Performing arts

Portland expresses its creativity through a robust range of theatrical and dance companies and events.

Child wearing a pincushion headdress plays toy piano under the watchful eye of another pincushion in a production at Portland Center Stage.A production at Portland Center Stage

Portland’s performing arts community includes musical, dance and theater offerings — often combined in unexpected ways.

  • Oregon Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake

    Dance in Portland

    Portland dance has an inventive spirit that welcomes collaborations and often spills beyond the generally accepted boundaries of “dance.”

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  • August Wilson's "Seven Guitars" at Artists Rep

    Portland theater

    Portland has a well-established network of venues and theater companies and an increasingly dynamic and diverse small theater scene.

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  • Roald Dahl's The BFG at Northwest Children's Theater

    Children’s theater

    Portland's rich collection of children's theater companies offers just the introduction kids need to see that people in costume are fun, not scary.

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  • White Bird kicks off its season with the company’s new show, “Alchemia.”

    Fall performing arts guide

    The fall arts season kicks off with new takes on classics like “Waiting for Godot” and “Our Town” as well as innovative musical and dance performances.

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  • Luke Burbank hosts Live Wire's mix of music, theater, interviews and comedy.

    Live Wire Radio

    Live Wire! is “radio variety for the attention-span-challenged” taped in Portland weekly and broadcast on dozens of stations from Tallahassee, Tenn., to Reading, England.

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  • ALL CAPS: A Comedy Show with Character(s) curated by Scott Rogers. Photo Jason Traeger.

    Fertile Ground Festival

    Spanning two weeks every January, the Fertile Ground Festival is where you go to see Portland's newest performance works first.

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  • Daver Morrison and Nikki Coble in "Othello" at Portland Center Stage.

    The Complete Works Project

    From 2014 (Shakespeare’s 450th birthday) to 2016 (the 400th anniversary of his death), 15 Portland troupes will endeavor to stage every play he wrote at venues citywide.

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  • Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol at TBA 2012

    Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival

    Modeled on Euro and Aussie blowouts, TBA unites artists and performers from around the world for two weeks of performances and events.

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