PUSH FOLDArtistic Director | Samuel Hobbs | Portland, Oregon USA
push/FOLD dancers performing 'Crow' at Ten Tiny Dances in Beaverton, Oregon | Photographer: David Nquyen

Events & Performances




AWOL Performance Warehouse
March 1 & 2, 2024

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push/FOLD joins Portland's Tempos Contemporary Circus, and B. Movement Project for Junction:23 this March 1 & 2 at the AWOL Performance Warehouse. In an incredible three-part production of dance, acrobatics, and aerial movement, each company brings their unique style for this fun-filled evening.


Past Events

Vespers — World Premiere

Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
January 19-21, 2024

In a historic first, push/FOLD and the Portland Symphonic Choir team up to bring to you the world-premiere of 'Vespers'!

From choreographer Samuel Hobbs, set to the pivotal work of Rachmaninoff's 'All Night Vigil' and performed live by the 80-member Portland Symphonic Choir, ‘Vespers’ is an exceptional fusion of virtuosic dance and choral brilliance. Join us at the beautiful Patricia Reser Center for the Arts for an evening of unparalleled beauty, emotion, and an immersive surround experience of movement and the human voice.

Union PDX - Festival:23

Hampton Opera Center & Livestream
November 16-19, 2023

push/FOLD presents the fifth annual Union PDX - Festival of Contemporary Dance! This year, Festival:23 shares two world premiere works and two Portland premieres by local, national, and international contemporary artists in the genres of Street, Bharatanatyam, Contemporary Break, and Contemporary dance styles:

Join us on November 19 as we close the festival with a swagger and a Soirée to celebrate the vibrancy of dance in Portland and mingle with the artists.

For full performance, masterclass, and workshop details: Click Here.

Open Call | Workshop+Audition

The Portland Ballet
August 13, 2023 @ 2:00pm - 6:00pm

push/FOLD seeks two to three (2-3) professional-level dancers, ages 22 and older, for immediate paid contracts.

Held at the wonderful Open Space "Platform" in NE Portland, this workshop-style audition is open to all advanced to professional-level movers from any dance genre or tradition.

** This event is free for all attendees. Advanced registration recommended. **

For eligibility and details: Click Here.

LITVAK's Dancing Outdoors 3

ICA San Diego North (Encinitas, CA)
July 20, 2023 @ 8pm

push/FOLD is thrilled to tour to San Diego, CA to perform alongside LITVAK Dance in their third Dancing Outdoors! Take a road trip, get some sun, and see some dance as we share the bill with LITVAK Dance and guest choreographers Zuleima Burrel from Hermosillo, Mexico and Ido Gidron from Jerusalem, Israel, and Khambatta Dance from Seattle, WA!

Bellingham Repertory Dance

Bellingham, WA
July 15 & 16, 2023

push/FOLD's Briley Jozwiak and Samuel Hobbs travel to our sister city Bellingham, WA to set our work 'Early'! Over a single weekend, we have the opportunity to work with the dancers of Bellingham Repertory Dance and set the duet that launched push/FOLD.

Ten Tiny Dances - Beaverton

The Round Amphitheater
12600 SW Crescent St
Beaverton OR 97005
July 8, 2023 @ 5:00pm

push/FOLD returns to Beaverton this summer with a new commissioned work by company dancer Maile Crowder!!

Ten Tiny Dances is a unique and eccentric event that showcases contemporary and traditional choreographers on an outdoor four foot by four foot stage. Come see a sneak peek of what push/FOLD has been up to while enjoying a summer evening outside!

Join us for this free event outside!

OBT's 'Made in Portland'

Oregon Ballet Theatre: Commission
Newmark Theatre
June 8-11, 2023

In Oregon Ballet Theatre's closing program, they have commissioned renowned choreographers from near and far to share their vision of Portland: Princess Grace Award winner Rena Butler, Guggenheim Fellow Helen Simoneau, push/FOLD Founder and Director Samuel Hobbs, and OBT’s own rising star, Makino Hayashi. This is only the tip of the iceberg as we invite Portland artists — musicians, painters, writers—to explore what it means to live in this city through a fully immersive theater experience.

push/FOLD x University of Oregon

University of Oregon
April 26, 2023 @ 10:30am - 1:00pm

In this two part engagement, push/FOLD travels to U of O for our Visceral Movement Theory™ workshop and Artist Talk w/ Q&A. Join with students and community members as a part of our ongoing outreach programming as we deconstruct process and technique from our latest world-premiere production of 'Illum'.

