The Americans

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!

Performance Schedule

OBT Premiere

Night Creature

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

World Premiere

Big Shoes

Choreography by Jamey Hampton & Ashley Roland Music by Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Alphonse Mouzon, DJ Spooky, Stan Kenton Orchestra, and Kronos Quartet