A Letter from the Artistic Director

I referenced the Shakespeare quote “What’s in a name?” when first announcing the exciting season that we have planned for OBT and Portland in our season brochure.  You see, I felt we had a chance to really define what we aim to do in the four fantastic repertory programs that we had lined up-  DREAM,… Read More

Dance United: Exploring Wheeldon’s Ghosts

(Pictured: Yuan Yuan Tan and Damien Smith in the San Francisco Ballet world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts. Photo by Alistair McCauley) San Francisco Ballet Soloists Dana Genshaft and Garen Scribner will be joining us for Dance United  on June 9th at the Keller Auditorium and we are delighted to learn that they will be… Read More

So… Tell us What You Thought of Chromatic Quartet!

Did you see Chromatic Quartet on opening weekend?  We want to hear what you think in the comments below! Which piece was your favorite? Do you want one of those dresses from Chromatic Quartet? Did the Stravinsky Violin Concerto make you feel closer to Balanchine? Interested in seeing more from Christopher Wheeldon? Do tell. Here’s… Read More

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

Becoming Christopher Wheeldon

On the cusp of his career as a professional ballet dancer, Christopher Wheeldon scored a cheap ticket to New York City that came with the purchase of a Hoover vacuum cleaner. He headed straight for the New York City Ballet. He explains, ”I walked into Peter Martins’s office with a videotape and said, ‘And by… Read More