Since its launch in 1989, Oregon Ballet Theatre has distinguished itself by presenting exquisite classical performances and cutting edge contemporary works through exciting commissions and OBT premieres. New choreographic voices are vital to reinvigorating the art form and this season we have so many, including: a world premiere from Michelle Manzanales whose piece Con Brazos Abiertos for Ballet Hispánico was lauded by the LA Times as one of “heart tugging beauty”; Jennifer Archibald brings last season’s SculptedClouds to the Keller Auditorium in a full production; Portland locals Ashley Roland and Jamey Hampton combine their distinctive wit and visual virtuosity for Big Shoes created for OBT in 2019; Canadian choreographer Matjash Mrozewski connects the worlds of dance, theatre, and film in his riveting The Lost Dance; Trey McIntyre whose classic dance tributes to contemporary music icons have made ballet lovers the world over, stages In Dreams with music by the incomparable Roy Orbison; Australian ballet star Danielle Rowe dubbed a “choreographic storyteller” by Culture Vulture takes us on a journey through her Dreamland, an OBT premiere; and Darrell Grand Moultrie equally at ease with commercial dance genres as classical, returns to set Fluidity of Steel for The Americans program.

Jennifer Archibald

SculptedClouds | October 15 – 16, 2021

Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 Dance Intensives. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, NIKE and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed singers and actors.

Danielle Rowe

Dreamland | April 8 – 10, 2022

Choreographer Danielle Rowe was born in Shepparton, Australia and trained at the Australian Ballet School. Rowe has created works for San Francisco Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater’s SWITCH program, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Co.Lab Dance (featuring dancers from American Ballet Theater), Ballet Idaho, Grand Rapids Ballet, SFDanceworks, Barak Ballet, Diablo Ballet, Oakland Ballet and Berkeley Ballet Theater.

Matjash Mrozewski

The Lost Dance | April 8 – 10, 2022

Matjash Mrozewski is a choreographer and director with over twenty-five years of experience as a creator, performer, teacher and collaborator. His professional experience encompasses the worlds of dance, theatre, opera, musical theatre, and film. 

Trey McIntyre

In Dreams – OBT Premiere | April 8 – 10, 2022

Trey McIntyre is a renowned choreographer and photographer whose choreographic works have been performed by Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New York City Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Queensland Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and more. McIntyre trained at North Carolina School of the Arts and Houston Ballet Academy.

Jamey Hampton

Big Shoes | June 3 – 11, 2022

Jamey Hampton has had a storied career in dance, theatre, television, and film that has spanned four decades. Born in Portland, Oregon, he was a distinguished athlete in high school, receiving varsity letters in track and football. He attended Dartmouth College, where he was a competitive ski racer, rugby player, as well as rowing stroke on the freshman crew team. Dartmouth was also where Hampton began dancing in earnest, meeting Pilobolus Dance Theater while pursuing a BFA degree in theatre. After Dartmouth, he danced with Pilobolus around the world for five years. He then helped form and danced with MOMIX from 1982-1987, followed by ISO Dance from 1987-1995. In 1997, he formed BodyVox with his partner, Ashley Roland. Now in its 21st season, BodyVox is a vibrant and singular dance company known to audiences worldwide for its ebullient and deeply imaginative work.

Michelle Manzanales

World Premiere | June 3 – 11, 2022

Michelle Manzanales is a choreographer, dedicated dance educator of nearly 30 years, and co-founder of the Latinx Dance Educators Alliance. The Director of Ballet Hispánico’s School of Dance since December of 2016, Michelle previously led the organization’s professional company as Rehearsal Director & Artistic Associate for seven seasons.

Darrell Grand Moultrie

Fluidity of Steel | June 3 – 11, 2022

Darrell Grand Moultrie is a recipient of a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award, has created and staged multiple works for The Juilliard School, Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, BalletMet (Columbus, Ohio), Ailey II, Sacramento Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Tulsa Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Smuin Ballet.

Ashley Roland

Big Shoes | June 3 – 11, 2022

Ashley Roland is a true American original. With an unparalleled imagination and an acuity in both choreography and theatrical effect, she creates work that is unbridled and unabashed, resonating deeply with audiences around the world.