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PORTLAND, OR: push/FOLD Proudly Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Contemporary Dance Festival Union PDX

PORTLAND, OR: push/FOLD Proudly Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Contemporary Dance Festival Union PDX




Available via multi-camera live-stream! Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers St
Portland, OR 97214


Thursday, November 16, 2023 - 8:00pm
Friday, November 17, 2023 - 7:30pm
Saturday, November 18, 2023 - 7:30pm
Sunday, November 19, 2023 - 4:00pm




push/FOLD proudly celebrates the fifth anniversary of Union PDX, its annual festival of contemporary dance that brings cutting-edge choreography from around the world to Portland, and shares the work of local dance artists on the global stage.

Established as a cultural highlight of the region’s autumnal event patchwork, Union PDX remains mission-driven in its dual approach that combines the presentation of far-reaching talent with countless performance and educational opportunities for local artists. The festival’s unique model is “an antidote to the roadblocks in an artists’ path,” (Oregon ArtsWatch) and is especially impactful for mid-career dance professionals, offering platforms for success and inroads for community building. 

Open to the public, this year’s Festival:23 features two World Premieres and two Portland premieres in addition to other new dance works by local, national, and international contemporary artists in the genres of Street, Bharatanatyam, Contemporary Break, and more.


Festival:23 Artists:

Compagnia Bellanda | Gorizia, Italy (Contemporary Break)

Evelyn Tejeda | Dominican Republic & Peterson, NJ (Contemporary fusion: Street, Break, Popping)

Open Space Dance | Portland, OR (Contemporary Dance)

Outrun the Bear | Los Angeles, CA; established in Israel (Contemporary Dance)

Sridharini Sridharan | Portland, OR (Bharathanatyam & Natya Theater)

push/FOLD | Portland, OR (Athletic Movement & Partnering)


With over 127 choreographer applications this year from around the world, and live-streamed performances that have reached 49 different countries, Union PDX connects Portlanders and Oregon’s rising artists to the global dance scene. Creating opportunities for exposure and interchange, push/FOLD and Union PDX raise up the region’s diverse and vibrant talent, “turning Portland into a national hub for dance and bringing the work of Portland choreographers to the world stage.” (Oregon ArtsWatch) With its commitment to excellence, inclusion, and access, and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Union PDX is a galvanizing force for all-encompassing growth within the industry and for individuals. 

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