Face to Face

October 15 – 16, 2021
Keller Auditorium

This fall we return to the stage with three powerful ballets that bring us face-to-face with human nature. In Ben Stevenson’s intimate Three Preludes, a cautious studio flirtation between two dancers transforms into passion – their flowing movements increasing in speed and intensity as they are swept away by their love. This renowned ballet has been performed by major companies the world over. We are delighted to bring it to Portland.

Adding a thrilling counterpoint, we present George Balanchine’s iconic The Four Temperaments. Sparse and mesmerizing, the plotless work is loosely based on the ancient notion that human disposition is comprised of a mix of four personality types. But as with all things Balanchine, the ballet is ultimately an expression of the pure possibility and joy of dancing.

We close with SculptedClouds an otherworldly exploration of man’s relationship with nature from rising star Jennifer Archibald. Dancers reach for the sky in soaring lifts set to the ethereal beat-driven music of Dead Can Dance. But the clouds are beyond them – boundless, airy, and free – and will not be controlled.



Three Preludes – OBT Premiere!

Choreography: Ben Stevenson
Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff

The Four Temperaments

Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Paul Hindemith


Choreography: Jennifer Archibald
Music: Lisa Gerrard, Brendan Perry, Roger Goula

Showtimes & Tickets

Friday, October 15 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 16 | 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 16 | 7:30 PM

• At this time, children under the age of 12 will not be permitted to attend Face to Face.
• All patrons are required to show proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance. Details HERE


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