Oregon Ballet Theatre comes to McCallum with a powerful dance concert. The program will open with narrated excerpts from Napoli, a masterwork by Danish choreographer August Bournonville, choreographed in 1842.  The Bournonville tradition - exemplified by naturalistic mime and fast fleeting footwork - is physically demanding but also easily accessible to all, with grace and joy underpinning its exuberance. The second dance, Rhapsody in Blue, is a new dynamic work, choreographed by OBT’s Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte in 2017. The suggestion of a story can be found in shifting pairings, sometimes male/female, sometimes male/male, with thematic elements of play, romance, friendship and community woven throughout this modern day ballet.  Set to George Gershwin’s iconic masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue, the dance is performed to live music played by Thomas Lauderdale (of Pink Martini fame) and Hunter Noack on two pianos in full view of the audience.

 

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Presented through the generosity of Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer