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The Light in the Piazza

This Met-meets-Broadway show is all about lush music.

By his early teens, Adam Guettel was enjoying a career on the operatic stage that would be the envy of any young singer—not to mention adults three times his age. In gigs as a boy soprano at the ...   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Suck your Sidekick; Sing a Showtune

As one gay bathhouse in Portland (that's Club Portland on Stark Street, kids) is on its way out of business, another gay bathhouse is in the process of being born.

As a musical comedy.

Word is out today tha...   More
Friday, March 30, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

LIVE REVIEW: Janssen's "Rebound" Springs to Life

Conny Janssen's “Rebound” may have a trampoline center stage, but the most buoyant and affecting moments in this new dance piece have nothing to do with that nonsensical springboard.

In its American debut courtesy of White Bird,    More
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Voices of the (Queer?) Spirit

In the closet of the Schnitz, queer voices emerge.

Conductor Carlos Kalmar can easily tick off a list of Oregon Symphony achievements that have happened on his watch: a dramatic increase in the precision and shine of the symphony, a spate of new princ ...   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

The Flying dutchman

Christopher Alden strips down Wagner to chilling effect.

Christopher Alden doesn't like the views from his South Waterfront hotel room. "It is," he says, referencing no water in sight from his window, "more of a non-view." Views, perspectives, images&mdash ...   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Bouncing Off The Walls

Conny Janssen Danst makes its leap to the U.S. with help from White Bird and local set builders.

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Schumacher's protesters and other animal-rights activist types need not worry: The leather panels covering this new dance set are 100-percent fake. "Yes, it's faux leather," reiterates Walter Jaffe, ...   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

OBT Premieres Hit Their Mark (Mostly)

Christopher Stowell has, in effect, thrown down the ballet gauntlet with Oregon Ballet Theatre's ambitious and intermittently successful program of premieres last weekend. His company means business.

Business in the sense of bringing new works from some of the today's top modern ...   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Sydney Dance Company/stephen Petronio

Ballet's bad boy loves himself a little Nick Cave. Awesome.

When casting about for dancemaking music, most contemporary ballet choreographers veer toward the classical end of the spectrum. Mark Morris works with Handel and Schubert. William Forsythe has set a ...   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

The Christopher Stowell Show

Sneaking a peek at OBT's winter program and 2007-08 season.

Make no mistake: Oregon Ballet Theatre is very much Christopher Stowell's company.This is, as the last four seasons have shown, an overwhelmingly good thing for Portland's cultural life. Since taking ...   More
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Key Turn Project

Free eats and cheap drinks can't save a free-falling new dance company.

Before the lights went down at the debut performance of Key Turn Project —Portland's newest contemporary dance and music collective—the company had a lot going for it: a group of fresh-fac ...   More
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin
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