Oregon Ballet Theatre holds festival

Event features world ballet premieres

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Published Apr 12, 2013 at 05:00AM

During the popular OBT Exposed event last August, Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg worked with six Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers on a new contemporary piece. Their hard work comes to fruition this Thursday with the world premiere of “Stream.”

Featuring music by Portland-born composer Ryan Francis, “Stream” is part of the Oregon Ballet Theatre's “American Music Festival.” The program runs through April 27 at the Newmark Theatre in Portland.

Lidberg has a “growing reputation as a gifted young choreographer who uses classical ballet as a springboard for inventive new work that he often combines with film,” according to a release. He has created more than 30 pieces for major international dance companies including The Royal Danish Ballet, The Beijing Dance Theatre and The Norwegian National Ballet. As a result of the August workshop, the choreography has “blossomed into a gorgeous moving sculpture full of sinuous counter-balancing and interesting partnering, offset beautifully by Reid Bartelme's costumes.”

The “American Music Festival” also features the world premiere of Trey McIntyre's “Robust American Love,” set to music by Fleet Foxes, and the company premiere of Matthew Neenan's “At the Border” set to music by John Adams.

The Oregon Ballet Theatre will conclude its 2012-13 season with “Celebrating Balanchine” June 14-16 at the Keller Auditorium in Portland. Tickets go on sale May 1.

Ticket prices for the “American Music Festival” range from $23 to $140, plus service charges, depending on seat location and day of performance. To purchase tickets, visit www.obt.org or call 888-922-5538.

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