Rhapsody In Blue

Oct. 7-14, 2017 | Keller Auditorium

222 SW Clay Street, Portland, Oregon 97201


This fall, Oregon Ballet Theatre invites you to enter a world of love and secrets, passionate American jazz, and heart-stopping dance, as we bring you a steamy double bill that can only be the result of another exciting collaboration between OBT Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte, Concert Pianist Thomas Lauderdale, and Portland’s own “little orchestra” – Pink Martini!


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

We begin with a World Premiere set to George Gershwin’s brilliant Rhapsody in Blue. Together, Fonte and Lauderdale reconstruct Gershwin’s pulsating score to produce an arrangement that will enthrall you. Discover nuances you’ve never heard before punctuated visually by the lush, vibrant choreography that Fonte is known for the world over. In a coup for OBT, Lauderdale and Hunter Noack bring the score to life at every performance.

Next on the bill is the highly anticipated reprise of 2014’s audience favorite, Never Stop Falling (in Love). The 40-minute work set to your favorite songs performed live on stage by China Forbes and Pink Martini, carves a theatrical arc in which we experience seduction, playful flirtation, ego-driven displays of virility, mystery, and heartache. Pink Martini’s trademark combination of joyful celebration and great beats permeates the entire auditorium in an explosive finale…which underlines the basic message of the work: Never Stop Falling (In Love)!

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Dancers: Brian Simcoe and Xuan Cheng | Photo by Christopher Peddecord