“People Like a Little Glamour”

  Lifelong musical theatre geek Claire Willett interviews Christopher Stowell about her all-time favorite work in the OBT rep: Stowell’s sparkling, sexy, witty Cole Porter ballet Eyes On You. Christopher Stowell. Photo by Joni Kabana. What inspired Eyes On You?  How did you come up with the idea? Well, the practical reason was doing something… Read More

The Life and times of Anne Mueller Part Five: “It Was like Being a Ninja”

OBT staff members Linda Besant and Claire Willett sat down with Principal Dancer Anne Mueller (who retires from the stage and transitions to our artistic staff in May) to interview her about her life and career. Over the next few days we’ll be sharing with you some of her stories and anecdotes – from her… Read More

Six Degrees of Cole Porter

By Claire Willett Cole Porter “Six Degrees of Separation” is a statistical theory model which suggests that every human being on earth is connected to every other human being on earth through no more than six other people. That is beyond the scope of this undertaking, so we’re going to stick with its far-less-weighty spinoff,… Read More

“It’s Really a Street Brawl”

 Former OBT dancer Matthew Boyes shares his memories of Speak, Trey McIntyre’s ballet set to a spoken-word piece by Tracie Morris and the hip-hop music of The Bloodhound Gang. Vanessa Thiessen and Matthew Boyes in the world premiere of Trey McIntyre’s Speak. Oregon Ballet Theatre, 1998. Photo by David Straub. By Claire Willett How was… Read More

The Life and Times of Anne Mueller Part Four: Anne on Christopher

OBT staffer Claire Willett sits down with Anne Mueller to talk all things Christopher Stowell – how she met him, how she would describe him in three words (HINT: she can’t), her favorite Stowell role, how she’s grown as a dancer over the past few years, and the one time she got to dance with… Read More