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Open Space presents OPEN ENDED.

A genre bending exploration of movement.

Tonight, you will see a culmination of works created during 2022 + 2023 by Portland Artists. The performance will include NEW short works by Open Space Company Artists Tony Carnell, Audrey Wells, and Colleen Loverde.  It will also feature an evening length work by Sara Parker Dance, "the beast that blooms", originally premiered in May of 2022. 


Dancers + Collaborators: 

Sara Parker Dance Artists:  Sara Parker, Christina Chelette, Simone Cedar, Anna Hooper, Ariel Russell

Open Space Artists: Tony Carnell, Audrey Wells, Colleen Loverde

Thank you for being part of our blossoming community- we love dancing with you!

Big love,

Franco + Char + Maeve

Franco Nieto, Artistic Director

Charlene Hannibal, Co-Founder

Maeve Dougal, Co-Founder


Loan rider represents the journey of an artist as they become the best and most authentic version of themselves in a world that continues to keep them in a creative box tied to their past selves.

Choreography: Tony Carnell

Music: "Dead of Night" by Orville Peck

Performer: Tony Carnell

A Study on Solitude

Trying to hide the parts of yourself that you are not proud of is exhausting. Trying to present an image that fits within the lines you’ve drawn for yourself is draining. This solo explores the feelings of isolation that arise when we seek perfection over vulnerability and, conversely, the freedom that comes with letting people see into your tangled, imperfect, exciting inner world.

Choreography: Audrey Wells

Music: "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka read by David Richardson. "No Other Love" by Jo Stafford, Paul Weston and his Orchestra. "Redford (For Yia-Yia and Pappou)" by Sufjan Stevens.

Performer: Audrey Wells


Working it Out 

Choreography: Colleen Loverde

Music: "Scenic World" by Beirut.

"Maybe this Time" by Liza Minelli 

Performer: Colleen Loverde

20 minute intermission.

Complimentary beverages available in the Gallery. 

the beast that blooms (2022)

Choreography: Sara Parker 

Music: Seefeel, Cristobal Tapia De Veer, Nomine, Soundwalk Collective, Patti Smith, Anoushka Shankar, Tenzen Choeygal, Charlotte Gainsberg, Mica Levi. Edited and mixed by Mako Barmon.

Film: Bones of Beasts

Videography/Editing: Skye Stouber

Sound Score: Mako Barmon with Jai'aja Winchester

Costumes: Chantal Kersten

Performers: Sara Parker, Christina Chelette, Simone Cedar, Anna Hooper, Ariel Russell

Special Thanks from Sara:

Amelia Carroll who was an original cast member and in the May 2022 Performance.

Mako Barmon for being a collaborator in this project and the original lighting designer/production manager.

The group of dancers who were the impetus for me to start this creative process in late 2020: Skye Stouber, Javan Mngrezzo, Jenelle Gaerlan, Jessica Valentin, and Jillian St. Germain.

Alan and Sharon Jones for their generous support of dance and dancers in Portland!

This show was made possible thanks to the following donors. 

Alan + Sharon Jones

Allison + Peter Lyneham

Dr. Jessica Nokovic

Frank + Sarah Reppenhagen


Bristle Cone Pine Foundation

Pierre-Laurent Baudey + Serena Zilliacus

Alicia  Daly + Scott Fearon

Judith + David Dougal

Jamey Hampton + Ashley Roland

Susan + Tom Hannibal

Bill + Cindy Hunt

Andrea + Thomas Molloy

Shane Morris + AnnMarie Nava

Steve Neighorn

Frank + Kaelin Nieto

David Nokovic

Kelly O'Sullivan

Claire Olberding + Bryan Steelman

David+ Reegan Rae

Jeremy Sedita + Maya Strom

Mckinley Smith

Jane Tighe

Mikenzie Ames

Brittany Arnett

Laura Babcock

Nicole Bangs

Brandon Barnes

Janice Brinkerhoff

Annie + Brad Carnese

LeeWei Chao

Kim Miles + Mike Chopko

Brandon + Vy Chung

Jen + Danny Clancey

Amy Cooney

Melissa Hurley + Michael Davis

Andrew Ferroggiaro

Vilay Fortner

Malia + Nathan Freeburg

Alan + Magda Gerencer

George Michael Giglio

Christy + Jason Griffiths

Joey + Emily Harrington

Deborah Hasou

Chelsea + Gabe Heller

Erin + Mike Herrick

Samuel Hobbs

Bambi + David Kanekoa

Sysko + John Kiggins

Jihyun Kim

James Koved

Libby Landauer

Nicole + Zac Longaker

Hayley Mason

Linda + Malcolm Mathes

Kelly McCoy

Elena Mejia

Elliot Mercer

Jesse + Megan Milliken

Anthony Mitchell

Dan + Jackie Moore

Shane Morris

Daysha Nieto

Lindsay Nokovic

Dennis Noland + Lucinda Welch

Katherine Orloff

Cathy Percich

Colleen Rundle

Amanda Schollard

Dr. See-yin So

Christine Solomon

Dina Soriano

Jeri Swatosh

Michelle Swinehart

Darla + Ray Tomac

JC + Theresa Wikander

Kristan + Ross Williams

Donors in kind


Botanica Floral

Connect Architecture


Eatin' Alive

Ecco Shoes
Janelle Faherty

Frankie and Coco PDX

Full Plate Farm

Fusion Landscape Design

Green Zebra

Hilary Finck Design

Jessica Schultz Pilates

Matthew Lueders Gyrotonic®

Louise Apparel



The Moth + Meghan Sinnott

Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar

Oregon Ballet Theatre
Oregon Brewery Running Series

Pacific Groves


Portland Women's Acupuncture
¿Por Qué No?

