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Made to Dance in Burning Buildings

  • Shaking the Tree 823 Southeast Grant Street Portland, OR, 97214 United States (map)

EVENT: Made to Dance in Burning Buildings by Anya Pearson

DATES: February 15 - March 15, 2019


COST: $10 - $30


Directed by Jamie M. Rea
Choreographed by Jeff George
February 15th - March 16th 2019

Shows run Thursday - Saturday Evenings at 7:30
and Sundays at 2pm

*All our Sunday matinees are free to all low-income: patrons, communities of color, and survivors of sexual violence. You can reserve free Sunday matinee tix online through the "Book Tickets" link, or by calling the box-office.

Each Sunday show will be followed by a talk-back.


Made to Dance in Burning Buildings by Anya Pearson is a fusion of poetry, theatre, and violent and visceral contemporary dance, which poses the question: how do we heal from trauma?

It's about Ava, a young black woman, who is raped by her boyfriend's friends while he watches; she develops PTSD as a result. Metaphorically, she fractures into five different women who each represent a different facet of her personality (Romance, Despair, Madness, Perseverance, and Missing You). Poetically, these women narrate her journey through PTSD while she, her first love, and her abusers, explore through dance the trauma and the events leading up to it.

Based on a true story, and inspired by the original choreopoem, Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls, this play seeks to revolutionize the theatrical experience by combining poetry and breathtaking and gut-wrenching contemporary dance to tell an all too familiar story in a brand new way.

The showcase production of Made to Dance in Burning Buildings recently played to a sold-out house at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in New York City. Join us at Shaking the Tree for the World Premiere and see the show New York Theatre Critic, Anthony J. Piccione, called a "standout."
Running time: 90 Minutes

VENUE: Shaking the Tree, 823 SE Grant Street, Portland OR 97214