For The Hollywood Star
For perhaps the first time ever, the Annex of the Left Bank Project, a pair of newly renovated vintage buildings at 240 N. Broadway, was used as a performance space last month. The White Bird modern dance concert series used the space for five performances by the Daniel Leveile Danse Troupe of Montreal as part of its White Bird Uncaged series utilizing venues other than the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.
The space had not been engaged at the time White Bird published its schedule earlier in the year. At the performance White Bird co-founder Walter Jaffe commented that the space, once a garage, was truly bare when preparations for the dance began. That may have been appropriate for this event; for at least part of the performance each of the five men and two women in the troupe danced in the nude.
According to spokesperson Joanna Agee, the building is still being renovated and will have an “official” grand opening in late January or February. The finished space will be a 12,000-square-foot “flexible” space with a mezzanine on the main floor, plus a large Club Room with smaller breakout rooms, suitable for conferences, in the basement. Left Bank has now leased more than half of its main building, but still has spaces available ranging up to 12,000 square feet in size.