Kevin Irving. Photo by Joni Kabana.

Welcome to Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season!

Petipa, Balanchine, Forsythe, Duato, Fonte, Pickett… That’s what I call a STELLAR lineup! I believe that many years in the future, when we look back on this incredible season of thrilling ballet, we will remember it for its audacity, its scope – tracing the evolution of ballet from Tsarist Russia to our own place and time, its heart-stopping performances, and its power to engage our empathy and imagination. You will not want to miss a single program this season, as we bring iconic works by giants in the art of ballet into sharper focus. You will not want to miss a single opportunity to have your breath taken away by the artistry of the Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers. And you will not want to miss a single step on this journey as we deepen our relationships to the most innovative creators working in the art today.

One of those innovative creators, Nicolo Fonte, has been a favorite of Portland audiences since he was first introduced in 2008 with the stunning premiere of his Bolero. Following Mr. Fonte’s subsequent successes here – Left Unsaid, Petrouchka, Never Stop Falling (In Love), Presto, and Beautiful Decay – it is with great pleasure that we welcome Nicolo as Oregon Ballet Theatre’s resident choreographer, deepening our connection to a truly unique voice in contemporary ballet.

Everyone at Oregon Ballet Theatre is focused on sharing our love of dance with you – won’t you join us on this unforgettable voyage of discovery and delight?

Kevin

Kevin Irving, Artistic Director


16/17 Season Subscription Form
16/17 Season Subscription Form

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Giants | Eva Burton. Photo by James McGrew.
Giants | Eva Burton. Photo by James McGrew.
Sat., Oct. 8 at 7:30pm
Sun., Oct. 9 at 2pm
Thurs., Oct. 13 at 7:30pm
Fri., Oct. 14 at 7:30pm
Sat., Oct. 15 at 7:30pm

Program 1:

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Oct. 8 – 15, 2016 | Keller Auditorium

Serenade

George Balanchine | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
featuring the OBT Orchestra for all performances

In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Company Premiere)

William Forsythe | Thom Willems

Giants Before Us (World Premiere)

Nicolo Fonte | Franz Liszt
Featuring pianist Hunter Noack

In the art form of ballet, there are only a few acknowledged masters whose work we consider ‘iconic.’ In this program we trace the evolution of ballet in the 20th and 21st Centuries with two truly iconic masterworks and a creation by one of the ballet world’s most sought-after artists.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker | Peter Franc. Photo by James McGrew.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker | Peter Franc. Photo by James McGrew.
Sat., Dec. 10 at 2pmLive Orchestra
Sat., Dec. 10 at 7:30pmLive Orchestra
Sun., Dec. 11 at 2pmLive Orchestra
Sun., Dec. 11 at 7:30pm
Thurs., Dec. 15 at 7:30pm
Fri., Dec. 16 at 7:30pmLive Orchestra
Sat., Dec. 17 at 2pmLive Orchestra
Sat., Dec. 17 at 7:30pmLive Orchestra
Sun., Dec. 18 at 2pmLive Orchestra
Sun., Dec. 18 at 7:30pm
Tues., Dec. 20 at 7:30pm
Wed., Dec. 21 at 2pm
Wed., Dec. 21 at 7:30pm
Thurs., Dec. 22 at 2pm
Thurs., Dec. 22 at 7:30pm
Fri., Dec. 23 at 2pm
Fri., Dec. 23 at 7:30pmLive Orchestra
Sat., Dec. 24 at 12n
Mon., Dec. 26 at 2pm
Sat., Dec. 26 at 7:30pm
Live Orchestra Features live orchestra

Program 2:

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December 10 – 26, 2016 | Keller Auditorium

George Balanchine | Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky
Featuring the OBT Orchestra for 8 performances

A treasured holiday tradition continues as Oregon Ballet Theatre returns George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker to the Keller Auditorium. Brave toy soldiers battle mischievous mice, snowflakes dance, and we are carried away to a magical Land of Sweets, all to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score!


Swan Lake | Xuan Cheng and Jordan Kindell. Photo by James McGrew.
Swan Lake | Xuan Cheng and Jordan Kindell. Photo by James McGrew.
Sat., Feb. 18 at 7:30
Sun., Feb. 19 at 2:00
Thurs., Feb. 23 at 7:30
Fri., Feb. 24 at 7:30
Sat., Feb. 25 at 2:00
Sat., Feb. 25 at 7:30

Program 3:

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Feb. 18 – 25, 2017 | Keller Auditorium (World Premiere)

Adapted by Kevin Irving after Petipa/Ivanov | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
featuring the OBT Orchestra for all performances

Is there any other ballet that has as much a hold on our collective imaginations as does Swan Lake? The sublime transcendence of choreography that has been passed down generation after generation is unmatched, and the music of Tchaikovsky is never more attuned to the struggles of the heart than in this poignant work. Come experience this world renowned ballet as you’ve never seen it before.


Terra | Martina Chavez. Photo by James McGrew.
Terra | Martina Chavez. Photo by James McGrew.
Thurs., Apr. 13 at 7:30
Fri., Apr. 14 at 7:30
Sat., Apr. 15 at 2:00
Sat., Apr. 15 at 7:30
Sun., Apr. 16 at 2:00
Thurs., Apr. 20 at 7:30
Fri., Apr. 21 at 7:30
Sat., Apr. 22 at 7:30

Program 4:

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Apr. 13 – 22, 2017 | Newmark Theatre

Petal

Helen Pickett | Philip Glass & Thomas Montgomery Newman

El Naranjo (Company Premiere)

Nacho Duato | Juan Alberto Arteche & Javier Paxariño

Jardí Tancat (Company Premiere)

Nacho Duato | Mari del Mar Bonet

Pickett Creation (World Premiere)

Helen Pickett | Jeff Beal

Terra: of, from, pertaining to the earth… Terra signifies a return to life, a celebration of the life-impulse as well as our joy in the world around us. Petal, Naranjo, Jardí Tancat, and a new work by Helen Pickett – as we welcome spring and light back into our lives, we take inspiration from the earth – from which all things grow.

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