A TBA audience favorite, Ten Tiny Dances (TTD) is back. An experiment in confined space, TTD is a performance series dedicated to fostering inventive dance/performance art and providing an accessible and exciting performance experience for a diverse audience—all on a 4×4-foot stage.

Since 2002, the small stage of TTD has been the crucible for an ever-expanding catalogue of creation and performance: 135 new dance works, 88 emerging as well as established artists, 13 engaging and accessible venues, and 3 cities. What began as a playful and simple idea has become one of the Northwest’s most popular performance series.

Produced by Portland choreographer Mike Barber, TTD challenges artists to collapse known 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 more than 15 seconds at a time and not farther than one foot away. Freed from the pressure of infinite possibility though the constraint of the stage, the artists of TTD continue to rise to the challenge and opportunity of 16 square feet.

The 18th edition of Ten Tiny Dances features a festive program of new work by artists including Janet Pants, Wade Mansen, Fever Theatre, POV, Linda K. Johnson, Cydney Wilkes, Hot Little Hands, and other special guests.