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Open Space presents a whimsical Winter show called The NOT-Cracker. Get it? We invite you to experience the music and merriment we have all come to love but with a fresh perspective. We are bringing together the Open Space Company alongside our students from The School at Open Space to create a whimsical evening filled with colorful characters, self-discovery and most importantly-dance! Choreographed by Open Space Founders Franco Nieto, Charlene Hannibal, and Maeve Dougal, this show has something for the entire family. We are thrilled to also welcome some very special guests including Portland’s very own House of Ada! You won’t want to miss this, so bring your crew and be whisked away by a magical evening! 

We are thrilled to have a wide array local performing artists join us tonight including, Charles Roy, Uno, NOIR, and House of Ada. 

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

Clouds Falling (2022)

Choreography: Franco Nieto

Music: Sky Breaking, Clouds Falling, Mason Lindahl

Performers: Franco Nieto + Michael Arellano

Untitled DUET

Choreography: Uno

Music: Moanin’, Art Blakey & The Jazz messengers, Bottom of you, Beatchild

Performers: Uno + Sophia


House of ADA (2022)

Choreography: Charles Roy + Daniel Giron

Music: Anesthesia, Skuibi

Performers: Charles Roy + Daniel Giron

confetti head. 🎉🤯(2022)

Choreography: Franco Nieto

Music: Travis Lake, Leo Delibes, Dos Santos, Gang Gang Dance

Performers: Elise Gonsalves + Audrey Wells

15 minute intermission

The Train

Choreography: NOIR

Music: Audio + Dialogue by NOIR

Performer: NOIR

Keep Going (2022)

Choreography: Colleen Loverde

Music: Keep Going On Song, The Bengsons

Performer: Colleen Loverde

5 minute intermission // move back to seating in PLATFORM!

Fresh cuts. (2022)

Choreography: Lauren Edson in collaboration with the dancers

Direction: Lauren Edson & Andrew Stensaas

Music Composition: Andrew Stensaas

Song Titles: Lollipop, Blondes on Bikes,

Kid Lightning, Cure Love, 

Homemade, Survive, Gods Like Us,

Stories: Written & Performed by the dancers

Dandelion Story: Lauren Edson 

Where Have All the Flowers Gone: Peter, Paul & Mary

From the Garden Poem: Anne Sexton

Dancers: Jacob Beasley, Tony Carnell, Cydney Covert, Colleen Loverde, Franco Nieto

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

Lauren Edson / LED Artistic Director

Lauren Edson, originally from Boise, Idaho, is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of LED. She is a dancer, award-winning choreographer, producer and director. She received her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School and was a celebrated dancer with Trey McIntyre Project for many years. She returned to her hometown with the desire to build a community of artists and art-making practices that inspire risk-taking, greatness and sustainability.

Described as a “choreographer of the first rank,” by the Seattle Times, her works have been commissioned and presented by: The Kennedy Center (DC), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (MA), San Francisco Dance Film Festival (CA), Dance Camera West (CA), Winspear Opera House (TX), The McCallum Theater (CA), The Freeman Company (CA), Houston Metropolitan Dance (TX), Milwaukee Ballet (WI), Whim W’Him (WA), Ballet Idaho (ID), Northwest Dance Project (OR) and SALT Contemporary Dance (UT).

She is a 2021 Alexa Rose Fellow, a two-time recipient of the ICA Performing Arts Fellowship (2015, 2021), winner of the Pretty Creatives International Choreography Competition, a United States Artist Fellowship nominee and recipient of the 2019 Washington Award for Excellence in Choreography.

In January 2015, she founded LED with her husband and composer, Andrew Stensaas and has continued to be at the forefront of artistic innovation, bringing Boise into a global arts conversation.

Described by the Seattle Times as “ an important addition to the art’s scene in the northwest" the company has been recognized by Dance Magazine as “25 to Watch” for 2020 an honor given to break out artists and companies of the year.

Franco Nieto / Open Space Artistic Director

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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Audrey Wells
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Colleen Loverde
Cydney Covert
Elise Gonsalves
Franco Nieto
Charles Roy + Daniel Giron
Jacob Beasley
Michael Arellano