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PERFORMANCES
Saturday, October 11 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 12 – 2:00 pm
Thursday, October 16 – 7:30 pm
Friday, October 17 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 18 – 7:30 pm

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Agon
George Balanchine / Stravinsky

Love x 3

  • Duet from Robust American Love
    Trey McIntyre / Fleet Foxes
  • Pas de Deux from Carmen
    Christopher Stowell / Bizet
  • Pas de Deux from Romeo & Juliet*
    James Canfield / Prokofiev

Never Stop Falling
(In Love)
**

World Premiere
Nicolo Fonte / Pink Martini
***

**Nicolo Fonte’s World Premiere is sponsored by Sue Horn-Caskey & Rick Caskey.

*James Canfield’s Romeo & Juliet is sponsored by Brad & Nancy Miller.

***Pink Martini’s appearance is sponsored by Cate Millar & Bob Sweeney and Nancy Locke & Don Harris.

OBT kicks off its celebration of 25 years of thrilling dance with a program dedicated to both our rich history and our exciting future. Returning for the first time in over a decade is George Balanchine’s masterwork, Agon, pivotal in the development of modernism in the 20th century and one of the most thrilling athletic contests you will ever see. The program includes excerpts from the three choreographers that most shaped OBT over the company's first 25 years: Christopher Stowell, Artistic Director from 2003–2012, Trey McIntyre, Resident Choreographer from 1997–1999, and Founding Artistic Director James Canfield – whose work returns to OBT for the first time since 2003. Topping off this celebratory event is a collaboration between the iconic band Pink Martini and choreographer Nicolo Fonte. Thomas Lauderdale & China Forbes live on stage with the dancers of Oregon Ballet Theatre in a knock-your-socks-off experience of music and dance together – dedicated to the very human need to Never Stop Falling (In Love).

Photo: Haiyan Wu and Brian Simcoe in James Canfield's Romeo & Juliet. Photo by Tatiana Wills.

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PERFORMANCES
Saturday, October 11 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 12 – 2:00 pm
Thursday, October 16 – 7:30 pm
Friday, October 17 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 18 – 7:30 pm

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Portland Monthly
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The Oregonian

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PHOTOS & VIDEO

VIEW: Rehearsal photos by Blaine Truitt Covert. See the entire gallery on Flickr HERE

OBT Rehearsal - Agon
OBT Rehearsal - Agon
OBT Rehearsal - Agon
OBT Rehearsal - Romeo & Juliet
OBT Rehearsal - Romeo & Juliet
OBT Rehearsal - Never Stop Falling (In Love)
OBT Rehearsal - Never Stop Falling (In Love)
OBT Rehearsal - Never Stop Falling (In Love)
OBT Rehearsal - Never Stop Falling (In Love)
OBT Rehearsal - Never Stop Falling (In Love)

WATCH: Sneak a peek at the very beginning of the choreographic and rehearsal process for Nicolo Fonte's world premiere work, Never Stop Falling (In Love).

 

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PERFORMANCES
Saturday, October 11 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 12 – 2:00 pm
Thursday, October 16 – 7:30 pm
Friday, October 17 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 18 – 7:30 pm

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PERFORMANCES
Saturday, October 11 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 12 – 2:00 pm
Thursday, October 16 – 7:30 pm
Friday, October 17 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 18 – 7:30 pm

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Portland Monthly
Kink fm radio
The Oregonian

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PREVIEWS & REVIEWS

“[T]here's plenty of shimmer to this silver anniversary.” –The Oregonian

“[Love x 3] revealed OBT's heart and soul… The works, joined together with a theme of love, featured some of the best dancers from the company's current roster, along with the return of Alison Roper, who retired just last spring, in a passionate duet from Stowell's ‘Carmen.’” – The Oregonian

[About the pas de deux from James Canfield’s Romeo & Juliet] “Deguchi and Simcoe radiated both passion and innocence as young lovers awakening to forbidden desire. In the duet's final moment, Simcoe's Romeo flees to avoid discovery, and Deguchi flings herself on her bed with just the right mix of joy and despair.” –The Oregonian

[About Nicolo Fonte’s Never Stop Falling (In Love)] “big, joyous…” – Portland Monthly

“[Nicolo Fonte’s Never Stop Falling (In Love)] is all about old school grandeur and glamour paired with contemporary movement” – Portland Monthly

“[Jordan Kindell’s] lower center of gravity and muscular grace [in Nicolo Fonte’s Never Stop Falling (In Love)] lended him a sort of raw power that makes him impossible to ignore…” – Portland Monthly

