Having It All

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 premiereMore »

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s New Choreographic Competition

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 EnglishMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Candace Bouchard

Artur Sultanov in "The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude" (photo by Blaine Covert, courtesy OBT)

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 untraditionalMore »

A Change in Direction

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 StripperMore »

OBT Pulls Through

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, includingMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Home Grown Charmer

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 workMore »