GALLERY: Composing Choreography
Kicking off Portland Ballet’s 40th anniversary year will be Gallery: Composing Choreography, presented February 28-March 7, 2020 at the Portland Ballet Studio Theater. This creative presentation of dance will feature new, innovative, contemporary works!
Guest Adam Miller is a renowned choreographer from Providence, Rhode Island. He was a principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Hartford Ballet, and performed as a guest artist in the USA, Europe, Asia and South America. From 2008-2012, Miller toured the world as the Artistic Director of the Cirque Du Soleil shows Kooza and Saltimbanco, and he is the founder and current Artistic Director of the Provincetown Dance Festival, now in its fifteenth season. Miller’s new work for Portland Ballet is set to well-known tunes, such as Shenandoah and George Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm.
Jennifer Jones, a member of the company since 2010, who will retire from dancing at the end of this season, will present her work Sonder. Jones previously choreographed Voices on Portland Ballet, for the 2019 rendition of ‘Gallery’.
Rounding out the eveningwill be Shipman’s Fish and Trees, of which she notes, “the past few seasons, most of my work has been dedicated to telling well-known tales. I am excited for this opportunity to create a piece, purely inspired by my own story.”
The Dirigo Ensemble will accompany the three works. The organization is comprised of twelve singers and specializes in (a cappella) vocal music from all eras. The ensemble’s motto is ‘At The Roots of theHuman Voice’.