PUSH FOLDArtistic Director | Samuel Hobbs | Portland, Oregon USA
Ashley Morton and Willow Swanson perform the opening carry of 'Ozymandias' choreographed by Samuel Hobbs, premiered at the Union PDX festival in Portland, OR at the Hampton Opera Center.


Choreographer: Samuel Hobbs

2023 - Hampton Opera Center | Portland, Oregon, USA

A haunting recording bookends this work—the hopeful mating call of the last Kaua’i ‘o’o Bird. For two years the lulls in his call search for a female response that never comes. Tragically, the recording of its own call was played back to the lonely bird, who mistakes it for a potential mate. He sang for a few more days after this recording before succumbing to extinction, marking the end of the Kaua’i ‘o’o species.

Beginning with a powerful, earthy, and heartfelt solo and a haunting opening visage, 'Ozymandias' grapples with the relentless erosion of self, particularly as it relates to heritage and community.


13 minutes

Look & Feel

Solemn to Upbeat, Powerful, Visage, Pensive

Movement Style

Floorwork, Post-Contemporary Movement & Partnering

Music Style

Latiné vocals, upbeat Cumbia style, recording of the last Kaua’i ‘o’o Bird


Long flowing dresses and stylized pedestrian clothing


Proscenium Theatre, Black-box, Non-Traditional Spaces

Samuel Hobbs | Dancers: Ashley Morton & Willow Swanson
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