Portland Ballet Co. presents- “A Harlequinade”

Portland Ballet presents its take on the classical comedic ballet with A Harlequinade. This entertaining tale follows lovestruck Harlequin as he tries to marry his sweetheart, Columbine, while evading her disapproving father, Pantaloon, and his sidekick, Pierrot. Filled with fanciful choreography and charming characters, A Harlequinade will delight and inspire audiences of all ages.

Portland Ballet Co. presents- “A Harlequinade”

Portland Ballet presents its take on the classical comedic ballet with A Harlequinade. This entertaining tale follows lovestruck Harlequin as he tries to marry his sweetheart, Columbine, while evading her disapproving father, Pantaloon, and his sidekick, Pierrot. Filled with fanciful choreography and charming characters, A Harlequinade will delight and inspire audiences of all ages.

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

Following the story of the classic fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty tells the chronicle of Princess Aurora and the unfortunate curse placed upon her by the evil Carabosse – in which pricking her finger on a spindle causes Aurora to fall into a hundred year’s sleep. With the help of good fairies and Prince Florimund, Aurora is awakened and her wedding to the young Prince is celebrated by all. This innovative program mixes dance performance, lecture, and demonstration to educate children and adults alike about everything that goes into a performing arts production. 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 show will feature an abridged version of The Sleeping Beauty and include a behind the scenes look at choreography, set design, lighting, and more!

RUN TIME: 60 minutes (no intermission)

Portland Ballet Year End Showcase

Portland School of Ballet’s Year End Showcase features students in Pre-Ballet up through PSB’s Pre-Professional Division. The performance will include classwork demonstrations by each level and choreography outside of the classical ballet genre. The second Act of our Showcase will include a reprise of Coppélia from our Building Ballets series without the lecture/demonstration aspect. Audience members will be able to enjoy the students of PSB performing an abridged version of this classical ballet.

Portland Ballet Co. presents- “Sylvia”

Portland Ballet’s season closes with Nell Shipman’s Sylvia. Based on Greek mythology, Sylvia tells the story of how the mild shepherd Aminta wins the heart of the huntress nymph Sylvia with the divine help of Eros and Diana. This premiere of a dynamic new work by Artistic Director Nell Shipman set to the rousing music of Delibes, will inspire and delight audiences of all ages.

Portland Ballet Co. presents- “Sylvia”

Portland Ballet’s season closes with Nell Shipman’s Sylvia. Based on Greek mythology, Sylvia tells the story of how the mild shepherd Aminta wins the heart of the huntress nymph Sylvia with the divine help of Eros and Diana. This premiere of a dynamic new work by Artistic Director Nell Shipman set to the rousing music of Delibes, will inspire and delight audiences of all ages.

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

This March, we will be bringing our audiences Portland School of Ballet’s version of the first act of the comedic story ballet Coppélia. This ballet tells the tale of the young couple Swanhilda and Franz and their trouble with the town’s eccentric toy maker, Dr. Coppélius, and is set to beautiful music by Leo Delibes. It gives us great joy to be able to not only share this ballet with our students, but also introduce them to the feeling of being a part of such an important and beautiful part of ballet and its history.

This innovative program mixes dance performance, lecture, and demonstration to educate children and adults alike about everything that goes into a performing arts production. 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!

Portland Ballet presents- Uncommon Accord

Portland Ballet and Colby College Department of Theater and Dance collaborate to bring to life an evening of work featuring an expanded company of dancers.  Joining forces again after their celebrated partnership in 2018, this performance will thrill classical and contemporary fans alike.

Portland Ballet Co. presents “The Victorian Nutcracker”

Portland Ballet’s a Victorian Nutcracker returns to the stage this holiday season. A Victorian Nutcracker is a retelling of the classic story of a young girl’s Christmas Eve dream, brought on by the curious gift of a nutcracker, in which she travels to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Land of the Sweets. This version, with characters pulled directly from Portland’s past, is sure to please audience members of all ages.

Portland Ballet Co. presents “The Victorian Nutcracker”

Portland Ballet’s a Victorian Nutcracker returns to the stage this holiday season. A Victorian Nutcracker is a retelling of the classic story of a young girl’s Christmas Eve dream, brought on by the curious gift of a nutcracker, in which she travels to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Land of the Sweets. This version, with characters pulled directly from Portland’s past, is sure to please audience members of all ages.