The Americans

June 7-15, 2019 – Newmark Theatre

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


In June 2019, we launch an annual repertory program highlighting the unique voices and rich history of American choreographers. See and feel for yourself the power and poignancy of American-made ballet. For the very first time, OBT adds a work by contemporary dance pioneer Alvin Ailey to its repertory.

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 from BodyVox co-founders and Portland legends Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland.

Explore and connect with works by some of America’s finest choreographers, this season and for years to come!

Performance Schedule

Night Creature

Alvin Ailey / Duke Ellington

Night Creature is generously underwritten by Cate Millar & Bob Sweeney

Robust American Love

First Revival Since 2014

Trey McIntyre / Fleet Foxes

World Premiere

Jamey Hampton & Ashley Roland / TBD