February – April, 2021
April 8 – April 17
Building on our Wish List performances from the fall, OBT RAW reaches beyond limitations to build intimate connections with our audience. Our dancers lay bare their beauty, power, and emotion to inspire and uplift the community we hold so dear.
April 21 – April 23
Join Oregon Ballet Theatre’s junior company, OBT2, for a performance broadcast featuring Pieces of Eight, an exciting collection of new works from eight choreographers. The project was devised to challenge the young company members with the real-world experience of absorbing multiple choreographic styles and methods at once. Audiences will delight in watching firsthand the dancers’ artistic growth and gain insight of their experience through live interviews during the program.
Pieces of Eight is paired with virtuoso solo performances from classic ballets, and the premiere screening of a gorgeous dance video Where Fog Meets Cloud choreographed and directed by LeeWei Chao.
OBT2 RAW is presented exclusively on OBTV
March 16 & March 30 (The first two of four discussions – additional dates coming soon)
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.
Experience firsthand 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.
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: Brian Simcoe and Xuan Cheng | Photo by Jingzi Zhao; thumbnail images (from top to bottom) Brian Simcoe and Kelsie Nobriga by Blaine Truitt Covert; Jingzi Zhao; Coreyonté by Jingzi Zhao; Jessica Lind by Christopher Peddecord; Brian Bennett by Jingzi Zhao