PUSH FOLDArtistic Director | Samuel Hobbs | Portland, Oregon USA
push/FOLD composer-choreographer Samuel Hobbs in a brown furry jacket and kilt holding a delicate and contorted pose.


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


Illum — World Premiere

The Reser | In-Person & Livestream

February 24-26

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

Celebrated for their powerful, athletic style that reveals relatable, abstract storylines, push/FOLD creates dance “filled with vulnerability and humanity… full of nuances and beauty.” (Oregon ArtsWatch) The shining star of this program is an ethereal and moody piece that explores self, transformation, and nature through high-impact and sweeping movement, floorwork, and dynamic partnering. Also on the program is Wolf, a mesmerizing duet set to heartfelt vocals expressing a loneliness and perseverance that evolves into tranquility and empowerment. Rounding all this out is the comedic noir, Dark Wings, an ode to jazz that tells the story of an isolated creature that transcends its life, guided and carried away by three friendly spirits.

Contributing not just choreography but also original music scores, Artistic Director Samuel Hobbs finds, “a sweet spot between the musical composition and the movement concepts,” (Oregon ArtsWatch) resulting in a fully cohesive audience experience. This is a rare opportunity to take in the breadth and depth and push/FOLD’s impressive and moving work!

Show-length: ~95 minutes with intermission.

** Artist-talks and Q&A follow each performance. **

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Performances & Artist-Talks (In-Person & Livestream)

February 24 & 25 @ 7:30pm
February 26 @ 4:00pm



February 24 & 25 @ 7:30pm PST
February 26 @ 4:00pm PST

** Prior to each performance, your livestream login instructions and a link will be sent to the email provided with the purchase of your virtual tickets. **

Join us live as each in-person performance at The Reser is streamed to your home with an incredible multi-camera production. Make it an evening the night of the performance, or pause and come back later, virtual ticket holders have access to the livestream through July 5th.

Don't forget to engage with the artists during the post-show artist-talk and Q&A utilizing the live-chat below.

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Click Here, or on the image above to access the livestream login.



Holly Shaw | Artistic Director: Samuel Hobbs
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