Eliot Circular

Unexpected Turbulence

photo by blaine truitt covert

Prof. Minh Tran [dance 2008–] premiered his choreographed work “Unexpected Turbulence” at the Northwest Dance Project opener New Now Wow! in October at Portland State University. Praised for its sustained high energy, Prof. Tran’s piece also drew audience responses with its humor and layered dance movements. “Unexpected Turbulence” derives inspiration from the required—and often mechanical—safety demonstrations given by airline attendants prior to flight. Nine dancers performed Tran’s piece to an original score by Portland musician Heather Perkins.