By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
I’m not even going to pretend to be unbiased — I love the ballet, and have since I first performed in a local production of The Nutcracker at age 7. The lines (of the bodies and the stories) transform it from mere dance to a richly detailed painting come to life. Still, I can understand the aversion to an art form with a reputation for being, well, stiff.
Chromatic Quartet, the Oregon Ballet Theatre’s spring show that opens Thursday, challenges this reputation with a four part piece that highlights diverse collaborations. According to a release:
Opening with George Balanchine’s love letter to his mentor and creative partner, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and closing with a joyous fusion of African rhythms and Bach melodies inspired by the legendary humanitarian doctor (and Bach organist) Albert Schweitzer in Lambarena, Oregon Ballet Theatre’s spring program, Chromatic Quartet celebrates surprising intersections that make for inspired partnership. Rounding out the program are Liturgy, a meditative investigation of the duet by the world’s hottest contemporary choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon and The Lost Dance, a world premiere work from international choreographer Matjash Mrozewski featuring costumes designed by local fashion designer Adam Arnold.
Is your interest piqued? You can win box seat tickets to Thursday’s opening night performance by answering a few questions and having your name drawn. Even if you aren’t selected as the winner, everyone that answers the questions correctly will get half off admission to opening night. Check it out here.