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OBT_0864-Edit-Edit_Eva Burton and stager Frank Andersen in rehearsal for August Bournonvil

Exploring Danish Ballet
with Oregon Ballet Theatre

January 26, 2023

6 PM - 7 PM

Doors open at 5 PM

Nordia House




Doors open at 5pm; there we will be a no host bar serving select wines and beers along with non-alcoholic beverages.


Panel discussion with video and some live demonstration of Oregon Ballet Theatre's premiere of La Sylphide. Panelists include: Interim Artistic Director Peter Franc and internationally acclaimed Bournonville ballet stagers Frank Anderson and Eva Kloborg, along with OBT Principal Dancers Xuan Cheng and Brian Simcoe, and pianist Irina Goldberg.

About August Bournonville:

Bournonville was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, where his father had settled. He studied under the Italian choreographer Vincenzo Galeotti at the Royal Danish Ballet, Copenhagen, and in Paris, France, under French dancer Auguste Vestris. He initiated a unique style in ballet known as the Bournonville School. Bournonville's work remains an important link with earlier traditions. He resisted many of the excesses of the romantic era ballets in his work. He is noted for his egalitarian choreography, which gave equal emphasis to male and female roles, at a time when European ballet emphasized the ballerina. Many of his contemporaries explored the extremes of human emotion, while Bournonville, using enthusiastic footwork and fluid phrases in his work, portrayed a more balanced human nature.

Nordic Northwest members and event attendees can receive a 30% discount to Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of La Sylphide at Keller Auditorium. For details please email



August Bournonville (1805 –1879) was a Danish ballet master and choreographer. One of his most treasured works, La Sylphide, will be performed by the Oregon Ballet Theatre from February 18 – 25, 2023. Follow this link to find more information


About the Oregon Ballet Theatre:

OBT is the largest professional ballet company in Oregon, employing nearly 200 people and attracting artists from around the globe with our reputation for excellence. The company is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet, with a repertoire that ranges from the great classics to premieres from some of the most exciting choreographic voices in the field today. Our mission is dedicated to the vitality of, and access to, world-class ballet performance and training in our region.

Oregon Ballet Theatre seeks to inspire beauty and excellence in the hearts and minds of Oregonians through the creation and preservation of the highest quality classical and contemporary ballet performances. In addition to our 5-show main stage season, we train dancers from 4 years old to 80 years old through the professional and recreational classes at the Oregon Ballet Theatre School. Many of our students go on to successful professional careers at companies including the Joffrey, the Dutch National Ballet, and within our own organization.


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We encourage guests to use public transportation or ride-sharing services. Our 50-space parking lot is open on a first come, first-served, basis and limited street parking is available on SW 89th & 90th Avenues.



Nordia House has two accessible parking spots in our main lot facing SW Oleson Rd. Both the main entrance facing SW Oleson Rd. and our side entrance facing SW Taylors Ferry Rd. are wheelchair accessible. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. We will do our best to accommodate your needs upon arrival. Please call 503-977-0275 or email to arrange further assistance.

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