"...highly physical work that juxtaposes the lyrical with the loony, the political with the poetic. [Do Jump] reinforces a child's sense of wonder and revives it in adults."
"...highly creative... there is no doubt Do Jump! furnishes fun in profusion."(The New York Times)
"For 30 years, Do Jump! Has neglected to pay its gravity bill - and audiences can be ever grateful. Saints of both the sublime and the ridiculous, Robin Lane's troupe embraces the aerial arts, circus frenzy, multimedia sorcery and scintillating propulsive live music to mesmerizing effect."(The Willamette Week)
For 30 years, Founder and Artistic Director Robin Lane has led the Do Jump "actorbats" in creating a unique blend of theatre, dance, aerial work, acrobatics, dynamic visuals and live music that defies categorization. Celebrating both individual creativity and community spirit, Do Jump has thrilled audiences throughout North America.
In 1983, Lane and company renovated Do Jump's Portland, Oregon home, the historic Echo Theatre, a former silent-movie house, creating what has become an important locus of arts and culture in the vibrant Hawthorne District. The very next year saw the founding of the Do Jump Movement Theater School, teaching Do Jump's unique style of movement. Classes encourage physical confidence, freedom and grace in a creative, non-competitive environment.
Now creating works on a larger scale, Do Jump has produced many of its shows at the 800 seat Newmark Theatre at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. The company has also toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, including extended runs at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse, New York City's New Victory Theater, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Artistic Director Robin Lane has designed large-scale spectacles for events such as the Nike World Masters Games, the opening of Portland's west side light rail, and for ArtQuake, and Toronto's Winterfest 2003.
The past several years have been a fertile time in Do Jump's life, with Now: A Living Cartoon of the Present Moment (2002), 25 (2003), ¡Entusiasmo!: If You're Not Dreaming You Must Be Asleep (2003) and the company's most recent work, At Such a Dizzy Height (2006), inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall.