PUSH FOLDArtistic Director | Samuel Hobbs | Portland, Oregon USA
push/FOLD dancers Maile Crowder and Willow Swanson perform 'Vespers' duet in front of the Portland Symphonic Choir at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton, OR


Project Director, Choreography, Staging: Samuel Hobbs
Choral Director: Dr. Alissa Deeter

2024 - Patricia Reser Center for the Arts | Beaverton, Oregon, USA

Inspired by the music of Rachmaninoff's 'All-Night Vigil', comes this decade-long dream of push/FOLD's composer-choreograher Samuel Hobbs. Staged, lit, and choreographed as a true interdisciplinary work, 'Vespers' merges the rich harmonic tapestry of 100 live vocalists with the power of push/FOLD’s athletic contemporary dance performed by five dancers.

Counter to the traditional division of choir and dance, where one performs to the other, 'Vespers' interweaves the movement through the corridors of singers' bodies as a living stage. The concept: to reframe the historic connotations of the All-Night Vigil away from the secular and towards the contemporary lens of artistic and personal reflection left by Sergei Rachmaninoff in his pivotal work.


"I realized the beauty of the dance lay in its constant unfolding within the music, not on the black dots and measure lines. Now that was a blessing." (Daryl Browne, Oregon ArtsWatch)

"push/FOLD's characteristic smooth flow permeated the evening and highlighted the athleticism each dancer possessed." (Lindsay Dreyer, Oregon ArtsWatch)


Review: Still gestures: harmonized distinct disciplines for Rachmaninoff's 'Vespers'
Daryl Browne - (Oregon ArtsWatch)

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Review: The world premiere of 'Vespers,' a collaboration between push/FOLD Dance Company and Portland Symphonic Choir
Lindsay Dreyer - (Oregon ArtsWatch)

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Interview: 'Vespers' director Samuel Hobbs with Alana Love
Alana Love - (EnFace Magazine)

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Preview: Sacred Spaces in Motion
Daryl Browne - (Oregon ArtsWatch)

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65 minutes

Look & Feel

Ethereal, Powerful

Movement Style

Post-Contemporary Movement & Partnering

Music Style

A Capella, Slavonic, Kiev Chants


Contemporary Minmalistic Dresses, Contemporary Leotards


Proscenium Theatre, Non-Traditional Spaces

Samuel Hobbs | Maile Crowder & Willow Swanson
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