01-18-22 | OBT celebrates true love with the premiere of Ben Stevenson’s Dracula – PRESS RELEASE (PORTLAND, OR, January 18, 2022) – This February, Portland is in for a thrilling Valentine’s surprise as Oregon Ballet Theatre presents Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, February 19-26 at the Keller Auditorium. The full-length work was originally created by Stevenson to mark the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s iconic 1897 novel. Franz Liszt’s gothic works, arranged by John Lanchbery, set the perfect haunting tone which the OBT Orchestra will perform live. To celebrate the Dracula premiere, OBT will host its annual gala as part of the opening night festivities.
09-13-21 | Oregon Ballet Theatre presents Face to Face – Three powerful works to celebrate human connection and the return to live performance – PRESS RELEASE (PORTLAND, OR, September 13, 2021) – This fall Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) returns to the Keller Auditorium with Face to Face, a program of three powerful works: George Balanchine’s iconic The Four Temperaments, Ben Stevenson’s passionate Three Preludes, and a world premiere from Jennifer Archibald that aspires to sculpt the clouds.
08-16-21 | Oregon Ballet Theatre reboots its 2021/22 Season with more ballets, more dancers, and more live music! – PRESS RELEASE (PORTLAND, OR, August 16, 2021) – Following recent changes in artistic leadership, Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) is thrilled to announce enhancements to its originally planned 2021/22 Season programming that will bring more premieres to Portland, more dancers, and more performances with the OBT Orchestra. “With these changes I’m excited to begin building on the decades of successful leadership at OBT toward an exciting future,” says Interim Artistic Director Peter Franc.
07-01-21 | OBT welcomes exciting new talent for the 2021/22 Season; Company bids farewell to three beloved dancers – PRESS RELEASE (PORTLAND, OR, July 1) – Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) today announced the addition of eight company members and apprentices to its ranks for the 2021/22 season. Together these talented new dancers represent a broad range of backgrounds enhancing the diversity of the organization, and three of them have been promoted through the OBT2 program, highlighting its reputation as an elite ballet training ground. “I’m excited to welcome these gifted dancers to the studio,” stated Interim Artistic Director Peter Franc. “I know their energy will reinvigorate the company following an extremely challenging year. We are all looking forward to the return of a full blooded OBT season!”
06-25-21 | Peter Franc Named Interim Artistic Director, Kevin Irving Celebrated – PRESS RELEASE (PORTLAND, OR, June 25) – The Board of Trustees of Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) today announced the resignation of Artistic Director Kevin Irving, bringing a successful eight-year tenure to a close. Irving joined OBT in 2013, and led the organization through significant artistic growth, maturation and sophistication.
“We are grateful for Kevin’s vision and leadership,” stated Allison Lyneham, board chair. “His contributions to, and imprint on, OBT will be felt and appreciated for years to come.” Irving will remain artistic advisor to OBT through July.
“OBT and the OBT School are both in a better place financially and artistically than when I arrived eight years ago,” stated Irving. “I leave with many fond memories of my years here and of the talented professionals with whom I worked.”
06-10-21 | Oregon Ballet Theatre returns home to the stage, to live happily ever after! – PRESS RELEASE (PORTLAND, OR, June 12) – Oregon Ballet Theatre is thrilled to announce its return to the stage this fall with a season certain to warm hearts and lift spirits through the longed for return of live performance. Among the highlights, OBT celebrates Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte’ s fifth anniversary with three pivotal works from the repertory: Rhapsody in Blue, Bolero, and Beautiful Decay. In perhaps the surest sign that life is indeed returning to normal, OBT, its dancers and students alike, are delighted to share that Portland’s holiday tradition of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® will return to the Keller stage for a full run, including performances with the OBT Orchestra. In February the company will premiere Ever After, a romantic and irresistible ballet mashup created by OBT Artistic Director Kevin Irving and dedicated to those whose wedding plans were postponed due to the pandemic. Other season stand outs include George Balanchine’s thrilling The Four Temperments and the long awaited second installment of OBT’s series The Americans, featuring a first time commission from rising star Michelle Manzanales.
05-11-21 | Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, and OMSI Bring Live Performances Back to Portland with Jordan Schnitzer CARE Summerstage Series – PRESS RELEASE (PORTLAND, OR, May 11) – Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) and Portland Opera (Opera) enthusiastically announce today their return to live performance this June on the Jordan Schnitzer CARE Summerstage generously hosted by OMSI on its museum campus.
As caution turned to optimism this spring, Opera General Director Sue Dixon, and OBT Artistic Director, Kevin Irving, started brainstorming ways to share resources and their commitment to bringing live art performances back to Portland. For more than a year, Opera and OBT artists have been diligently training under the most challenging circumstances and entertaining their patrons virtually; the time had finally come to explore ways to balance the safety of artists and audience with the irreplaceable joy of performing live.
02-02-21 | Oregon Ballet Theatre Launches (R)Evolve: Frank Discussions About Ballet in Our Time – PRESS RELEASE Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2020/2 l season OBT MOVES continues this March with the launch of (R)Evolve, a series of live talks exploring a range of issues impacting ballet in our time. The one hour discussions will both challenge and inspire with a mix of commentary by distinguished panelists from the field and live performance by OBT dancers to highlight their points. The first two talks – “The Alchemy of Audience” on March 16 and “Can Ballet Survive Its Traditions?” on March 30 – will be moderated by OBT Artistic Director Kevin Irving and by former OBT Community Engagement Director Kasandra Gruener.
01-11-21 | Oregon Ballet Theatre Appoints Thomas Bruner as Executive Director through December 2021 – PRESS RELEASE Faced with the unprecedented and ongoing challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Board of Trustees has made the strategic decision to appoint nationally-recognized business leader Thomas Bruner as executive director through December 2021.
Bruner has been serving as OBT’s interim executive director since June 2020. He has been instrumental in sustaining the organization following the cancellation of the remainder of its 35th anniversary season, and supporting OBT Artistic Director Kevin Irving in rethinking programming for 2021. The result was last September’s launch of the ambitious OBT MOVES season – an innovative combination of site-based, digital, and live-streamed performances by the company’s accomplished dancers.