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, Union PDX features a long-form performance structure and highlights the breadth of dance in Portland: Hudson’s work is ballet-based, Havin’s work is influenced by Ohad Naharin’s ‘Gaga’, and Hobbs’ work is mixed-discipline.

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

Join us our final evening, September 29, at the Union Soirée to help us 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