PUSH FOLDArtistic Director | Samuel Hobbs | Portland, Oregon USA
Union PDX - Festival:21 artist Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater performing a ring shout during their work 'Who We Carry' at the Hampton Opera Center in Portland, Oregon. The number 22 overlays the image to indicate the festival year. | Photography: Jingzi Zhao

Hampton Opera Center & Livestream
November 17-20, 2022



Hampton Opera Center & Livestream

November 17-20, 2022

push/FOLD presents the Union PDX - Festival:22 at the renowned Hampton Opera Center (Portland Opera) this November 17-20. This year, Festival:22 shares two world premiere works and four Portland premieres by local, national, and international contemporary artists in the genres of West-African and Afro-Brazilian, Bharatanatyam, Contemporary Ballet, and Contemporary dance styles:

Opening on November 17, the full festival returns with our student outreach performance, three public performances over the weekend, six professional-level masterclasses taught by the festival artists hosted at Steps PDX, and two professional development workshops.

Following each performance (November 18-20), join us as we chat with the artists in a facilitated Q&A. Learn about their process and artistic developments, features of their work, and experiences as professional artists navigating their communities and the world today.

Festival:22 is the fourth annual production of push/FOLD’s Union PDX festival program.

Festival:22 is brought to you by the generous support of our community of artists, festival partners, and donors. This does not happen without you. Truly, thank you.

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Performances & Artist-Talks (In-Person & Livestream)

November 18 & 19 @ 7:30pm
November 20 @ 4:00pm

** Facilitated artist-talks and Q&A follow each performance. **

Student Outreach (In-Person)

November 17 @ 8pm

We invite Portland-Vancouver-Metro area dance students to preview Union PDX - Festival:22 during our invited dress rehearsal November 17 @ 8pm.

Interested schools and program coordinators, please contact us at contact@pushfold.org to learn more and register your students.

Invitations and inquiries are distributed by October 19.




November 18 & 19 @ 7:30pm PST
November 20 @ 4:00pm PST

** Prior to each performance, your livestream login instructions and a link will be sent to the email provided with the purchase of your virtual tickets. **

Join us live as each in-person performance at the Hampton Opera Center is streamed to your home with an incredible multi-camera production. Make it an evening the night of the performance, or pause and come back later, virtual ticket holders have access to the livestream through December 31.

Don't forget to engage with the artists during the live artist-talk and Q&A utilizing the live-chat, and keep your eyes peeled during intermission for a special surprise.

View Festival:22 Program: Click Here »


Click Here, or on the image above to access the livestream login.




November 18 & 19

Studio: Steps PDX (SE Location)

1734 SE 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

Ages 13 to Professional
  • Single Class - $15
  • 3-Class Pass - $36 ($12/class)
  • 5-Class Pass - $50 ($10/class)

Stephanie Zaletel (SZALT)

Structured Play
Contemporary Movement
November 18 @ 11:45am - 1:15pm

Informed by an embodied understanding of autonomy, dancers will work with the energy and interests of the collective, memory research, and structured play. Building from an intuitive floorwork warm up into new repertoire from my new work, ‘Vagus Excerpts’, we explore dreams and the language of the nervous system.

** Bring water, layers, and a journal. **

Sweta Ravisankar (Sarada Kala Nilayam)

Storytelling through Bharatanatyam
November 18 @ 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Bringing a contemporary approach to the expression-based nuance and foundations of Bharatanatyam, students adapt rhythm, gesture, and form to explore and create from the foundations of this integral dance tradition, enhancing their technique and performance expression in their contemporary work.

Samuel Hobbs (push/FOLD)

Visceral Movement Theory™ — Suspended Action
Movement & Partnering
November 18 @ 3:15pm - 4:45pm

Playing with dynamic balance, the persistence of momentum, and the sensations of gravity suspension, dancers release the stored power and strength from our structures by exploring the action potential of our joints, tendons, and fascia. Through guided movements, partnering, and phrase work, dancers should expect floorwork, mid to high-level movement, and working with partners of varied genders and sizes.

Megan Doheny

Contemporary Tools
Breathe Easy, Move Freely
Contemporary Movement
November 19 @ 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Through imagery, fantasy, guided improvisation, and phrase work, dancers explore the tools of gravity, breath, and the natural flow of energy in the search for effort reduction in contemporary movement—exploring how breath can be used as a tool for authentic expression.

Julienne Doko

African Contemporary; Afro-Brazillian; Traditional West-African
November 19 @ 3:15pm - 4:45pm

Drawing from traditional West African movements and contemporary dance principles, this class focuses on rooting—incorporating groove into release, lines, contraction, spinal mobility, and grounding.

Through active investigation, African dances uniquely improve expression while enhancing the body and musical awareness, enabling the dancers to be centered and connected with themselves and their surroundings.


November 20

Classroom: Hampton Opera Center

211 SE Caruthers St.
Portland, OR 97214

Professional Artists

All workshops are donation-based professional-development classes geared towards artists of all genres. A suggested minimum donation is $5 at time of registration.

Participants may register in advance online, or at the door if space is available.

Deciphering Grants

November 20 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm
Instructor: Samuel Hobbs (push/FOLD & Union PDX)

Through exercises, conversation, and real-world examples, this class supplements artists’ experiences in grant writing and budgets. Participants build a tacit understanding in how grants serve the trajectory of our professional and artistic careers, and learn to leverage grant application questions to fully inform foundations of our work in the broader context of our community and needs.

This class is designed to provide tangible tools and demystify the granting process and building budgets to be directly applicable on your next submission or project.

Leveraging Narrative

The Art of Writing About Your Art
November 20 @ 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Instructor: Amy Leona Havin (The Holding Project, The Oregonian, Oregon ArtsWatch)

This interactive class guides artists to create compelling narrative and succinct writing methods for crafting language around your artistic practices. Discover techniques and strategies to unlock the power of story to promote and market your craft and take you to the next level as an artist and leader.



Carolen Hope & Steve Lyford
Union PDX - Festival:22 Artist Hosts
Jingzi Zhao | 2021 Union PDX Festival Artist: Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theatre
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