Dancers know that practice makes…room for more practice. We spend our entire lives working to refine our technique, and what non-dancers see as perfection we see as a work in progress. But with dedication and discipline, that work-in-progress starts to change and grow, and that’s the beauty of our art form: constant opportunity to push … More »
Kevin Irving is a man of eclectic tastes. It showed in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2015–16 season, which opened with Napoli Act III, the company’s first turn with Bournonville, followed by Balanchine’s Nutcracker. Then came Romeo & Juliet, as envisioned by OBT founding artistic director James Canfield. The season closed with Beautiful Decay, an OBT premiere … More »
The lack of female choreographers in the ballet world has come under recent scrutiny. Why are so few women given opportunities to create for major companies—especially when they’re out there, steadily making work? How can companies, schools, patrons and mentors cultivate emerging choreographers? Many companies have addressed the dearth through deliberate programming, like the English … More »
Royal Danish Ballet star Amy Watson will perform as a guest artist in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s fall production of Amore Italiano, which will include Act III of the Bournonville ballet Napoli, and the world premiere of Sub Rosa by James Kudelka.
Portland’s popular Wonder Ballroom, an indie music club, was packed wall to wall. A sea of hipster 20-somethings crowded in for the headline act: the locally famous band Horse Feathers and half a dozen Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers, united for the night under the name Uprising. High-energy choreography embodied the stirring lyrics, making this untraditional … More »
After the abrupt departure of artistic director Christopher Stowell last month, the fate of Oregon Ballet Theatre seemed up in the air. But the picture’s looking brighter already. Anne Mueller, who was the company’s star dancer until her retirement in 2011, has taken over as interim artistic director through the end of the 2013 season.
An earthquake in Portland this week sent rumbles throughout the national dance scene. It was centered at the studios of Oregon Ballet Theatre on Wednesday, when artistic director Christopher Stowell announced to the dancers and staff that he was resigning.
On a rainy spring evening in the studios of Portland’s Oregon Ballet Theatre, in front of an audience of company supporters and members of the press, Chairman of the Board John Bernard shot dancer Alison Roper and everyone applauded. Roper, clad in the fishnet stockings and three-inch heels demanded by the role of The Stripper … More »
Oregon Ballet Theatre is back from the brink, thanks in no small part to its many friends in the ballet community. On June 12, the company—facing severe financial difficulties that left it scrambling to raise $750,000 by the end of that month—held a fundraising gala dubbed Dance United. Dancers from all over North America, including … More »
With a name like Grace, long legs, flexible hips and an innate elegance, Grace Shibley seems to have been destined for ballet. But when asked what comes easily for her, a smile breaks out on her pretty, heart-shaped face: “I don’t feel like anything comes easily!” Her teachers might put it differently, citing Shibley’s work … More »