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BodyVox Dance Center
Portland, OR
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Choreographed and created by Tahni Holt, SUNSHINE is a dance duet between performers Lucy Yim and Robert Tyree with a pile of cardboard boxes. Sunshine's visual economy is driven by principles of fashion, minimalism, glamour and mass production. Nomadic piles of cardboard transform the visual composition, framing the dance disparately from moment to moment, and evoking a rich stew of relationships. The performers, battle against the desire to locate themselves in one paradigm, one story, one translation. They commit to the drawing of perpetual renewal: where multiple translations exist at once. SUNSHINE seduces many logics into embodiment: sculpture, glamour, little cities, mass production, homeless camps and resourcefulness. Inspired by the words of Chrysa Parkinson,  "it's much more interesting to be confused by all the influences, all the possibilitiesto be sharp in your perceptual abilities and loose in your identity." our dancers identify as no one, but they do call upon iconic dance mannerisms and imagery as tools for construction (think Judson, classicalism, postmodernism, pop, and postmodern pop).

Music by Thomas Thorson and Kyleen King
Lighting design by Jeff Forbes
Costumes by Kate Fenker

Tahni Holt is a choreographer and performer based in Portland OR. Her work has been presented at On The Boards and Bumbershoot (Seattle), PICA's TBA Festival (Portland), Fusebox Festival (Austin), Movement Research's Monday at Judson Series (NYC) as well as far off places in France, Boise, and Atlanta. Tahni was curated into the PORTLAND 2010 Biennial and is an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship awardee (2007). She has been artist in residence at Alaska University in Anchorage, Athens Greece with the Drachma Project and at Performance Art Forum (PAF) in St. Erme France.

Lucy Yim has danced for NYC choreographers Milka Djordjevich and Sally Silvers. She has been with Tahni Holt since 2011. Lucy holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches GYROTONIC. Her own choreography will be traveling to Austin, TX at the end of this month.

Robert Tyree:
Robert Tyree makes dance, writes about art and educates from Portland, Oregon. His work includes deterritorialization in discos, whacking with Lacan and Deleuze, publication of FRONT and performance for Tahni Holt. In addition, Romanian Andra Rotaru writes with his movement while he produces dance with her words.

Thomas Thorson:
Working with Tahni Holt, Thomas Thorson has helped create and has composed music for over a dozen dance performances over the last 5 years. He has two EPs and an LP of pop music due for release with his band Interiors on the Progelectech Label (UK) as well as several avant-garde albums due for release on Beta-Lactam Ring and Autumn Records (USA).

Kyleen King:
has been an active musician since the age of 3 when she began private study on the violin.  Over the past 18 years she has performed in groups ranging from string quartets to rock bands and has recorded in a variety of formats.  She is formally trained on violin, guitar, percussion, and piano; self taught on viola, electric bass, and clarinet.  Kyleen also has years of experience composing, arranging, and recording music of all kinds.  She currently resides in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Portland and regularly performs with local groups Swansea, National Flower, Blue Cranes, Jarad Miles in Birdcloud and Patti King.

Jeff Forbes:
Jeff Forbes work in Dance and Performance includes collaborations with choreographers such as Linda Austin, Tahni Holt, Linda K Johnson, Josie Moseley, Mary Oslund, Sally Silvers, Whim W'Him, and the NorthWest Dance Project.
He also tours nationally and internationally with the Deborah Hay Dance Company and Antony and the Johnsons.

Kate Fenker:
Kate Fenker is a mixed-media artist and lead costumer at Bent Image Laboratory. Her work appears in Amy Sedaris' book "Simple Times," and Lela Nargi's "Astounding Knits!".  Kate worked with designer Zaldy in NYC, outfitting luminaries like Gwen Stefani and RuPaul.  She is thrilled to be part of SUNSHINE.



BodyVox Dance Center (View)
1201 NW 17th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Tahni Holt
On BPT Since: Sep 16, 2012
Tahni Holt

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