Skinner Kirk Dance Ensemble

"...took the traditional techniques of ballet into innovative territory."
~ Oregonian

Production Details

  • Running Time: 25 minutes
  • Music: Henryk Gorecki, George Frideric Handel, Nina Hagen, J.A. Hasse, Amon Tobin
  • Costumes: John Bartlett
  • Lighting: James Mapes (original lighting Liz Stillwell)
  • Dancers: Holly Shaw, Zach Carroll, Brennan Boyer, Daniel Kirk, Eric Skinner
  • Premiere: Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
  • Funding: Project Grant, Regional Arts & Culture Council


  • "Beautiful moments of exquisite dance, particularly its series of group lifts to choral music that exalted the individual bodies for the glory of all mankind."
    ~ Portland Monthly

Suspended in Mid-Air (2002)

Set on five dancers, Suspended in Mid-Air (and about to collapse) is a study in the formal structures found in corps de ballet work set against the divergent sounds of a classical and industrial score. Quirky gestures, male partnering, technical precision, and phrases of unity offset with disunity are layered in counterpoint to the formal architecture. Collaborators on the original project included Los Angeles lighting designer Liz Stillwell and New York fashion designer John Bartlett.

photos: David Krebs