The Oregon Ballet Theatre 2023-2024 season, the first curated by recently appointed Artistic Director Danielle Rowe, sees a couple of OBT premieres as well as several new works created for the second annual installment of the company’s Made in Portland program.
Oregon Ballet Theatre 2023-2024 Season Trailer
Oregon Ballet Theatre 2023-2024 Season Schedule
Swan Lake | October 6-14, 2023
- Swan Lake by Christopher Stowell (after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov)
A cursed princess seeks salvation in the loving arms of a noble prince . . . A kaleidoscope of swans dance to music that makes the heart soar . . . An evil villain upends the romance of a lifetime . . . There is no ballet that captures our collective imagination more than Swan Lake. It is a must-see for the uninitiated, and a classic for ballet lovers everywhere.
The Nutcracker | December 8-24, 2023
- The Nutcracker by George Balanchine
A treasured holiday tradition continues as Oregon Ballet Theatre returns George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® to the Keller Auditorium. Brave toy soldiers battle mischievous mice, snowflakes dance, and we are carried away to a magical Land of Sweets, all to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score!
Peter Pan | February 17-25, 2024
- Peter Pan by Trey McIntyre
Throw open the window and escape to Neverland with Wendy, John, Michael, and the one and only wild-child, Peter Pan. Trey McIntyre’s highly praised take on the boy who refused to grow up is a playful and thrilling interpretation of J.M. Barrie’s 1911 novella that juxtaposes childhood whimsy with the weighty responsibilities of adulthood.
‘Pan features spectacular flying sequences, swashbuckling sword fights, giant puppets, and of course, Tinker Bell! Set to a soaring score by Sir Edward Elgar, arranged by founding OBT Orchestra Music Director Niel DePonte, with elaborate sets by Thomas Boyd and colorful, punk-fashion inspired costumes from Broadway great Jeanne Button, this magical ballet is sure to enthrall audiences of all ages!
Wooden Dimes | April 5-13, 2024
- Wooden Dimes by Danielle Rowe
- Three Preludes by Ben Stevenson
- Just Above the Surface by Yue Yin
OBT Artistic Director Danielle Rowe’s dramatic one-act ballet Wooden Dimes launches audiences into the tumultuous relationship of 1920’s-era chorus girl Betty Fine and her husband Robert, a passion ultimately ripped apart by resentment and jealousy. Originally produced as a film during the pandemic for San Francisco Ballet’s digital season, Wooden Dimes will be brought to life on stage in this exciting premiere.
Sharing the program is a romance with a brighter ending, Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes. A cautious studio flirtation between two dancers transforms into an affair under the influence of the rapturous Rachmaninoff score.
Just Above the Surface by New York-based choreographer Yue Yin completes the program. Described by Culture Vulture as a “goosebump-inducing” work, this ensemble piece “seduces the audience to sway along while hoping that it will never end.”
Made in Portland | June 6-9, 2024
- World Premiere by Andrea Schermoly
- World Premiere by Rebecca Margolick
- World Premiere by Makino Hayashi
- World Premiere by Charlotte Nash
The season closes with the second installment of Made in Portland lovingly crafted for the cultural explorers that make our city great. Like fine wine and food, ballet is ever evolving, and it is our pleasure to lead the way with three locally made world premieres.
Adding to the OBT repertory this season are Louisville Ballet Resident Choreographer Andrea Schermoly, freelance choreographer named Pointe Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch, Rebecca Margolick, and OBT’s own rising dance makers Makino Hayashi and Charlotte Nash.
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