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New Expressive Works / Studio 2
Portland, OR
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N.E.W. presents IGNITE, a premier of two powerful pieces
By local contemporary, female choreographers
Oluyinka Akinjiola and Subashini Ganesan

WHEN: Friday January 20th  Saturday 21st  7:30pm; Sunday January 22nd  2:00pm
WHERE: New Expressive Works, Studio 2, 810 SE Belmont, PDX 97214 [In the WYSE Buliding.]
TICKETS: Advanced purchase $15 || At the door - $18

New Expressive Works (N.E.W.) premiers IGNITE a performance presenting two 30-minute original productions choreographed by Oluyinka Akinjiola and Subashini Ganesan. Facilitated talk-backs with both artistic directors and their dancers will occur on Friday and Saturday evening after the performances. This production is funded in part by a 2017 Community Cultural Participation Grant through the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and Oregon Cultural Trust.

Ibukun/The Celebration by Oluyinka Akinjiola
[;NOTE: Ibukun/The Celebration will have two extra performances at North Star Ballroom on January 28th & 29th. For those tickets please visit];

This new work is inspired by Akinjiolas recent trip to Nigeria, the passing of her grandmother, and experiencing funeral celebrations in Nigeria. Featured in the performance is Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater, Jujubas Nojeem Lasisi and Jeff Burres, and Rudy Slizewski of TapWater and the Scott Pemberton Band.

Oluyinkas current artistic investigation of Contemporary dance and African traditions explore the presence of traditional Yoruba culture in a fast changing society in Nigeria. Surrounded by a spiraling recession and government corruption, Ibukun/The Celebration is a dedication to female leadership, maintenance of familial bonds and cultural preservation.  

Bliss and Other Easy Things by Subashini Ganesan
There are eternal moments that stand outside of time yet flash by leaving an indelible destructive imprint on the fragile vision of reality I try to maintain. Such is the power of love and death.

In her newest work, Ganesan explores bliss as a state of being that is beyond leisure, indulgence, and pleasure. Weaving contemporary sequences of the ancient Bharathanatyam vocabulary in rigorous communal and individual choreographies, she presents the idea of bliss as a sustained state of joy that is powerfully disciplined and eternal. She will perform with her dancers from her Natya Leela Troupe and the Anjali School of Dance (Artistic Director: Anita Menon). Ganesan is a South Asian female immigrant to the USA, contemporary Bharatanatyam dancer, Artistic Director of Natya Leela Academy, and the Founder/Executive Director of N.E.W.

About New Expressive Works (N.E.W.)
New Expressive Works (N.E.W.) celebrates the creative power of diverse professional independent performing artists, by providing critical studio space for artistic research, education, and public performances.  N.E.W. is a vibrant space that annually supports 200 independent performing artists and fosters cross-cultural dialogue. N.E.W.s realistically and affordably priced studio spaces are venues where artists gather, create, and benefit from one anothers expertise.


New Expressive Works / Studio 2 (View)
810 Se Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Music > Global

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


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