Oregon Ballet Theatre Presents DREAM, Now thru 10/19
Marking both the inaugural performances under newly appointed Artistic Director Kevin Irving and the final season of Principal Dancer Alison Roper, Oregon Ballet Theatre will present their opening program, DREAM, at the grand Keller Auditorium. This double bill offers Christopher Stowell's effervescent and witty A Midsummer Night's Dream, based on the classic Shakespearean comedy, alongside the company's first work by renowned Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, Por Vos Muero. In DREAM, Ms. Roper reprises the role of Titania in Stowell's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which she originated in 2007, and also appears in the premier of Duato's Por Vos Muero.
DREAM also offers audiences a first look at four new members of the company, Jennifer Christie (newly promoted from apprentice), Kohhei Kuwana (most recently of Ballet Sarasota), Jenna Nelson (most recently of Pacific Northwest Ballet), and Avery Reiners (from San Francisco Ballet School).
DATES AND TIMES:
DREAM opens Saturday, October 12th, 2013 and runs for 5 performances before closing Saturday, October 19th. For complete show dates and times, please visit www.obt.org
Tickets start at $25. Visit www.obt.org or call 503.2.BALLET for tickets.
OBT also participates in the Arts for All program, providing $5 tickets to patrons carrying an Oregon Trail Card.
About Por Vos Muero:
OBT's entire 13/14 season exhibits a spirit of renewal, but this may be the most clearly expressed in the addition of a work by renowned Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato. Duato's work is already in the repertory of the world's most significant ballet companies - including Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet - except, until now, Oregon Ballet Theatre. Known for the marriage of classical technique with fluidity and suppleness, his choreography offers a new approach to dancing. Duato's ballets are almost always danced as an experience, not a presentation, allowing the viewer to witness this swell of emotion in a way that is as powerful as entering a rose arboretum or a fresh pine forest. Danced to a soundtrack by Jordi Savall, featuring Spanish poetry and music from the 15th and 16th century, Por Vos Muero is transportive, romantic, and offers audiences a fresh look at many of the Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers they know so well. Kevin Irving has been an important collaborator of Duato's since 1994, allowing him to bring unprecedented expertise to the staging process and making these performances of Por Vos Muero even more special to the company.
About A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Originally choreographed in 2007 for Oregon Ballet Theatre, Christopher Stowell's A Midsummer Night's Dream, set to the ethereal Felix Mendelssohn score, is notable for its wit, charm, and lush Pacific Northwest-inspired sets and costumes. The characters from Shakespeare's classic comedy are clearly drawn, with fantastic dancing even as the story is being told. Students from the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre join the company as dragonflies and lightning bugs in the fairy realm, and the OBT Orchestra performs live for every show.
About Oregon Ballet Theatre:
Founded in 1989, OBT is the state's largest full-time professional ballet company, dedicated to creating and preserving the art of ballet through the highest quality performance, training and educational programming. OBT is committed to producing compelling and diverse works that consistently inspire and entice audiences. OBT offers experiential arts education programs for youth and adults, as well as a professional ballet school for students, ages 4-18. Through all the programs it offers, OBT reaches over 130,000 members of the community each year. For more information about OBT go to: www.obt.org.
About Kevin Irving:
As a dancer, Kevin Irving appeared with the Alvin Ailey Training Ensemble, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (as a soloist and principal dancer) and with American icon Twyla Tharp. In 1994, Kevin retired from the stage to take a position as ballet master and head of the artistic department with Nacho Duato's Compañia Nacional de Danza in Spain. From 2002 to 2007, Kevin was the Artistic Director of The Goteborg Ballet; the company under Kevin's leadership was named the most important Dance Company in Sweden by Ballet International Magazine. Since 2007 Kevin has been based in the U.S., while still maintaining a vast network of contacts abroad. Irving has been a frequent guest teacher with companies and schools such as, The Royal Danish Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Aspen Santa Fe, Juilliard, etc. Mr. Irving was also Associate Director at Dance Company Morphoses (2011-2012). He continues to stage ballets by Nacho Duato and American choreographer Nicolo Fonte and is the Founder/Director of I-DANCE, a non-profit organization that sends teachers and choreographers to Latin American dance communities. He was appointed Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre in June 2013.
About Alison Roper:
Alison Roper was born in Portland, Maine, and began her ballet training at age five with local teachers Jon and Linda Miele. Alison received her formal dance training from The Portland School of Ballet, Boston Ballet School and the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Alison joined Oregon Ballet Theatre in 1996 and was promoted into the corps in 1997. She was honored by Dance Magazine in 2002 as one of "25 to Watch," and in 2007 was ranked principal dancer. Alison's repertoire includes principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Jerome Robbins, Sir Frederick Ashton, Kent Stowell, Peter Martins, Paul Taylor and Bebe Miller. She has originated leading roles in ballets by James Kudelka, Trey McIntyre, Yuri Possokhov, James Canfield, Christopher Stowell and Nicolo Fonte, among others.