Urban Meadow is a dance that has toured the globe filling people with joy and laughter. It is a play on the similarities of how people react in social settings and sheep in a meadow. People gravitate toward a leader with a herd mentality, and a protector, and there is always the danger that lurks beyond. Urban Meadow was created in 2008 for the show Horizontal Leanings, BodyVox’s green show. The show used the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle philosophy to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible. All the costumes for Urban Meadow were recycled clothing that patrons donated to the company, mainly old, women's coats, and sweaters that were repurposed into hats and horns for the rams. The music was from a commissioned score by two-time Emmy Award winning composer, Vivek Maddala.

We hope you enjoy watching our show from the comfort and safety of your home. BodyVox feels, especially during these challenging times, that it is important to bring the joy of dance free of charge to as many people as possible. As some of you are aware, we are nonprofit dance company who depends on tickets sales, classes and individual donations in order to survive. We would be grateful for a donation at any level to help us continue to create innovative dance works that entertain, inspire and uplift audiences of all ages.

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One World, Apart

In 2016, BodyVox launched The Pearl Dive Project. In this unique production, Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland collaborated with 8 different creative people from a wide array of fields--a singer, an fx artist, a composer, a visual artist, a landscape architect firm, a rock musician, a blogger--all in the pursuit of creating new dances in new ways.

One of these collaborations was with Carlos Kalmar, conductor for The Oregon Symphony, and violinist Raffaela Wahby Kalmar. Together we created “One World, Apart”, a work based on the ongoing refugee crisis. 

This Saturday, June 20, 2020, is World Refugee Day. On this day, close to 71 million children, women and men will be displaced from their homes, fleeing spiraling crises worldwide. World Refugee Day celebrates refugees’ contributions and resilience, and seeks to build empathy and understanding for their resilience to build a brighter future.

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In 2014, BodyVox collaborated with Chamber Music Northwest in the production “In Motion”, featuring incomparable bassist and composer Edgar Meyer alongside Mike Marshall, one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile string instrumentalists. Meyer and Marshall played live for the world premiere of the BodyVox suite, “Leave the Light On”. This is a must-see highlight of Portland’s spring.

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Smoke Soup: In 2010, BodyVox Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland were introduced to the music of Joe Henry, by mutual friend Jim Desmond (Oregon State Director of The Nature Conservancy). Jamey and Ashley were immediately stricken by the depth and breadth of Joe's music. They found it to be emotional, evocative, alluring, muscular, abstract, precise... and perfect for creating a theatrical production around. Collaborating with longtime music director Michael Papillo and a live band of indy rock and opera artists, they created "Smoke Soup", another high point in the extensive repertoire of BodyVox. 

We hope this presentation of Smoke Soup offers you a virtual adventure in this time we are calling "The Great Pause".

Enjoy...and share!

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Artistic Director
Ashley Roland
Artistic Director
Jamey Hampton

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