Portland Ovations presents- “somewhere/elsewhere”

Story, Book, Lyrics by Kerem Durdag & Music by Andy Happel

somewhere/elsewhere is a one-night-only concert reading of a new pop-rock musical that immerses us in the migration, losses, and triumphs of a contemporary Turkish immigrant to the U.S. Weaving together Turkish poetry and legend with the original sounds of major label rock band Thanks to Gravity, somewhere/elsewhere is a story of discovering love, joy and belonging in the midst of turbulence, discrimination, and racism; of separation, loss and triumph over the cultural hurdles of ignorance and hate.

Portland Ovations presents: Miwa Matrayek- “Glorious Visions in Animation”

This event has been canceled




Merging cinematic vistas with intricate shadow play, multimedia performance artist Miwa Matreyek creates magical, surreal, visually rich fusions of intricate animation and live performance that leave audiences spellbound. Her latest work, “Infinitely Yours”, included only in the evening performance, explores the undeniable web of connections between humans and climate change. In “This World Made Itself”, the fantastical kaleidoscopic experience is sophisticated yet full of childlike wonder, leading audiences from earth’s birth to today’s complex, fast-paced world.

Especially for families at the 45-minute 3 pm performance, Matreyek also performs “Myth and Infrastructure”, which traverses seascapes, cityscapes and domestic spaces to conjure dreamlike scenes with nuanced layers of light and shadow.

Portland Ovations presents: Malpaso Dance Company

Passionate and precise, Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company blends their classical training with “lushly earthy modern dance” (Boston Globe) alongside influences of social dances and capoeira. Though their name translates to “misstep,” the 11 dancers of Malpaso are never out of sync. Their Ovations’ program reflects Malpaso’s commitment to both leading international choreographers as well as emerging Cuban voices, featuring Why You Follow, Ron K. Brown’s melding of African and Cuban dance traditions; 24 Hours and a Dog, artistic director Osnel Delgado’s enduring work inspired by dancers’ lives in Havana, set to the Afro-Cuban strains of Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble; and Being (Ser), a brand new piece by company member Beatriz Garcia.

Portland Ovations presents: Ragamala Dance Company- “Sacred Earth”

Known for dancers of impeccable technique and incandescent beauty, Ragamala Dance Company demonstrates “how Indian forms can provide some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer” (The New York Times). Performed to live music and set against largescale projections of exquisite Warli paintings, Sacred Earth explores the interconnectedness and fragile relationship between nature and man. Mother and daughter choreographers/dancers, Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, create dance landscapes that dwell in opposition—secular and spiritual life, inner and outer worlds, human and natural concerns, rhythm and stillness—to find the transcendence that lies between.