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2023 - 2024 SEASON

December 16 // 2:00pm & 7:30pm
December 17 // 3:30pm
Newmark Theatre

Open Space presents an unconventional Winter dance show called The NOT-Cracker. Get it? We invite you to experience Portlands very own holiday show with a fresh perspective: A tale of Ted, an unfortunate friend who thinks they can't dance--until they are swept up by a cast of wilding characters. Join Ted as they enter The NOT-Cracker's fantastical world where dance finds us all! Choreographed by Open Space Founders Franco Nieto, Charlene Hannibal and Maeve Dougal, with Special guests. This show has something for the entire family. 

Open Ended// Empress Archer

May 3 - 5 // 7:30pm
Bodyvox Dance Center

Empress Archer tries to digest the input from 12 choreographers, 10 years, 8 cities, 4 global upheavals, 3 weddings, and 2 pregnancies into a dance show about one relationship. Ariel Freedman and Meredith Webster join forces from opposite corners of the contemporary dance world (Israel and San Francisco, respectively) to goof around, witness each other, survive motherhood and loss, and achieve something together that can't be done alone. Open Space will open the performance with a world premiere by New York-based choreographer, Elijah Labay

ever change.

June 13 - 15// 8:00pm
June 19 - 21// 8:00pm
Open Space Creative Container

ever change. will feature world premieres by Artistic Director, Franco Nieto and Chicago based choreographer, Noelle Kayser utilizing the entire Open Space company and members of our trainee program, Open Space Too.

Summer Soup

August 15 - 17// 8:00pm
Open Space Creative Container

What is Summer Soup? It's a dance show that brings different FLAVORS together to make one delish dish! Open Space and Lauren Edson's Boise-based company LED, reunite for their annual collaborative show! 

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Artistic Director // Franco Nieto

Princess Grace Award winner Franco Nieto was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He made the unconventional switch from football to ballet in his teenage years and has now taught and danced in over 10 different countries and performed with the likes of Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John. He spent 10 years as a principal dancer with NW Dance Project in Portland, Oregon, where he toured the world and worked hand in hand with the leading minds in choreography to create and bring to life countless original works. His early training came from the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics and Columbia Dance, and his formative line of choreography was born from his mentorship with Tracey Durbin. He graduated with his BFA in Jazz from Point Park University. Franco brings his big heart to every class at Open Space.

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Sophia Mladineo


Elise Gonsalves

Tony Carnell 

Bree Kostelnik


Annie Borden


Audrey Wells

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