Tom Gold at Robin Road

The world keeps reinventing itself. Nowhere more true than in the art-world. And especially when it comes to those centuries-old art forms like “Ballet”.  Tom Gold is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor. He’s created dozens of original works for ballet companies across the country. And Tom is in Portland for an intense few days, to polish up a piece for The Portland Ballet’s Spring Concert 2017.



Photo: Blaine Truitt Covert

The Portland Ballet is offering up their Spring Concert 2017. It promises to have the beauty of George Balanchine, contemporary choreography, to the groundbreaking work of Ballets Russes that ushered this art form into the 20th century. In fact, this year celebrates a century since Ballets Russes came through Portland. Les Sylphides was the very first ballet performed on opening night January 12th, 1917, and featured Vaslav Nijinsky.


Always good to dive deep into some ballet-talk. From its inceptions in the 14th century, through the many eras of resets in order for it to remain relevant, the ballet world along with ballet companies, and really along with the many other classic art forms,  are citing new challenges as we dive ever deeper into the 21st century. How to get that new generation in the door, and offer them compelling and challenging works that bring those new audiences back. Especially a generation that is used to getting real good things like music, journalism, TV shows, for free.




Our conversation was an opportunity to talk about some of our mutual friends at The Portland Ballet, their challenges, and accomplishments, and a shared love for this rarefied air that not everybody can enter into. What it takes, and how to keep it relevant? Every day, in every way, a reboot of love, it seems. Dive into the world of the ballet with us!




The Portland Ballet Celebrates Balanchine’s ‘Who Cares?’ in its Spring Concert




What: The Portland Ballet Spring Concert 2017 – Who Cares?

Dates: May 26-27, 2017

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$35
Venue: Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park at Market
Information: or 503.750.3157


  • Who Cares? (highlights) – choreography by George Balanchine, staged by John Clifford, music by George Gershwin
  • Les Sylphides – choreography by Michel Fokine, music by Frédéric Chopin and Alexander Glazunov
  • Festival Russe – choreography by Tom Gold, music by various Russian composers
  • Abandon All Plans – choreography by Lane Hunter, music by Hans Zimmer, Amiina, Zoe Keating, and Loney Dear


Photo: Blaine Truitt Covert

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Ballet will feature highlights of George Balanchine’s Who Cares? in its Spring Concert May 26-27 at Lincoln Performance Hall at Portland State University. The mixed-repertoire program of four short works explores a variety of genres and styles, ranging from classical to contemporary, and will showcase the skills of TPB’s advanced Youth Company and Career Track dancers.


TPB commissioned Portland choreographer Lane Hunter to create a new work, Abandon All Plans.


The concert will also commemorate the Ballets Russes with Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides and Tom Gold’s Festival Russe. This year marks the 100th anniversary that the legendary ballet troupe performed in Portland. Ballets Russes, founded by Sergei Diaghilev and based in Paris, toured all over the world 1909-1929. It was known for its high technical quality and masterful star dancers, including Balanchine, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Anna Pavlova. It also engaged leading artists of its time and encouraged ground-breaking collaborations among different artistic genres, commissioning music composers including Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, and Sergei Prokofiev, and visual artists and designers including Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel, and Henri Matisse.


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