Stage the Change

Tower Theater | Bend, Oregon
April 21 & 22

Join push/FOLD's artistic director Samuel Hobbs as they lead an interactive workshop on Visceral Movement Theory™ at the upcoming Stage the Change conference in Bend, Oregon. Exploring the connection between emotion and physicality in performance to express themselves more authentically and powerfully on stage, High school students from across the Pacific Northwest embark on this unique opportunity to use the performing arts as a means to find their social voices and become agents of change.

This two-day conference will feature two keynote speakers: Broadway star and author Mandy Gonzalez, and Kimberly Howard Wade, Executive Director of Caldera Arts.

Considering Matthew Shepard

Western Oregon University: Commission
March 7, 2023

In this inter-departmental collaboration at Western Oregon University, push/FOLD shares an evening in this several part tribute to the impact of Matthew Shepard's life and death on the LGBTQ+ community.

The students of Western Oregon University perform a world premiere commissioned work alongside the dancers of push/FOLD performing 'November'.

Illum — World Premiere

Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
February 24-26, 2023

push/FOLD brings the energy this winter with an intrepid showcase of original work, including the highly anticipated World Premiere of Illum!

Performing at the beautiful Patricia Reser Center for the Arts this February featuring a world-premiere from Composer‑Choreographer Samuel Hobbs. Filling the stage with ethereal moodscapes, high-impact and sweeping movement, floorwork, and dynamic partnering in this not-to-miss event, this performance features the show-titled work 'Illum' alongside a selection from our body of work.


Polaris Dance Center
February 17 & 18, 2023

push/FOLD joins Portland's Tempos Contemporary Circus, and B. Movement Project for Junction:23 this February 17 & 18 at the Polaris Dance Center. In an incredible three-part production of dance, acrobatics, and aerial movement, each company brings their unique style for this fun-filled evening.

Union PDX - Festival:22

Hampton Opera Center & Livestream
November 17-20, 2022

push/FOLD presents Festival:22 at the Hampton Opera Center, our fourth annual production of the Union PDX festival program!

This year, we build with the unprecedented success of this indelible program to bring in artists based in Israel, Denmark, and Las Vegas to perform and teach alongside Portland's Makino Hayashi, Sweta Ravisankar, and push/FOLD.

For full performance, masterclass, and workshop details: Click Here.


OMSI After Dark

Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
October 26, 2022

Join us for a spooky time at OMSI's After Dark Halloween event! Explore the museum for the 21+ crowd and enjoy site-specific performances by push/FOLD throughout the evening.

** Costumes are highly encouraged. **


Portland Symphonic Choir & push/FOLD

Bank of Expensify
October 23, 2022 @ 4:00pm - 5:30pm

The Portland Symphonic Choir and push/FOLD perform selections from 'The Lark' in this tribute concert for three conducting legends: Frank Holman, David Wilson, and Bruce Browne. We are honored and excited to perform in the beautiful Bank of Expensify building in downtown Portland.

'Bodies' @ Portland Center Stage

Portland Center Stage
October 16, 2022 @ 1:00pm * UPDATED *

Partnering with Portland Center Stage, push/FOLD celebrates power in movement on October 16th from 1:00pm-1:45pm. Enjoy this free public event featuring site-specific performances and audience interaction. Learn what truly makes our bodies move.

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Open Call | Workshop+Audition

Open Space Dance Center
October 8, 2022 @ 8:30am - 12:30pm

push/FOLD seeks one to two (1-2) professional-level dancers, ages 22 and older, for immediate paid contracts.

Held at the wonderful Open Space "Platform" in NE Portland, this workshop-style audition is open to all advanced to professional-level movers from any dance genre or tradition.

** This event is free for all attendees. Advanced registration recommended. **

For eligibility and details: Click Here.

Dance on Film Workshop

The Portland Ballet
August 8 - 20, 2022 (Workshop)
August 27 (Film Premiere)

In this pioneering program for pre-professional and advanced level dancers, The Portland Ballet brings in Samuel Hobbs to create a brand new dance film in collaboration with Skye Stouber.

Over the course of two weeks, students work closely with Samuel to develop filmmaking sensibilities and explore movement ideas in addition to taking masterclasses from various Portland instructors throughout the week, culminating in a world premiere film showing on August 27th.

Ten Tiny Dances - Beaverton

The Beaverton Farmers' Market
July 9, 2022 @ 10am

Ten Tiny Dances (TTD) is back!

Back in Beaverton, OR push/FOLD presents a new work on a 4'x4' stage with nine other exemplary contemporary and traditional choreographers.

