Eugene Ballet Company Offers New and Enduring Favorites

I wrote nine previews of local theater and performance art for the Register-Guard’s fall 2014 arts preview guide, which promotes the next season of numerous arts organizations.


The Eugene Ballet Company typically offers a four-production season of enduring classics along with something new or different.

This year, the company stages “Cinderella” in October. Considered one of the great ballets, Sergey Prokofiev’s beautiful score helps tell the story of how gentle Cinderella turns the tables on her jealous stepsisters.

December’s “The Nutcracker” is a holiday treat for the whole family. “Carmen” brings some drama to the stage in February, with Georges Bizet’s passionate score along with choreography incorporating Spanish-style dance.

Ending the season in April is the Who’s “Tommy.”

“We go from some classics to something dramatic, then to some rock ’n’ roll,” Managing Director Riley Grannan says. “A nice variety.”

The ballet is collaborating with OrchestraNext for live accompaniment to performances this season. It also is in talks with rock bands to perform the score to “Tommy,” which tells the story of the “pinball wizard” from the iconic rock opera, released as an album in 1969.

“Tommy” also features original choreography by Artistic Director Toni Pimble.

Season subscribers get first access to “Nutcracker” tickets and receive first notice of special events, such as a special February performance at the Eugene Country Club.

Formed in 1978, Eugene Ballet has grown into a busy regional company that has presented more than 100 different productions. The company prides itself on its diverse artists; new dancers have joined this season from Japan and Columbia.

“Extraordinary talent,” Grannan says. “It’s a diverse company, and I think that energy is really positive. When they’re working in the studio they have fresh ideas; they’re really good collaborators.

“It’s a good experience to have that kind of energy in the room.”

Eugene Ballet Company

Where: Office at 1590 Willamette St.

Contact: Call 541-485-3992, online at

Tickets: 541-682-5000; Hult Center ticket office, Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street,

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