Director’s Choice

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

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

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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

BringingOutsideIn

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

Presto

Nicolo Fonte / Ezio Bosso

Love

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

Jardí Tancat

Nacho Duato / Maria del Mar Bonet

Giants Before Us

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

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Performance Summary

BringingOutsideIn

Gioconda Barbuto’s BringingOutsideIn, created for 2017’s Choreography XX (a celebration of dance created by women) in Washington Park, was a standout hit that is back to thrill audiences. In this collaborative gem between choreographer and dancer, the individuality and personality of each artist is brought into the center of the work. Barbuto described it as a work that “represents who the dancers are individually, as individuals, but also as a group.” “Barbuto’s musicality as very refined, and the briefest moments of stillness proved highly effective.” – BachTrack

Presto

Last seen at OBT in 2015, Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s Presto is described as “a short trip in a very fast machine.” At a mere nine minutes, Presto is a riveting burst of energy. As soon as it’s over you want to press replay and see it all over again. It features an edgy, passionate quartet the dancers must not only be fearless and confident in themselves, but also committed to the group as they hang onto, lean into, and support each other.

Love

Love from Vital Sensations is an OBT premiere. Darrell Grand Moultrie choreographed the colorful, Latin jazz-inspired Vital Sensation for the Colorado Ballet in 2005, and created this solo piece for Chauncey Parsons early in his career. Parsons describes the process of creating the work “as an affirmation in how I grew as a dancer.” “It is abstract but very musical and emotionally connected – it was my first approach to a big idea in dance, resulting in a really nice work.”

Jardí Tancat

Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato’s most famous work Jardí Tancat electrifies with haunting and beautiful movements. Jardi Tancat means “Enclosed Garden,” signified in this work by the simple set of fence posts placed around the edge of the stage. The ballet’s ensemble moments share the sense of community as if connected to the earth. The ballet is a poignant story of the daily life of hardship, work, love and loss of people who worked the barren land. According to Willamette Week, “Jardí Tancat depicts rural quiet desperation: the six dancers bend like rag dolls and drag their hands across the stage as if plowing a field.”

Giants Before Us

We close each ambitious program with Nicolo Fonte’s Giants Before Us, which mixes both extreme physicality of movement and the romanticism of an earlier era. This piece truly celebrates the male dancers. One woman plays the shadow of a giant while another comes on stage and dances with one of the male dancers. Virtuoso pianist Hunter Noack returns repeating his acclaimed performance, performing music by Franz Liszt and Franz Shubert.


Runtime and Intermissions

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