Established in 2019, the Union PDX - Festival of Contemporary Dance was born with the mission of creating a platform for artists to achieve greater work, to decrease barriers to visibility and access for artists and audiences, and to encourage a diverse influence on Portland's dance community. Providing a much-needed platform for supportive cross-pollination in the Pacific Northwest dance community, the Union PDX festival breaks down visibility barriers for boundary-pushing dance artists and offers important artistic and administrative resources through masterclasses and workshops.
“push/FOLD's festival drew national and international contemporary-dance ideas from Brooklyn to New Jersey to Portland to L.A. to the Dominican Republic and Taiwan… If there’s one thing Festival:21 wasn’t short on, it’s talent… In all, the festival performance was a success... As push/FOLD and the festival collaborators continue to make a name for themselves, Union PDX is beginning to fit into the annual autumnal patchwork of the city.”Elizabeth Whelan - Oregon ArtsWatch
Visceral Movement Theory™, created by Samuel Hobbs, forms the basis of push/FOLD's movement education and choreography and reframes the biomechanics of movement in all forms of dance and athletics. Based on current fascial research with our blood vessels, nerves, and organs as the primary motivators of action and power, and Samuel's training in Osteopathy and background in dance and competitive athletics, push/FOLD's classes guide students through structural anatomy in an accessible format tailored for age, ability, focus, and movement form. Through meditations, partnering tasks, and phrase-work, students learn to increase efficiency and power in all forms of movement disciplines and experience the momentum-based power of Visceral Movement Theory.
We tailor classes specifically for desired skill-set focus, age, and experience. Classes engage and challenge all students, regardless of experience.
Community and athletics-based programs and lectures open up the world of health and informed training.
push/FOLD’s educational programming draws from Samuel’s background in education, sports, visceral biomechanics and anatomy, working with at-risk youth, and mentoring students and professional artists. Our educational programs include:
Our student and professional-level classes build on existing dance techniques in all forms of dance. We introduce the importance of our organs to the application of power in movement and partnering, instilling an understanding of the principles of safety and physical utility for career longevity and injury prevention.
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push/FOLD produces high-quality live-streamed events and film works for schools, artists, and arts and education-focused organizations and projects. Using the latest film and live-stream equipment and editing and coloring-grading software, collaborations can include:
Speak with us today for information on our equipment and how we can work together. Rates are based on project scope, budget-size, and your mission and vision.