Oregon Ballet Theatre is one of Portland’s cultural gems presenting world-class performances with a rich repertory of both full-length, classical ballets and cutting edge, contemporary work by internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, and OBT’s resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte. Beyond their major stage productions, OBT enriches the community by providing ballet training to over 700 students through the OBT School, which attracts dancers from as far away as Spain and Japan, and by offering integrated arts learning and tailored performance opportunities through their OBT Outreach programming.
Oregon Ballet Theatre’s productions and events are exemplary not only because they feature world-caliber dancers, but also because they incorporate unparalleled production values, a live orchestra, and in-depth collaborations. The accomplished artists of the OBT2 junior company and the students of their OBT School enhance many of the company’s productions.
OBT’s exciting 28th season offers audiences the chance to journey into the unknown with the infectious thrill of a musical collaboration in Rhapsody, a magical land of Nutcracker sweets, a jaunt down the rabbit hole with Alice, and finally, an adventure into the heart of the action with Closer. Along the way, audiences can delight in OBT-produced events and an expansive spring program featuring the return of James Canfield’s Drifted in a Deeper Land and the company premiere of its first-ever Jiří Kylián work, Falling Angels. From the first steps to the last of their 2017–18 season, the journey promises to be full of discovery and phenomenal dancing!