Ovations Offstage

The Peking Acrobats featuring the Shanghai Circus

In their graceful efforts these brightly costumed tumblers, acrobats, cyclists, jugglers and clever clowns provide 90 minutes of family fun that infuses springtime in New York with an extra measure of joy.” THE NEW YORK TIMES Defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control — The Peking Acrobats push the limits of human … Read more

Ballet Hispánico

Portland Ovations dedicates this performance to the life and memory of our dear friend Jane C. Wellehan. “One of America’s Cultural Treasures.” FORD FOUNDATION Ballet Hispánico, America’s foremost Latinx dance company performs a fusion of classical, Latin and contemporary dance, powered by theatricality, athleticism and passion. The performance features a mix of energetic and unexpected … Read more

Commanding Space

“We are continually searching for activities, experiences, and lessons that broaden our student’s abilities to embrace diverse ideas. This production assisted our students and staff in gaining a better understanding of the gender and race discrimination experienced by Annie Easley. The determination, tenacity, perseverance and hard work she displayed throughout her life are the same … Read more

Ugly Duckling

“‘Ugly Duckling’ is a wonderful piece of children’s theatre, slickly executed and lovingly performed. It will keep little ones enthralled from its energetic opening to its cheeky cliff-hanger conclusion.” ARTS YORK Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen! In their nest at the edge of a pond, the baby ducklings wait impatiently … Read more

Antonio Rocha: The Malaga Ship Story

“Antonio Rocha’s performance of Malaga was riveting! Antonio masterfully activates the imagination of the audience using history, mime, and spellbinding characters to tell this tale in a unique and fascinating way. He navigates us through a litany of emotions, and in conclusion we discover that we learn a great deal about history and ourselves.” HIGH … Read more

Wabanaki Stories

The land and waters known as Maine have been home to Wabanaki peoples for over 12,000 years. This vibrant exploration of Wabanaki histories and cultures spotlights three Wabanaki storytellers coming from three different nations and three different storytelling traditions. Jennifer Pictou (Mi’kmaq) regales with spirit stories told in the company of large puppets; Dwayne Tomah … Read more

Artists in Conversation: Samuel James & Judith Casselberry

Enjoy this recorded conversation with Judith Casselberry (musician, vocalist & associate professor of Africana Studies at Bowdoin College) in conversation with Samuel James, as they dig into the sonic history and inspiration of James’ upcoming world premiere of Already Home Recordings Vol 2. This recording is available to watch on demand through May 26. In Conversation: … Read more

Music and Art: A Sign and Sigh of Our Times

Join Suzanne Nance for a pre-performance lecture about the artistry of the composer to consider and reflect their contemporary world. Inspired by the New York Philharmonic String Quartet’s contemplative programming, Suzanne will highlight Joel Thompson’s “In Response to Madness” and touch on art and music of the past and present. This recorded pre-performance lecture is … Read more

“Shifting Landscapes: Something Old, Something New”

This pre-performance lecture with violist, violinist and conductor Amadi Azikiwe looks at the composers featured in this program and their embrace of their multi-cultural inheritance, adding something personal and of historic importance to their music. This program highlights the works of composers who have embraced their multi-cultural inheritance and added something personal and of historic importance to their music. … Read more

Step Afrika Pre-Performance Conversation

Join Marcia Minter, Indigo Arts Alliance Executive Director and Jordia Benjamin, Indigo Arts Alliance Deputy Director in conversation with C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! Founder & Executive Producer to learn about the history of the company, the form, and step’s role in Black culture before the 7PM performance of Step Afrika!. Step Afrika! is part of … Read more