Posted 24 July 2002 - 01:59 PM
Posted 13 June 2003 - 04:34 PM
As Watermill has written, it sure would be nice to hear from people who have attended... Perhaps with the new administration of Christopher Stowell, there'll be more posters?
Posted 11 August 2003 - 09:30 AM
This is a hint - I'd like to hear more about this company in the future. :yes:
One of the new apprentices was a student at Ballet Academy East in NYC until this summer.
Posted 11 August 2003 - 03:11 PM
From August 25 - 31, OBT Exposed!, Oregon Ballet Theatre's open air, summer rehearsal tradition, returns to the South Park Blocks, but with a twist: it's the first public appearance of OBT's new artistic director, Christopher Stowell, who brings a brings a brisk sense of the new and the exciting to OBT's 03-04 programming.
Portlanders will have a chance to
- meet Christopher Stowell, a former principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet
- get a glimpse of OBT dancers, familiar and new, in each morning's company class
- watch afternoon rehearsals of Kent Stowell's Duo Fantasy led by Pacific Northwest Ballet principal ballerina Patricia Barker. The piece by PNB co-artistic director (who also happens to be Christopher's father) is one of four OBT company premieres to be performed in Christopher Stowell's debut program, October 11 - 18 at Keller Auditorium.
- encourage the young dancers, aged 9 - 12, of OBT's Project F.I.N.D. Dance Camp as they prepare for Sunday, August 31 performances of their own choreography.
Posted 12 August 2003 - 07:03 PM
Christopher Stowell's biggest challenge is going to be mounting a Nutcracker than will maintain the high popularity of Canfield's crowd pleasing version. The entire fiscal year hangs llike a Christmas ornament by this single golden thread. Without a strong Nut, he won't be able to expand the company to major story ballet strength. Looks like he's starting a larger apprentice program which should help.
I was a little taken aback at both Kent Stowell and Patricia Barker leading the Park Blocks barre and rehearsals. I think CS should have this first very public appearance to himself. But most important is the raising of the quality of the company, and he appears to have done that in a very professional way. As far as I'm concerned, he's lept over his second hurdle brilliantly. (The first being the eye-opening season)
I will report from the open rehearsals soon.
Posted 12 August 2003 - 09:40 PM
he made me laugh in Othello...
Posted 25 August 2003 - 09:49 AM
OPEN-AIR BALLET AT OBT EXPOSED!
Meet OBT’s New Artistic Director, Christopher Stowell
WHAT: OBT Exposed!, a nine-year, Portland summer tradition returns to the South Parks – this year with new Artistic Director, Christopher Stowell
DATE: Monday, August 25 – Sunday, August 31
SCHEDULE: 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Christopher Stowell leads company class: the dancers stretch, practice technique and work through warm-up routines
12:45 – 4 PM
Patricia Barker, principal ballerina with Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet, rehearses Matthew Boyes, Kathi Martuza, Anne Mueller, Alison Roper, Tracy Taylor, and Artur Sultanov in Duo Fantasy, a work to receive its company premiere at Christopher Stowell’s debut program, “New Beginnings.”
4 – 6 PM
Twenty-five kids, aged 9 – 16, from OBT’s Project F.I.N.D. (“Find and Inspire New Dancers) Summer Dance Camp rehearse their own choreography, to be performed Sunday, August 31 in two free shows at 1 PM and 2 PM.
LOCATION: South Park Blocks between SW Main and SW Salmon.
In one of the most remarkable and delightful events of the summer, Oregon Ballet Theatre presents OBT Exposed!, a week of open-air dance rehearsals, on a tented stage in the South Park Blocks. The easy-going informality of this free event draws approximately 15,000 people each year; strollers, kids-in-hand, office-mates, friends and family, dogs, and brown baggers abound.
OBT Exposed! is also the first public appearance for OBT’s new Artistic Director, Christopher Stowell. He joined OBT on July 1 and launches his 03-04 season with “New Beginnings,” October 11 – 18 at Keller Auditorium. Box office: 503-2-BALLET (222-5538).
Posted 25 August 2003 - 02:14 PM
The most pleasant suprise was to behold the magnificent Patricia Barker taking barre along with the company. Now that's what I call a GRANDE Battement!
The new company members look promising. Unfortunately Kester Cotton was not there.
After class, the company broke and the crowd (about 150) stood up, moved about, chatted. During the break, Particia Barker, there to set Duo Fantasy, reviewed a bit of the archival video, then marked a bit of it, returned to the video, marked another phrase or two...then danced almost the entire piece full out solo. I doubt there were more than 4 people under the tent who realized what was happening. It was one of those strange unplanned magical dance moments that happen.... for those who have eyes to see. What an unexpected pleasure!
Ms. Barker then led a pretty easy-going rehearsal, helped along by occasional video reviews. Kathi Martuza is most impressive.
It was also good to see most of the board there to support Chris Stowell on his first official public appearance.
Many students of the school there to check out the company and new apprentices. Lots of chatting re: Nutcracker rehearsals (which begin Tues!)
A cystal clear Portland day, and all is well in the world of Ballet.
Posted 25 August 2003 - 02:16 PM
We're always bemoaning either the public's lack of interest in ballet or the fact that ticket prices are so expensive that most people wouldn't think of going to "check out" what a ballet is all about...unless of course it has a "racey" ad or two to draw them in. :rolleyes: Why can't, for example, NYCB do this right in Lincoln Center?
Just a thought.
Posted 08 September 2003 - 04:03 PM
Glad to have someone else from the OBT scene posting...
OK, Alexandra, can we have our own thread now? :yes:
(See your promise above)
Posted 08 September 2003 - 04:46 PM
Watermill, on Sep 8 2003, 08:03 PM, said:
(See your promise above)
Posted 09 September 2003 - 08:31 AM
I would like to encourage fellow OBT followers to please join in...This is a wonderful opportunity to bring OBT to the attention of a large number of fans and dancers across the nation & even the world...so stop lurking and start pitching in!
I'll toss out a subject to chat about in a new thread...
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