October, 2020 – January, 2021
As many of you know due to ongoing concerns over Covid-19, our in-person presentation of Wish List could not move forward as planned. Instead, we headed to Portland’s Leftbank Annex where we have set up a broadcast studio to bring you 12 live streams of Wish List in the comfort and safety of your home.
November 3 – November 14, 2020
Leftbank Annex | Streamed via OBTV
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.
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