OREGON BALLET THEATRE

 

Photo: Michael Linsmeier.
Photo by Joni Kabana.

 

COMPANY BIOS

ALISON ROPER / PRINCIPAL DANCER
Joined OBT in 1996 / Principal Dancer since rankings established

Alison Roper
Photo by Joni Kabana

Alison Roper was born in Portland, Maine, and began her ballet training at age five with local teachers Jon and Linda Miele. She received her formal dance training from The Portland School of Ballet, Boston Ballet School and the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. She joined Oregon Ballet Theatre in 1996 and was promoted into the corps in 1997. She was honored by Dance Magazine in 2002 as one of “25 to Watch,” and in 2007 was ranked principal dancer. Her repertoire includes principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Jerome Robbins, Sir Frederick Ashton, Kent Stowell, Peter Martins, Paul Taylor and Bebe Miller. She has originated leading roles in ballets by James Kudelka, Trey McIntyre, Yuri Possokhov, James Canfield, Christopher Stowell and Nicolo Fonte, among others.

In addition to her performances with OBT, Ms. Roper spent her summers performing with the Trey McIntyre Project from 2005-2007 and has since worked as a repetiteur and ballet mistress for that company. In the winter of 2010 Ms. Roper performed with Morphoses: The Wheeldon Company on the West Coast and in Canada.

PHOTO GALLERY
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11/12 Season Publicity 11/12 Season - Chromatic Quartet Revue2 Revue5 The Stravinsky Project
The Stravinsky Project Left Unsaid Eyes On You Emerald Retrospective 4 Emerald Retrospective 5
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - 4 George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - 5 Known By Heart Duet Known By Heart Duet Like a  Samba
A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream Bolero_1 Bolero_3 Bolero_4
Raymonda_1 Raymonda_2 Bolero_5 Dance_United_5 Oregon Ballet Theatre
RUSH - 2 RUSH - 4 RUSH - 5 Lambarena The Concert - 2
07-08 Season - 1 07-08 Season - 3 07-08 Season - 6 Underwood Underwood
Zais - 2 Just - 1 Just - 2 Raymonda - 1 Raymonda - 2
Raymonda - 3 The Four Temperaments - 4 The Concert - 1 The Concert - 2 The Concert - 4
Nutcracker 06 - 4 Winter - 1 Underwood Underwood Underwood
Winter - 7 Winter - 8 Underwood Summer - 5 Angelo - 1
Nutcracker 05 - 2 Just - 1 Almost Mozart - 2 Swan Lake - 1 Swan Lake - 4
Swan Lake - 8 Swan Lake - 9 Swan Lake - 2 Swan Lake - 3 Nutcracker 04 - 9
Impending Hour - 1 In The Night - 2 Swan Lake - 12 Swan Lake - 13 Duo Fantasy - 1
Duo Fantasy - 2 Rubies - 1 La Valse - 1 La Valse - 2 Rubies - 2
Serenade - 1 il nodo - 2      

 

FEATURED ROLES
Since joining OBT, Ms. Roper has danced featured roles in:

Julia Adam’s

  • Angelo (Mother)
  • il nodo

Sir Frederick Ashton’s

  • Façade (Polka, Tango-Pasodoble)

George Balanchine’s

  • Apollo (Terpischore)
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Divertimento No. 15 (Third Variation)
  • The Four Temperaments (Choleric)
  • The Nutcracker (The Sugarplum Fairy, Dew Drop, Arabian)
  • Rubies
  • Serenade
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Striptease Girl)
  • Who Cares? (I’ll Build A Stairway To Paradise, Who Cares?)

Nicolo Fonte’s

  • Bolero
  • Left Unsaid

James Kudelka’s

  • Almost Mozart (Trio, Solo)

Peter Martins’

  • Ash

 

 

 

Trey McIntyre’s

  • Just
  • Like A Samba

Yuri Possokhov’s

  • Firebird
  • La Valse (I, II)
  • Raymonda (Seventh Variation)

Jerome Robbins’s

  • The Concert (Ballerina)
  • In the Night (2nd Couple)

Christopher Stowell’s

  • A Holiday Revue
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta/Titania)
  • Adin
  • Eyes On You (In the Still of the Night, Begin the Beguine, So In Love)
  • The Impending Hour (II)
  • The Sleeping Beauty, Act III (Princess Aurora, The Lilac Fairy)
  • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Russian)
  • Zaïs

Kent Stowell’s

  • Through Eden’s Gates (Paseo)

Paul Taylor’s

  • Company B (There Will Never Be Another You)

Christopher Wheeldon’s

  • RUSH (Central Pas de Deux)
  • There Where She Loved (Je Ne T’Aime Pas)

 

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