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This will be a Petrushka for a different place and time. When the lights come up, audiences will find themselves transported not to a fair in St. Petersburg, but to a Thanksgiving dinner in a posh hotel called The Heathman in a city called Portland. It’s the height of 1950s, when glamor is big and island style is everywhere. Especially in the hotel’s restaurant, the Aloha Room (a historical fact). With 1950’s costumes and Pink Martini-style entertainers, this Petrushka tells a timeless story of unrequited love against a celebration of everything Portland. The production will be presented for six performances over Thanksgiving weekend at PSU’s Lincoln Hall. The hotel is an eager partner with us in the project.

TOM GOLD, Petrushka choreographer
“A force for good in the ballet world” (Wall Street Journal), Tom Gold is the founder and director of Tom Gold Dance. A 21-year member (1987–2008) of New York City Ballet where he rose to the rank of soloist, Gold has also performed with THARP!, New York City Opera, Donald Byrd/The Group and many other companies throughout the United States. At City Ballet, he performed leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and William Forsythe. In 2002 Susan Stroman created the ballet Double Feature for Mr. Gold. In demand internationally as a guest artist, choreographer, and instructor, Gold has created more than a dozen original works for Tom Gold Dance as well as for Vassar College, the Bermuda Arts Festival, Oregon Ballet Theater, the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute, and many other dance academies, companies, festivals, television, and special events, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Bravo series Odd Mom Out starring Jill Kargman, and the New York City Fringe Festival for which he won the 2016 award for Overall Excellence for his work in the Joey Variations: A Play With Dance. Gold has collaborated with composers John Zorn, Augusta Reed Thomas, and Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, as well as numerous scenic and costume designers. He is the featured performer and choreographer of the 2wice Arts Foundation’s DOT DOT DOT, an interactive iPad application designed by Abbott Miller of Pentagram. Gold has been called “as fine a choreographer as…he was a dancer – perhaps better” (Critical Dance). He “sees dance, as Balanchine or Neumier, as a way to innovate and explore the boundaries of classical dance, pushing the envelope in a manner that is true to the fundamentals of the technique” (NYC Dance Stuff).

IGOR STRAVINSKY, Petrushka composer
Igor Stravinsky was a Russian-born composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky’s compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Serge Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911), and The Rite of Spring (1913). The latter transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky’s enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design. His “Russian phase” which continued with works such as Renard, the Soldier’s Tale and Les Noces, was followed in the 1920s by a period in which he turned to neoclassical music. The works from this period tended to make use of traditional musical forms (concerto grosso, fugue and symphony), drawing on earlier styles, especially from the 18th century. In the 1950s, Stravinsky adopted serial procedures. His compositions of this period shared traits with examples of his earlier output: rhythmic energy, the construction of extended melodic ideas out of a few two- or three-note cells and clarity of form, and of instrumentation.

The original Heathman Hotel was built in 1926. By 1927, Portland had become a burgeoning city and needed an even higher-end hotel that would meet their expectations. The New Heathman Hotel was built a year later, just a block from the original. It was a 10-story concrete and brick structure, with decorative details in the Jacobean Revival style. The second story and upper-floor windows were trimmed in stone, and the lobby’s dark wood paneling extended to the mezzanine When the Heathman opened, it was greeted with much fanfare, and The Oregon Journal described it as “Portland’s newest and most modern hotel.” They wrote, “Its planning, construction and general appointments are as modern as ingenuity and talent could possibly make it.” In the hotel’s early years from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, the mezzanine was home to the studios of Portland radio station KOIN. Within those studios, described as the finest in the country, the station boasted a roster of musicians and entertainers larger than all other local stations combined and, from their transmitters high above the nearby West Hills, they beamed their signal as far as California, Nevada and Idaho. In 1984, the Heathman underwent a major renovation during which the original exterior and eucalyptus-paneled Tea Court Lounge were fully restored to their original glory. During this renovation, the hotel’s entrance was moved from Salmon Street to Broadway, enhancing its visibility, and the hotel dropped the ‘new’ designation with guests and locals referring to it simply as the Heathman Hotel. Heathman Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide®, which is dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures.


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