OBT Exposed at Director Park
August 26 – 30, 2013 / Daily 11:00am to 6:45pm
Once again this summer, OBT is moving our dance studios outdoors to Director Park in downtown Portland, offering visitors of all ages the opportunity to sneak a peek inside the process of staging a ballet. This year’s OBT Exposed will usher in the next era for the company, featuring our dancers’ first days working under the direction of new Artistic Director Kevin Irving.
Each morning, you will have the opportunity to watch the dancers take their daily class, designed to perfect their technique and develop the physical and artistic qualities required of classical dancers. The class begins with barre exercises and continues with complicated combinations of turns and jumps culminating in virtuoso athleticism.
Each afternoon, the company will be rehearsing the fall program, including audience favorite A Midsummer Nights’s Dream and a company premiere by acclaimed choreographer Nacho Duato.
Bring your lunch, relax with friends or treat your loved ones to the beauty and grace of OBT's dancers and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to stage a ballet.
Other activities throughout the week will include classes for children and adults taught by skilled dance instructors, and a showing of the feature film “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” starring Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Rupert Everett! All events are completely FREE!
Pictured Left: Principal Dancer Haiyan Wu. Photo by Joni Kabana. Center: Photo by Renata Kosina. Right: Oregon Ballet Theatre Soloists Candace Bouchard and Lucas Threefoot in rehearsal with choreographer Pontus Lidberg at Director Park in Portland, Oregon in August 2012. Photo by Renata Kosina.