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Drawing Now Exhibit presented in partnership with the ICA at MECA

February 1, 2019 - February 21, 2019

Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA

Drawing Now celebrates works by artists of the Drawing Collective and three guest artists. With its members hailing from eleven countries, the Drawing Collective’s objective is to maintain the development of an international aesthetic. The common denominator uniting these artists is the practice of drawing.   Descendants of Bauhaus, De Stijl, Réalities Nouvelles and Art Concret their works…

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February Vacation – Theater Camp: “The Jumping Jacks and the Beanstalk”

February 18, 2019 - February 22, 2019

East End Community School

Portland Ovations Offstage and Portland Recreation are partnering to provide an opportunity for your child to perform on stage! Camp attendees will enjoy a full day of theater camp, with games, activities and rehearsals designed to highlight their inner performer. Camp will run from Monday February 18,  to Friday, February 22, 2019 • 8:30 AM -…

American Contemporary Music Ensemble: “Strumming Music”

February 21, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA

ACME is a chamber ensemble with flexible instrumentation, dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, and particularly to the work of American composers including luminaries such as Philip Glass and Morton Feldman, whose work will be featured in this special project. Lead by cellist Clarice Jensen and described as…

Living Voices – LIMITED AVAILABILITY “The Right to Dream”

February 28, 2019

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Witness the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America in this compelling story presented by Living Voices, who return by popular demand for the fourth consecutive year to our School-Time Performance Series. The Right to Dream follows a young student named Raymond, recreating his coming of age as an African-American in Mississippi during the…

Broadway National Tour “The Sound of Music”

March 1, 2019 - March 2, 2019

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The hills are alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Merrill Auditorium. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®–, Grammy®–, and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song. The Sound of…

Film Screening: Rebels on Pointe at SPACE Gallery

March 3, 2019 • 7:00 pm

SPACE Gallery

Fascinated by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male, drag ballet company founded over 40 years ago? We are too. So Ovations Offstage (O2) has collaborated with an array of community partners to create THREE different opportunities for you to get up close and personal with members of the company and their work.  …

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Exploring Cultural Inspirations in Art Making” Free, public lecture before Ranky Tanky

March 7, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus

Maine-based visual artist, Georgia native -- Daniel Minter explores sources of artistic inspiration found in Black southern culture and folklore. Illustrated with images of his work, Minter shares the regional and cultural influences, images, stories and sounds that inform both his art and Ranky Tanky’s music.   The pre-performance lecture takes place at Port City…

Ranky Tanky

March 7, 2019 • 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, “ proves that the right musicians can make the past new all over again” (NPR). Trumpeter Charlton Singleton, guitarist Clay Ross, bassist Kevin Hamilton, drummer Quentin Baxter, and vocalist Quiana Parler mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel,…

National Geographic Live! with Photographer Jodi Cobb “Stranger in a Strange Land”

March 13, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

  National Geographic Live speakers share their journeys of exploration from being on assignment around the world. Illustrated with award-winning photography and video, each evening concludes with a speaker-led audience Q&A session. Join veteran National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb on a whirlwind retrospective of a distinguished career spanning four decades. Known for breaking through barriers and…

Niyaz pre-performance Belly Dance Class

March 14, 2019 • 5:30 pm

Brightstar World Dance

Warm up and ready yourself for a beautiful night of dancing with a beginner belly dance class led by renowned dancer and Grace Academy Founder Rosa Noreen. Rosa will lead you in a riveting belly dance workshop in the warm and supportive environment of Brightstar World Dance, located right down the road from Port City…

Niyaz featuring Azam Ali

March 14, 2019 • 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

Captivating and ethereal, Niyaz takes folkloric sounds and poetry from their native Iran and modernizes them through contemporary technologies and ideas to create a 21st century global trance tradition that is hypnotic and ecstatic. Led by frontwoman Azam Ali’s “rich and precise voice” (NPR Music), Niyaz’s masterful blend of lush acoustic instrumentation with state of-the-art…

Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition

This multi-media adventure, based on the novel by Jack London, mixes classic storytelling with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent offspring of a Saint Bernard and a Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold…

600 HIGHWAYMEN: “The Fever”

March 22, 2019 - March 23, 2019

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

“One of New York’s best nontraditional companies” (The New Yorker) 600 HIGHWAYMEN makes performances that offer a new way of seeing. Exploring a radical approach to making live art, the company constructs events that create intimacy among a group of strangers. Their latest work, The Fever tests the limits of individual and collective responsibility, and…

Panel discussion Aging with Grace and Movement: Health Challenges Faced by LGBTQ Community

March 27, 2019 • 12:00 pm

University of New England

  Performing in pointe shoes and tutus takes its tole on an aging body. Many dancers are familiar with the repercussions of a life of performing. The members of ‘Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’  the all male drag ballet company, who perform on pointe with custom shoes face unique challenges to their bodies as they…

Free LGBTQIA Intergenerational Movement Workshop with the Trocks

March 28, 2019 • 5:00 pm

University of New England

    Join Raffaele Morra, ballet master for Les Ballets Trockadero, and learn the company's signature work, The Dying Swan!  Participants will be given a short ballet warmup and will then be taught the full piece, with an opportunity to put their own comic spin on this classic solo.  Suitable for all levels of dance…

