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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Arts & Books
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

The Nutcracker

Busby goes big.


Dance
The Nutcracker makes Busby Berkeley seem like an austere minimalist. Compared to that ballet’s sumptuous, self-satisfied bliss, synchronized swimming might as well be a hockey fight. Oregon Ba   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Scoop: Gossip Says Name the Bridge for Working Kirk.


Scoop
SLANTED AND DISENCHANTED: Portland dance-rock group the Slants’ four-year battle with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is moving to federal court. In 2009, the USPTO rejected the band’s at   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 WW Culture Staff

Live Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Dream

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Arts & Books
Under the tutelage of new artistic director Kevin Irving, Oregon Ballet Theatre presented two very different pieces Saturday night. Dream, the season opener for Oregon’s premier dance company, has something old and something new. The show opens with Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero, a contemporary contribution from Irving who has ties with the prominent choreographer, and concluded with former artistic ...   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Punk de Bourrée

How ballet and punk rock keep a Wisconsin farm boy from flying off the rails.


Dance
Growing up, Michael Linsmeier milked cows in rural Wisconsin. His family lived in a town of 1,600 people along the shores of Lake Michigan and grew half the food they ate. Linsmeier spent most o   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON SPENCER

American Music Festival (Oregon Ballet Theatre)

Scrappy pride, en pointe.


Dance
Little about ballet is American. Poised, practiced and, to many, pretentious, it’s antithetical to the unbridled passion of a country built on freedom, manifest destiny and tea parties.     More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Debt on Pointe

Oregon Ballet Theatre owes $300,000 in back rent. Just in time, here comes the arts tax.


News Stories
City officials finally produced details last week of a new arts tax that voters passed last November, requiring Portlanders to pay $35 a year to fund arts teachers in the public schools and suppor   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Artbreaker

A ballerina, a best-seller and a violinist take high culture slumming.


Cover Story
Fall is the snootiest season. In summer, Portlanders drink cheap red wine in the park while watching Top Gun on an inflatable screen or take their kids to...   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 WW Culture Staff

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