August Bournonville’s


October 6-13, 2018 –  Keller Auditorium

222 SW Clay Street, Portland, OR 97201


First full production premiere in the United States

Danish Choreographer August Bournonville’s Napoli is known for its vibrant depiction of Neapolitan street life. This iconic and beloved Danish ballet tells the story of Teresina, a simple Italian girl, who falls in love with Gennaro, a poor fisherman. Her mother, hoping for a wealthy suitor, is against the match. But the young couple cannot be kept apart, even when Teresina is lured away by sea nymphs to a beautiful underwater world ruled by an evil sea spirit. It is the couple’s true love for each other that breaks the spell and saves them. Powered by Bournonville’s signature mix of graceful and technically thrilling footwork, it’s easy to see why this uplifting and beautiful ballet has become a symbol of The Royal Danish Ballet.

Performance Schedule

All performances feature the OBT Orchestra ♪

August Bournonville
Edvard Helsted, Holger Simon Paulli, Niels W. Gade,François Henri Prume, Hans Christian Lumbye


NOTE: Photos below from OBT’s 2015 Amore Italiano featuring Napoli Act III.


Previews & Reviews

Fall into dance with these must-see Portland shows
The Oregonian | August 27, 2018

Bits & Pieces
Portland Tribune | September 12, 2018

Oregon Ballet Theatre Presents NAPOLI
Broadway World | July 12, 2018

Tripping on Memory Lane:
Turning points in a life of dance: Eric Skinner moves on, Balanchine’s grave, Paul Taylor’s passing, Pacific Ballet Theatre days, ‘Napoli’
Oregon Artswatch | September 7, 2018

Dancers: Kimberly Fromm and Peter Franc | Photos by Christopher Peddecord