Friday, February 18, 2005


Ten choreographers. One very small stage. A different dance every 15 minutes.

By Catherine Thomas

Now in its third year, impresario Mike Barber's "Ten Tiny Dances" is equal parts performance-art installation, movement-based haiku and vagabond cabaret, roving Portland's wine bars and restaurants with a distinctive party vibe.

When Barber lands the "Ten Tiny" mother ship Sunday in the dining room of Bluehour, guest choreographers from Seattle and San Francisco join a roster of powerhouse local dance makers: Oregon Ballet Theatre's artistic director Christopher Stowell, performance artist extraordinaire Amber Martin and modern dance mainstays Tere Mathern, Minh Tran and Daniel Addy.

Addy, in a comment on thwarted missions and misguided efforts at peace, takes on aviator Amelia Earhart's doomed flight and Noah's Ark. Martin plumbs family memories in a country duet with her momma, live on speaker ph! one from Beaumont, Texas. Christine Calfas dances to the Audubon Society's weekly "rare birds" broadcast. And nerds and fried chicken figure prominently in Seattle choreographer Crispin Spaeth's "Chicken Skit."