Alumni in the News: Twin lanes merge for sibling dancers Tere Mathern and Sanda Mathern-Smith

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Tere Mathern and Sanda Mathern-Smith both graduated from PSU in 1983 with Bachelors of Arts and certificates in Dance.


Read the original article in The Oregonion here.


Tere Mathern practices by herself at Conduit Dance studio in Portland. (Faith Cathcart)



Tere Mathern long has been a central figure in Portland's small but fertile contemporary dance scene, as a performer, choreographer and stalwart director of Conduit, the scene's essential incubator of a rehearsal/performance space.

While she's been pursuing her art here, Sanda Mathern-Smith -- her twin and a fellow Portland State University graduate -- has been making her mark in the Midwest.

The chair of the dance department at Ohio's Denison University, Mathern-Smith will make a rare appearance back in her home state with Merge Dance Project, performing "Swimming in Green," a piece for three dancers plus video projection and live music.

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Conduit, 918 S.W. Yamhill St., Suite 401; $15,