ballet

Ari Denison

On November 9th and 10th, Eugene Ballet will present Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, with a live score played by Orchestra NEXT. KLCC's Lauren Purcell-Joiner sat down with conductor Brian McWhorter to talk about Orchestra NEXT, the upcoming performance, and the collaboration between the two performance groups.

Lauren Purcell-Joiner: You were there at the very beginning of Orchestra NEXT, is that correct?

Brian McWhorter: Yeah. Sarah Viens and I cofounded Orchestra NEXT in 2012.

LP: What made that project come together.

  #Instaballet offers a chance for the audience to choreograph a dance, which is immediately turned into a fully-formed performance. Co-founder Antonio Anacan speaks with Eric Alan about creating in real time with the audience, about dance as acceptance, and about photographing dance as well. #Instaballet performs a dance of acceptance at the Midtown Arts Center in Eugene on Friday, May 6th, as part of First Friday ArtWalk. Antonio Anacan's dance photography will also be on display. 

The Eugene Ballet Company is collaborating with the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies for Zoot Suit Riot at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th. The performances will also include a tribute piece called “Silk and Steel,” by Toni Pimble, the Eugene Ballet Company’s Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer. She and Steve Perry, vocalist and guitarist of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, talk with Eric Alan about the unusual collaboration.