Since debuting in 1989, the Oregon Ballet Theatre has built its reputation on two seemingly opposed elements: strict balletic classicism and newly commissioned works. Now the theatre enters a new era under artistic director Kevin Irving, whose background spans both classical and contemporary performances. As a dancer, Irving appeared with scores of companies, including the Alvin Ailey Training Ensemble and Elisa Monte Dance Company. In 1994, he retired from the stage to take a position as ballet master and head of the artistic department with Nacho Duato?s Compa?ia Nacional de Danza in Spain. Irving looks to take the Oregon Ballet Theatre to new heights, riffing off rave reviews from the Oregonian's Bob Hicks, who wrote that the theatre's Swan Lake is ?a work of sumptuous geometric balances that echo the story's mirror-image theme.?
Built in the Italian Rococo Revival style by Chicago firm Rapp and Rapp in the late 1920s, The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is impossible to miss. Its brilliant “Portland” marquee towers 65 feet in the air. The building’s interior stats are similarly impressive: it takes 2,776 humans or 1,928 gorillas to fill the resplendent concert hall.
Performers feed off the energy of their audience, and when there is no audience, there is no energy. To stop this problem before it starts, venues turn to Fillaseat, a business that supplies its members with tickets to events that still have seats to fill. Members enjoy a year of entry to popular theater shows, comedy, dance, sporting events, and concerts, bulking up the audience more suitably than a litter of chihuahuas dressed in tuxedos. Upon joining FillaseatPortland, members receive access to a list of upcoming events, which range from comedy, sports, and dance to theatre, symphonic and classical music, expos, and miscellaneous events.
Cinema 21 may offer daily showings of new Hollywood and independent flicks, but it also tries to get patrons interacting more with movies, rather than simply coming to see a blockbuster and then leaving. It does this by following up screenings with Q&A sessions with major filmmakers, including Wim Wenders and Steven Soderbergh. The theater hosts fun sing-along screenings as well, which invite attendees to belt out the tunes of their favorite movie musicals. Cinema 21 even brings international work to American shores by participating in several film festivals throughout the year.
In the introductory class, a professional fire-dancing coach will cover basic poi movements performed on the sides of the body, such as weaves, spins, corkscrews, and more. The flameless poi used during the class neatly mimic the weight and feeling of fire, ensuring that when you decide to move on to fire for performance, crime fighting, or just make grilling a steak overly dramatic, you'll be ready.