October 29 – November 15, 2020
Every dancer keeps a running list of roles and ballets they hope to dance one day – for that matter every Artistic Director as well keeps in mind ballets he/she wants to present and roles with which they want to challenge their dancers. Wish List is an evening of solos and duets that explores those challenges and reveals the differences between dancers, between roles, and between artistic styles.
Repertory ranging from the purest classical variations to the most contemporary displays of virtuoso performance – some even coached by truly inspirational leaders in dance – will be shared in an intimate and raw setting, celebrating the resilience and passion of the OBT dancers.
Schedule, topics, and guests to be announced
Join us for a series of frank and open discussions with local leaders on a range of social issues and the evolving role of ballet in bringing them to light. Discover the potential and power of ballet to open minds, and stimulate new perspectives and thinking. These talks will be in a panel format with moderators and include dance performance.
While we are working with the Governor and the Oregon Health Authority to ensure our performance space is safe, we know that many of you will feel safest staying at home. That is why we are streaming all our in-person performances for you to watch live or on demand.
Dancer Video Portraits
Experience first-hand the how, when, why of each dancer’s journey. See the grit and determination it takes to make what is tremendously difficult look effortless. Learn about the dancer’s frustrations and fears of mastering new choreography, and the ultimate joy of the artistic process.
New Ballet Works
This season we are being challenged to explore new modes of performance. With limited ability to connect directly with our audience or even for dancers to connect physically with each other, how do we preserve our art? In this series OBT presents choreography created exclusively for video where the camera and editing take a part in the dance as much as the dancers. This is an exciting time to be creative, to play, to break barriers and traditions.
Photo credits: Banner (from left) Kelsie Nobriga, Peter Franc, Jessica Lind, Makino Hayashi, Michael Linsmeier; by Christopher Peddecord; thumbnail images (from top to bottom) Eva Burton by Yi Yin; Coreyonté by Jingzi Zhao; Thomas Baker by Christopher Peddecord; Brian Bennett by Jingzi Zhao