2019-2020 Season

OBT ROARS in a 2019-2020 season which celebrates an incredible thirty-year history by bringing together diverse, iconic ballets that embody OBT’s past and excite its future. The season features work by extraordinary choreographers George Balanchine, James Canfield, Agnes de Mille, Nicolo Fonte, William Forsythe, Dennis Spaight, Christopher Stowell, and Twyla Tharp. It includes full-length ballets and repertory that has not been seen on OBT’s stage in twenty-nine years. There are new works that pay homage to where the company has been, but also exemplify the fundamental principals animating OBT’s future. The robust season includes classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballets, in an all-encompassing season that ROAR(S).

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Oct. 5-12, 2019
Keller Auditorium
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
Choreography by William Forsythe
Music by Thom Willems
Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Igor Stravinsky
Nelly Kovalev, violin soloist
Choreography by Dennis Spaight
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Featuring the OBT Orchestra

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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Dec. 7-26, 2019
Keller Auditorium
Portland’s Favorite Holiday Tradition
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
12 performances feature the OBT Orchestra

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The Sleeping Beauty

Feb. 15-23, 2020
Keller Auditorium
Choreography by Christopher Stowell (after Marius Petipa)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Featuring the OBT Orchestra

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Beautiful Decay

Apr. 9-12, 2020
Newmark Theatre
Choreography by Nicolo Fonte
Music by Antonio Vivaldi, Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds
Guest Artists
Diana Byer, Gregg Bielemeier

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The Americans 2.0

June 5-13, 2020
Newmark Theatre
Baker’s Dozen
Company Premier
Choreography by Twyla Tharp
Music by Willie “The Lion” Smith
World Premiere
Choreography by James Canfield
Choreography by Agnes de Mille
Music by Aaron Copland

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ON STAGE: OBT’s Annual School Performance

Jun. 13-14, 2020
Newmark Theatre
Season Ticket buyers can purchase add-on tickets for just $25!