And another season kicks off with our annual day camp at the South Park Blocks:
Full disclosure: this photo was taken during one of my previous OBT Exposed experiences in years past--- I wasn't at the tent today, but wanted to give you readers an idea of what to look for if you head down to the park sometime this week to watch class or rehearsals. It's the big white top at Salmon Street, near the art museum and the Schnitzer concert hall. This year, company class starts at 11:30 a.m. and is followed by rehearsals all afternoon for the choreographic project by our guest choreographer, David Justin. You can watch the process of creating a ballet all week and then come back on Saturday for an informal showing of the end results.
Across the river in our home studios, a handful of dancers have begun rehearsing the principal parts of Swan Lake. The full company will start next week, but there is so much material for the principal couples to learn and rehearse that it's a good idea to get a jump on it. Also, we're going to be a part of the Oregon Symphony concert this Thursday at Waterfront Park, so it is a good idea for some rehearsals to happen before the performance. You can get a preview of the white Swan pas de deux from Act 2 of Swan Lake if you make it down to the riverfront on Thursday evening. It should be magical--- outdoors, fresh air, symphony orchestra playing sublime music, and two stellar dancers to bring it all to life. All you need to add is a picnic and a blanket.