The Portland Ballet presents the world premiere of Tom Gold’s Petrushka, created about
Portland, for Portland, as a special gift to the city. Set during Thanksgiving dinner at an iconic historic hotel in the glamorous 1950s, immigrant busboy Petrushka is in love with a dazzling lounge singer, who in turn is in love with a dashing doorman. This timeless story of unrequited love and heartbreak will be paired with John Clifford’s stirring Firebird for a thrilling all-Stravinsky program performed live by the Portland State University Orchestra. “I hope to create a wonderful gift to the people and city of Portland that will endure for many years to come,” Gold said. “‘Petrushka’ and I go way back starting when I was 7 and invited to be a child performer in the Joffrey’s revival starring Rudolph Nureyev. Since then it has been on my radar, but I always thought it needed a modern twist.”
Gold has packed many distinct Portland references throughout Petrushka to be discovered like surprise Easter eggs. John Clifford’s Firebird, which has been a TPB audience favorite since 2005, returns to the stage with its dynamic choreography and riveting tale of love and vengeance. Based on Russian fairy tales, the spirited Firebird and a royal prince team up to break an enchanting spell by an evil magician. When Artistic Director Nancy Davis and Executive Director Jim Lane were principal dancers with the Los Angeles Ballet, they danced the lead roles about 75 times,
nationwide. TPB and the PSU Orchestra, under the direction of Ken Selden, celebrate 11 years of collaborating to produce what has become a Portland holiday tradition, with original choreography, staging, sets, costumes, and lighting.
Event: Petrushka & Firebird, performed by the Portland Opera
Dates: Nov 29-Dec 1, 2019
Times: 1PM and 5PM each day
Location: Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201