“BloodyVox” returns to Portland

BodyVox dance company presents a spooky show for Halloween season

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Published Oct 5, 2012 at 05:00AM

‘Tis the season for ghosts, ghouls and goblins — although from the looks of the big box stores you’d think it was Christmas. Portland’s BodyVox dance company is leaping into the Halloween spirit with the return of “BloodyVox: Fresh Blood.” Part of the group’s 25th anniversary season, “BloodyVox” runs Oct. 18-Nov. 3 at The BodyVox Dance Center in Portland.

Artistic directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland created BodyVox in 1997 while collaborating with the Portland Opera on the critically acclaimed “Carmina Burana.” Since then, “BodyVox has grown into one of Oregon’s most engaging, best loved performing arts ensembles, a rare dance company whose distinctive voice, athleticism and sense of humor excite longtime dance lovers and make converts of newcomers,” according to a news release.

In 25 years, BodyVox has “premiered 16 original shows and three operas featuring nearly 200 original dances,” the release says.

“BloodyVox: Fresh Blood” originally appeared to sold-out crowds in 2010, featuring vampires, spiders, sprites, zombies and blood. “With seating that extends three-quarters of the way around the stage, and spooky soundscapes that call to mind the dark corridors of a haunted castle, the dancers make eerie passages through the fourth wall immersing the audience in other-worldly fun,” according to the news release. Along with highlights from the 2010 run, this year’s program will feature a world premiere by Hampton and Roland.

Ticket prices range from $36 to $59, depending on seat location. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.bodyvox.com or call 503-229-0627