- $45 for one ticket to Oregon Ballet Presents Impact (up to $109.90 value)
- When: April 16, 17, 23, and 24, at 7:30 p.m.; April 18 at 2 p.m.
- Where: Newmark Theatre
- Seating: first balcony
- Door time: one hour prior to showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
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The closing performance of Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Season, Impact explores the ways in which dance can move the audience and transcend the borders of the art form. A world premiere collaboration between celebrated choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie and composer Kenji Bunch of Portland’s fEARnoMUSIC kicks things off, followed by two OBT premieres and a beloved piece making its first appearance on the stage in nearly 20 years.
- Instinctual Confidence: Darrell Grand Moultrie, a former choreographer for performers such as Beyonce and Savion Glober, explores gender, expectations, and confidence in a daring world premiere.
- Crayola: Six young dancers move in silence, accompanied only by the sound of their pointe shoes hitting the floor and absolutely zero cellphones going off, in this piece from Dennis Spaight, the founding resident choreographer of Oregon Ballet Theatre.
- Presto: Choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s work challenges dancers to work at a virtuosic level, accompanied by music from Italian composer Ezio Bosso.
- Rassemblement: Inspired by the stories of slaves and their longing for home, this weighty work still soars high thanks to the exuberant choreography of Nacho Duato and the the music of Haitian artist Toto Bissainthe.
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."