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Portland Ballet Offers Pay-What-You-Will Tickets for Holiday Performances

The Portland Ballet – Upcoming Events Calendar
Nov 29 – Dec 1, The Enchanted Toy Shop with Firebird
Dec 1 – Capitol Highway studio construction wraps
January 6, 2014 – Classes resume
Jan 25, 2014 – Grand Re-Opening Gala

The Portland Ballet Introduces Pay-What-You-Will Ticketing,  Welcomes Wider Audiences to the Arts

This Thanksgiving weekend, The Portland Ballet (TPB) offers Portland audiences a unique proposition: a full 90-minute ballet with live orchestra for only $5.

In an effort to bring arts performances to a wider audience, TPB is setting aside 100 pay-what-you-will tickets for each of its six performances.  Available at the PSU Lincoln Hall box office one hour before the show, the tickets are good for open seating and cost $5, plus an optional donation.  Adult tickets usually cost $35.  A preview performance on November 29 at 4pm will have only pay-what-you-will tickets, which can be reserved by calling the Lincoln Hall box office.

The company hopes that people who might not usually attend live arts in Portland will have a chance to do so this holiday season.  “We’re committed to getting new audiences and different kinds of people in the door,” said Jim Lane, Managing Director.  “We don’t want finances to be a reason to stay at home.”

Portland Ballet introduces Pay What You Will ticketing for holiday performances

Pairing TPB’s beloved holiday show The Enchanted Toyshop with the classic Russian folktale Firebird, the performance offers a full evening of high-quality dance and music.  This program features original choreography by John Clifford, widely considered the protégé of George Balanchine, and live accompaniment by the Portland State University Symphony.  At $5, “it’s really the best deal in town,” says Lane.

The addition of Clifford’s 2005 Firebird brings drama and history to the production.  With the highly dramatic elements of danger (evil sorcerer Kaschei), beauty (the bewitching Firebird), tragedy (Princesses held captive by Kaschei) and romance (valiant Prince Ivan), the ballet is technically and artistically challenging.  TPB founders Nancy Davis and Jim Lane count the ballet among their favorite roles, having danced it with Los Angeles Ballet approximately 75 times, nationwide.

Rehearsals for the holiday show continue amid construction.  TPB is nearly finished with a 75% expansion of its Hillsdale studio, including the addition of an entirely new, third studio.  The expansion was underwritten with a $170,000 capital campaign and launched in April 2013. In addition to individual donors, the capital campaign received significant and generous support from the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust, the Meyer Memorial Trust, and The Collins Foundation.

Led by Artistic Director Nancy Davis, The Portland Ballet nurtures young dancers from age three to 19.  TPB students are trained with professional intent by a faculty that includes some of the nation’s finest dancers and choreographers.  TPB dancers leave the school with the life skills – commitment, discipline, teamwork, curiosity, and pride – to succeed in any endeavor.  TPB graduates have gone on to professional dance careers with companies such as Houston Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet West and Ballet Idaho.  Instructors come from the National Ballet, the original Los Angeles Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet, Odessa Ballet, Smuin Ballet/SF, Le Grand Ballet de Genève, BodyVox, Ballet West, and many others.  For more information, visit TPB online at

John Clifford’s The Enchanted Toy Shop with Firebird
90 minutes, with intermission.  Respighi and Stravinsky played live at every performance by the PSU Symphony.

Where: PSU’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park at Market Street
When: November  29 – December 1, 2013
Friday, November 29, 4 PM (preview)
Friday, November 29, 7 PM (opening night)
Saturday/Sunday, November 30/December 1, 1 & 4 PM

Reserved Seating: $15, youth; $35, adult; $90, family package (two adult, two youth)
Open Seating: Pay-What-You-Will Tickets available at the door for every performance ($5 minimum)

Ticketing Information:  503-725-3307 ● Tickets at PSU Lincoln Hall Box Office or online at

Praise for The Portland Ballet’s The Enchanted Toyshop
“Charm and vitality to spare…its lively pace varied with action-packed divertissements.” — The Oregonian

CONTACT:  Caitlin Dwyer, Marketing
[email protected] • 503.423.7753

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