A ballerina must practice for hundreds of hours in order to perfect her movements, much as a geneticist must create hundreds of abominations before perfecting a clone of his childhood cat. Try, try again with this GrouponLive deal to see Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of Body Beautiful at Keller Auditorium. Doors open 75 minutes before showtime. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $34, you get one ticket for side seating on the first balcony (up to a $71 value, including fees).
- For $48, you get one ticket for center seating on the first balcony (up to a $100 value, including fees).<p>
For both options, choose from the following performances:
- Saturday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, October 14, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m.<p>
Staged in concert with the Portland Art Museum’s The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece exhibition, Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Body Beautiful sets the human form in motion with a troupe described by the Oregonian as performing with “the passion of the 19th century and the fine-tuned technique of the 21st.” The program opens appropriately with Balanchine’s 1928 Apollo, where the titular Greek god of music is visited by three muses. Harmonic strings score the piece as the four performers intertwine their arms and bodies, pointing their legs skyward to create the appearance of wings on Apollo’s back. Kent Stowell’s Orpheus Portrait follows, reinterpreting the myth of Orpheus’s expedition to the underworld to save his beloved Eurydice as a pas de deux.
The troupe’s artistic director, Christopher Stowell, collaborates with visual artist John Grade for the world premiere of Ekho, their own take on the myth of Narcissus and Echo. For this piece, Grade has evicted an entire forest of Keebler elves to craft perforated “trees” that allow light to pass in and out. The performance closes with choreographer William Forsythe’s The Second Detail, where the dancers’ grandiose, asymmetric motions mirror a soundtrack of rhythmically staggered percussion.
Oregon Ballet Theatre
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 Compañia 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."