“In My Heart, I’m An Artist”: A Tribute to Candace Bouchard

BY GAVIN LARSEN THROUGHOUT HER 15 YEARS WITH OBT, Candace Bouchard has defined herself as a sort of renaissance ballerina. Her classic, iron-clad technique, spliced with Balanchinian speed and attack, have brought brilliance to the company’s most challenging repertoire, while her ability to portray every type of onstage persona — from spritely to regal to… Read More

Thriving Together

BY GAVIN LARSEN THOUGH NICOLO FONTE and OBT’s relationship dates to the 2008 premiere of Bolero, Fonte’s first work for the company, his appointment as the company’s resident choreographer in the fall of 2016 was much more than a ceremonial designation. One year into this next-level partnership, the choreographer and OBT’s dancers are forging into… Read More

Helen Pickett’s Terra: A Community of Creation

By Hannah Krafcik Helen Pickett strolled into the cafe of Powell’s Books on a surprisingly sunny afternoon in March, smiling brightly through her green-rimmed sunglasses, which were set off by her fiery curls. We were meeting at this quintessentially Portland locale, per Pickett’s suggestion, to discuss her new work, “Terra,” commissioned by Oregon Ballet Theatre.… Read More

The Sets and Costumes of Beautiful Decay

The Sets and Costumes of Beautiful Decay by Brook Manning   With one week until opening night, the sets and costumes for Nicolo Fonte’s upcoming ballet, Beautiful Decay, are nearly complete. While the design and construction processes have provided their own logistical challenges (just ask our production team!), these elements also provide important insight into… Read More