An experiment in confined space, Ten Tiny Dances 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: 77 new dance works, 54 emerging as well as established artists, 8 engaging and accessible venues, and 2 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. The artists involved have gone along for this ride. Freed from the pressure of infinite possibility through the constraint of the stage, they have chewed into the challenges and opportunity of 16 square feet.

Produced by Portland choreographer Mike Barber, Ten Tiny Dances challenges artists to invent ways of collapsing known and recognizable vocabulary as well as to invent new vocabulary that responds to the possibilities of the space. Choreographers are challenged to create work without stepping off the stage for longer than 15 seconds at a time and not farther than one foot away.

Featuring Dim Sum Puppet Opera, Angelle Hebert and Emily Stone (Portland), Gaelen Hanson, Juliet Waller Prusan and Wade Mansen (Seattle), Julie Atlas Muz, Nature Theater of Oklahoma (NY), Spoon (Oakland), and other special guests.