"A lobster is a mushy animal that lives inside of a rigid shell. As it grows, the shell becomes confining and the lobster feels a lot of pressure. It goes under a rock, cast off its shell and grows a new one. Eventually, that shell becomes too small and the lobster starts over. The stimulus for the lobster to grow is that it feels uncomfortable."

Be the lobster

Pathos (New Dance Works)

Exploring the depth and range of human emotion.


"The depth of feeling and level of dedication were remarkable." - Best Fall Show, Willamette Week

"The dancers...were youthful and magnetic, their emotive qualities raw...They're among the most athletic performers you'll see in Portland...and it's all about love." - The Oregonian

"...reveals the utter diversity and harmony of the young local dance collective...a symbol of the stark contrast between the classically trained and self-taught street dancers...a fully immersive experience." - Portland Monthly

"...a journey that travels from joy to compulsion to exhilaration...it's breathtaking...and we end this journey with a long-lingering sense of optimism." - Willamette Week


...effervescent!” — Anonymous
...a committed, inspired work for everyone involved.” — Shaun M.
...a season-stealer!” — Andrew S.
The sheer joy and energy you show as a group is powerful and almost breathtaking.” — Mia L.
It was a GREAT uncomfortable, needed and unbelievably perspective changing.” — Claudia H.
Groups like yours obviously value love, friendship, and art...that is quite rare.” — Laurel B.

Threatened While Prancing