Real Good Food
Speck's Records and Tapes
Matthew Tomac

Shannon Walcott
Kristan Kelly Williams

White Bird

Open Space Support

About the Choreographers

Sara Parker / Sara Parker Dance Artistic Director 

I was born and raised in the Willamette Valley and have been a part of the Portland dance community in varying capacities since 2009. Growing up in the spellbinding scenery of the Pacific Northwest has undoubtedly influenced my work as an artist of dance and movement. Formally, I hold an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (2015) where I was granted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and was the recipient of the Dee Winterton Award. Additionally, I hold a B.S. in Dance from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR (2009). These formalized experiences have provided me the ability to integrate thought and experience into action as I engage with dance and movement in the span of my career. Currently, I am a teaching artist throughout Portland, OR, working with students of all levels and training backgrounds. I teach Dance Lab at Shaun Keylock Studio, and guest with Portland Community College, Portland Public Schools, and with The Portland Ballet for their annual Dance and Film Summer Intensive Series. I am also a current participant in the New Expressive Works (N.E.W) Spring 2023 Residency Program. I believe that dance is a radical act of liberating one’s body to more fully engage and connect with the deeper and more subtle layers existence. My recent creative work has been influenced by esoteric anatomy, psychology, storytelling, myth and ritual. I am enamored by ‘what comes up’ while I’m in the studio, and the relationship between my lived experience and the ‘bigger picture’. The micro and macrocosm.

My choreographic work has appeared at BodyVox Dance Center, The Headwaters Theatre, Portland Community College, Lane Community College, Portland State University, The Hult Center, Lincoln Performance Hall, Conduit Dance Inc., Northwest Dance Project Studio and Performance Center, Mariott Center for Dance, Mudson, and the Ladies Literary Club, Portland5 at The Brunish, On the Boards, and Portland Center Stage's at The Armory. Dance is a powerful catalyst for personal and communal revolution and my aim is to make a positive impact while challenging viewers/participants through choreography, performance, and teaching.

Colleen Loverde / Open Space Company Artist

Colleen Loverde is a dance artist, creator, teacher, explorer and questioner. She was raised in Lake Zurich, IL and received her B.F.A. in Modern & Jazz Dance at Point Park University where she was awarded Outstanding Senior Dance Artist in 2017. Colleen has danced with LED Boise, Northwest Dance Project, Open Space, Post:Ballet, Heidi Duckler Dance, and on a variety of multidisciplinary projects. In addition to dancing with LED, she recently accepted the role as rehearsal director assisting Lauren Edson. She has had the opportunity to perform works by choreographers Ihsan Rustem, Wen Wei Wang, Felix Landerer, Patrick Delcroix, Lauren Edson, Heidi Duckler, Luca Veggetti, Johannes Wieland, Michaela Taylor, Shannon Gillen, Ryan Mason, Alice Klock, Luke Murphy, Gregory Dolbashion, Noelle Kayser, Franco Nieto, and herself. Colleen’s work is informed by the recognition that everything is connected and there is infinite wisdom to be uncovered within these connections. The intention of building awareness and cultivating balance between the interplay of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energies is inherent in her process. She is committed to expansion on all fronts through curiosity in partnership with a long-term, sustainable mindset. In addition to her dance career, she loves to write, read, learn, explore and PLAY. She is currently working on a series of personal essays, dabbling in live storytelling, revisiting her love of singing, collaborating with a dear friend on an upcoming music video series and exploring the ways in which comedy and storytelling may fuse with dance. 

Tony Carnell / Open Space Company Artist

Born in Saint Louis, adopted at age 4 and raised in Boise Idaho, Tony started their dance training in 2009 on a full tuition scholarship with Ballet Idaho’s Boy’s Dance Advance Program. They continued at Ballet Idaho and received further training from Nutmeg Conservatory Of The Arts, Burklyn Ballet Theater, Oregon Ballet Theater and Northwest Dance Project. Their professional career began as a soloist with Idaho Dance Theater. They also performed and taught with the local contemporary company Project Flux. In 2019, Tony was offered an apprenticeship with Ballet Idaho under Garrett Anderson. In 2020 they began performing with LED Boise, helping create, in collaboration with KIN Boise, an outdoor socially distanced performance experience with diverse artists from across the country. They also choreographed “REaDy Set" for Ballet Idaho. In 2021 Tony was nominated for a Princess Grace Award.  Carnell has been dancing with Open Space in Portland, Oregon since its inception in 2021.

Audrey Wells / Open Space Company Artist

Audrey is originally from the Portland area where she trained at Westside Dance Academy, but she spent the last three years in Salt Lake City as a company dancer with SALT Contemporary Dance directed by Joni McDonald and Oquirrh West Project directed by Sharlee Peay. Audrey has performed the works of choreographers including Keelan Whitmore, Franco Nieto, Micaela Taylor, Ihsan Rustem, Olivier Wevers, Garrett Smith, Robert Battle, Ching Ching Wong, and Courtney Mazeika, and she recently had the pleasure of performing the work of Yin Yue in Italy with YYDC. Audrey received her BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and received additional training from various programs including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, San Francisco Conservatory, NW Dance Project, Vim Vigor Dance Company, and Parsons Dance, all of which have informed the way she interprets, performs, and creates movement. Audrey is so excited to be back in Portland dancing with Open Space! She feels constantly excited by and in awe of all of the amazing artists who are part of the Open Space family.

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Audrey Wells
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Colleen Loverde 
Tony Carnell
Sara Parker 
Christina Chelette
Anna Hooper
Simone Cedar
Ariel Russell
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