PUSH FOLDArtistic Director | Samuel Hobbs | Portland, Oregon USA
push/FOLD dancer Maile Crowder performing the world-premiere of 'Illum' at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton, Oregon | Photo taken by: Ophélia Martin-Weber


Composer‑Choreographer: Samuel Hobbs

2023 - Patricia Reser Center for the Arts | Beaverton, Oregon, USA

‘Illum’ (meaning ‘It’ or ‘Thing’) grows from the natural processes of life and the experiences of transition.

Featuring seven dancers over a series of movements, ‘Illum’ is two-thirds of a triptych: ‘Moon’, ‘Illum’, and ‘Part II’. The final section of this trio of works, ‘Part II’ premieres in June 2023 as a commissioned work by Oregon Ballet Theatre. The first section, ‘Moon’, premiered as an excerpt at our annual Union PDX - Festival of Contemporary Dance at the Hampton Opera Center in 2022 and opens this larger work, ‘Illum’.

Created in tandem, the music for ‘Moon’, ‘Illum’, and ‘Part II’, serve as a cohesive arc. Each section intentionally developed to premiere in stages and separately.


46 minutes

Look & Feel

Meditative, Pensive, Exciting, Ethereal

Movement Style

Floorwork, Post-Contemporary Movement & Partnering

Music Style

Synthetic instruments, Vocals, Drums


Knit sweaters, twill pants, cotton and textured shirts, winter coat


Proscenium Theatre, Black-box

Opélia Martin-Weber | Dancer: Maile Crowder | 'Illum'
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