White Bird

COVID-19 Update from White Bird

The well-being of our audience members, artists, and staff is of the utmost importance to us. We totally share your concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Our hearts go out to all those in our Portland community and around the world who are being impacted by this pandemic. 

Governor Kate Brown has issued an order to cancel or postpone gatherings of 250 or more in the state of Oregon for the next four weeks. In light of the governor’s ban and theater closures, White Bird has cancelled the upcoming performances of Camille A. Brown & Dancers scheduled for April 2-4, 2020, Changmu Dance Company scheduled for April 15, 2020, and Dance Theatre of Harlem scheduled for May 12 & 13, 2020.
Postponing and cancelling performances is an extremely difficult decision to make, but we know it is the socially responsible thing to do in order to best serve our community. As this situation evolves, we will communicate as clearly and directly about our plans and activities to continue to offer world class dance in the safest possible environment.

It is impossible to cancel performances without creating serious and lasting hardships for our organization and the wonderful artists we bring.

For questions about tickets, please contact White Bird by email at ivy@whitebird.org or call 503-245-1600 ext. 201. All current ticket holders will be contacted soon via email with information and updates once details are confirmed for the rescheduled dates. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and support during this difficult time.

Please accept our deepest gratitude for all you do to support White Bird. 

Walter Jaffe & Paul King
Co-Founders of White Bird

Email us with questions or call: 503-245-1600 Ext. 201

Dedicated to Excellence in Dance, White Bird is committed to bringing the best Portland-based, regional, national, and international dance companies to Portland, Oregon and to fostering the growth of dance in the region. Through presenting established and emerging companies and choreographers, commissioning and co-commissioning new work, as well as collaborating with other arts organizations in Portland and the region, we are able to make these dance performances possible.  White Bird strongly believes in making dance exciting, educational, and accessible to everyone, young and old, of all social backgrounds, and through contributed income and sponsorships, is able to facilitate outreach to schools and keep ticket prices affordable. A passionate advocate for dance, White Bird strives to broaden audiences, develop new dance venues, and support both existing and new dance programs.

250 dance companies presented
37 new works commissioned
500 students reached annually

Walter Jaffe and Paul King launched White Bird in July 1997 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing excellence in dance to Portland, Oregon. Their cockatoo Barney, the ‘CEO’ and namesake of the organization, keeps things lively, and is over 30 years old.

Paul King, Walter Jaffe and Barney, the White Bird. Photo by Jennifer Alyse.
Paul King, Walter Jaffe and Barney, the White Bird. Photo by Jennifer Alyse.

As the sole dance-only presenter west of the Rockies in the U.S., White Bird brings the world’s best contemporary dance to Portland, Oregon. In our 22nd season, 2019-20, we will journey around the world celebrating great diversity in movement. This will be a season to celebrate different cultures, women, and artists of color. A season of diverse movement ranging from modern dance to hip-hop to circus acrobatics. This year, we celebrate all that dance can be!