Join us for this free event outside, and then peruse the incredible goods at the Beaverton Farmers' Market.

push/FOLD Tours: Seattle International Dance Festival

The Broadway Performance Hall (Seattle, WA)
June 11, 2022

Invited to perform at the Seattle International Dance Festival (SIDF), push/FOLD makes the journey north to showcase an excerpt of ‘Early’ on June 11, 2022. push/FOLD shares the evening with trio Akoiya Harris with Nile Ruff and Maven and LINxSIG (Ivana Lin and Mary Sigward).


Polaris Dance Center & Livestream
February 25 & 26, 2022

Local Portland companies Tempos Contemporary Circus, push/FOLD, and B join together for our third year to present Junction:22 this February 25 & 26 at the Polaris Dance Center. In this three-part performance, each company brings their unique style of dance, acrobatics, and aerial in a vibrant fusion of movement.

Performances include both in-person and livestream tickets.

Junction:22 Livestream Login

Union PDX - Festival:21

Hampton Opera Center & Livestream
November 4-7, 2021

push/FOLD presents the Union PDX - Festival:21 at the renowned Hampton Opera Center (Portland Opera) this November 4-7, sponsored by Bill & Wendy Whitsell. Festival:21 features contemporary dance performances and masterclasses in the genres of afro-cuban, break, street, and contemporary dance by international, national, and local artists:

Following each performance (November 5-7), join us as we chat with the artists in a facilitated Q&A. Learn about their process and artistic developments, features of their work, and experiences as professional artists navigating their communities and the world today.

Festival:21 Livestream Login

Jump Start - Guest Performance

Western Oregon University
October 1, 2021

push/FOLD returns to Samuel's alma-mater, Western Oregon University as a special guest artist to perform alongside faculty artists and alumni to Jump Start the return to live performances and dance classes after a year of quarantines and shutdowns due to COVID-19.

Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea de la Ciudad de México

National Centre of the Arts (Mexico City)
August 7-16, 2021

Portland’s own push/FOLD, led by multi-disciplinary artist and composer-choreographer Samuel Hobbs, makes their international, in-person, debut at the Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea de la Ciudad de México.

Selected as one of five artists to represent the United States, push/FOLD performs their 2018 work ‘Early’—push/FOLD’s first evening-length work by Samuel Hobbs and push/FOLD’s first-ever self-produced performance.

'Early' @ Zidell Yards

Old Moody Stages @ Zidell Yards
July 30 & 31, 2021 (In-Person)

push/FOLD presents 'Early' at Zidell Yards as a part of the 'Old Moody Stages' collaboration alongside Profile Theatre and the Portland Opera.

Recast and restaged to perform at the Zidell Yards stage with an all female cast, join our final two performances in Portland before we leave on our first international tour to Mexico City, Mexico!

Special Celebration Event - 'Early' Preview

Columbia Dance Center (Vancouver, WA)
July 18, 2021

push/FOLD celebrates our foray into international touring with a special in-studio preview event of 'Early'

Jordan Kriston (a former dancer with Pilobolus), Heather Hindes, and Ashley Morton join Briley Jozwiak to recast 'Early' for 2021. 'Early' marks our first step into international performances, bringing our emerging company full circle.

Dancing on the Edge Festival

Firehall Arts Center, Vancouver, BC
July 15, 2021 (In-person & Livestream)

push/FOLD presents “Bodies“ as a special invitation for the 33rd annual Dancing on the Edge Festival. Screened at the historic Firehall Arts Centre on July 15, "Bodies" features a 50-minute selection of push/FOLD's performance works and film productions.

push/FOLD is honored to share the festival line-up with several renowned artists including Shay Kuebler (Radical System Art), Wen Wei Dance, Rachel Meyer, and Lesley Telford (Inverso Productions), amongst many others.

push/FOLD dancers Ashley Morton & Briley Jozwiak performing section of 'Wolf' in animated gif depicting balletic movement at Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, Oregon | Videography: Samuel Hobbs
Samuel Hobbs | Dancers: Ashley Morton & Briley Jozwiak


Alberta Rose Theatre
March 13, 2021 (Livestream)

As our city continues to grapple with the realities of COVID-19, Oregon artists: Tempos Contemporary Circus, push/FOLD, ELaFaLa Collective, and AWOL Dance Collective present a unique performance for JUNCTION:21, livestreamed from the historic Alberta Rose Theatre!

This four-part co-production, featuring the signature styles of each group in a fusion of Dance, Acrobatics, Aerial, and camera play.

David Nguyen | Dancers: Jessica Evans, Samuel Hobbs, Briley Jozwiak, Holly Shaw | 'Crow'
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