level masterclasses led by our respective choreographers (Havin, Hudson, and Hobbs), and three facilitated Artist-Talks, open to the public (September 26, 27, 28).

Join us our final evening, September 29, at the Union PDX post-festival Soirée to celebrate the recipients of our Portland Dance Community Awards (PDCA). PDCA Recipients are Portland-based artists and key members of our dance community who are devoted to the success of Portland dance. PDCA Recipients are selected by a panel of our peers from across our Portland dance communities who represent our multi-faceted city.

Union PDX - Festival:19 will be performed by the dancers of push/FOLD: Liane Burns, Briley Jozwiak, Ashley Morton, and Holly Shaw. The dancers will be joined by choreographer Carlyn Hudson for her work.

Sponsored in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council


Performances - September 26-29
Artist-Talks - September 26, 27, 28
Union PDX Soirée - September 29 (at the Portland Opera)

Student Outreach - September 25 (at the Portland Opera)
Masterclasses - September 28 (at the Portland Opera)


Regional Arts & Culture Council Arts Card 2 for 1 Tickets Available in Advance (subject to availability)


The Portland Opera
Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers St.
Portland, OR 97214

|| push/FOLD Dance Company ||

push/FOLD (Company) is a contemporary dance company based in Portland, Oregon. Currently comprised of four main-company dancers, led by founder and artistic director, Samuel Hobbs, push/FOLD produces original athletic dance performance and evening-length productions. push/FOLD has performed in numerous regional and local dance festivals, setting work on professional artists and companies within the Northwest.

Integrating athletic movement, original music, and minimalistic visual design, push/FOLDs performance work is marked by intelligent use of floor-work entwined with the strength and beauty of sculpturesque partnering and balletic technique. The companys distinct choreographic language, called Visceral Movement Theory™, is rooted in the structural implications of our organsa sort-of practical application in visceral fluid dynamics that fuses the strength and power of athletics with the grace and line of classical movement.

push/FOLD is both independently and publicly funded, receiving support from donors and the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and works with local and regional dance schools and universities to deliver master-classes, workshops, and educational opportunities to young dancers, and aspiring professional dancers. This year, push/FOLD is involved with the City of Portland to promote conversations surrounding accessible and affordable rehearsal and performance space for Portland artists.

2019 marks the inaugural production of push/FOLDs Union PDX Festival of Contemporary Dance, helping to diversify Portlands access to art and to build on Portlands platforms for upward development for dance-artists.

push/FOLD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2016.


|| Samuel Hobbs ||

Samuel Hobbs (Artistic Director, Composer-Choreographer) is an Oregon native and was a university track athlete before his exposure to dance in 2004. Quickly shifting his studies from Mathematics and Computer science to studying Classical Ballet and Contemporary Modern Dance on scholarship, Hobbs soon began performing professionally, both nationally and internationally. Hobbs graduated in 2007 with a degree in the Visual and Performing ArtsDance, Art, and Music. Interested in challenging societal dynamics with the expression of power in movement, Hobbs founded push/FOLD in 2015.

Hobbs choreographed works, set to original sound scores of his own, are acknowledged for their immersive athleticism and utilization of momentum-based choreography. His approach, called Visceral Movement Theory™ (VMT), is rooted in the biomechanics of our organs and fuses Samuels training in ballet and contemporary dance with his athletic background.

Hobbs has taught both nationally and internationally as an instructor of contemporary movement and partnering. His choreographed works have been performed throughout the Pacific Northwest. Samuel resides in Portland, Oregon as Artistic Director, Composer-Choreographer, Dancer, and Instructor, working outside of dance as a Manual Therapist, and Software Developer.

|| Amy Leona Havin ||

Amy Leona Havin (Choreographer) is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Portland-based dance company The Holding Project. Originally from Rehovot, Israel, Havin began her dance training with Ohad Naharins Gaga Movement Language as well as the Royal Academy of Dance and Vaganova classical ballet techniques. She attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013.

Havins unique choreography, duration-based performance work, and dance films have been shown both on the West Coast and internationally. She is the 2018 recipient for Portland Dance Film Fests Audience Award for her film sweetgrass.

Havin currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she is an instructor of contemporary movement, and choreography, and continues to teach improvisation-based movement classes Your Spine is Seaweed. Havin continues to produce, choreograph, film, and direct both independently and as the Artistic Director of The Holding Project.


|| Carlyn Hudson ||

Carlyn Hudson (Choreographer, Performer) is an independent Portland choreographer originally from Nyack, New York and co-founder of Portlands SubRosa Dance Collective. Her early dance education focused in Classical Ballet and Jazz before studying at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008. Hudson performed as a member of the Connecticut Ballet prior to relocating to Portland, Oregon in 2010 where she joined Polaris Dance Theater for a season before setting off to self-produce performance work and co-establish SubRosa Dance Collective.

Hudsons work has premiered at colleges and universities across the Northwest, and theatre productions in Chicago, IL. She has been presented at Unveiled Dance Festival, Pacific Dance Makers, and Chop Shop Contemporary Dance Festival. Hudsons work is described as having a witty flavor and a dash of humor noir in a creamy base of impeccable musicality.

Hudson is an instructor of Classical Ballet and Pointé in both Washington and Oregon states and continues to produce original contemporary dance works.



Hampton Opera Center (View)
211 SE Caruthers St
Portland, OR 97214
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Other > Festivals

Minimum Age: 8
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: push/FOLD
On BPT Since: May 23, 2019

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