Dance

“Memphis Jookin’: The Show” Featuring Lil Buck

“Buck’s power derives from the ability to get to the bottom of what something feels like for him and then to express it to the world.” THE NEW YORK TIMES Renowned dance artist Lil Buck conceived, choreographed and performs in his latest production — Memphis Jookin’: The Show. An ode to Lil Buck’s hometown and … Read more

Garba360

“International festival aims to delight, unite, and inspire” – YALE NEWS Ovations kicks off the 92nd season with a lively and immersive community dance party. Featuring a high energy live band and guided dance instruction, this unique event invites all to enjoy the spirited Indian Gujarati folk dances of garba and raas. Clapping, spinning and … Read more

Farruquito: “Flamenco Íntimo”

“Farruquito dances as if he has every answer at his fingertips.” THE NEW YORK TIMES Called “the greatest flamenco dancer of this new century” by The New York Times, Farruquito (Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya) is hailed by critics and audiences alike for his prodigious artistry, incredible stage presence, profound poetry and captivating beauty. Heir to … Read more

Ballet Hispánico – Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years

Portland Ovations dedicates this performance to the life and memory of our dear friend Jane C. Wellehan. “A cutting edge crowd pleaser.” WASHINGTON POST The nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization, Ballet Hispánico, brings audiences together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latinx culture. Equal parts artistic excellence and catalyst for change, Ballet Hispánico is … Read more

Riley Watts, Heather Stewart & little house dance

“Riley Watts — an extraordinary dancer with silky athleticism..” NEW YORK TIMES WORLD PREMIERECommissioned Maine Artist by Portland Ovations Join us on opening night as we celebrate the world premiere. Hour Wolf in the Lighthouse is a collaborative dance work between Portland, Maine choreographers Riley Watts and Heather Stewart, and is the debut performance of … Read more

BANDALOOP

BANDALOOP

“What would dance look like if it were freed from the constraints of gravity?” – THE SEATTLE TIMES BANDALOOP re-imagines dance, activating public spaces and inspiring wonder and imagination in audiences around the globe. An innovator in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and climbing technology to turn the dance floor on … Read more

Music from the Sole: “Partido”

Music from the Sole: 'Partido'

“Polyrhythmic groove and […] light, quick mystery. Mr. Sandoval and his five dancers shared a loose athletic grace.” THE NEW YORK TIMES Blurring the line between a dance and music performance, PARTIDO explores the convergence of percussive dance and live music with contemporary urban styles in African-American and Afro-Brazilian culture. Inspired by Leonardo Sandoval’s experience as an … Read more

Step Afrika!

Step Afrika

Portland Ovations dedicates this performance to the life and memory of our dear friend Jane C. Wellehan. “Exciting and brilliantly choreographed.” THE NEW YORK TIMES A joyful mixture of songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation make STEP AFRIKA! so much more than a dance concert. The thrilling company of dancers blends percussive dance styles practiced … Read more