Contact Dance: TRASH DANCE

Trash Dance

Sometimes inspiration is found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr sees beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the men and women who pick up our trash. She joins city sanitation workers to listen, learn, and try to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. The trash collectors’ lives are already full with work, family, and dreams of their own, but two dozen of them step forward with their trucks to perform in an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how a garbage truck can “dance.” (68 mins.) 

The Northwest Film Center and Portland’s premiere dance company, BodyVox, are pleased to partner in presenting the first annual Contact Dance Film Festival, a showcase featuring award-wining collaborations between filmmakers, dancers, and choreographers from around the world. Portland has long been a mecca for dance of all forms. With films from the Northwest and across the globe—and an entire program curated by filmmaker and frequent BodyVox collaborator Mitchell Rose–the Contact Dance Film Festival represents the latest evolution of an art form bursting with hybrid creativity. The screenings will take place at both the Bodyvox Dance Center, 17th and NW Northrup, and the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. We hope you’ll hop between the two venues and that the series’ eclectic choices will get your 2016 off on just the right foot.

TRASH DANCE screens Friday, January 8 at 7pm at BodyVox and Friday, January 8 at 9pm in our Whitsell Auditorium.  The program is being presented as part of our Contact Dance series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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