Abby Glanville

A Letter from the Director

One of the best parts of my job is going into the studio each week to work with young dancers. Their energy is contagious, their joy personified, and their collaborative instincts palpable. I love seeing them grow as artists, and engaging with them about their ideas, which are often unfazed by the realities of irritating little things like size, cost, …. the laws of physics! They dare to dream about the seemingly impossible, and in that process consistently prove that what IS possible far exceeds their wildest expectations.
We are thrilled to welcome you back to the theatre for an adventurous season of performances precipitated by these types of intrepid dreams--those of the artists who found courage to hone their craft from a very young age; those of the designers who bring dimension, mystery, and texture to that magical space between the proscenium and the back wall; and those of the choreographers and storytellers who work tirelessly to weave time, space, and energy into something that can be at once inconceivably surreal yet unapologetically human.    
This season, the realized dreams of four brilliant dance companies will be shared with you the audience, starting this fall with the dynamic drumming and dance of Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater performing a synthesis of African, Brazilian, Jazz and Hip Hop, followed by Eugene Ballet’s holiday extravaganza in which we explore the iconic dream scape of the Land of Sweets in The Nutcracker. After the New Year, the adventure continues with a vibrant spectrum of beautiful Chinese dance by Lorita Leung Dance Company, and concludes with a passionate fusion of Native American and contemporary dance by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. Whatever your interest, this season will leave you breathless and daring to dream bigger and bolder.

As always, our 27th season of Great Performances would not be possible without the support of local, state, and national grants, and the generous assistance of donors and audience members like you. Communities are the keystone of our organization, and we are forever grateful for your continued support!

Abby Glanville
Executive Director
Festival Dance & Performing Arts