Student Performance Series Study Guides & Supplemental Materials


2015|2016

Student Performance Series Study Guide: Fall 2015 | Amore Italiano

FALL 2015 | Amore Italiano

Napoli Act III: A folksy, festive ballet set in sunny Italy of the past, complete with period costumes, a colorful set, traditional dances, and a frenzied Tarantella.
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Student Performance Series Study Guide: Winter 2016 | Romeo & Juliet

WINTER 2016 | Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet, Act I: A bold expressive ballet to Prokofiev’s lush music revealing the timeless conflicts and deep emotions of Shakespeare’s well-known tale.
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SPRING 2016 | Beautiful Decay

Beautiful Decay: This ballet explores the passage of time and the juxtaposition of the vitality of youth against the fragility of age with a multigenerational cast and the excitement of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
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2014|2015

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FALL 2014 | OBT 25: Everything Live!

A spectacular opportunity to treat your students to a beginning-of-the-year “WOW!” See a world premiere dance performance with live music by beloved international ensemble PINK MARTINI celebrating OBT’s 25th anniversary.

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SPRING 2015 | Impact: Rassemblement

Rassemblement (French, meaning “gathering”) is a dance work set to slave songs of Haiti and is described “as an impressive, thrilling, and audience-affecting human rights appeal.”

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2013|2014

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Fall 2013 | Past and Present: Por Vos Muero

The Fall program looks at Past and Present. The audience will see the company premiere of Por Vos Muero, a work by Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato. In this piece, dancers take contemporary ballet movements back in time, transported by ancient Spanish music and poetry of the XV and XVI centuries. Spanish speaking students will have a treat to hear poetry spoken in Spanish within the piece — translation, dance words, and more key ideas will be explored in the downloadable Study Guide for this performance.

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Winter 2014 | Silence to Big Sound: Almost Mozart + Bolero

The Winter program will explore how dance (and the audience’s experience) is impacted by dynamic variations of music—Silence to Big Sound! Students will see an excerpt of Almost Mozart—a work that was recently performed in Washington DC at the John F. Kennedy Center or the Performing Arts.

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Spring 2014 | Effects of Light and Color: Petal

How does lighting impact our experience of dance? What emotions or ideas come to mind when we add different colors? This show will explore these questions and more as we see Petal, choreographed by Helen Pickett, and other excerpts from our spring show.

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2012|2013

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Fall 2012 | THE BODY BEAUTIFUL: Greek Myth Through Dance and Art

The inspiration for this performance derives from ancient Greek art and mythology offering the audience a chance to see ballet as expressive moving sculpture. OBT is also collaborating with Portland Art Museum’s Body Beautiful exhibit, providing cross-linked educational resources. Visit OBT and PAM for a rich arts experience.

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Winter 2013 | SWAN LAKE: Folktale of Action Title and Consequence

Every student should experience great art. Swan Lake is a quintessenial ballet, based on a heartwrenching fable of true love heroically won and tragically squandered. Oregon Ballet Theatre will perform Act III from Christopher Stowell’s Swan Lake where Odile’s evil double tricks the Prince into breaking his vow of love for the Swan Queen.

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Spring 2013 | AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL: Pride in Being New

Introduce your students to brand new, cutting-edge dance by contemporary choreographers created just now.

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2011|2012

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Winter 2012 | Giselle: I’ve got the Wilis!

Since the first version of Giselle performed in 1841, this ballet has deeply moved people of every decade in cultures all over the world. It is the world’s most beloved Romantic-era story ballet.

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Spring 2012 | Hear! See! Imagine! Dance!

Choreography derived from noticing the way things and animals sound and move.

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2010|2011

Fall 2010 | The Sleeping Beauty

Download the Study Guide | pas de deux coloring page | Sleeping Beauty Mime

Winter 2011 | The Stravinsky Project

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Spring 2011 | Song & Dance

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2009|2010

Fall 2009 | Emerald Retrospective

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Spring 2010 | Duets

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2008|2009

Fall 2008 | Swan Lake

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Winter 2009 | Lambarena

Download the Study Guide | Download the Lesson Plan: “Weaving the Elements of Lambarena”

Spring 2009 | Left Unsaid

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2007|2008

Fall 2007 | The Germanic Lands

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Winter 2008 | France

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Spring 2008 | America

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2006|2007

Fall 2006 Study Guide

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Winter 2007 Study Guide

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Spring 2007 Study Guide

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