Made in Portland

June 8 – 11, 2023 | Newmark Theatre

Choreography by: Rena Butler | Makino Hayashi | Samuel Hobbs | Hélène Simoneau

In a season of stories told through dance, we finish by creating our own. For this program we ask, “What have you heard about Portland, and how does it make you feel?” To explore this theme, we have commissioned renowned choreographers from near and far to share their vision of our city: Princess Grace Award winner Rena Butler, Guggenheim Fellow Hélène Simoneau, push/FOLD Founder and Director Samuel Hobbs, and OBT’s own rising star, Makino Hayashi.


Featuring world premieres by Rena Butler, Makino Hayashi, Samuel Hobbs, and Hélène Simoneau

Hélène Simoneau

Rena Butler

Samuel Hobbs

Makino Hayashi

Performance Schedule

Thursday, June 8 – 7:30 PM
Friday, June 9 – 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 10 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, June 10 – 7:30 PM Nearly Sold Out
Sunday, June 11 – 2:00 PM

With this program we bid farewell to veteran OBT dancers Makino Hayashi and Christopher Kaiser. Each dancer will have a performance dedicated to them that features a short profile video. Join us Saturday June 10th at 7:30 PM as we honor Christopher, and Sunday June 11th at 2 PM as we honor Makino.

Get the most out of your theater experience, join us for PERFORMANCE PERSPECTIVES a FREE informative and interactive 30-minute discussion beginning one hour before each show.

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Made in Portland

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Oregon Ballet Theatre closes its 2022/23 season with Made in Portland featuring four commissions by four dynamic dance makers.

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Headshots: Hélène Simoneau by Whiney Browne, Samuel Hobbs by Jingzi Zhao, and Makino Hayashi by Brian Simcoe.