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OBT star to be celebrated in final shows

OBT's Alison Roper Alison Roper in Val Caniparoli’s "Lambarena." Photo by Andy Batt, courtesy of Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s longtime Principal Dancer Alison Roper will soon retire after 18 years of dancing with the company. Roper, who has been dancing with OBT for three-quarters of the company’s life, will perform in the mixed bill Celebrate at the Newmark Theatre on April 17-26.

Roper will perform in the company premiere of Nacho Duato’s Cor Perdut in every show. The mixed bill will also present the company premiere of Petal by Helen Pickett and Matjash Mrozewski’s The Lost Dance, created on OBT in 2012. 

Every performance will include Alison Wonderland, a multimedia tribute to Roper’s extraordinary career.

Read more about Roper’s retirement and OBT’s Celebrate program at Dance Informa.