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Raise the Barre Series Step Afrika! Presented in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xQYr6P_qBc "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 by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional African dances and an array of contemporary dance [...]

By | April 7th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Raise the Barre Series Music from the Sole: ‘Partido’ Presented in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btTXy46uZNo "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 [...]

Our Stories – What We Love About Ovations

We just passed the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It seems fitting that this turning point in the universe, at which the sun is at its maximum declination and then begins slowly to subside for those of us in the northern hemisphere, is also the end of Portland Ovations' organizational year: [...]

By | June 24th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – An Unforgettable Season

Cover Image: Paige Hernandez What a season, unlike any other, 2020-2021 was. Thank you for joining us virtually, on demand and outdoors this past year. We couldn’t have done it without you. How many Ovations’ events did you experience?  Daniel Bernard Roumain at Performances in Our Parks, Oct. 2020 OCTOBER 2020 We couldn’t [...]

By | June 14th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – Meet Dance Artist Riley Watts

After nearly a decade on the road touring internationally with the Forsythe Company, dance artist Riley Wattsdecided it was time to come home to Maine. For Riley, moving back to Maine was the right thing to do. It’s meant time and space: to heal, to pursue a different lifestyle for his body and mind and, [...]

Our Stories – Seeking Belonging

The more than year-long pandemic has taught us much to take into the future together. One of the things many Ovations' Members have mentioned to us is how our human need to gather and to belong — to groups, to communities, to a place and to each other — have been made more visible by our social [...]

By | April 16th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – The Intersection of Art, Food and Culture

Community suppers. Church potlucks. Festive receptions. Learning how to cook traditional dishes then sitting down together to enjoy. Gathering to exchange art, food, culture and community is on the menu at Portland Ovations. Throughout the years, our welcoming Portland communities have opened their hearts and cookbooks to Ovations artists visiting us from away. Fondly we [...]

By | April 8th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – POP 90’s Impact

What an unforgettable night! Being back on stage at Merrill, reveling in the beauty of that space with artists working together LIVE ... and you were there, too, only not in your usual red velvet seats. And still: your dedicated support as well as the enthusiasm of so many local businesses and others made POP 90 [...]

By | April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Portland Ovations Presents: POP 90 A Virtual Celebration To Benefit Ovations' 90th Year

Portland Ovations Presents the launch of our 90th year Celebrate with us at our dynamic virtual benefit featuring Artists, Auctions, & Performancesstreamed to you LIVE from the Merrill Auditorium stage. The mainstage event will be emceed by business leader and performance poet Kerem Durdag & Sara Juli, renowned dance maker and comedian. Joining them are our Ovations’ hosts, Mary Allen [...]

By | March 25th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – The Making of POP 90

We're hoping you're joining us next Thursday, March 25 for Ovations' big, live-and-virtual kickoff celebration of our 90th anniversary year. When you do, you'll be experiencing Ovations through the looking glass of our digital realms: we will be live at Merrill Auditorium, but you, our audiences, are not quite able to be with us there [...]

By | March 21st, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments