The Last Dance

Oregon’s premier ballet company is losing its premier ballerina. Alison Roper, after 18 seasons with Oregon Ballet Theatre, is retiring, performing for the final time this weekend. In this Celebrate   More
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Celebrate


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So get this: At the end of this show, people throw roses. Roses! As if this were Europe! Point is, bring roses to this show, because you get to throw them.The show, of course, is Celebrate, Oregon Ballet Theatre's season closer and the last performance for principal dancer Alison Roper, who's retiring after 18 seasons with the company. Roper's been all over local media in the past few weeks, from our Q&A ...   More
Friday, April 18, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Alison Roper

The retiring ballerina talks about her favorite moments, mishaps, injuries and next steps.


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Alison Roper retires from Oregon Ballet Theatre this month after 18 seasons with the company. The 40-year-old ballerina has been with the company longer than any other dancer—in both of its appearances at the Kennedy Center, and even as the lead in Swan Lake while five months pregnant. Calm and driven, she dances with quiet sensitivity but has the athleticism to stick difficult moves with a gentle ...   More
Thursday, April 17, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Reveal


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Alison Roper begins Bolero with steely energy, surrounded as she was in 2008, when the piece premiered, by metal panels that gradually rise as Ravel’s snare drum-driven score increases in intensity. Within moments, Artur Sultanov bursts gallantly from stage right and rushes to her, completing the time warp to six years ago when the pair first danced the piece by Nicolo Fonte.  Sultanov, who at ...   More
Sunday, February 23, 2014 AARON SPENCER


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