[About Nicolo Fonte’s Never Stop Falling (In Love)] “The elegiac choreography highlighted Chauncey [Parson’s] delicate lines as well as Colby [Parson’s] brute strength… It was one of those moment where practice, technique, and creativity merge to beautiful affect.” – Portland Monthly

[About George Balanchine’s Agon] “Candace Bouchard shined with a sly, sexy confidence that extended to every wrist flip and shoulder drop during a mesmerizing solo and trio section” – Portland Monthly

“Martina Chavez and Brian Simcoe nailed [Agon’s] toughest pas de deux, a deceptively cool piece of choreography peppered with blind drops that flirt with brain injury and a lasting image of Simcoe firmly bending Chavez’s lithe body into a sort of standing swan origami.” – Portland Monthly

[About the duet from Trey McIntyre’s Robust American Love] “a wry, energetic delight” – Portland Monthly

[About the pas de deux from James Canfield’s Romeo & Juliet] “lush and lovely” – Portland Monthly

[About the pas de deux from Christopher Stowell’s Carmen] “Sultry, funny, and filled with visual puns, it was Stowell as his romantic best.” – Portland Monthly

“There’s been considerable passage of time since George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky made Agon, which opened the show, and yet there’s definitely no sign of wear in this work that expresses the jittery, cocky, competitive atmosphere of post -World War II New York – and when danced well, which it was here, is equally reflective of our own increasingly terrifying times.” – Oregon Arts Watch

“Candace Bouchard [in George Balanchine’s Agon], who is an experienced performer, danced Dewdrop in Balanchine’s Nutcracker with the speed, musicality and limpid clarity that the role demands, and did likewise with the Spanish-tinged details of the solo that is part of the second Pas de Trois, partnered by Jordan Kindell and Adam Hartley.” – Oregon Arts Watch

“I’ll not soon forget the image of Chavez [in George Balanchine’s Agon], one leg on point, other smoothly hooked around Simcoe’s neck, proclaiming that in Balanchine’s work the ballerina is the boss. They were both fantastic…” – Oregon Arts Watch

[About the duet from Trey McIntyre’s Robust American Love] “[Xuan Cheng and Michael Linsmeier] thoroughly inhabited McIntyre’s idiosyncratic movement vocabulary, giving the duet the weight and playfulness that make it unmistakably his work.” – Oregon Arts Watch

[About the pas de deux from Christopher Stowell’s Carmen] “Parsons, who has performed such oblivious aristocrats as Swan Lake’s Siegfried and Giselle’s Albrecht, is just as convincing at callow cluelessness; and Roper, moving like a female Lucifer in serpentine form certainly did the job on Saturday night. They, and Stowell, were applauded long and hard.” – Oregon Arts Watch

[About the pas de deux from James Canfield’s Romeo & Juliet] “Deguchi’s interpretation of a 14-year-old bride who has to grow up fast was heart-rending, fresh and charming: exuberant as Simcoe lifted her and swung her around his back to perch her on his shoulder; desolate as he left her, weeping, on the edge of their bed.” – Oregon Arts Watch

“[Nicolo Fonte’s Never Stop Falling (In Love)] showcases the dancers, celebrates the company, and contains some truly lovely moments, one of them a gentle interaction between the dancers and a strolling Forbes. The Parsons brothers’ gently physical duet, a gorgeous classical pas de deux by Chavez and Brett Bauer, and a solo tailored by Fonte to Kindell’s developing technique and extraordinary stage presence are others.” – Oregon Arts Watch

The Huffington Post: It's Pink Martini and Balanchine for Oregon Ballet Theatre at 25

"OBT is in the throes of rehearsal for a 25th anniversary program that honors its 20th century past, and also looks ahead to its future as a cultural beacon in a city that boxes way above its weight class in the arts."

"[Agon Répétiteur Bark Cook] murmured 'beautiful' as Martina Chavez maneuvered into a deep arabesque penchée on pointe while Brian Simcoe threw himself to the ground on his back, continuing to support her with one hand. There were thrills aplenty, as when Jordan Kindell and Adam Hartley tossed Candace Bouchard high into the air. But perhaps the greatest pleasure came from watching the ensemble chew up space in low explosive jumps that often twist and change direction unexpectedly in the air - especially the cadre of men (Hartley, Kindell, Simcoe, and Chauncey Parsons)... Apart from the stunning, elegant Chavez, doe-eyed Eva Burton was a revelation in rehearsal - flipping between stark hyperextensions and softly regal classical positions with astonishing ease - as was Candace Bouchard, who pairs the serenity of a Botticelli with the athleticism of a modern American Olympian."

