Portland Ballet Co. presents “The Victorian Nutcracker”

Portland Ballet’s a Victorian Nutcracker returns to the stage this holiday season with newly designed backdrops and set pieces inspired by Portland’s Victoria Mansion. New backdrops and set pieces are made possible thanks to a generous grant by the Davis Family Foundation.

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 with newly designed backdrops and set pieces inspired by Portland’s Victoria Mansion. New backdrops and set pieces are made possible thanks to a generous grant by the Davis Family Foundation.

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.

Studio for the Living Arts Dance Complex presents “The Nutcracker”

Studio for the Living Arts annual production of “The Nutcracker”. Produced by Elizabeth Avantaggio and Kate Smedal, this unique, full-length production is the perfect way to introduce young children to the beauty of classical ballet. Stunning choreography with vibrant costumes and set create a magical Holiday production. The cast performs to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score by the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Studio for the Living Arts Dance Complex presents “The Nutcracker”

Studio for the Living Arts annual production of “The Nutcracker”. Produced by Elizabeth Avantaggio and Kate Smedal, this unique, full-length production is the perfect way to introduce young children to the beauty of classical ballet. Stunning choreography with vibrant costumes and set create a magical Holiday production. The cast performs to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score by the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Portland Ballet Co. presents “Spooktacular”

Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of Halloween-inspired dance! Raffle drawing & Costume Parade at intermission.

Portland Ballet Co. presents “Tales By Poe”

Portland Ballet opens its season on a haunting note with Tales by Poe, inspired by the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Previously created for the company in 2015, the production will be revived at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center.

Artistic Director Nell Shipman has transformed Poe’s Berenice, Tell Tale Heart, and Masque of the Red Death into ballets — Whether you know the original stories or not, this production will put you in the mood for the most haunting time of the year!

Portland Ballet Co. presents “Classical Tribute”

Highlights from Ballet’s Best! This spectacular end-of-season production will feature our favorite sections from Napoli, a vibrant ballet depicting Neapolitan street life, choreographed by Danish ballet master August Bournonville; the famous love story Romeo and Juliet; and Don Quixote, a ballet based on Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel, full of Spanish flavor and flair.

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- “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!