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Contemporary Dance Masterclass with Channing Cooke of Shaping Sound

January 26, 2018 • 1:30 pm

Avant Dance & Event Center

Travis Wall's Shaping Sound: "After the Curtain" : Offstage Activities Join Channing Cooke, Associate Choreographer of Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound in a dance masterclass. Trained in Boston under the direction of Karla Pattavina, her credits include: Dancing With the Stars, The XFactor, Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective, SYTYCD, The 82nd Annual Academy Awards, Two and…

Comparing Contemporary and Classical Ballet

January 26, 2018 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Travis Wall's Shaping Sound: "After the Curtain" : Offstage Activities Andrea Michaud Tracy, explores the evolution of contemporary dance and compares it's approach to storytelling against classical ballet. For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or email offstage@portlandovations.org.

Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain

January 26, 2018 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

In After the Curtain, these visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever. Under the artistic direction of Emmy Award-winner,…

Cinderella Workshop at South Portland Public Library

January 30, 2018 • 6:00 pm

South Portland Public Library

"Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" : Offstage Activities What comes to mind when you hear the word Cinderella? Do you break out in “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo?” Or are you more of a Rodgers + Hammerstein fan? Is Helena Bonham Carter or Whitney Houston your favorite portrayal of the Fairy Godmother? Perhaps the more gruesome Brothers Grim version of…

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

February 1, 2018 • 7:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet astonishes audiences with their range of expression, their tonal spectrum and their conceptual unity, and redefines the sound of the classic wind quintet. Their repertoire covers the entire spectrum of wind quintet literature as well as works for larger ensembles, including the Sextets of Janácek and Reinicke and the Septets…

Broadway National Tour Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

February 2, 2018 - February 3, 2018

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and…

Cinderella Sing Along

February 2, 2018 - February 3, 2018

Portland City Hall

"Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" : Offstage Activities Join other Cinderella enthusiasts for a festive foray through favorite songs from various versions of this beloved story including “Bibbidi-Bobbedi-Boo” and “Impossible it’s Possible.” Costumes welcome but bundle up! For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or email offstage@portlandovations.org.

Ballet in the 20th and 21st Centuries

February 8, 2018 • 6:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

BJM—Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal : Offstage Activities Bryan Matluck, head of the Exchange Street Studio and ballet instructor, discusses the history and development of ballet in the 20th and 21st centuries. Videos will be used to highlight technical developments as well as to compare and contrast different styles. He will also discuss the future…

BJM—Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

February 8, 2018 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Rooted in classical ballet, yet wholly contemporary in its approach, BJM thrills audiences with performances that are sexy, kinetically explosive, and entirely original. The international repertory company finds inspiration in their dance laboratory where innovative, choreographic ideas are tested and brought to life through energizing and physically challenging works. Their exciting programs showcase the breathtaking…

Sandglass Theater: Babylon Presented in collaboration with Portland Stage

March 1, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Portland Stage Company

From Vermont’s renowned Sandglass Theater comes their latest work, Babylon, a Portland Ovations co-commission. A powerful and evocative work, Babylon tells the story of today’s refugees: their sense of home, their arduous journeys and the challenges of resettlement. Performed by puppets and actors with moving panoramas known as crankies, Babylon weaves together the stories of…

Sandglass Theater: “Babylon” Presented in collaboration with Portland Stage

March 2, 2018 • 10:00 am

Portland Stage Company

Babylon: an ancient city in what is now Iraq. Its ruins lie 59 miles southwest of Baghdad. This fallen mythic civilization is a metaphor for the destruction and destabilization that is leading much of the world into a refugee crisis of epic proportion. Using puppets and moving panoramic scrolls, Sandglass Theater’s production of Babylon tells…

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

March 10, 2018 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has shared its uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter for over 50 years. Winners of four GRAMMY Awards since they became famous worldwide from their work with Paul Simon and his Graceland album in 1986, the group combines its native South African musical traditions with the…

Charlotte’s Web

March 11, 2018 • 1:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Beloved Maine author E.B. White’s classic story of the improbable friendship between a runty pig named Wilbur, a clever spider named Charlotte and a brave little girl. Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman into sparing Wilbur’s life. Spinning the words “Some Pig” into her web, Charlotte…

Charlotte’s Web

March 12, 2018 • 12:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Charlotte's Web Study GuideTheatreworks USA’s production of Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to…

Broadway National Tour Kinky Boots

March 30, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who…

The Ukulele Family and How to Grow an Ensemble

April 12, 2018 • 6:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain : Offstage Activities Nina Allen Miller, head of the Falmouth Library Ukulele Society, discusses the different instruments in the ukulele family and how a successful ensemble form, develops, and grows. For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or email offstage@portlandovations.org.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

April 12, 2018 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain returns to Ovations after their delightful 2014 debut. Pairing dry humor and irreverence with inventive interpretations of classics—ranging from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks—the Orchestra takes us on “a world tour with only hand luggage.” There are no drums, pianos, backing tracks, banjos, pitch…

Jessica Lang Dance

April 14, 2018 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

“New York choreographer Jessica Lang has a knack for conceiving a complete universe in each dance—distinctive in its look and mood, sound and atmosphere…Lang’s visual sense is remarkable.” (LA Times) Simply put, Lang awes audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music. A prolific choreographer, she creates dazzling works for her own…

Ariel String Quartet with Navah Perlman

April 18, 2018 • 7:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Characterized by their youth, brilliant technique, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel String Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the talented musicians made their Carnegie Hall debut to a sold-out audience and were praised by The New York Times for their “full-blooded, dynamic playing.” In their Ovations…

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) & Maine Youth Rock Orchestra (MYRO)

May 3, 2018 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Daniel Bernard Roumain’s (DBR) acclaimed work as a composer and performer position him as one of the most innovative artists and educators of his generation. We are thrilled to welcome him back in his first appearance since helping us launch our School-Time Performance Series almost a decade ago. DBR’s blend of classical music, funk, rock,…

Daniel Bernard Roumain: En Masse

May 4, 2018 • 5:00 pm

Daniel Bernard Roumain—innovative composer, thrilling violinist, and fierce arts advocate—returns to Portland for an expansive musical spectacle that is part flash mob and part processional. Celebrating music and community, En Masse features an array of Maine musicians of all ages with Roumain as maestro and pied piper, leading a musical parade through the Arts District…


May 17, 2018 - May 18, 2018

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps…

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