May – June, 2021
*Pending our ability to perform live events due to Covid-19 restrictions.
More than a year has passed since any of us experienced the thrill of live performance – a thrill we’ve all been missing. In honor of OBT’s return to an actual stage and in a special partnership with Portland Opera and OMSI, we are delighted to present two world premieres thematically inspired by the sheer joy we feel in reconnecting with you.
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 making our in-person events available for you to watch on demand through OBTV.
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.
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 photo by Michael Slobodian; thumbnail images (from top to bottom) Bailey Shaw by Brian Simcoe; Zuzu Metzler by Christopher Peddecord; Brian Bennett by Jingzi Zhao