OBT’s 2015|2016 SEASON: An unforgettable journey from past to present with two stops in Italy. Plus, special Portland guest artists to meet along the way.

Dear Friends,

If there is one unifying theme to our performances this year – it is that our future includes and embraces the past. This season we carry the past forward with us as Oregon Ballet Theatre presents, for the first time ever, one of the finest examples of a centuries old ballet tradition. We reanimate the past and one of the most powerful stories ever told as we return a beloved production to the repertory following an absence of over 15 years. And we explore a personal corollary to the intertwining of past and future in an extraordinary production that juxtaposes youth and age side by side, in order to challenge our own appreciation of beauty, of the bodies we live in, and of the world we share. All this, and an annual tradition reinvigorated every time it comes along. Our past, like our own shadow, is with us wherever we go and Oregon Ballet Theatre finds beauty in both the light we cast, and the shadows created by that light.

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 26th Season will delight, entertain, and thrill you. It will pull at your heartstrings. It will make you smile, and just maybe – it will give you a new perspective. We hope you will join us for this wonderful season of discoveries.

Warmly,

Kevin


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Amore Italiano | Kelsie Nobriga and Chauncey Parsons. Photo by Yi Yin.
Kelsie Nobriga and Chauncey Parsons. Photo by Yi Yin.
Sat., Oct. 10 at 7:30pm
Sun., Oct. 11 at 2pm
Thurs., Oct. 15 at 7:30pm
Fri., Oct. 16 at 7:30pm
Sat., Oct. 17 at 7:30pm

Program 1:

Amore Italiano

October 10 – October 17, 2015 | Keller Auditorium

Napoli Act III (OBT Premiere)
August Bournonville / Holger Simon Paulli

Sub Rosa (World Premiere)
James Kudelka / Carlo Gesualdo

With a special appearance by Portland violinist Aaron Meyer and his 6-piece band.

Oregon Ballet Theatre begins its 26th season with a high-spirited double-bill that revels in a love affair with the culture and especially the music of Italy. Audience favorite James Kudelka (creator of the acclaimed Almost Mozart) returns to Portland to choreograph a new work based on the beautiful music of Luigi Boccherini, the early classical composer from Tuscany. Next we introduce the flavor of southern Italy, as Oregon Ballet Theatre presents for the first time ever Act III of Napoli – a signature work by the 19th century Danish choreographer, August Bournonville. Known for its exceptional male solos and lively Tarantella, Bournonville’s Napoli is a joyful, sunny spectacle you won’t want to miss!


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker | Kimberly Nobriga and Sarah Griffin. Photo by Tatiana Wills.
Kimberly Nobriga and Sarah Griffin. Photo by Tatiana Wills.
Sat., Dec. 12 at 2pmLive Orchestra
Sat., Dec. 12 at 7:30pmLive Orchestra
Sun., Dec. 13 at 2pmLive Orchestra
Sun., Dec. 13 at 7:30pm
Thurs., Dec. 17 at 7:30pm
Fri., Dec. 18 at 2pm
Fri., Dec. 18 at 7:30pmLive Orchestra
Sat., Dec. 19 at 2pmLive Orchestra
Sat., Dec. 19 at 7:30pmLive Orchestra
Sun., Dec. 20 at 2pmLive Orchestra
Sun., Dec. 20 at 7:30pm
Tues., Dec. 22 at 7:30pm
Wed., Dec. 23 at 2pm
Wed., Dec. 23 at 7:30pm
Thurs., Dec. 24 at 12n
Sat., Dec. 26 at 2pmLive Orchestra
Sat., Dec. 26 at 7:30pm
Live Orchestra Features live orchestra

Program 2:

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

December 12 – December 26, 2015 | Keller Auditorium

George Balanchine | Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky
Featuring the OBT Orchestra for select performances

The drama of watching twinkling lights rise ever higher on a magical tree …The thrill of being swept away by snowflakes to a faraway land… The joy in the familiar, shimmering notes announcing the dance of the Sugarplum Fairy… No holiday season is complete without a trip to the “Land of Sweets”! This year, make Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of Balanchine’s Nutcracker a part of your holiday tradition.


Romeo & Juliet | Xuan Cheng and Brian Simcoe. Photo by Tatiana Wills.
Xuan Cheng and Brian Simcoe. Photo by Tatiana Wills.
Sat., Feb. 27 at 7:30pmLive Orchestra
Sun., Feb. 28 at 2pmLive Orchestra
Thurs., Mar. 3 at 7:30pmLive Orchestra
Fri., Mar. 4 at 7:30pmLive Orchestra
Sat., Mar. 5 at 2:00 pmLive Orchestra
Sat., Mar. 5 at 7:30pmLive Orchestra
Live Orchestra Features live orchestra

Program 3:

Romeo & Juliet

February 27 – March 5, 2016 | Keller Auditorium

James Canfield | Sergei Prokofiev
Featuring the OBT Orchestra for all performances

A love that recognizes no boundaries, and an impossible-to-forget emotional journey intensified by what may be the most sublime music ever written for ballet… Get ready to be consumed by the passion of Romeo & Juliet as Oregon Ballet Theatre proudly returns James Canfield’s signature work to the repertory following an absence of more than 15 years!


Beautiful Decay | Avery Reiners. Photo by Tatiana Wills.
Avery Reiners. Photo by Tatiana Wills.
Thurs., Apr. 14 at 7:30pm
Fri., Apr. 15 at 7:30pm
Sat., Apr. 16 at 2pm
Sat., Apr. 16 at 7:30pm
Sun., Apr. 17 at 2pm
Thurs., Apr. 21 at 7:30pm
Fri., Apr.l 22 at 7:30pm
Sat., Apr. 23 at 7:30pm
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Program 4:

Beautiful Decay

April 14 – April 23, 2016 | Newmark Theatre

Nicolo Fonte | Antonio Vivaldi, Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds
With Special Guest Artists Susan Banyas and Gregg Bielemeier

This full-evening work in two parts is exciting and haunting in equal measure. Nicolo Fonte follows last season’s breath-taking collaboration with Pink Martini (Never Stop Falling (In Love)) with a production that juxtaposes the daring athleticism and technical prowess for which he is so well known, against the stark reality that with age comes a more fragile state – a state that nonetheless still resonates with the power and beauty of distant youth. Guest artists (and Portland contemporary dance icons) Susan Banyas and Gregg Bielemeier join the artists of Oregon Ballet Theatre, embodying Fonte’s theme that we carry all of our ages inside ourselves at all times.