April 12 – 21, 2018 | Newmark Theatre

1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205


In this five-part program, we juxtapose all-female and all-male ballets to explore gender stereotypes, and add in one of Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s most successful works to bring the two sexes together. We open with one of the most iconic female roles in all of ballet, that of The Dying Swan. Created by Michel Fokine for the legendary Anna Pavlova, this masterpiece epitomizes the ethereal beauty and fragility of a romantic-era ballerina.


Performance Schedule

Thursday, April 12 – 7:30 PM
Friday, April 13 – 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 14 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 14 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 15 – 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 19 – 7:30 PM
Friday, April 20 – 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 21 – 7:30 PM

The Dying Swan

OBT Premiere
Michel Fokine | Camille Saint-Saëns

New Work

World Premiere
Darrell Grand Moultrie | TBD

Left Unsaid

Nicolo Fonte | Johann Sebastian Bach

Drifted in a Deeper Land

First major revival in 19 years
James Canfield | Ray Lynch

Falling Angels

OBT Premiere
Jiří Kylián | Steve Reich

Darrell Grand Moultrie returns to Oregon Ballet Theatre this season with a premiere that takes off from 2015’s Instinctual Confidence. A startlingly beautiful men’s trio performed in blue tutus leads us to an exploration of masculinity without conformity. Staying in the realm of masculinity, we include James Canfield’s Drifted in a Deeper Land, an all-male work created during the height of the AIDS epidemic; this powerful ballet returns to the OBT repertoire after almost two decades.

Dance Europe called Nicolo Fonte’s Left Unsaid “Fonte at his best … built on an undercurrent of implicit human relationships”, and the New York Times called it “rich in implications” – we call it a stunning work of movement poetry and a welcome addition to this Man/Woman program.

The evening closes with Falling Angels, OBT’s first work from renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián. Kylián has said the piece is “about our profession,” showing the female dancers’ unrelenting and single-minded drive for perfection. The angels’ inevitable descent, both mesmerizing and humorous, is punctuated by the percussive rhythm of Steve Reich’s score. A performance of depth and delight!

Dancers: Emily Parker and Avery Reiners | Photos by Christopher Peddecord