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Oregon Ballet Theatre Ends 25th Anniversary Season With IMPACT

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Photo Credit: Oregon Ballet Theater Facebook (image cropped)

Oregon Ballet Theatre ends their 25th anniversary season with IMPACT, a showcase of four powerful works, including a world premiere from Darrell Grand Moultrie

“Art must engage with the public in a way that creates conversations. The works in this program are not simply to be admired for their beauty and technical achievement,” says for Artistic Director Kevin Irving. “They may just compel us to consider the world in a different way. In this way we remain a vital part of our community.”

IMPACT opens with Instinctual Confidence, a world premiere work by sought-after choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie, winner of the Princess Grace Fellowship Award. Moultrie has been commissioned to create pieces for renowned ballet companies, and stars like Savion Glover and Beyoncé.

“Ballet dancers now are not just one thing anymore,” Moultrie explains. “They really want to explore!” Moultrie takes inspiration from his unique background growing up in New York City, where he was exposed to so many dance forms and forced to respect them. His “genre jumping” approach is welcomed by classically trained dancers and will keep audiences mesmerized throughout.  

IMPACT will also celebrate founding OBT Resident Choreographer Dennis Spaight, with the return of Crayola to the OBT stage for the first time in nearly two decades. Crayola will feature two young artists of OBT2, a new initiative launched to create performing opportunities for dancers in the early stages of their professional careers. 

Following Crayola is Nicolo Fonte’s Presto, with music by Italian composer Ezio Bosso. The company’s most advanced dancers will hit the stage for this impressive piece.

Closing the show is OBT’s premier of Rassemblement by Nacho Duato. Duato’s choreography was recently introduced to Portland in last season’s Por Vos Muero and Cor Perdut

The potent and emotionally gripping piece will be set to songs by Haitian artist Toto Bissainthe, drawn from the stories of slaves longing for their homeland. The physical piece is a new experience for many of OBT’s dancers, as its danced barefoot. The audience will surely be enthralled by the breathtaking movement and feel the full historical significance of the piece. Rassemblement captures the universal human instinct to strive for freedom in the face of subjugation.

IMPACT, Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Ave.,  April 16th - 25th, $27+.  For more information click HERE


Related Slideshow: Party Report: Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 25 at Keller

Oregon Ballet Theatre kicked off its 25th Anniversary with a spectacular evening of dance…and memories…at the Keller Auditorium on Saturday night.

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OBT Dancers

Oregon Ballet Theatre dusted off costumes from throughout their 25 years at Keller Auditorium.

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Nicolo & Kevin

Choreographer Nicolo Fonte and OBT Artistic Director Kevin Irving at Keller Auditorium.

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Tracy and Candace

One of OBT's original ballerina's Tracy Taylor and current OBT dancer Candace Bouchard. 

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Ronna and James

Ronna Hoffman and OBT's original Artistic Director James Canfield onstage at Keller Auditorium. 

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Michelle Lesniak

 Project Runway champ Michelle Lesniak who created the costumes for Nicolo Fonte's "Never Stop Falling (In Love)."

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Deanna and Jordan

Boeing's Deanna Haley and Jordan Schnitzer at Keller Auditorium.

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Aaron and Olivia

Aaron and Olivia were dressed all in black for the opening night of OBT's 25th Anniversary.

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Trey McIntyre

Choreographer Trey McIntyre onstage at the after-party at the Keller Auditorium.

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Martha and James

Longtime dance critic Martha Ullman West and James Canfield.

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OBT stage

The stage for the after party at Keller Auditorium. 

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China and James

Pink Martini's China Forbes and James Canfield. 

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Kevin Irving

OBT Artistic Director Kevin Irving onstage at after-party at Keller Auditorium.

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Thomas and Nicolo

Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale and choreographer Nicolo Fonte at the after party at Keller Auditorium.


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