performing arts

Arts Integration at Home – This is Not a..

THIS IS NOT A… Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Happy April Fool’s Day! In honor of the silliness of the day, we are sharing a playful theatre activity that gets you a) using your imagination and b) showing/telling descriptive details. It’s called “This is Not a…” All you need to play is one non-breakable, hand-held … Read more

Arts Integration at Home – Narrative Pantomime

NARRATIVE PANTOMIME Posted Monday, March 30, 2020 Narrative Pantomime is an active way for students to a) retell a story and b) draw out action, emotion, and sensory details. It’s a great way to extend the story hour, especially for kids who can’t read yet. The directions for the activity are shared in two ways … Read more

Arts Integration at Home – Role on the Wall

With students at home and caregivers balancing work and school, everyone is adjusting and learning. We want to offer a few simple, creative, educational, and arts-based ways to spice up your distance learning – especially since the day might involve a lot of sitting.  On that note, a huge thank you to all the teachers … Read more

New York Philharmonic String Quartet Program Notes by Linda Russell

many concert tours to display his prodigious talent. During the next ten years Mozart developed as a composer by imitating and expanding the various styles that he encountered during his travels Mozart’s string quartets span his life—from the earliest at age 15 to the more sophisticated compositions a year before he died. They also trace … Read more

Arts Integration at Home – Everybody Do

With students at home and caregivers balancing work and school, everyone is adjusting and learning. We want to offer a few simple, creative, educational, and arts-based ways to spice up your distance learning – especially since the day might involve a lot of sitting.  On that note, a huge thank you to all the teachers … Read more

Russian National Ballet Performance Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear friends: As we mark the time we would have been regaling in the majestic beauty of the Russian National Ballet, I am grateful to have this opportunity to share why we chose this production for Portland: story ballets are ideal for families and newcomers to dance alike. One’s first encounter with the great tradition … Read more

Arts Integration at Home – Sculptor & Clay

With students at home and caregivers balancing work and school, everyone is adjusting and learning. We want to offer a few simple, creative, educational, and arts-based ways to spice up your distance learning – especially since the day might involve a lot of sitting.  On that note, a huge thank you to all the teachers … Read more

Health, Safety & Event Updates

Portland Ovations brings people together to strengthen community well-being. We are committed to your health and safety as our #1 priority, and we’ve been closely monitoring communications from the Maine CDC and World Health Organization to assess our upcoming events within the context of the COVID-19 crisis. Today at noon, Governor Janet Mills recommended cancelling … Read more

To Your Health & Well-Being

Our community’s health and well-being is always our concern, particularly during flu season. The novel COVID-19 virus re-confirms this priority. We want you to know we are monitoring the situation closely, relying on guidance from the City of Portland and the Maine Department of Public Health, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and WHO. We are also working closely with our partner venues to help ensure your health, safety and comfort. Please find the City … Read more

Miwa Matreyek Performance Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear Friends, I first saw Miwa perform several years ago in LA, her home base. I was immediately mesmerized by the imagery, soundscape and her presence on stage. I was captivated then and remain so. Miwa works at the intersection of performance and media. Her art exists in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal … Read more