The Light and Dark of 'Amore Italiano' at Oregon Ballet Theatre

Oct 12, 2015 722

by Carla Escoda

Oregon Ballet Theatre opens its season this weekend with the slyly titled Amore Italiano - a double bill that bows to the Italian roots of ballet, in both classical and contemporary manner, in moods both light and dark.

The inimitable Danish choreographer Auguste Bournonville was so enamored of the city of Naples when he visited it in the mid 1800's that he choreographed a love letter to it: Napoli has endured not simply as an idealized reflection of a colorful, exuberant culture, but as an illustration of the emotional power of classical ballet. 

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