"Ansa Deguchi is a reckless young teenager in James Canfield's Romeo and Juliet, trying to prevent the sensitive Brian Simcoe from leaving her bedroom at the crack of dawn. The petite Deguchi radiates clean lines, and communicates with her beautiful arches and delicately expressive fingers and hands."

"The party atmosphere in the rehearsal studio kicked into high gear when Pink Martini's irrepressible Thomas Lauderdale, dapper in grey suit and bow tie, bounded in and settled in behind the piano. The company is not simply dancing to previously released arrangements of Pink Martini hits; Fonte and Lauderdale have shaped some old and some unreleased songs into a purpose-built score."

"Never Stop Falling is a big ensemble number, full of luxurious, slinky, flirty movement... The work brings out individual dancer personalities: the fearless Xuan Cheng, sultry Martina Chavez, and coltish Sarah Griffin. And among the men, the romantic Jordin Kindell, the haunting Chauncey Parsons, and the noble, mysterious Brett Bauer."

- Read the entire Huffington Post Preview, October 7, 2014

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Candace Bouchard rehearsing George Balanchine's Agon. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

The Oregonian: Oregon Ballet Theatre and Pink Martini mark OBT's 25th anniversary in first collaboration

"When Kevin Irving, OBT's artistic director, first contacted Lauderdale about collaborating, the pianist hesitated. 'I was worried about over-saturation' in Portland, he said. But Irving persisted and Lauderdale is glad he did. 'All the music the band plays is dance music. I feel like we do our best work with dancers. It's interesting for the band to work with dancers because we have to breathe differently'"- Read the entire Oregonian Preview, October 8, 2014

Oregonian Preview
Martina Chavez and Brett Bauer rehearsing for the world premiere of Nicolo Fonte's Never Stop Falling (In Love). Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

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PERFORMANCES
Saturday, October 11 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 12 – 2:00 pm
Thursday, October 16 – 7:30 pm
Friday, October 17 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 18 – 7:30 pm

SPONSORED BY

Portland Monthly
Kink fm radio
The Oregonian

RUNTIME: TBD

CASTING

Casting is subject to change and is posted the week before opening.

AGON

Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Oct. 12 at 2:00 pm
First Pas de Trois
First Pas de Trois
CHAUNCEY PARSONS
CHAUNCEY PARSONS
EVA BURTON
EVA BURTON
SARAH GRIFFIN
SARAH GRIFFIN
Second Pas de Trois
Second Pas de Trois
CANDACE BOUCHARD
CANDACE BOUCHARD
ADAM HARTLEY
ADAM HARTLEY
JORDAN KINDELL
JORDAN KINDELL
Pas de Deux
Pas de Deux
MARTINA CHAVEZ
MARTINA CHAVEZ
BRIAN SIMCOE
BRIAN SIMCOE

LOVE X 3

Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Oct. 12 at 2:00 pm
Duet from ROBUST AMERICAN LOVE
Duet from ROBUST AMERICAN LOVE
XUAN CHENG
XUAN CHENG
MICHAEL LINSMEIER
MICHAEL LINSMEIER
Pas de Deux from CARMEN
Pas de Deux from CARMEN
ALISON ROPER
ALISON ROPER
CHAUNCEY PARSONS
CHAUNCEY PARSONS
Pas de Deux from ROMEO & JULIET
Pas de Deux from ROMEO & JULIET
ANSA DEGUCHI
ANSA DEGUCHI
BRIAN SIMCOE
BRIAN SIMCOE

NEVER STOP FALLING (IN LOVE)

Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Oct. 12 at 2:00 pm
MARTINA CHAVEZ
MARTINA CHAVEZ
XUAN CHENG
XUAN CHENG
SARAH GRIFFIN
SARAH GRIFFIN
BRETT BAUER
BRETT BAUER
CHAUNCEY PARSONS
CHAUNCEY PARSONS
BRIAN SIMCOE
BRIAN SIMCOE
CANDACE BOUCHARD
CANDACE BOUCHARD
EVA BURTON
EVA BURTON
ANSA DEGUCHI
ANSA DEGUCHI
MAKINO HAYASHI
MAKINO HAYASHI
KATHERINE MONOGUE
KATHERINE MONOGUE
KELSEY NOBRIGA
KELSEY NOBRIGA
THOMAS BAKER
THOMAS BAKER
ADAM HARTLEY
ADAM HARTLEY
JORDAN KINDELL
JORDAN KINDELL
MICHAEL LINSMEIER
MICHAEL LINSMEIER
COLBY PARSONS
COLBY PARSONS
AVERY REINERS
AVERY REINERS

 

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