push/FOLD is the vision of multidisciplinary artist and composer-choreographer Samuel Hobbs, founded in 2016 as a performance-focused arts organization. Immersive moodscapes, abstract storytelling, and athletic dance performance set to original sound, set, and lighting design are the hallmarks of push/FOLD's body of work. The backbone of push/FOLD's athletic style is Samuel's Visceral Movement Theory™ (VMT) technique which fuses elements of athletics and dance with training in visceral biomechanics and Osteopathic therapy. VMT reframes the expression of athlete and dancer biomechanics based on current movement research, resulting in increased career longevity and power and efficiency in movement.
As a community-oriented organization with the mission of developing community power through arts and movement education, support, and advocacy, push/FOLD's programs include masterclasses, workshops, presentations, student programming, dance-for-film, virtual and evening-length dance productions, artist-talks, and the Union PDX - Festival of Contemporary Dance, established in 2019. push/FOLD performs through regional festivals and self-produced performances; setting work on various professional artists and companies, including Portland's Polaris Dance Theatre (2019), and Oregon Ballet Theatre's main company (2023) and OBT2 (2020-21). In 2021 push/FOLD made our international debut at the renowned Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver, BC and at the FIDCDMX festival in Mexico City, Mexico.
push/FOLD is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit arts organization based in Portland, Oregon.