PUSH FOLDArtistic Director | Samuel Hobbs | Portland, Oregon USA
push/FOLD dancer Briley Jozwiak draped over artistic director Samuel Hobbs' shoulders in 'Early' at Columbia Dance Center in Vancouver, Washington| Photographer: Jingzi Zhao


Composer‑Choreographer: Samuel Hobbs

2018 - Portland, Oregon USA

From a butoh-like stillness and sculpturesque partnering to whirlwinds of athletic and explosive movement, 'Early' is a reflection on the human condition—an homage to the condition of love and passing, power and identity, and transition.

Set to an original sound-score, lighting, and set design by Composer-Choreographer Samuel Hobbs, 'Early' is a non-stop evening-length experience that features a cast of four dancers, braided into duets and solos, following the story of one person.

‘Early’ is a solemn and heartfelt experience within an intense and fluid soundscape of synthetic and natural instruments. Juxtaposed with lapping waves and wind, effortlessly walking the line of grace and power.

"Its mood like, a modern-day Haydn" (Bob Hicks, Oregon ArtsWatch)

Performance contains nudity.

Camera: Sumi Wu


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Approx. 60 minutes w/o intermission

Look & Feel

Athletic, Powerful, Immersive, Serious, Duets, Solos, Single story arc.

Movement Style

Post-contemporary athletic and momentum-based movement-partnering.

Music Style

Synthetic & Orchestral Instruments, Piano, Vocals


Civilian clothing, Nudity


Proscenium Theatre, Black-box, Installation/Site-specific

Jingzi Zhao | Dancers: Samuel Hobbs & Briley Jozwiak | 'Early'
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