À La Mode (Moxie Contemporary Ballet)

A ballet where weight doesn’t matter.

At 5-foot-10, Briley Neugebauer was too tall. At 125 pounds, Amanda Coleman was too heavy. The strict physical requirements for female ballerinas are tighter than their pointe shoes. Which is    More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Ballerina Xuan Cheng

After strict training in China, an Oregon Ballet Theatre dancer finds joy in the rigor.

Fall Arts
Outside of ballet, Xuan Cheng says her life is pretty boring. She knows people who go on hikes or stay out late partying, but after rigorous rehearsal, she doesn’t have the energy. Instead, th   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Punk de Bourrée

How ballet and punk rock keep a Wisconsin farm boy from flying off the rails.

Growing up, Michael Linsmeier milked cows in rural Wisconsin. His family lived in a town of 1,600 people along the shores of Lake Michigan and grew half the food they ate. Linsmeier spent most o   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Dancing In the Dark

With apologies to Julia Stiles, Oregon Ballet dancers go clubbin’.

No one is dancing when I arrive at Jones. I’m here to meet Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers Olga Krochik and Lucas Threefoot and their friends, ostensibly for a night on the town. But it’s early    More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

First Position

Moppets in motion.

Movie Reviews & Stories
According to one expert in First Position, the keys to making it in the cutthroat world of ballet are “body, training, passion, personality.” Freshman director Bess Kargman manages to find s   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre’s The Stravinsky Project


Arts & Books
An exploding egg, electronic birdsong and dancing in the lobby: maybe not what you’d expect to find at the ballet, although you will encounter all three at Oregon Ballet Theatre’s The Stravinsky Project.The three-part program, which runs through this weekend, is united by the Russian composer’s music, in live, recorded and remixed forms. It opens with Yuri Possokhov’s version of Firebird, a ...   More
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 HEATHER WISNER

LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre's The Sleeping Beauty

Arts & Books
Like Stravinsky and Balanchine or Cunningham and Cage, Tchaikovsky and Petipa created great dance by collaborating closely on steps and score. Their partnership produced some of the classical ballet world's greatest hits, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. Oregon Ballet Theatre already had the first two in its repertoire; on Saturday, the company opened its 21st season ...   More
Sunday, October 10, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

Live Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre's Left Unsaid.

Chairs are more than set dressing to choreographer Nicolo Fonte. They're stilts, barriers and fainting couches. Their legs are extra limbs for busy dancers and their seats new territory to be conquered. Those chairs, three simple black wooden fold-ups, figure largely in the dance-maker's Left Unsaid, a truly wonderful 2003 work for six dancers that Oregon Ballet Theatre presented for the first ...   More
Monday, April 20, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Ballet + folk + beer = Uprising.

Don't have any plans tonight? You ought to get over to Mississippi Studios and see Uprising, a short performance that a handful of talented Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers have created with achingly wonderful local folk band Horse Feathers. It is well worth it's $15 ticket price and tonight is the last of its three shows. Uprising is a new program that brings ballet to unconventional venues and ...   More
Thursday, November 5, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Almost Live: Oregon Ballet Theatre's Duets

There are two solid additions and one sorry subtraction in Oregon Ballet Theatre's spring program, Duets. First the good news: OBT has beefed up its rep with two musically and choreographically engaging contemporary pieces. Known By Heart Duet (2001) is the first Twyla Tharp work to which the company can lay claim. It's set to selections from Donald Knaack's Junk Music, which is built from “found” ...   More
Monday, April 26, 2010 HEATHER WISNER


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