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Directed by Eric Nordstrom

Oregon 2016 70 mins.

Working with interviews from founding company members and archival performance footage, Nordstrom explores how today’s dancers stand on the shoulders of decades of performers and choreographers who established Portland’s flourishing community. Beginning with the inception of the Portland Dance Theater and continuing through the Reed College Summer Dance Workshop, Art Quake, Conduit, Performance Works NW, and White Bird, among many, Nordstrom’s film celebrates the companies and individuals that have made Portland a world-class contemporary dance haven. Join us for a pre-film reception at 6:00 and post film Q&A with director Nordstrom and dancers featured in the film.

Still photo by Basil Childers

Genres: Documentary



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.