Working with Wheeldon: A Dancer’s Perspective

Every once in a while, a dancer and a choreographer just hit it off. A creative spark occurs that can turn into years of inspired partnership. Christopher Wheeldon describes it like this: “There are times in your life,” says Wheeldon, “when you find dancers who speak your language. They start to turn your language into… Read More

“It’s Exhilarating to be Someone’s Creative Instrument” : The Creation of OBT’s Firebird

From the very beginning of his time with OBT, Artistic Director Christopher Stowell intended that the company would develop a repertoire of works “to scores written specifically for ballet. For the initial effort in that direction,” he says, “I asked Yuri Possokhov to choreograph Stravinsky’s Firebird in 2004. He felt a bit confined at first.… Read More

Act 4

The (rarely staged) final act of Sleeping Beauty includes the reconciliation of the Lilac Fairy and Carabosse… We’ve had three great performances so far, plus one equally great student matinee, and are in the final stretch of the last three shows. The dancers are more than just hanging in there through their fatigue, which must… Read More