>Our Stories

Portland Ovations is your Maine nonprofit home for the performing arts.
We use dance, music, and theater to share stories, conversations, and experiences from around the world.
We also create opportunities to share powerful arts experiences through Ovations Offstage (O2),
which offers performing arts education for all ages, including School-Time Performances, Masterclasses,
and free Pre-Performance Lectures, panels, and community events.
And now, we invite you to join these conversations through “Our Stories:”
blogs, videos, and podcasts to connect us all more deeply to Ovations’ artists, their stories, and the magic between us.

BLOG: O2, The Air We Breathe

brings you original context for our artists and performances. Whether pre-performance preparatory notes, post-performance after glow’s making connections to broader issues, or arts integrated learning activities for home schooling, we’ve got all this and more right here.
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Our Stories – Learning and Dancing with Step Afrika!

When we experienced Step Afrika! we couldn't stay in our seats. The energy, the rhythm, and the speed were infectious. We couldn't [...]

Program Notes for Step Afrika! by Sarah Coleman

Dear Friends,  The first time I saw Step Afrika! I could not stay in my seat. The energy, the rhythm, [...]

Our Stories – The Bridge We’re Building

This year, we’ve been building a Bridge. And now that Bridge, with its strong Towers and gleaming Trusses, is standing [...]

Our Stories – How Do We Ensure Kids Can Still Experience the Performing Arts?

There’s nothing better than a Merrill Auditorium full of young people chatting and wiggling in their seats as they wait [...]

Program Notes for Paige and Friends! by Sarah Coleman

Dear Friends,   Paige Hernandez returns to Portland Ovations! It just looks a lot different than 2012 when she performed her [...]

Our Stories – Celebrating Our Maine Artists

Last week we held a series of conversations around the five projects Ovations is commissioning by Maine-based artists. From dance to [...]

PODCASTS: POV

Tune in to hear directly from artists, audiences, community members, and other commentators in episodes that take their cue from one of Ovations’ unique performance experiences.
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Click here for a feed to this podcast of Spotify.

General podcast support thanks in part to a generous major project grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

Specific support for Toto podcast from Coffee by Design and the New England Foundation for the Arts.

VIDEOS

Portland Ovations IS performing arts: we’ve got the best videos!
Whether you’re curious to watch previews of upcoming artists or look back’s to events in which you participated or ones you may have missed,
subscribe to our YouTube channel to explore all the ways
Ovations is Everywhere.

2020-2021 Moments to Remember

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