Northwest Dance Project is probably best known for intimate, innovative performances and a steady stream of new work. Looks like their show this weekend, which bears the ambitiously no-nonsense title Contemporary Ballet at its Best, will stay in mode, offering two new world premiers. One is a quintet choreographed by NWDP founder/director Sarah Slipper; the other, a piece exclusively designed for the company by revered French choreographer Patrick Delcroix. A sneak peek at a pas de deux reveals amazing fluidity of motion, and some unique holds:

Contemporary Ballet at its Best will be at the Newmark Theater this Friday and Saturday. For more about Portland arts events, visit PoMo’s Arts & Entertainment Calendar, stream content with an RSS feed, or sign up for our weekly On The Town Newsletter!