OREGON BALLET THEATRE

 

OBT Exposed at Director Park

OBT Exposed at Pioneer Courthouse Square
Monday, August 25 - Thursday, August 28, 2014

Once again this summer, OBT is moving our dance studios outdoors to downtown Portland, offering visitors of all ages the opportunity to sneak a peek inside the process of bringing a ballet to life.

We kick off our 25th Anniversary Season with four days of classes and open rehearsals in Pioneer Courthouse Square. See the company's first rehearsals for choreographer Nicolo Fonte's highly anticipated world premiere, and get a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the perseverance and perspiration of these classically-trained professional dancers.

Other activities throughout the week will include classes for children and adults taught by the School of Oregon Ballet Theatreís esteemed faculty and OBTís Education and Outreach Teaching Artists. All events are completely FREE!

SCHEDULE: MONDAY, TUESDAY & THURSDAY (subject to change)

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Company Class

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.

12:45 - 3:00 pm

Rehearsal

See the company in rehearsal with choreographer Nicolo Fonte as he creates a world premiere work for the OBT 25 program, which opens October 11th!

3:05 pm - 3:45 pm

Kids’ Creative Movement

The littlest Oregonians are invited to try their moves on stage in a free children’s class led by OBT’s Education & Outreach department. Participation is limited to 30 children aged 5 to 12 and will be available on a first come, first served basis starting a ½ hour before each class. FREE!

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Rehearsal

6:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Q & A

SCHEDULE: WEDNESDAY (subject to change)

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Company Class

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Rehearsal

3:05 pm - 3:45 pm

Kids’ Creative Movement

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Intermediate Ballet Class

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Rehearsal

SPECIAL EVENTS - FREE!

BALLET CLASS / Tuesday, August 26, 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Join in an open technique class for adults of all levels. Find out more in the info tent.

BALLET STAGE BY STAGE / Monday, August 25, 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
and Wednesday, August 27, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

See Oregon Ballet Theatre Apprentices and top level students from the School of OBT in a special demonstration.

Pictured Left: Photo of child by Renata Kosina. Center: Kimberly Nobriga. Photo by M. Realty. Right: Jordan Kindell (foreground), Avery Reiners and Eva Burton. Photo by M. Realty.


ABOUT OBT EXPOSED
From 1995-2008, Oregon Ballet Theatre presented OBT Exposed in the South Park Blocks of downtown Portland. Each year, these free weeks in the park allowed the public to see the daily regimen of OBTís dancers and artistic staff and enjoy a daily break with the ballet. After a hiatus in 2009 and 2010, OBT Exposed returned in July 2011, moving to Director Park in the heart of downtown Portland. To launch the 25th Anniversary Season in August 2014, OBT Exposed will take over Portlandís living room - Pioneer Courthouse Square.

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