May 24 – June 3, 2018 | BodyVox Dance Center

1201 NW 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97209



Performance Schedule

Thursday, May 24 – 7:30 PM
Friday, May 25 – 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 26 – 7:30 PM (sold out)
Thursday, May 31 – 7:30 PM
Friday, June 1 – 7:30 PM (sold out)
Saturday, June 2 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, June 2 – 7:30 PM (limited)
Sunday, June 3 – 4:00 PM (limited)


Helen Simoneau | David Schulman


World Premiere
Katherine Monogue | RAC

Trance of Wondrous Thought

World Premiere
Lisa Kipp | RAC

What do you see. . .

World Premiere
Makino Hayashi | RAC


World Premiere
Peter Franc | RAC

Closer features four new works choreographed by OBT dancers Peter Franc, Makino Hayashi, and Katherine Monogue and by OBT Rehearsal Director, Lisa Kipp all to original music by Portland based Grammy Award Winner RAC, along with the return of Helen Simoneau’s vivid and dynamic Departures. And Artistic Director Kevin Irving walks the audience through what it takes to get the dancers of OBT ready to perform – truly a unique and inspiring evening of dance. Up close.


The four world premieres all feature original music by Grammy award winner RAC (André Allen Anjos).
Listen to a sampler of music from Closer:





Xuan Cheng, Hannah Davis, Peter Franc, Adam Hartley, Jessica Lind, Michael Linsmeier,
Katherine Monogue, Kimberly Nobriga, Brian Simcoe, Theodore Watler


Thomas Baker, Eva Burton, Ansa Capizzi, Martina Chavez, Abigail Diedrich, Avery Reiners, Theodore Watler

Trance of Wondrous Thought

Paige Wilkey, Colby Parsons, Alexa Domenden, Andrew Wingert, Kelsie Nobriga, Chauncey Parsons,

What do you see…

Xuan Cheng, Makino Hayashi, Michael Linsmeier


Hannah Davis, Adam Hartley, Christopher Kaiser, Emily Parker

Reviews & Previews

Ballet Is for Closers
Portland Mercury | May 30, 2018

Local Grammy winner featured in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s ‘Closer’ (video)
KPTV: More Good Day Oregon | May 29, 2018

Oregon Ballet Theatre: Come ‘Closer’
Oregon ArtsWatch | May 25, 2018

DanceWatch Weekly: Helen Simoneau and ‘Closer’
Oregon ArtsWatch | May 23, 2018

OBT premieres a breath taking new show…
KPTV: More Good Day Oregon | May 21, 2018

Run Time

Approximately 2 hours with one, 20-minute intermission.

Cover Photo: Xuan Cheng in Helen Simoneau’s Departures | Photo by Yi Yin