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Leaps of Faith with Ovations’ Deputy Director Linda Nelson

  Ovations is proud to be presenting Azam Ali and the Montreal-based music ensemble Niyaz tonight at PortCity.  At a reception last night for her, her husband Loga Tarkian and their son at Coffee by Design, I was once again reminded of and lifted up by the life-saving power of art. Art saved my life growing [...]

Ranky Tanky, Gullah Music And The Rocky Coast Of Maine

Written by Ovations' Artistic and Executive Director, Aimée Petrin   Deep in the crowded lower level of the now-closed Webster Hall in NYC, I was among a throng of people on a cold January night dancing, singing, rejoicing to the sounds of Ranky Tanky. By the time they reached their song with its eponymous refrain, [...]

Beyond The Trocks with Deputy Director Linda Nelson

  The Trocks are Coming. The Trocks are Coming! The Trocks are coming to Maine via Portland Ovations! March 28 - 29   Sunday night I got to do something I love to do: sit in the dark, surrounded by (mostly) strangers, watching a movie. It is especially lovely to do this -- what feels like such a [...]

Portland Ovations Offstage and Portland Recreation Partner to Put Your Child on Stage

Fill your child’s February break with creativity, growth, play and the opportunity to explore the endless possibilities of their imaginations with Portland Ovations Offstage and Portland Recreation’s first Theater Camp. Through the five-day camp, led by esteemed Chicago theater company Compass Creative Dramatics, children grades 3 - 7 will enjoy games, activities and rehearsals designed to highlight their [...]

Fierce Females

  Ovations’ 2018-19 season features some truly inspiring women and we want you to experience all of them. From now until February 28th *save 15% on tickets to see any of our upcoming FIERCE FEMALE performances with the promo code FIERCE. To access this discount and experience one (or more) of these amazing women, click here to [...]

Ovations Welcomes Two New Board Members

  Supporting the arts as a Board Member is a labor of love. The board members of the non-profit performing arts organization Portland Ovations know this first hand. Soon, newest board members Ted Walworth and Amy Regan Gallant will know as well. This fall, Ovations welcomed these arts enthusiasts to our team of dedicated Board [...]

Portland Ovations 2018 – 19 Season Staff Picks

Who better to give performance recommendations than Portland Ovations staff themselves? With an incredible line up for 2018-19 ranging from an intimate, classical performance by admired pianist Inon Barnatan to the maple syrup sugar rush of holiday spirit that is "Elf The Broadway Musical"  it was nearly impossible for the Ovations' staff to pick just one performance that we each [...]

How to DBR: An Insider’s Guide to “En Masse”

Say “Daniel Bernard Roumain” a few times out loud, for the sheer poetry of it. Then adopt the acronym DBR around friends and family. This will reveal your inner circle status with all things Ovations, Community Art Happenings, and “En Masse”.   Take a late coffee break, or early lunch and bring a friend to [...]

Classical Indian Dance

By: June Vail June Vail How is it that our species has created such lively and varied music and dance traditions, with just the standard equipment—two arms, two legs, a torso and a head? We respond to—and produce—rhythms and movement from profoundly human needs. While I was teaching courses in dance and cultures [...]

#SaveTheNEA

Dear Friends, By now you’ve likely heard the President’s proposed federal budget calls for elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. NEA funding is vital to Ovations and the entire arts sector here in Portland, [...]