Bodies  |  push/FOLD

Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre

July 15 9:00PM Firehall Theatre BUY NOW

Canadian Premiere

Known for its immersive moodscapes, abstract storytelling, and momentum-based dance performance, push/FOLD presents “Bodies“—performance works and film productions curated for DotE 2021. Led by multi-disciplinary artist and composer-choreographer Samuel Hobbs, “Bodies” peers into push/FOLD’s body of work spanning fast-paced duets and tensile partnering, virtual and dance for film productions, and meditative soundscores. Experience the breadth of Samuel’s signature movement style Visceral Movement Theory™ in this evening-length production.

Choreographer | Creator| Director| Cinemetographer| Production Designer| Lighting Designer| Set Designer| Sound Mixer| Dramaturg: Samuel Hobbs
Samuel Hobbs – “Ash,” “Early,” “November”
Anna Tivel – “One Thousand & One”
Performers Name(s): Jessica Evans, Heather Hindes, Samuel Hobbs, Briley Jozwiak, Ashley Morton, Caty Raupp, Holly Shaw
Producer: push/FOLD
1st Assistant Camera: Holly Shaw
Production Manager: Briley Jozwiak

Samuel Hobbs (Artistic Director, Composer-Choreographer)
Samuel Hobbs is a multi-disciplinary artist in Dance, Art, and Music and is the Artistic Director for the Portland, Oregon-based dance company push/FOLD and the Union PDX – Festival of Contemporary Dance. Known for their unique athletic style, abstract storytelling, and evocative sound scores, Samuel has professionally composed and choreographed ten works since 2014, founding push/FOLD as a non-profit arts organization in 2016. Samuel has self-produced two evening-length productions, including the Union PDX – Festival of Contemporary Dance, and co-producing three others. Samuel has set works on various Portland artists and companies, including Polaris Dance Theater and Oregon Ballet Theatre’s OBT2, and teaches masterclasses and workshops within the Northwest at universities and dance schools. This year, push/FOLD debuts internationally both virtually at the Dancing on the Edge Festival and in-person in Mexico City, Mexico this August (Samuel’s 2018 evening-length work, ‘Early’).

Samuel centers Dance, Art, and movement education around concepts of Strength, Power, and Identity, utilizing their eclectic background to shape the artistic processes and approach to movement. After a series of career-threatening injuries between 2008 and 2010, Samuel created the Visceral Movement Theory™ (VMT) technique that fuses their biomechanics and osteopathic therapy background with their athletics and dance training. Career longevity and the healthy expression of power in movement are fundamental to Samuel’s practice, art, and VMT. VMT is the movement-partnering language of push/FOLD.

Samuel has performed nationally and internationally Street, West African, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance since 2005, teaching nationally and internationally dance and partnering since 2008. Samuel’s performance career includes performances at two World Expositions, leading roles in Classical Ballet productions, and performances with Lauren Edson, Éowyn Barrett, Rainbow Dance Theatre, Minh Tran & Co., and BodyVox.

Before dance, Samuel was a university track athlete studying Math and Computer Science at the University of Oregon and then Western Oregon University; graduating in 2007 with a Bachelors in Science in The Arts, studying Music, Illustration, Sculpture, and Dance. Outside of dance, Samuel works with the public as an Osteopathic Manual Therapist in their private practice in Portland, Oregon.

 Anna Tivel – (Composer for ‘One Thousand and One’)
Anna Tivel is an American singer-songwriter from Portland, Oregon. She has released four studio albums on Portland-based Fluff & Gravy Records. Her 2017 album Small Believer received positive reviews and was named a “Top 10 underheard album of 2017” by Ann Powers of NPR. In 2019, NPR called her album The Question “one of the most ambitious folk records of 2019”; it was also listed by Paste as one of “10 essential folk albums from 2019”.

Rolling Stone listed her as a standout performer at the 2019 AmericanaFest in Nashville, writing “In a week of countless songsmiths showcasing their attempt at that exact type of singer-songwriter storytelling, Tivel’s winding, largely chorus-less tales shined and shimmered.” The magazine also named the lead single from The Question, “Fenceline”, a “song you need to know”.

