Challenging the ordinary with Ten Tiny Dances
Patrons of the Beaverton Farmers market will get to enjoy live dancing along with the usual produce and crafts this Saturday, as Ten Tiny Dances will return to the market for its eighth year.
Ten Tiny Dances is a local dance and theater program that performs in tight spaces. As the title suggests,10 different micro-performances make up the event.
"Ten Tiny Dances provides the opportunity to revise how to perform because of the constrained space," said Ten Tiny Dances founder Mike Barber, who also will perform on Saturday. "It sparks creativity because of its constraint. I love the challenge of reworking old work or creating new work that is constrained."
The event will kick-off with a Northwest Dragon and Lion Dance Association parade through the farmers market at 9:20 a.m. The Ten Tiny Dances performances will start at 10 a.m., with each dance taking place on a different 4x4 stage around Beaverton City Park.
This year's performances include break dancing from groups ADAPT, the Patrollers and Def Con 5; contemporary dance from duo Mike Barber and Cindy Wilkes and the group push/FOLD; East Indian dance from the Nartana School of Kuchipudi Dance; Native American dance from Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company; traditional Azteca from Ritual Azteca Huitzilopochtli; Irish dance from Victoria Rose White; and jazz dance from The Zealous Advocates.
Many of the acts in this year's production have taken part in Ten Tiny Dances at the Beaverton Farmers Market in previous years.
After the performances, spectators will have the chance to meet with Barber as well as event choreographers and dancers through Ten Tiny Dances Talk Back at 11:30 a.m. Participants are invited to ask the performers questions about their work to gain more insight.
Barber came up with the idea for Ten Tiny Dances in 2002, and he has staged the production in warehouses, restaurants and other unconventional locations since. To learn more about Ten Tiny Dances, visit www.tentinydances.org.
"TTD challenges the ordinary," Barber said about the event. "I like that."