Artists

Meet the cast and contributing artists of Minh Tran & Company’s Anicca / Impermanence:

 
 
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Suzanne Chi

is a dancer and producer in Portland, Oregon making her second appearance with Minh Tran & Co.  She has danced in work by local choreographers including Carla Mann, Dawn Stoppiello, Tere Mathern, Rachel Slater, Lindsey Matheis, Franco Nieto, and Tracey Durbin. Most recently, she made her Portland Opera debut in their production of La Traviata.  She has performed in Tahni Holt's Sensation/Disorientation both with White Bird Dance and at American Dance Abroad’s Spotlight festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 2018 she presented her choreography as part of Performance Works Northwest's Alembic Residency.  She also co-directs Muddy Feet Contemporary Dance with Rachel Slater.  Suzanne earned her BA in Dance from Muhlenberg College and has a graduate degree from the National College of Natural Medicine. She is a board certified practitioner of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Margretta Hansen

A native Oregonian, has performed in the Portland area with Oslund+Co/Dance, Tere Mathern Dance, Catherine Egan, Mike Barber, Carla Mann, Linda Austin, Jae Diego, Aviator as well as Ballet Oregon, Portland Opera and Pacific Ballet Theater.  She performed in Eugene with Dance Theatre of Oregon and Eugene Ballet Company and has been contributor to Ten Tiny Dances. Margretta currently teaches at the Center for Movement Arts in Southeast Portland and has taught at Eugene School of Ballet, Conduit Dance, and Lewis and Clark College. Margretta performed with Minh Tran & Company from 2007-2010 and is thrilled to be working with Minh again.

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Shaun Keylock

is a performance-based artist, choreographer, and dancer born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He began his dance training at Pacific University, where he received his B.A. in Dance and Art History under the tutelage of Jennifer Camp. Keylock was a founding member of Muddy Feet Contemporary Dance and has performed original works by Carla Mann, Luke Gutgsell, Lauren Edson, James Healey, and Josie Moseley. In 2015 and 2016, Keylock received scholarships to further his training with the José Limón Dance Company in California and New York, where he was honored to perform works by Colin Connor and José Limón. In addition to his performance credits, Keylock's choreography has been presented at ACDA Northwest, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Ten Tiny Dances, and New Expressive Works. This is his first performance with Minh Tran & Company.

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Carla Mann

Dancer, choreographer, and teacher Carla Mann has performed with Minh Tran & Company since 2005. Carla has also performed with Oslund + Co/Dance, Dance Gatherer, tEEth, Troika Ranch, Imago Theatre, Bonnie Merrill, Cydney Wilkes, Linda Austin, and Benny Bell & Company, among others, and in recent projects by choreographer Iris Erez (Israel, 2018) and choreographer Tahni Holt (USA and Bulgaria, 2017-18).  Carla’s own choreography for stage, alternative site, installation, and video has been supported by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Dance Coalition of Oregon, and includes works created for the Northwest Dance Project, Performance Works Northwest, Portland Taiko, Muddy Feet, Arts in the Arboretum, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theater/NW for which she serves as Advisory Associate Artistic Director. A dedicated educator, Carla serves as Professor of Dance at Reed College, where she teaches courses in contemporary dance technique, choreography, improvisation, and cultural studies in dance. 

 
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Andrés Peraza-Aguillón

is a Portland native. He’s a graduate of Arts and Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) in Beaverton, Oregon where he discovered his love for dance. He continued his studies at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, under the direction of Seán Curran. Andrés is currently dancing with BodyVox, and is also a freelance artist who worked with Éowyn Emerald & Dancers, Shaun Keylock Company and Broadway Rose last season.

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Rachel Slater

is a dancer, choreographer and teacher living in Portland, Oregon. She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Modern Dance Performance with an Emphasis in Choreography. In Portland she has performed for Rachel Erdos (IL), Tere Mathern Dance, Carla Mann, Franco Nieto (of Northwest Dance Project), Éowyn Emerald & Dancers, Tracey Durbin, Sara Parker and her own platform for work, Rachel Slater Dance. Her choreography has been presented in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Remix Festival, 12 Minutes Max in Seattle, the Women on the Way Festival in San Francisco, and Pacific Dance Makers in Portland, among others. Rachel was a New Expressive Works Resident in 2013, and a 2014 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant.   She currently teaches and choreographs at Jefferson High School and Bodyvox Dance Center, co-directs Muddy Feet Contemporary Dance, and performs for Minh Tran & Company.

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Minh Tran

Born in Vietnam, Mr. Tran immigrated to the United States in 1980 as a political refugee. In addition to receiving dance training in classical Vietnamese opera at the National School of Fine and Performing Arts in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), he holds a MFA in Dance from the University of Washington and BS in Business Administration / Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis from Portland State University. As both a dancer and choreographer, his work has received numerous grants, fellowships and commissions. Since 1995 Mr. Tran has acted as a review panelist for numerous public and private funding organizations. In 2003 Minh Tran & Company was awarded a production and touring grant from the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Mr. Tran’s work has been performed nationally along the West coast, and internationally in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Tran is an associate professor at Reed College.

Sandra Hedgepeth

is currently the Costume Designer and Professor of Theatrical Design and Technology at Western Oregon University. She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre (Costume Design emphasis) from Florida State.  In addition to her design work at WOU, Ms. Hedgepeth has designed at numerous theatres throughout the United States, including the Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, New York, the Reality Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, and Tygres Heart in Portland, Oregon.  She has also worked extensively with Michael Curry Design Studios on projects in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and Universal Studio Productions.  Some of the over 100 productions Ms. Hedgepeth has designed include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Rumors, Enemy of the People, Romeo and Juliet, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  In 2007 Ms. Hedgepeth was privileged to design Furious Angel for choreographer, Minh Tran, and is thrilled to be working with him again.

 

Marilys Ernst

As a stage projection designer, Marilys Ernst has created projections for theater, dance and interactive installation.  Credits include:  Soliloquy at the newly designed Whitney Museum;  Provenance of Beauty at the premiere of the Kogod Theater at Arena Stage; Fire + Fire at Symphony Space; In Search of the Invisible People at Dixon Place and 2009 World Aids Event at the United Nations. Additionally, her work has been featured at Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, Aaron Davis Hall, The Anthology Film Archive, The American Museum Of The Moving Image and several film festivals around the world. In 2002, she received the Obie award for Talk performed at the Public Theater.

Peter Ksander

is a scenographer who’s stage design work has been presented both nationally and internationally. He was one of the Ontological-Hysteric / Incubator Arts Project curators, won an Obie award for the set design of Untitled Mars (this title may change), and a Bessie award for the visual design of This Was the End. He holds a MFA from CALARTS, teaches at Reed College and is a member of the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble.

Heather Perkins

is a musician, composer and sound designer who has been working in collaboration with choreographers, film makers and visual artists since 1992. She works with field recordings, found sounds, voice, and electronic and acoustic instruments. Her intuitive approach has led to some very satisfying work, including collaborations with Mike Barber & Cydney Wilkes, Carla Mann, Oregon Ballet Theater, Northwest Dance Project, Michael Curry and Minh Tran.

Brent Woodson Smith

is a Portland based vocalist, composer, and writer, with roots stretching all over the US. His unique vocal stylings are a product of endless experimentation and exploration of various vocal techniques, ranging from yodeling, and throat- singing, to animal calls, and beatboxing. He then weaves these techniques into original compositions dripping with soulful authenticity.  He's been described as haunting, hypnotizing, and raw.