Oregon Ballet Theatre opens season with “Amore Italiano”

Photo Yi Yin, Dancers Chauncey Parsons and Kelsie Nobriga – courtesy of Oregon Ballet Theatre

Article published by l’Italo Americano on October 13, 2015 by Lina de la Torre: http://www.italoamericano.com/story/2015-10-12/amore-italiano

Oregon Ballet Theatre has opened its 26th season with a program titled Amore Italiano, reveling in the culture and music of Italy. The threads of Italian culture dance throughout the program, from the costumes to the music and the passion interlaced into every number. The playbill offered two very different but equally engaging premieres: Sub Rosa and Napoli Act III, but it also included some additional surprises. On opening night the show kicked off with a stirring modern interpretation of the music of Vivaldi by Aaron Meyer and His 6-Piece Band. This opening piece set the stage perfectly for the dance numbers to follow, seamlessly integrating the modern with the traditional.

After the opening band, the audience was presented with two more unexpected treats. First, there was a short dance piece which was actually a sneak preview of the upcoming Beautiful Day that will be presented next April. Then Oregon Ballet Theater made a show of offering two lucky audience members tickets to Napoli! A trip to Italy turned out not to be in the cards: instead, the two lucky audience members ended up performing alongside the artists in the production of Napoli Act III later in the show!

Both the featured dance numbers were perfect for the theme of Amore Italiano, as you’ll see from the notes below.

Read full article: http://www.italoamericano.com/story/2015-10-12/amore-italiano

[ballet, dance, obt, oregon-ballet-theatre, portland, napoli, naples, italoamericano, italo-americano]

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