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Photo Top: Michael Linsmeier and Ansa Deguchi. Photo by Tatiana Wills.

OBT 2015|16 Season

Kevin Irving

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 Irving
Kevin Irving, Artistic Director

 
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PROGRAM 1:
Amore Italiano
October 10 – October 17, 2015 | Keller Auditorium

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

World Premiere
James Kudelka/ Luigi Boccherini

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2pm

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30pm
Friday, October 16, 2015 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:30pm

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!

Amore Italiano
Left to right: Kelsie Nobriga, Chauncey Parsons, Michael Linsmeier, and Martina Chavez. Photos by Tatiana Wills.


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

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at 2pm*
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at 7:30pm*
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 at 2pm*
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 at 7:30pm
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 at 7:30pm
Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 at 2pm
Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at 2pm*
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at 7:30pm*

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 at 2pm*
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 at 2pm
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 at 7:30pm
Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 at 12n
Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at 2pm
Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at 7:30pm

*Features live orchestra

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 Sugar Plum 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.

Nutcracker
Left to right: Kimberly Nobriga, Sarah Griffin, Eliot Wallace, Ruby Mae Lefebvre, Katherine Monogue, and Eva Burton. Photos by Tatiana Wills.


PROGRAM 3:
Romeo & Juliet

February 27 – March 5, 2016 | Keller Auditorium
James Canfield | Sergei Prokofiev

Featuring the OBT Orchestra for all performances

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2pm
Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:30pm

Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:30pm


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!

Romeo & Juliet
Left to right: Brian Simcoe, Xuan Cheng, Chauncey Parsons, and Colby Parsons. Photos by Tatiana Wills.

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:30pm
Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 2pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:30pm

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2pm
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30pm
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:30pm

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.

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Beautiful Decay
Avery Reiners. Photo by Tatiana Wills.


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