Tivel was born in La Conner, Washington and grew up in a musical family, learning violin and fiddle as a child. After moving to Portland at age 18, she developed an interest in songwriting and began to write and perform her own material. Many of her songs are vignettes about the lives and struggles of ordinary people; she said in an interview “I’m drawn over and over to the small stories of people (myself included) just trying to get by, to do a little better, to feel some sort of beauty in an ugly world.” Tivel’s songs are often somber in tone as she has said that she “just [doesn’t] trust happy songs as much”.

 Heather Hindes (Dancer)
Heather Hindes is a professional dancer, choreographer, and performance artist, originally from St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Lindenwood University with a BA in Dance—training in Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, and Gaga. Heather’s career includes set design, lighting, theater, fashion, violin performance, and film, working with several independent choreographers and companies, including Leverage Dance Theater. After moving to Portland in 2016, Heather began dancing with The Holding Project Dance and collaborating on dance films with Thomas Valladares, Megan Hauk, and other self-produced shorts. Her current research involves the integration of dance, live music, and film. Heather currently resides in Portland, OR, working as a movement trainer. This is Heather’s first year with push/FOLD.

 Briley Jozwiak (Dancer)
A native of Vancouver, Washington, Briley Jozwiak started dancing at age four, spending her youth studying ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance. She spent summers training at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and finally, Atlanta Ballet where she began her professional career in 2010; performing works by Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, and Helen Pickett. In 2013, Briley became a company member with Nevada Ballet Theatre before taking the position of Soloist with Ballet Tucson in 2014.

In 2015, Briley returned to the Pacific Northwest to expand her boundaries in dance and performance continuing her professional career with push/Fold and The Holding Project. Her life outside of dance includes modeling, acting and teaching STOTT Pilates.

Ashley Morton (Dancer)
Ashley Morton was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, studying Ballet at Chicago Ballet Arts and various summer programs throughout the United States. After high school, Ashley expanded her formal dance training, studying on scholarship under the Lou Conte Dance Studio’s Scholarship Program, and performed professionally in Ruth Paige’s Nutcracker and other small Chicago projects. In 2015, Ashley was accepted to Alonzo King’s LINES’s Ballet Training Program in San Francisco, California, where she lived for a year before moving to Portland, Oregon.

Ashley joined push/FOLD as a company member in 2019. Ashley currently and teaches dance and performs as an independent artist within Portland, OR.

 Holly Shaw (Managing Director, Dancer)
Holly Shaw graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Ballet with emphases in Performance and Teaching. While in school, Holly began her professional career in dance, performing as a guest artist with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

In 2010, Holly moved to Portland, OR where she began dancing with BodyVox, Éowyn Emerald & Dancers, and skinner|kirk DANCE ENSEMBLE, performing nationally and internationally for five seasons. While at BodyVox, Holly worked as an integral part of their development team.

In 2016, Holly joined push/FOLD and soon became the Managing Director and Secretary to the Board of Directors in addition to her role as a company dancer. With a certificate in Business of Social Innovation and having recently completed the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Art of Leadership program, Holly provides her expertise in arts administration, events coordination, and donor relations to push/FOLD’s organization.

Outside of dance, Holly is a STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer and provides onsite movement-based programs for assisted living facilities with her company, Elevated Movement.

Caty Raupp (Dancer)
Caty Raupp is a dancer and choreographer hailing from Ann Arbor, MI. In 2001, Caty began her dance training in modern dance, ballet and jazz with Dance Alliance Repertory Company until she left for the University of Michigan in 2011. By 2015, Caty earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance with the highest of honors. After graduation, Caty joined Harge Dance Stories of Detroit, MI, performing a season with the company throughout the Midwest before relocating to Portland in the Summer of 2016.

Caty performed two season with push/FOLD before traveling the world as a Yoga Instructor, utilizing Portland, Oregon as a base she returns to every season.

Instagram: @push.fold

To note:  Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the performance. At this time, we ask that masks be worn inside the Firehall. Patrons may take their masks off while in theirs seats, or outside in the courtyard at their discretion. Door sales will be available if the performance is not sold out.