Oregon Ballet Theatre 2023/2024 Season

Welcome to OBT’s 2023/24 Season! From the return of Christopher Stowell’s Swan Lake to the OBT premiere of Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan and Artistic Director Danielle Rowe’s 1920’s era romantic drama, Wooden Dimes, this is a season filled with adventure, passion, and incredible dancing. Simply put, it is our biggest season EVER!

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A cursed princess seeks salvation in the loving arms of a noble prince … A kaleidoscope of swans dance to music that makes the heart soar … An evil villain upends the romance of a lifetime… There is no ballet that captures our collective imagination more than Swan Lake. It is a must-see for the uninitiated, and a classic for ballet lovers everywhere.

Don’t miss the return of Christopher Stowell’s highly acclaimed adaptation of this masterpiece. From the breathtaking opening to the heart wrenching conclusion, Swan Lake will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Join Marie and her Prince as the Sugar Plum Fairy leads them on an unforgettable journey through the Land of the Sweets where brave toy soldiers battle mischievous mice, snowflakes dance, candy canes leap, and flowers waltz. The irresistible holiday tradition of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® awaits. Don your holiday finest and come make merry memories with us!  

Throw open the window and escape to Neverland with Wendy, John, Michael, and the one and only wild-child, Peter Pan. Trey McIntyre’s highly praised take on the boy who refused to grow up is a playful, and thrilling interpretation of J.M. Barrie’s 1911 novella that juxtaposes childhood whimsy with the weighty responsibilities of adulthood. ‘Pan features spectacular flying sequences, swashbuckling sword fights, giant puppets and of course, Tinker Bell! Set to a soaring score by Sir Edward Elgar, arranged by founding OBT Orchestra Music Director Niel DePonte, with elaborate sets by Thomas Boyd and colorful, punk-fashion inspired costumes from Broadway great Jeanne Button, this magical ballet is sure to enthrall audiences of all ages!

OBT Artistic Director Danielle Rowe’s dramatic one act ballet Wooden Dimes launches audiences into the tumultuous relationship of 1920’s-era chorus girl Betty Fine and her husband Robert, a passion ultimately ripped apart by resentment and jealousy. Originally produced as a film during the pandemic for San Francisco Ballet’s digital season, Wooden Dimes will be brought to life on stage in this exciting premiere.

Sharing the program is a romance with a brighter ending, Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes. A cautious studio flirtation between two dancers transforms into an affair under the influence of the rapturous Rachmaninoff score. Just Above the Surface by New York-based Choreographer Yin Yue completes the program. Described by Culture Vulture as a “goosebump-inducing” work, this ensemble piece “seduces the audience to sway along while hoping that it will never end.”

We close the season with the second installment of Made in Portland lovingly crafted for the cultural explorers that make our city great. Like fine wine and food, ballet is ever-evolving, and it is our pleasure to lead the way with four locally-made world premieres. Adding to the OBT repertory this season are Louisville Ballet Resident Choreographer Andrea Schermoly, freelance choreographer named Pointe Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch, Rebecca Margolick, and OBT’s own rising dance makers Makino Hayashi and Charlotte Nash. AND in a special partnership we are pleased to shine light on one of this city’s most respected student companies, The Jefferson Dancers.


So take the road less traveled. Find your weird and dive into these new works with us!


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This article is published here courtesy of Oregon Ballet Theatre

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