The Seeking Resonance Series* is a collaboration between Portland Ovations, Indigo Arts Alliance, and the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center that offers opportunities for us all to explore the vibrational quality of connecting with a place or space, each other and ourselves.
Join us as together we open the 2020-2021 series with “Welcome Home,” a special, 45-minute virtual event that introduces us to four of the artists and performances offered in this exciting series. From stories of migration to diasporic art forms, we invite you to travel the world with the many Black and Indigenous peoples, cultures and artistic expressions that make up our global community. Together, we’ll explore our deep need to find “home:” a space and place that makes us feel whole – where we feel joyful, safe, valued and loved.
* Portland Ovations initiated Seeking Resonance in 2016 as a way to explore performance inspired by religious and spiritual life, and has since evolved to this broader definition of “resonance.”
Aimée M. Petrin, Portland Ovations Executive & Artistic Director
Marcia Minter, Indigo Arts Alliance Executive Director
Samuel James, Moderator
Shima Kabirigi, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center Executive Director
ARTISTS & PERFORMANCES HIGHLIGHTED
Partido’s Brazilian Tap Dance – Leonardo Sandoval – Led by Brazilian tap dancer and choreographer Leonardo Sandoval and composer and bassist Gregory Richardson, this company’s work draws from Afro-Brazilian, jazz, soul, house dance, and Afro-Cuban styles, blurring the lines between concert dance and music performance.
Cartography – Christopher Myers and Kaneza Schaal – A breakthrough theatrical work by Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers that explores the commonalities of migration and the concrete and metaphorical mapping at the center of worlds in motion, especially among Black and Brown refugee peoples.
Step Afrika! – The world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping: a polyrhythmic, percussive dance form practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities and based in part in traditional African dance forms, using the body as an instrument.
Sphinx Virtuosi – One of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras, comprised of 18 top Black and Latinx classical soloists.