Portland School of Ballet- Building Ballet Series: “Don Quixote”

This innovative program mixes performance, lecture, and demonstration in order to educate people about the performing arts and everything that goes into a production. This year, we are excited to present the story of Don Quixote — one of the most famous (and fun!) productions in ballet repertoire, loosely based on Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel.

Presented by Artistic Director Nell Shipman and the dancers of the Portland School of Ballet, ‘Building Ballets’ will walk the audience through the process of creating and performing a ballet. This will include choreography, set design, lighting, and more.

Our goal is to give patrons a greater appreciation of all the work that goes into creating a performance in the hope that we can build a stronger connection between our audiences and art form!

Portland Ballet Co. presents “Jack the Ripper”

The spooky story of the serial killer who haunted the streets of London in the 19th century aligns perfectly with the weeks leading up to Halloween! Previously performed in 2013 and 2014 in front of sold-out crowds, Artistic Director and choreographer Nell Shipman will add 30 minutes of choreography to ‘Jack’ this year, making it a full-length ballet.

Portland Ballet Co. presents “Jack the Ripper”

The spooky story of the serial killer who haunted the streets of London in the 19th century aligns perfectly with the weeks leading up to Halloween! Previously performed in 2013 and 2014 in front of sold-out crowds, Artistic Director and choreographer Nell Shipman will add 30 minutes of choreography to ‘Jack’ this year, making it a full-length ballet.

Portland Ballet Co. presents- “Firebird”

Portland Ballet is thrilled to close our 2017-2018 season with the premiere of Nell Shipman’s Firebird. Based on the classic Russian folktale, the Firebird is a powerful ballet set to the music of Stravinsky that will delight ballet audiences of all ages. Full of dynamic performance, beauty and magic, Portland Ballet’s recreation of this neo-classical ballet is sure to be a new audience favorite and a powerful close to another fantastic season!

Portland School of Ballet- Building Ballet Series: “The Sleeping Beauty”

This innovative program mixes performance, lecture, and demonstration in order to educate people about the performing arts and everything that goes into a production. Presented by artistic director Nell Shipman and the dancers of the Portland School of Ballet, the performance will walk the audience through the process of creating and performing a ballet. This will include choreography, set design, lighting, and more. Our goal is to give patrons a greater appreciation of all the work that goes into creating a performance in the hope that we can build a stronger connection between our audiences and art form!

Portland Ballet Co. presents “The Victorian Nutcracker”

The Victorian Nutcracker tells the timeless holiday classic set in Victorian era Portland with sets and costumes inspired by the Victoria Mansion. Featuring the professional dancers of Portland Ballet alongside a cast of talented youth from across the area, The Victorian Nutcracker brings the story to life for audiences young and old.

Portland Ballet Co. presents “Giselle”

Start off the 2017-2018 season by joining us for one of classical ballet’s most tragic tales of life, love, death, and forgiveness. As one of the most celebrated classical ballet works, Giselle blends exquisite choreography, haunting musical compositions, and a timeless story of love and loss.

Portland Ballet Co. presents- “Act 2 Swan Lake & Mixed Repertoire”

Portland Ballet is excited to close out our 2016-2017 with this classic work. Steeped in tradition, Act II of Swan Lake offers the grace and beauty that ballet is known for. Complimented by more contemporary works from Portland Ballet’s repertoire, this will be a great end to a great season.

Portland Ballet Co. presents- “Act 2 Swan Lake & Mixed Repertoire”

Portland Ballet is excited to close out our 2016-2017 with this classic work. Steeped in tradition, Act II of Swan Lake offers the grace and beauty that ballet is known for. Complimented by more contemporary works from Portland Ballet’s repertoire, this will be a great end to a great season.

Portland School of Ballet- Building Ballet Series: “Coppelia”

Portland School of Ballet is excited to announce it’s newest tier of performances for our students entitled The Building Ballets Series. These productions will happen every Spring as an opportunity to not only showcase the talents of our dancers, but also to educate our audiences as to what goes into a ballet and what it takes to put one on.

PSB has selected Coppelia Act I as the inaugural production to this exciting new series. We are all very excited to add this audience favorite and ballet classic to our school’s repertoire. We look forward to seeing you in the audience!