Conduit Dance Inc.
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Conduit believes a community is alive when there is dialog, interaction, collaboration, networking, and critical discourse. To nurture and enhance the natural growth of networks and personal connections within our community, Conduit offers a range of programs to promote and build links between audience, performers, and creators, between other artists in the community and dancers, and between dance writers, teachers and artists.
Conduit serves as a central hub for making connections between dancers, musicians, choreographers and other artists interested in working with dance, and manages a list of tech production professionals who have experience with dance. It also holds Dance Town Hall meetings to discuss the needs of dance artists and the challenges of sustaining an artist’s life in this region.
Through Dance Uncovered, a series of artist’s talks and open rehearsals are offered to engage audience with the dancer’s creative process, and help artists get feedback about their work. Conduit has hosted such projects as the National Dance Project’s Regional Dance Development Initiative for the Portland region (2005). The Initiative provides professional growth for dance artists across the U.S. through a dance lab designed to refine work, hone presentation skills, and strengthen partnerships between artists and presenters.
Conduit has also hosted Dance USA professional development workshops, and partnered with PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), White Bird Dance and other organizations to provide space for master classes and workshops that connect local artists with national and international artists.
Conduit sponsors fundraisers for important artist-run projects such as Front, a journal of contemporary dance published by Portland area artists that seeks to build critical discourse about contemporary dance, its role, place in culture, and the multi-faceted directions dance is heading in the U.S. and beyond.
Our latest project partners with Portland State University’s Dance Department to offer credit courses for PSU students at Conduit.