December 14, 2014

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Act II of The Nutcracker: Inside Balanchine’s Candy Box

When we return after intermission we find ourselves transported to Konfituerenburg or the Land of the Sweets. Balanchine said, “When the curtain rises we are inside a huge box of candy!” He drew on his childhood memories of Eliseyevsky’s, a grand sweet shop that Balanchine said was as opulent as a palace and filled with […]

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October 24, 2014

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Looking Deeper – Romeo and Juliet

OBT 25, the production celebrating Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 25th anniversary, included a section titled “Love X3”. This portion of the program featured works by Trey McIntyre and Christopher Stowell and was rounded-out with the passionate bedroom pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet as choreographed by OBT’s Founding Artistic Director, James Canfield. Mr. Canfield is […]

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October 23, 2014

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Looking Deeper – Carmen

In Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of OBT 25, a section of the program was titled “Love X3” and highlighted choreographers who have most influenced the company. The performance of the Seguidilla pas de deux from Carmen, celebrates the era and choreographic influence of former Artistic Director Christopher Stowell. Mr. Stowell, the son of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s […]

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October 23, 2014

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Looking Deeper – Robust American Love

OBT 25 included an enticing selection of duets from the three choreographers who have most shaped Oregon Ballet Theatre over the past 25 years. This section, titled “Love X3” is made up of the most gripping excerpts of some of Portland’s favorites. This collection of choreographers opens with the work of Trey McIntyre, OBT’s Resident […]

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October 14, 2014

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Arthur Mitchell and Diana Adams in Agon, 1957

Agon: A Trip Into Outer Space (Part 2)

Here we continue with Brook Manning’s exploration of George Balanchine’s Agon, one of five pieces on the program for OBT 25,  playing at the Keller Auditorium through October 18. Part 1 can be found here: http://oregonballettheatre.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/agon-a-trip-into-outer-space-part-1/.  Agon was one of Balanchine’s “leotard ballets” (so called because the dancers performed wearing simple practice clothes), it made headlines […]

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September 28, 2014

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Agon – A Trip Into Outer Space (Part 1)

Oregon Ballet Theatre begins its 25th anniversary season with an unparalleled program, OBT 25. The opening piece on the program is a watershed collaboration between George Balanchine, one of ballet’s greatest choreographers, and Igor Stravinsky, a musical giant who pushed creative boundaries. The work they created was a genre-shattering ballet titled Agon. OBT’s performance will be […]

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August 28, 2014

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Exposing the Choreographic Process

How do you create a ballet? International choreographer Nicolo Fonte is currently sharing that process with Portlanders at OBT Exposed in Pioneer Square. It is the company’s 25th anniversary season and in celebration, Mr. Fonte is choreographing a brand new ballet set to local musical favorite and internationally acclaimed Pink Martini. Mr. Fonte begins the […]

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April 8, 2014

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Photo Essay – Andy Batt on Alison Roper

Andy Batt was the photographic genius behind the OBT Season Brochure from 2003-2012, and has shot our dancers from the wings as well. The relationship between a photographer and a dancer is truly a collaboration, and working with the same subject for an extended period of time can bring out the best in both artists. Alison Roper and […]

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April 1, 2014

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OBT Dancers at Burgerville

  It’s true – ballerinas enjoy a fresh, local, sustainably-produced burger and some sweet potato fries now and then, but our apprentice dancers were recently at Burgerville headquarters for a different reason.   In an ongoing partnership with Work for Art (a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council), OBT was recently engaged in Work […]

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March 12, 2014

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Lots to Celebrate! – from Kevin

    Hello everyone! I hope you are all well as we begin to transition from Winter to Spring…  We know it’s happening not only by the noticeably longer days, but also by the fact that our Winter program at the Keller is already behind us and we are hard at work on the Spring […]

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