An experiment in confined space, Ten Tiny Dances (TTD) is a performance series dedicated to fostering inventive dance/performance art and providing an accessible performance experience for a diverse audience… all on a 4×4 foot stage.
Since 2002, the 4×4 foot stage of TTD has been a crucible for a whole lot of creation and performance: 128 new dance works, 77 emerging as well as established artists, 11 engaging and accessible venues, and 3 cities. What began as a playful and simple idea has quickly grown to be one of the Northwest’s most popular and unique performance series.
Produced by Portland choreographer Mike Barber, Ten Tiny Dances challenges artists to collapse known and recognizable vocabulary as well as to make new material that responds to the possibilities of the space. Choreographers create work that stays on the stage—performing without stepping off the stage for longer than 15 seconds at a time and not farther than one foot away. Freed from the pressure of infinite possibility through the constraint of the stage, the artists of Ten Tiny continue to chew into the challenges and opportunity of 16 square feet.
The 14th edition of Ten Tiny Dances Dances features new work by Mike Barber/Cydney Wilkes, Daniel Addy, Suniti Dernovsek, Katrina O’Brien, Summer Morgan, Randy Paufve, Hand2Mouth Theatre, Sojourn Theatre, Zoe Scofield, and other special guests.