PORTLAND – Portland Ballet’s “Portland Dances! New Works Showcase” Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16, will feature 20 new dance pieces ranging from ethnic to classical to contemporary.

Portland Ballet presents Portland Dances! annually to showcase newly emerging talent as well as the works of established choreographers. This high-energy evening of dance include will pieces set to music by Imogen Heap, Damien Rice, Art of Noise, Dario Marianelli, Liran McManus, Willie Nelson, and Bulgarian, Celtic and Tibetan choirs, with a few live original compositions.

Both performances will begin at 8 p.m. at John Ford Theater. Advance tickets are $15 general admission/ $10 student and seniors and are available at Bull Moose or by calling Portland Ballet at 772-9671. Tickets will also be available at the door: $18 general admission / $13 students and seniors.

“This year we have seven new choreographers presenting their unique and individual styles in addition to the 13 choreographers who have presented in years past. I think this is reflective of the increasing popularity of the New Works Showcase and of an increased interest in dance overall, as seen by the tremendous following for the TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ said Eugenia O’Brien, artistic director for Portland Ballet.

For more information about “Portland Dances!” and Portland Ballet, visit www.portlandballet.org.

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