Oregon Ballet Theatre

Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) is rising quickly on the national scene. Established in 1989, OBT’s celebrated company of dancers performs an annual five-program season at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and also conducts both regional and national tours.

Under Founding Artistic Director James Canfield, a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, OBT developed a unique repertoire and distinctive style. With a firm foundation in classical technique, the company's dance inventory grew to comprise over 80 ballets including evening-length classics, 20th-Century masterpieces and innovative contemporary works.

In 2003, following a distinguished, 16-year career as a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, Christopher Stowell became Oregon Ballet Theatre’s second Artistic Director. The son of Pacific Northwest Ballet Founding Artistic Directors Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, Mr. Stowell possesses an impressive ballet lineage. His extensive training and experience, deep knowledge of the repertoire, and dedication to the discipline’s exacting classical and contemporary vocabulary are all reflected in his programming.

During his tenure, Mr. Stowell has added the work of Sir Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Lar Lubovitch and Christopher Wheeldon to the OBT repertoire, and significantly expanded the company’s inventory of George Balanchine ballets. He has also commissioned new works by renowned contemporary choreographers James Kudelka, Trey McIntyre, Yuri Possokhov, Julia Adam and Nicolo Fonte. In addition, Mr. Stowell has created eight ballets on OBT’s dancers, including the company’s first full-length production of Swan Lake in 2006.

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Persons

  • Bauer, Brett
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Bebell, Scott
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Biasucci, Leta
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Bouchard, Candace
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Boyer, Brennan
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Burton, Eva
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Chavez, Martina
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Cooper, Andrea
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Dawn, Ashley
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Deguchi, Ansa
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Hayashi, Makino
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Houser, Steven
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Iino, Yuka
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Krochik, Olga
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Leimkuhler, Mia
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Martuza, Kathi
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Mueller, Anne
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Parsons, Chauncey
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Roper, Alison
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Rowe, Julia
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Shibley, Grace
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Simcoe, Brian
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Slack-Wolfe, Brent
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Squires, Christian
    Classical Ballet / Apprentice
  • Threefoot, Lucas
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Ubell, Javier
    Classical Ballet / Dancer