Giselle (Oregon Ballet Theatre)

What it’s like to dance ballet’s toughest role.

Yuka Iino has been feeling a little, well, emotional lately: “I tear up for small little things, not necessarily things that are making me sad,” she confesses via email. “I cry for somethi   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Oregon Ballet Theatre Announces New Season; Unveils new Carmen, Petrouchka and Wheeldon Ballet


Arts & Books
On Monday, before announcing its 2011-2012 season last night to a crowd of dance lovers at its Southeast Portland studio, Oregon Ballet Theatre heightened the dramatic tension by asking its Facebook fans to guess what might be in store. Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote and Coppelia were top picks (honorable mention goes to the as-yet unballetified Harry and the Hendersons), but no. Instead, the new season, ...   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre's Holiday Revue and Nutcracker

On the last night of Oregon Ballet Theatre's new Holiday Revue, OBT Artistic Director Christopher Stowell made it official: The show was so popular, he announced onstage, that the company was declaring it “a new annual OBT event.” Stowell's gamble—creating and staging an original production in tandem with The Nutcracker, which is a logistical challenge unto itself—seems ...   More
Monday, December 20, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre's The Sleeping Beauty

Arts & Books
Like Stravinsky and Balanchine or Cunningham and Cage, Tchaikovsky and Petipa created great dance by collaborating closely on steps and score. Their partnership produced some of the classical ballet world's greatest hits, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. Oregon Ballet Theatre already had the first two in its repertoire; on Saturday, the company opened its 21st season ...   More
Sunday, October 10, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

Live Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre's Left Unsaid.

Chairs are more than set dressing to choreographer Nicolo Fonte. They're stilts, barriers and fainting couches. Their legs are extra limbs for busy dancers and their seats new territory to be conquered. Those chairs, three simple black wooden fold-ups, figure largely in the dance-maker's Left Unsaid, a truly wonderful 2003 work for six dancers that Oregon Ballet Theatre presented for the first ...   More
Monday, April 20, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Oregon Ballet Theatre: $750,000 or bust.

Oregon Ballet Theatre is gearing up for its biggest performance ever—raising three-quarters of a million dollars in one month. Barry Johnson over at the O had the scoop last night: Unless the company raises $750,000 by June 30 to cover expenses and pay creditors, it may have to close its doors. "It is not clear that we will survive," said Jon Ulsh, the company's executive director. Read ...   More
Thursday, May 28, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Oregon Ballet Theatre's Red Letter Days.

Update 4 pm Thursday, Sept. 24: WW has obtained a print copy of the letter to the OBT board from OBT staffers. Here it is: Original Post: A letter signed by at least 20 Oregon Ballet Theatre staffers, including dancers, that was delivered to the dance company's Board of Directors last Thursday, Sept. ...   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre Emerald Retrospective

Twenty years after its birth – and four months after its near-death experience and recent internal shake up--Oregon Ballet Theatre has kicked off its '09-10 season with the Emerald Retrospective program. The Keller Auditorium was mostly full on opening night, as it was in June, when OBT brought in the local and national dance cavalry for its United We Dance benefit, which attracted enough ...   More
Sunday, October 11, 2009 HEATHER WISNER

Oregon Ballet Theatre: Executive Director Jon Ulsh is out.

Oregon Ballet Theatre announced this afternoon that the company's executive director Jon Ulsh is stepping down. The news comes only weeks after WW broke the news that OBT staffers had sent a missive to the company's board of directors calling for Ulsh's ouster. WW also recently reported on financial records that showed that the company's massive cash shortage earlier this year was due to years ...   More
Friday, October 9, 2009 KELLY CLARKE


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