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OBT Exposed at Director Park

OBT Exposed at Director Park
August 26 – 30, 2013 / Daily 11:00am to 6:45pm

Once again this summer, OBT is moving our dance studios outdoors to Director Park in downtown Portland, offering visitors of all ages the opportunity to sneak a peek inside the process of staging a ballet. This year’s OBT Exposed will usher in the next era for the company, featuring our dancers’ first days working under the direction of new Artistic Director Kevin Irving.

Each morning, you will have the opportunity to watch the dancers take their daily class, designed to perfect their technique and develop the physical and artistic qualities required of classical dancers. The class begins with barre exercises and continues with complicated combinations of turns and jumps culminating in virtuoso athleticism.

Each afternoon, the company will be rehearsing the fall program, including audience favorite A Midsummer Nights’s Dream and a company premiere by acclaimed choreographer Nacho Duato.

Bring your lunch, relax with friends or treat your loved ones to the beauty and grace of OBT's dancers and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to stage a ballet.

Other activities throughout the week will include classes for children and adults taught by skilled dance instructors, and a showing of the feature film “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” starring Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Rupert Everett! All events are completely FREE!

Pictured Left: Principal Dancer Haiyan Wu. Photo by Joni Kabana. Center: Photo by Renata Kosina. Right: Oregon Ballet Theatre Soloists Candace Bouchard and Lucas Threefoot in rehearsal with choreographer Pontus Lidberg at Director Park in Portland, Oregon in August 2012. Photo by Renata Kosina.


OBT Exposed Daily Schedule - August 26-30, 2013
The following schedule of events is preliminary and subject to change:

11:00am - 12:15pm* - Company Class

Watch the dancers take their daily class, designed to perfect their technique and develop the physical and artistic qualities required of classical dancers. The class begins with barre exercises and continues with complicated combinations of turns and jumps culminating in virtuoso athleticism.

*Note: Class starts at Noon on Monday, August 26th.

Company Class

12:30pm - 3:00pm - Rehearsal

The company will be rehearsing the fall program, including audience favorite A Midsummer Nights’s Dream and a company premiere by acclaimed choreographer Nacho Duato.

Rehearsal

3:05pm - 3:45pm - Kids' Creative Movement Class - FREE!

The littlest Oregonians are invited to try their moves on stage in a free children’s class led by OBT’s Education & Outreach department. Participation is limited to 30 children aged 5 to 12 and will be available on a first come, first served basis starting a ½ hour before each class.

Kids Class

4:00pm - 6:30pm - Rehearsal Continues*

*No 4:00pm rehearsal on Friday, August 30th

6:30 - 6:45pm - Q & A*

*No Q & A on Friday, August 30th.

 


Evening Events Throughout the Week

Adult Class - FREE!
MONDAY, AUGUST 26TH & TUESDAY, AUGUST 27TH
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Intermediate and advanced adult students are welcome in this free class. Participation is limited to 30 people on a first come, first served basis starting a ½ hour before each class.

 

 

“Choreography on the Spot”
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28TH, 6:45pm

Featuring a talk with dance critic Martha Ullman West and OBT dancers creating brand new choreography in real time.

 

 

Film Showing of A Midsummer Night's Dream - FREE!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29TH at 7:30pm

Join us in the park for a showing of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), starring Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Rupert Everett!

More about the film

A Midsummer Night's Dream


ABOUT OBT EXPOSED
From 1995-2008, Oregon Ballet Theatre presented OBT Exposed in the South Park Blocks of downtown Portland. Each year, these free weeks in the park allowed the public to see the daily regimen of OBT’s dancers and artistic staff and enjoy a daily break with the ballet.  After a hiatus in 2009 and 2010, OBT Exposed returned in July 2011, moving to Director Park in the heart of downtown Portland.

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