Dreamers’ Circus

March 28, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

A chance jam session at a 2009 folk festival in Copenhagen led to the creation of the adventurous and talented Dreamers’ Circus. Featuring Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violinist for the Danish String Quartet (a frequent collaborator), along with Nikolaj Busk on piano and accordion, and Ale Carr on Nordic cittern, this young trio is a driving…

Pre-performance Lecture: “Dancing Queens: How the Trocks Satirize Classical Ballet” Free, public lecture before Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

March 29, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

As a seasoned Master Instructor in Classical Ballet, Bryan Matluck (founder of Exchange Street Studios), along with former Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo dancer Roberto Forleo will examine the ways in which the Trocks adhere to and depart from the classic works in the ballet cannon.   The pre-performance lecture takes place in the…

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

March 29, 2019 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Drag meets dance when “the Trocks” take the stage. For over 40 years, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo have turned the dance world on its head with their (mostly) faithful renditions of classical ballet repertoire. “A company of men who dance on pointe with as much panache and style as any prima ballerina” (Pointe…

National Geographic Live: “Wild Seas, Secret Shores” with Marine Biologist and photographer Thomas Peschak

“Science and art are not poles apart for me, they go hand in hand in a life dedicated to exploring, studying, and documenting our extensive oceans.” — THOMAS PESCHAK To Thomas Peschak, sharks aren’t a reason to get out of the water. They’re a reason to get in. Following his lifelong obsession, he’s found himself…

National Geographic Live! with Marine Biologist & Photographer Thomas Peschak “Wild Seas, Secret Shores”

April 4, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

National Geographic Live speakers share their journeys of exploration from being on assignment around the world. Illustrated with award-winning photography and video, each evening concludes with a speaker-led audience Q&A session. To Thomas Peschak, sharks aren’t a reason to get out of the water. They’re a reason to get in. Following his lifelong obsession, he’s found…

Wild Kratts® LIVE 2.0 – Activate Creature Power!

April 5, 2019 • 6:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

ABOUT THE SHOW The Wild Kratts LIVE! stage show that has kids across North America buzzing is coming to Portland Ovations with an ALL NEW show: “Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0 – Activate Creature Power!” Get ready to dive into a Wild Kratts adventure with the Kratt brothers as they combine live action and animation, with…

“Air Play” – School Time Performance

Please note that latex balloons are used onstage and in the audience during this performance. Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, giant kites, larger-than-life balloons, and the biggest snow globe you have ever seen make you gasp in wonder and…

“Air Play”

April 11, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

“A joy from start to finish” (Sydney Morning Herald), Air Play reveals the adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Circus and science collide as fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky,…

Violin Masterclass with Alexi Kenney Masterclass for select Bowdoin Students

April 12, 2019 • 4:30 pm

Bowdoin College

Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Alexi Kenney leads a violin masterclass for select Bowdoin Students. This class will be open to observers but all student spots have been filled. Time subject to change. Please check back for further details.

Pre-Performance Lecture: “From Dispensable Servant to Diva: The Violin in Chamber Music” Free, public lecture before Alexi Kenney with Renana Gutman

April 13, 2019 • 1:00 pm

Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus

The violin has had many roles in chamber music over the centuries. Mary Hunter, the A. Leroy Greason Professor Emerita at Bowdoin College, and active violinist's lecture explores its rich history in this genre. Free and open to the public.   The pre-performance lecture takes place in the Abromson Community Education Center.   For more information…

Alexi Kenney with Renana Gutman

April 13, 2019 • 2:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney is hailed as “a talent to watch” by The New York Times, which also noted his “architect’s eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.” His win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Alvin Ailey’s Reinvention of American Dance” Free, public lecture before Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

May 1, 2019 • 6:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

This tour marks Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 60th anniversary. Myron Beasley, Ph.D, Associate will discuss the company and its continued and significant role in reinventing American Modern Dance. Free and open to the public. The pre-performance lecture takes place in the Rehearsal Hall at Merrill Auditorium. For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

May 1, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

A company of dancers boasting a “nonchalant virtuosity” that “routinely sends its audience into the rapture zone” (The Washington Post). Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s (AAADT) diverse, dynamic and timeless repertory evokes a broad range of human emotion and experience: you don’t just see an Ailey performance — you feel it. Is it any wonder…

Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

“I love the book, and I am sure that the live action will inspire children of all ages to pursue their dreams and to realize if Jane did it, they can do it, too.” — JANE GOODALL Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with…

“Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall”

May 4, 2019 • 11:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Based on Patrick McDonnell’s Caldecott Award-winning book, this brand new musical from the Kennedy Center explores the world of young Jane Goodall and her childhood adventures in  the outdoors. With her faithful companion — toy chimpanzee Jubilee — Jane learns all about the miracles of nature around her, inspiring her to spend the rest of…

Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical

May 7, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

"About the Show" Based on the French novel, Les Liasions Dangereuses, and the classic cult film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Geller, Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two…

Broadway National Tour “Finding Neverland”

May 15, 2019 - May 16, 2019

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/AOfs_lJ0mYM   The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at heart,” says Time magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony® winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award®-winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind…

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