By Kathleen McCool

The Bulletin

To finish off Oregon Ballet Theatre’s impressive 25th anniversary season, the company will present “IMPACT” April 16-25.

The season’s previous productions include George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” and “Cinderella.” With “IMPACT,” OBT will show “how the emotional, social and artistic aspects of dance can create an experience that moves the audience and transcends the art form,” according to OBT.

“IMPACT” will open with the world premiere from Darrell Grand Moultrie with music by Kenji Bunch. Moultrie holds the reputation of one of the country’s most diverse and sought after choreographers and teachers, and native Portlander Bunch “has emerged as one of the most prominent, prolific, and versatile American composers of his generation” says OBT.

The production will continue with a celebration honoring founding OBT Resident Choreographer Dennis Spaight. His production “Crayola” will be performed by the young artists of OBT2 — OBT’s new initiative to provide more performing opportunities for dancers in the early stages of their professional careers — for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Accompanying “Crayola” will be Nicolo Fonte’s “Presto,” featuring OBT’s most riveting dancers and music by Italian composer Ezio Bosso.

The show will conclude with OBT’s world premiere of Nacho Duato’s “Rassemblement” with music by Haitian artist Toto Bissainthe. This piece is danced barefoot, symbolizing slaves longing for their homeland.

“‘Rassemblement’ captures the universal human instinct to strive for freedom in the face of subjugation,” according to OBT.

The chance to see these performances from internationally renowned choreographers is April 16-25 at Newmark Theatre in Portland. Tickets range from $29 to $144 with discounts for groups larger than 10. To purchase tickets and for more information, go to, or call 503-222-5538.

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