From a Dancer’s Perspective: The ballet Jardí Tancat, part of Director’s Choice

By Skye Stouber Company Artist, Oregon Ballet Theatre Jardí Tancat’s Catalan folk music offers an element of peculiarity, like the unexpected flavor of a fruit that is not readily available in the West. It’s a treat! The whole Director’s Choice program is composed of artists taking their license to a completely new level in a quest to… Read More

From a Dancer’s Perspective: The ballet Presto, part of Director’s Choice

By Skye Stouber Company Artist, Oregon Ballet Theatre Presto takes hold of you and doesn’t let you go until the climactic finish — only then allowing you to reflect on it, like an appetizer that’s so good you eat it too quickly. It’s satisfyingly short and pulsating, with a sustained visual reward. Both the neoclassical… Read More

Choreographer’s Corner: August Bournonville, pt. 1

Choreographer’s Corner: August Bournonville By Claire Willett August Bournonville – the Royal Danish Ballet’s most famous son and national legend – was virtually unknown in the United States until after World War II.  But his joyful choreography, precise technique and exuberant artistry have made his works works beloved in the ballet canon for a century… Read More