Dance combines the fancy footwork of boxing, the shameless leotarding of wrestling, and the raw emotion of someone angrily realizing they've just accidentally entered a dance competition. Appreciate true athleticism with today's Groupon: for $13, you get one upper-balcony-level ticket to the Tuesday, May 17, performance of Barak Marshall's Monger at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (a $28.15 value). The show starts at 7:30 p.m., but tickets must be picked up at least 30 minutes before the show at the will-call window.
Applauded in the Jerusalem Post for his energetic arrangements, Monger choreographer Barak Marshall crafts complex and spirited performances that combine strong storytelling with highly physical dance. Monger follows 10 servants trapped in the basement of their mistress's house as they struggle with the complicated dynamics of hierarchical behavior and abuse of power. Inspired by Jean Genet's The Maids and Robert Altman's film Gosford Park, Monger comes soundtracked with the tunes of Balkan Beat Box, Handel, Verdi, and NPR's Yiddish Radio Project.
The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall greets theatergoers with a 65-foot-high "Portland" sign illuminated by nearly 6,000 lights, and boasts renovated versions of the building's original 1928 crystal chandeliers and seats originally hemmed together from President Taft's mustache. New Zealand–loomed wool carpeting sprawls throughout the space, and the room's warm acoustics allow audience members to hear every toe tap.
1037 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97205