obt doing well

I’m guessing that Oregon Ballet Theatre is doing very well with their ticket sales for their Emerald Retrospective this week – I tried to buy tickets to their Friday night performance and the only tickets available were over $100 each – too rich for my blood!  I’m glad that the less expensive seats are selling well, however.  I think that this mirrors a trend with the Oregon Symphony where the less expensive seats are selling quite quickly, but the most expensive seats (dress circle, etc.) are often the last to sell.  I’m not sure if patrons are waiting for last-minute discounts, but it is a sign of overall belt tightening due to the tough economic climate.

I was also glad to see mention over at ArtScatter of the lack of a live orchestra (with the exception of the Ravel, which featured pianists Carol Rich and Susan Smith) for this show, and the impact it had on the dancers and the audience.

The loss for financial reasons of the ballet orchestra this season is a giant setback — recorded music just doesn’t supply the magic of the moment, the lightning interplay of dancers and musicians that gives a ballet the visceral impact of right here right now — and I realized that I had spent the first several minutes of Emeralds disappointed, keenly feeling the loss of the orchestral dimension, until Iino’s arrival with her hands and feet helped me slip into the reality of what was there on stage.

obt meets, exceeds fundraising goal


Oregon Ballet Theatre has surpassed its $750K goal by over $100,000 as of today.  That’s great news!  So, how are they going to continue past the next season, and will that involve a live orchestra?  Not sure.  But Bob Hicks has an excellent post at Artscatter concerning the current dilemmae for Portland’s major arts organizations, including OBT and the Oregon Symphony.  Read it here.

obt: now what?

Dance United was an unqualified success, and if what I’m hearing through the grapevine is true, then the $750,000 bridge goal has been met and perhaps exceeded by some modest amount has nearly been met [as of June 15th OBT reports $710,000 raised so far].  So, good – we have OBT for one more season, at least.  But without its live orchestra.  Now there are some tough questions that must be asked, and honest answers must be given.  Here’s my short list: Continue reading “obt: now what?”