Director’s Choice

April 11 – 14, 2019 | Five Shows Only | Newmark Theatre

1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 (inside Antoinette Hatfield Hall)


Artistic Director Kevin Irving’s unique approach to 21st century American ballet reflects the vigor of an ever-evolving art form. In Director’s Choice, he has curated some of the company’s most loved contemporary works in an intimate program at the Newmark Theatre.Gioconda Barbuto’s BringingOutsideIn, one of three works created for 2017’s Choreography XX in Washington Park, was a standout hit that thrilled audiences. Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s Presto was called “a short trip in a very fast machine. As soon as it’s over you want to press replay and see it all over again.” And Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato’s most famous work Jardí Tancat electrified the theater in Terra. We close this ambitious evening with Fonte’s Giants Before Us, which mixes both extreme physicality of movement and the romanticism of an earlier era. With Hunter Noack repeating his acclaimed performance of the Franz Liszt score, we will say a poignant farewell to Principal Dancer Chauncey Parsons, who retires after eleven seasons with OBT.

Performance Schedule


Gioconda Barbuto / Owen Belton, Sarah
Neufeld, Gabriel Prokofiev & Peter Gregson


Nicolo Fonte / Ezio Bosso

Jardí Tancat

Nacho Duato / Maria del Mar Bonet

Giants Before Us

Nicolo Fonte / Franz Liszt & Franz Schubert
Featuring pianist Hunter Noack


OBT Premiere
Excerpt from Vital Sensations
Darrell Grand Moultrie / Antônio Carlos Jobim & Vinícius de Moraes



Runtime and Intermissions

Total run time is just under 2 Hours with one 20 minute and one 15 minute intermission