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Paufve Dance uPDate [September 2020]

With heavy hearts we share the news that Oakland’s beloved Uptown Nightclub has closed. 

Owners Ray Yeh and Robbin Green-Yeh supported local artists and drew headliners to the Uptown from across the country. The Uptown was a hotspot, a house of live performance – a music venue first and foremost but Ray and Robbin also welcomed dance, cabaret, circus, spoken word with open arms and a generous spirit. 

The Uptown produced Paufve Dance’s 8x8x8 for 10 years straight; we thrived in this gorgeous, magical space. One million thanks to Ray Yeh and Robbin Green-Yeh for supporting us and all the choreographers who were a part of the great 8x8x8 experiment.  

Paufve Dance's 8x8x8 was started in 2003 as a response to the lack of affordable, accessible performance spaces for choreographers to present their work. 8x8x8 challenges eight choreographers to create work for an alternative venue, typically a bar or nightclub. Ticket prices are minimal - $8 at the door - encouraging both dance lovers and the non-dance audience to view dance in a low-key setting. 8x8x8 has been co-produced with SADC’s executive director, the incomparable Rebecca Johnson, since its inception.

In honor of the Uptown and all it stood for, the show must go on. PD is regrouping for 8x8x8 2021 and beyond, stay tuned for dates and location(s).

Every single time I walked into the Uptown I felt excited and hopeful. Because the space itself held the magic of the people and performances with such integrity. It was Oaklandish, rowdy, sweet and crackling with energy. It was home. Because Ray and Robbin made it so. A labor of love, indeed. We were there, and we will miss you, thanks for the memories.

Randee Paufve

Choreographers pictured (clockwise left to right): Fog Beast, Inertia DeWitt,Julie Crothers (bottom photo) Paufve Dance/Bandelion

Photos (clockwise from top): Kaveri Seth, Hans Holtan, unknown, Hans Holtan

Choreographers videos: dana e. fitchett, Split Second, Antwan Davis

Video: Erin Malley

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