Welcome to Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season
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3-show subscription packages start at just $75. That’s just $25 per ticket! Subscribers enjoy great benefits including: Discounted tickets to The Nutcracker and the Annual School Performance, 20% off an adult dance series, an extra free ticket to take a friend to a show of your choice, and much more!
Company Subscription Package
(Rhapsody • Alice • Man/Woman)
This season OBT is offering a special subscription package to enjoy ballet.
Add-on Options: Nutcracker, Closer, Annual School Performance
Family Subscription Package
(Nutcracker • Alice • Man/Woman)
This season OBT is offering a special way for families to enjoy ballet.
Ah the mystery and promise of setting off on an adventure!
Every adventure begins with a first step. And from the first step we take in the 2017-2018 Season to the very last – the journey is bound to make you want to dance yourself! Starting with a powerhouse two-part program featuring the choreography of Nicolo Fonte and the inimitable genius of Portland’s own Thomas Lauderdale, and ending with an intimate closing program that brings you right into the heart of the action, Oregon Ballet Theatre’s thrilling approach to tradition and its bold vision of ballet in the 21st Century will delight you. We will take you to new places you will be thrilled to visit, all right here in Portland, courtesy of your local world-class company.
The epitome of stepping into the unknown – the leap down the rabbit hole! – comes to life in Septime Webre’s wildly imaginative and colorful Alice (in wonderland), coming to Portland for the very first time in a performance you will want to share with your family and friends. And the company’s very first work by the master of contemporary ballet Jiří Kylián is a show-stopping tour de force for eight women brimming over with humor and power. There is so much to see – make sure you don’t miss the adventure that awaits you when you subscribe to the entire season!
Kevin Irving, Artistic Director
Sat., Oct. 7 – 7:30 PM
Sun., Oct. 8 – 2:00 PM
Thur, Oct. 12 – 7:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 13 – 7:30 PM
Sat., Oct. 14 – 7:30 PM
Program 1: Rhapsody In Blue
Oct. 7-14, 2017 | Keller Auditorium
Rhapsody in Blue World Premiere
Nicolo Fonte | George Gershwin
Music arranged by Thomas Lauderdale
Performed live by Thomas Lauderdale & Hunter Noack Never Stop Falling (in Love) Nicolo Fonte | Pink Martini
This fall OBT invites you to descend to an underground night club world of love and loss, passionate dance, and heart-stopping American jazz music as we bring you a steamy double bill that can only be the result of another exciting collaboration between OBT Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte and Concert Pianist Thomas Lauderdale.
Features live orchestra ♪ Sat., Dec. 9 – 2:00 PM ♪
Sat., Dec. 9 – 7:30 PM ♪
Sun., Dec. 10 – 2:00 PM ♪
Sun., Dec. 10 – 7:30 PM
Thur, Dec. 14 – 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 15 – 7:30 PM ♪
Sat., Dec. 16 – 2:00 PM ♪
Sat., Dec. 16 – 7:30 PM ♪
Sun., Dec. 17 – 2:00 PM ♪
Sun., Dec. 17 – 7:30 PM
Wed., Dec. 20 – 2:00 PM
Wed., Dec. 20 – 7:30 PM
Thur, Dec. 21 – 2:00 PM
Thur, Dec. 21 – 7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 22 – 2:00 PM
Fri., Dec. 22 – 7:30 PM ♪
Sat., Dec. 23 – 2:00 PM ♪
Sat., Dec. 23 – 7:30 PM ♪
Sun., Dec. 24 – 12:00 PM
Program 2: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®
Dec. 9-24, 2017 | Keller Auditorium
George Balanchine | Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky
Featuring the OBT Orchestra for 10 performances Sometimes the best journeys are the ones that lead home – to a cozy holiday party in the depth of winter, a magical nutcracker, and a childlike sense of wonder rippling through the audience. Oregon Ballet Theatre’s annual performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® has brought joy to the holidays for 15 years. Join Marie and her charming Prince as they are swept away by dancing snowflakes to a magical land of sweets ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy and all to the music of Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score!
Accompanied by The OBT Orchestra Sat., Feb. 24 – 2:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 24 – 7:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 25 – 2:00 PM
Sun., Feb. 25 – 7:30 PM
Thur, Mar. 1 – 7:30 PM
Fri., Mar. 2 – 7:30 PM
Sat., Mar. 3 – 2:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 3 – 7:30 PM
Program 3: ALICE (in wonderland)
Feb. 24 – Mar. 3, 2018 | Keller Auditorium
In Feb., we follow an exuberant young girl as she plunges down a rabbit hole into an extraordinary world of her own imagination. Oregon Ballet Theatre is thrilled to bring you the west coast premiere of a thrilling new full-length ballet suitable for families: Alice (in wonderland). Created in 2012 by Septime Webre with an original score by American composer and violinist Matthew Pierce, Alice was an instant success. The Washington Post called it a “giddy parade, a pop art dream, a feat of fevered imagination.” The mad adventure is filled to the brim with the delightful characters found in Lewis Carroll’s classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass uniquely brought to life with surreal sets, zany costumes, puppetry, and the powerful expression of dance. Don’t be late! Take the plunge and join us on this unforgettable journey.
Thur, April 12 – 7:30 PM
Fri., April 13 – 7:30 PM
Sat., April 14 – 2:00 PM
Sat., April 14 – 7:30 PM
Sun., April 15 – 2:00 PM
Thur, April 19 – 7:30 PM
Fri., April 20 – 7:30 PM
Sat., April 21 – 7:30 PM
Program 4: MAN/WOMAN
May 23 – Jun 3, 2018 | BodyVox Dance Center
Camille Saint-Saëns World Premiere Darrell Grand Moultrie Left Unsaid Nicolo Fonte
J. S. Bach Drifted in a Deeper Land James Canfield
Ray Lynch Falling Angels OBT Premiere
In this five-part program, Artistic Director Kevin Irving juxtaposes all-female and all-male ballets to explore gender stereotypes in dance and even in society, and includes one of Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s most successful works to bring the two sexes together. We open with what is considered the quintessential female role in all of ballet, that of The Dying Swan, a solo created by Mikhail Fokine for the legendary Anna Pavlova. Inspired by a poem from Tennyson, the four-minute masterpiece epitomizes the ethereal beauty, the delicacy, and the fragility of a romantic-era ballerina.
Add-on 1: Closer
Apr. 12-21, 2018 | Newmark Theatre
An evening of getting closer to the action, including original work by the dancers of Oregon Ballet Theatre
Wed., May 23 – 7:30 PM
Thur, May 24 – 7:30 PM
Fri., May 25 – 7:30 PM
Thur, May 31 – 7:30 PM
Fri., June 1 – 7:30 PM
Sat., June 2 – 2:00 PM
Sat., June 2 – 7:30 PM
Sun., June 3 – 2:00 PM
Add-on 2: Annual School Performance
Apr. 21-22, 2018 | Newmark Theatre
Included in the Family Subscription package, the Annual School Performance (ASP) showcases the best of the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre while enchanting Portland families year after year. Repertory subscribers can purchase add-on tickets for just $15!