Oregon Ballet Theatre


With the onset of Covid-19, we face a dramatically changed landscape this season that severely limits our ability to ‘perform’ as we had planned. We regret to announce the cancellation of four productions: Blue & PinkThe NutcrackerAlice (in wonderland), and Masters and Moderns.

But rather than stand back passively until the current crisis is over, we resolve to make the most of this time.

The new artistic vision of the 2020/21 season titled OBT MOVES, is not “holding on” or “standing by”, but to reimagine it all as OBT moves out of traditional theaters and mode of performance, to locations throughout Portland offering rare behind-the-scenes access revealing what ballet is, and what it can be. In addition to a newly planned season of in-person and digital performances, OBT MOVES will feature a range of public activities including pop up appearances, demonstrations, and classes presented by OBT company dancers, students, and teaching artists.

This will be OBT like you’ve never seen it before. You’ll be a part of intimate, raw, and momentous performances. You’ll keep the arts alive at a time when you need them the most.

And that’s why—without fear, doubt, or hesitation—we present Oregon Ballet Theatre’s new 2020/21 season. A season devoted to renewal and to the future. A season that doesn’t just dance with change, but is change itself.

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Oregon Ballet Theatre is committed to sharing our passion for the expressive power of ballet, inspiring an enduring appreciation of dance, and connecting in meaningful ways to our community through excellence in performance, training and educational programs.

Located in the South Waterfront in Portland, Oregon – OBT is the largest professional ballet company in the state, employing nearly 200 people and attracting artists from around the globe with our reputation for excellence. The company is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet, with a repertoire that ranges from the great classics to premieres from some of the most exciting choreographic voices in the field today. Our mission is dedicated to the vitality of, and access to, world-class ballet performance and training in our region.

Oregon Ballet Theatre seeks to inspire beauty and excellence in the hearts and minds of Oregonians through the creation and preservation of the highest quality classical and contemporary ballet performances. In addition to our five-show main stage season, we train dancers from 4 years old to 80 years old through the professional and recreational classes at the Oregon Ballet Theatre School. Many of our students go on to successful professional careers at companies including the Joffrey, the Dutch National Ballet, and within our own organization.