Choreography XX

Admission is Free

Thursday, June 29
Friday, June 30
Start Time: 7:30 PM
Run Time: 90 Minutes
Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater
Portland, Oregon

Seating is limited

Kids Workshop
6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Children are welcome to join OBT Outreach Teaching Artists in the Kids Area for fun and informal dance activities. We look forward to moving with you


Join us for Choreography XX a celebration of dance created by women. Last season OBT launched a national women’s choreography competition. The winners Gioconda Barbuto, Helen Simoneau, and Nicole Haskins were selected by a jury of Portland dance arts professionals and will each create a new work for OBT. These three world premiere works will be performed at Portland’s gorgeous Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater. Admission is free. So pack a picnic, and sit back for a delightful summer evening of dance!

Gioconda Barbuto
Gioconda Barbuto
Montreal, Quebec
Nicole Haskin
Nicole Haskins
Helen Simoneau
North Carolina

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Due to a construction project at Washington Park, parking at the Rose Garden is extremely limited this summer. Please plan with this in mind and if at all possible avoid driving to the event. Here are some convenient options:

Take the Max

Ride the Red or Blue Max lines to the Washington Park station at the Oregon Zoo, then hop on a free Washington Park shuttle bus that will take you to the Rose Garden. Shuttle Bus service has been extended until 10pm on performance nights to conveniently get you back to the Max station after the show.

Max route links: Red LineBlue Line [map]

Take the Bus

Line #63 will take you right to the Rose Garden. TriMet has extended service of Line #63 on Friday night until 10pm. Another option for the return ride is to catch Line#20 at NW 23rd and Burnside. Clear signage will be posted in the park marking the route.

Bus route links: Line#63Line#20[map]

Get a Lyft

Washington Park has a dedicated Lyft drop off and pick up zone at the Rose Garden. You can reserve your Lyft ride up to a week prior to the event.

Steps for scheduling a ride:

  • When selecting your pickup location in the Lyft app, tap the clock icon on the right.
  • Next, select a 10-minute pickup window up to 7 days in advance, and hit “Confirm” once you have it locked in.
  • Set your intended destination next, and hit “Schedule Lyft.”
  • Then, we’ll schedule your ride!
  • It’s that easy. If your plans change, don’t sweat it; you can update or cancel your scheduled ride up to 30 minutes before your requested time.

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Casting and program order are subject to change.

Thursday, June 29 Friday, June 30
7:30 7:30
Gioconda Barbuto Martina Chavez Martina Chavez
Katherine Monogue Katherine Monogue
Emily Parker Emily Parker
Jacqueline Straughan Jacqueline Straughan
Chauncey Parsons Chauncey Parsons
Peter Franc Peter Franc
Adam Hartley Adam Hartley
Michael Linsmeier Michael Linsmeier
Brian Simcoe Brian Simcoe
Nicole Haskins Eva Burton Eva Burton
 ILLUMINATIONS Ansa Deguchi Ansa Deguchi
Abigail Diedrich Abigail Diedrich
Kelsie Nobriga Kelsie Nobriga
Paige Wilkey Paige Wilkey
Thomas Baker Thomas Baker
Colby Parsons Colby Parsons
Avery Reiners Avery Reiners
Andrew Wingert Andrew Wingert
Helen Simoneau Candace Bouchard Candace Bouchard
 DEPARTURES Xuan Cheng Xuan Cheng
Hannah Davis Hannah Davis
Kimberly Nobriga Kimberly Nobriga
Katherine Monogue Katherine Monogue
Keenan English Keenan English
Peter Franc Peter Franc
Adam Hartley Adam Hartley
Michael Linsmeier Michael Linsmeier
Brian Simcoe Brian Simcoe
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After considering almost 90 very qualified applicants during the submission period, our panel has chosen the three winners: Gioconda Barbuto, Helen Simoneau, and Nicole Haskins. “We were thrilled with the incredible response to this competition,” comments OBT Artistic Director Kevin Irving, who headed the selection panel. “With such a wealth of talent we couldn’t have dreamed up a better mix of choreographic voices than we have in Barbuto, Simoneau, and Haskins.”

Gioconda Barbuto
Canadian resident of Italian descent – was a soloist with Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, where she danced for 16 years, distinguishing herself in ballets by a range of choreographers including George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Michel Fokine, José Limon, and Jiri Kylián – for whom she later danced in NDT3.

Nicole Haskins
Southern Californian native Nicole Haskins currently dances with the Smuin Ballet, for which she has also created several works in addition to commissions for the Sacramento Ballet and Richmond Ballet. Her interest in choreography began early, setting small pieces for fellow dancers in her hometown studio.

Helen Simoneau
A native of Québec, Helen Simoneau is the artistic director of Helen Simoneau Danse, a small company that performs annually in Winston-Salem (NC) as well as nationally and internationally. Simoneau has been commissioned by The Juilliard School, the American Dance Festival, The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, and the Swiss International Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich. She is a Bogliasco Fellow, was a Baryshnikov Arts Center resident artist, and won 1st Place for Choreography at the 13th Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany.

All three winners will create a new ballet on the Oregon Ballet Theatre company to be presented as a free performance in Portland, OR on June 29 & 30, 2017. Stay tuned for updates this season as we work with these choreographers to bring you their new work.

Read more about the Choreography XX winners in the full press release here.

Run Time: 90 Minutes




Choreography XX was made possible by a grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.