February 22 – March 13, 2021
Event dates and times to be announced
Building on our Wish List performances from the fall, OBT Raw presents audiences with the more complex demands of duets, trios, and larger ensembles. At this level dancers must master not only their personal roles but also coordinate timing, establish trust, and develop an emotional connection with others. Watch as these complex and exhilarating works come to life under the guidance of OBT Artistic Director Kevin Irving and a diverse artistic team.
Dates and times to be announced
Mini performances by our junior company OBT2. Program to be announced.
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 be sure our performance space is safe, we know that many of you will feel safest staying at home. That is why we will make all our in-person events available as digital options you can watch live or on demand
Dancer Video Portraits
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.
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: 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