Portland on Stage: Dance & Movement
"So much is going on in Portland’s arts and culture scene that it takes a tightly managed schedule and incredible stamina to do it all"
Portland offers a selection of urbane cultural offerings one would expect to ﬁnd in a city twice its size:
an established regional theater (Portland Center Stage), a resident symphony (Oregon Symphony), an opera company (Portland Opera),
touring Broadway shows (the Broadway Across America series), as well as a collection of more specialized cultural organizations.
Fortunately, Portland also delights by revealing an impressive range of progressive, smaller-scale programming.
And nowhere is Portland’s trademark eclecticism more apparent
than in its live music scene — from jazz at Jimmy Mak’s to indie rock at the Doug Fir — which is embraced both by local fans and the many noted musicians who call Portland home.
The Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) has developed a distinctly American repertoire and style, performing the
classics of ballet as well as contemporary and premiere works. OBT’s state-of-the-art facility includes a
glass-enclosed rehearsal studio that is open to public viewing. The city is also home to several consistently
innovative and evocative dance and movement companies, including BodyVox,
which explores movement with a focus on athleticism and theatrical elements; and Do Jump! Extremely Physical Theater,
which made its New York debut in 2000.
White Bird brings world-renowned dance companies to Portland’s stages and supports local dance organizations.