Features & Articles

Kevin Irving with Candace Bouchard
Kevin Irving with Candace Bouchard

Pointe Magazine | Director’s Notes: Having It All

August/September, 2016 – Kevin Irving is a man of eclectic tastes. It showed in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2015-16 season, which opened with Napoli Act III. the company’s first turn with Boumonville, followed by Balanchine’s Nutcracker. Then came Romeo & Juliet, as envisioned by OBT founding artistic director James Canfield. The season closed with Beautiful Decay, an OBT premiere that Irving’s partner, contemporary choreographer Nicolo Fonte, created featuring local contemporary dancers.Read the interview

Dennis Buehler

Dance/USA | Leadership Corner: Dennis Buehler, Executive Director, Oregon Ballet Theatre

April 13, 2016 – From the Green Room continues its feature, Leadership Corner, disseminating the voices and experiences of leaders in the professional dance field across the United States Read the interview

Guest Artist Susan Banyas

KATU | ‘Beautiful Decay’ ballet celebrates the gift of age

April 12, 2016 – Like it or not we all get older, and it’s difficult to avoid an aging body. So instead of trying to hide it Oregon Ballet Theatre is celebrating the gift of age in its latest performance called “Beautiful Decay.” Greg Bielemeier, 65, and 68-year-old Susan Banyas have both danced well over 40 years, which is twice the age of an average dancer at OPT. And now they will share the stage with their younger counterparts to show the bittersweet dance of life and aging in “Beautiful Decay.” Watch the video


Portland Monthly | A Spellbinding Short Film Reveals the Magic Behind Every Oregon Ballet Theatre Performance

April 4, 2016 – The lights go down. A current runs through the auditorium, the electricity of anticipation as the hum of conversation becomes a hush, and then silence. The curtain goes up on the Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the spell is cast. Except in the hours leading up to that moment, there’s been a whole world spinning behind the scenes, as a new short video by local filmmaker Patrick Weishampel makes clear. The Art of Making Art is a four-and-a-half-minute tribute to the work required to cast that spell, making visible what the audience rarely sees. Read the full article Watch the video

Jungle by James Canfield
Jungle by James Canfield

The Oregonian/OregonLive | 5 other James Canfield works Oregon Ballet Theatre needs to bring back

February 24, 2016 – Founding artistic director James Canfield created many original ballets during his 14 years leading Oregon Ballet Theatre, but since his departure in 2003, his works fell out of the company’s repertory. The long-overdue return of “Romeo & Juliet” opens the door to other Canfield signatures being restored, filling a critical gap in the company’s history. Here are five significant Canfield ballets that audiences need to see again. Read the full article

OBT Dancers in the new studio
OBT Dancers in the new studio

The Oregonian/OregonLive | A look inside Oregon Ballet Theatre’s new home on the South Waterfront

February 24, 2016 – This winter’s production of James Canfield’s “Romeo & Juliet” is the first that Oregon Ballet Theatre has rehearsed in its new studios in Portland’s South Waterfront district. In January, the company moved from a former bank building in the industrial eastside, where it resided for 15 years, to a new home on the banks of the Willamette River. Read the full article

James Canfield and Principal Dancer Brian Simcoe
James Canfield and Principal Dancer Brian Simcoe

The Oregonian/OregonLive | With ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ James Canfield makes long-overdue return to Oregon Ballet Theatre

February 24, 2016 – This weekend, Canfield’s version of “Romeo & Juliet” is back, marking a long-overdue reunion of the choreographer and the company. The six performances, which begin Saturday at Keller Auditorium, restore an important work to the company’s repertory and possibly set the stage for the return of more Canfield originals. Read the full article

Choreographer James Canfield with Xuan Cheng as "Juliet" and Peter Franc as "Romeo" in rehearsal for Oregon Ballet Theatre's production of "Romeo & Juliet," running Feb. 27 – Mar. 5, 2016 at the Keller Auditorium. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.
Choreographer James Canfield with Peter Franc and Xuan Cheng. Photo by Blaine truitt Covert.

Portland Tribune | Former OBT artistic director James Canfield to reprise ‘Romeo and Juliet’

February 18, 2016 – Whenever James Canfield visits Oregon Ballet Theatre, he always beams with pride. Canfield helped merge two companies into OBT 27 years ago. He helped start the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. He helped secure the building at 818 S.E. Sixth Ave. He helped put OBT on the ballet map as artistic director. Read the full article

James Canfield

Stage and Studio | James Canfield Returns

February 16, 2016 – Following an absence of over 15 years, Oregon Ballet Theatre presents the return of James Canfield’s beloved production of Romeo & Juliet to Portland’s Keller Auditorium February 27th through March 5th. Listen to the episode

Dennis Buehler and Kevin Irving
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Portland Business Journal | Oregon Ballet Theatre stays on pointe

January 1, 2016 – After nearly sinking, OBT soars into 2016 with money in the bank. Read the full article Portland Business Journal Site

Drosselmeier presents the Nutcracker at OBT’s 2015 production. Photo by James McGrew.

OregonLive | Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet square off in a ‘Nutcracker’ battle

December 15, 2015 – It’s “Nutcracker” season once again, that magical time when families get to experience the venerable holiday spectacle, and ballet companies reap the benefits of its timeless appeal. This year, Northwest ballet fans are getting a double-dose of George Balanchine’s version of the holiday gem. Read the full article

Northwest Previews

All Classical Radio | Kevin Irving on Northwest Previews

September 3, 2015 – Northwest Previews, with host Andrea Murray, highlights outstanding classical events in the Portland area for the coming week. On this episode, OBT Artistic Director Kevin Irving discusses all of OBT’s recent activity. Listen to the interview Northwest Previews Site

Lisa Sundstrom
Lisa Sundstrom

OBT | Announcing the Launch of OBT2

July 14, 2015 – With the Generous Support of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Ballet Theatre to Launch Junior Company OBT2 and Names Former American Ballet Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Lisa Sundstrom as Program Director. Read More

KGW News Segment with Darrell Grand Moutrie
Darrell Grand Moultrie

KGW | News Segment with Darrell Grand Moultrie

Beyonce and ballet: Award-winning choreographer comes to Portland.

April 17, 2015 – Choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie talks with Cassidy Quinn about his new ballet for OBT, working with Beyonce, and how to flip your hair like a pro. Watch Segment