June 7-15, 2019 – Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 (inside Antoinette Hatfield Hall)
“ There is so much depth and range in American choreography that it requires a sustained look, and a varied palette, to begin to take stock of what might define the “American” approach to ballet and dance.” – Kevin Irving, Artistic Director
With The Americans, OBT launches a new annual repertory program highlighting the unique voices and rich history of American choreography. The Oregonian writes, “Oregon Ballet Theatre closes its season with what is arguably its most exciting program all year…” The Americans features a first for OBT, the work of African-American icon Alvin Ailey! At once wistful and vibrant, Night Creature is “…a bubbly champagne cocktail of dance, the perfect fusion of Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music.”
We follow that with the return of Trey McIntyre’s Robust American Love with music by Seattle’s famed indie folk band, Fleet Foxes. In this work, McIntyre creates a dance-scape evoking the spirit of exploration and freedom of the Wild West. Describing McIntyre’s work, The Washington Post wrote, “He knows how to hit all our pleasure buttons…”
We close with a world premiere of Big Shoe by local legends Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, co-founders of BodyVox, bringing the program home geographically speaking.
Explore and connect with works by some of America’s finest choreographers, this season and for years to come!
Choreography by Alvin Ailey | Music by Duke Ellington
Night Creature is generously underwritten by Cate Millar & Bob Sweeney
First Revival Since 2014
Robust American Love
Choreography by Trey McIntyre | Music by Fleet Foxes
Choreography by Jamey Hampton & Ashley Roland Music by Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Alphonse Mouzon, DJ Spooky, Stan Kenton Orchestra, and Kronos Quartet