The story of the ballet is taken from the Biblical parable and transplanted to Russian soil. Boris Kochno, Diaghilev’s secretary and librettist, took certain liberties to heighten the themes of sin and forgiveness: two attentive sisters were substituted for the obedient son of the original story; how the Prodigal Son “wasted his substance with riotous living” was brought to the forefront by placing it in the present tense; and the story ends with the Son’s return to a grave patriarch (not the celebratory father in the original).
Archive | Past Performances RSS feed for this archive
June 11, 2013
June 4, 2013
Celebrating Balanchine is a spine-tingling program for me because I’m elated that OBT is adding Prodigal Son to our repertoire. Even though I’ve known the basic story all my life, and studied the ballet for years on video, the night I first saw it live in the theater will always be a highlight for this […]
May 31, 2013
George Balanchine was an accomplished musician. In addition to his ballet training he studied piano, music theory, composition and harmony. He loved and respected music. Therefore, it stands to reason that Balanchine’s relationship to his music and especially the composers he worked with is so often written about.
May 22, 2013
Though ballet was his life, George Balanchine was a person of complexity and depth. OBT’s “Celebrating Balanchine” program offers a glorious spectrum of his art. Here, we have an opportunity to get a beyond-the-ballet picture of this genius, known to those who worked with him as Mr. B.
April 15, 2013
He was trying “to get to the tiger inside,” says Matthew Neenan of his ballet At the border.
April 9, 2013
The first time I see New York-based choreographer Pontus Lidberg, he’s sitting cross-legged on a chair in Oregon Ballet Theater’s Studio 1, watching his dancers. He sits completely still, in perfect meditative posture, not speaking. The dancers are moving in fluid, twirling patterns across the expanse of floor, like ripples in a bubbling brook or leaves gently blown around by the wind.
April 4, 2013
Trey McIntyre’s new work, Robust American Love, is choreographed to four songs by NW Indie Folk band, Fleet Foxes. The lyrics below are from the song Helplessness Blues off their most recent record:
March 28, 2013
“When we’re in the presence of brilliance, we know it. Yo-Yo Ma with his cello, for example. Born for his art, devoting his life to perfecting it. Trey McIntyre is just such a luminary among makers of dance.” I wrote that in 1998 for one of my first assignments at OBT, when I interviewed Trey […]
March 21, 2013
Year after year, I come away from the School of OBT’s Annual Performance saying, “This is why I love dance.” Among the many programs I see each year, of multiple companies in several cities, why does SOBT’s showcase always feel so special?
Ready, Set, Go… The Race to Learn Three Ballets for the “American Music Festival” Program Begins Now!
March 12, 2013
The dancers are raring to go in Studio 1. Today they started work on OBT’s “American Music Festival,” a celebration of the wide range of music from our place and our time that can inspire dance.