Bouand’s Last Dance?

Thank you for supporting and attending Bouand performances for the past seven years. We have enjoyed the ride, made some beautiful performances, grown as artists, and hopefully touched some hearts and minds in the process. However, Bouand will go on indefinite hiatus starting this week. I welcome any further communications via email at: alexandrousballard@gmail.com.

I wish to convey my immense gratitude to so many people who have made Bouand possible over the years.

Our Dancers: Tracy Carboneau, Emily Bartha, Cait Powers, Keeley Love, Scott Trumbo, Melissa Framiglio, Edgar Badua, Renee Adams, Angela Napier-Gibson, Jenna Swanberg, Lucas Threefoot, Shareen DeRyan, Megan Smith, Jonathon Kreps, Josh Murray, Holly Shaw, Heather Jackson, Michael McGonegal, Ben Slayen, Zachary Carroll, Kelley Ramis, Sarah Fuhrman, Zahra Banzi, Lauren Cannon, Drew Malo, Jane Logan, Kaelen O’Shea, Rachel Stanton, Kelsey Triff, Sarah Lakey, Andrew Champlin

Our Choreographers: Davy Brun, Erica Trivett, Jason Ohlberg, James Gnam, Walter Kennedy, Deanna Carter, Rachel Tess

Our Board Members: Peter Rossing, David Smith, Walter Kennedy, Bruce Powers, Joan Van Ness Menasche, Barbara Spears, Caroline Miller, Cheryl Ramette

Our Major Financial Supporters: Lee Larson, Caroline Miller, Regional Arts & Culture Council,
 Meyer Memorial Trust,
Autzen Foundation, OCT, Leslie Braverman, Rick and Halle Sadle, United Way, Andy Robbins, Kevin Novack, Schnitzer/Novack Foundation

Our Volunteers: Erik Palmer,
 myself, the dancers, and everyone else associated with the company over our seven years

Our Collaborators: 3 Leg Torso, Lauren Brenneman, Summer Turpin, Paul at RAMMedia, RAMMedia, The Portland Ballet, Katherine Ogilvie, Brian Houle, Kathy Larson, Kate Cantwell, James Mapes

And so many more, most especially including our audiences.

Thank You!

Alexandrous Ballard
Artistic Director


Noesis/Noema: The Photos

Lucas Threefoot, Scott Trumbo, Emily Bartha, Shareen DeRyan

Check out the latest photos from our performances this week of Noesis/Noema! We had three amazing shows this weekend, and a spectacular time with guest choreographer Davy Brun and the dancers in his company, so we are thrilled to share our work with those who were not able to attend. And those who were there.

We also have immense gratitude for our audiences, and all the players who helped bring The French Project to a successful outcome: Bouand dancers Lucas Threefoot, Emily Bartha, Scott Trumbo and Shareen DeRyan, Ando dancers Chloe Beillevaire, Thomas Demay and Côme Calmelet, Erik Palmer, Yin Yi, James Mapes, Melissa Framiglio, Rita Pang and George Taylor, and many more.

Our success was made possible through the funding of Rick and Halle Sadle, Caroline Miller, Andy Robbins, Barbara Spears, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Meyer Memorial Truts, the Autzen Foundation and so many more, and we thank you all the support that brought this edition of Noesis/Noema and Davy Brun’s Concursus to the Portland stage.


Concursus, Together, Today

Concursus performed by Chloe Beillevaire, Thomas Demay and Côme Calmelet

After seeing a full run-through of Davy Brun’s Concursus for the first time last night, I have this to say: it is athletic! Energetic! And frenetic! The piece provides a physical spectacle that is definitely choreographed, but with just a touch of the mosh pit blended in. Its presentation at an intimate, stripped-down venue like BodyVox Dance Center gives the piece a sense of immediacy and impact rarely encountered in larger venues.

Meanwhile, I finally looked up the formal meaning of Concursus, and perhaps that provides a further clue to Brun’s intention for this dance: “Divine activity in its relation to finite causes in the preservation and development of the world… the divine concursus lies in the active dependence of creatures on the Creator, not only for their being but for the power that flows from the being that they have.”

Check out the latest photos for more of a taste of the choreography, and come down to BodyVox at 2:00pm or 7:30pm Saturday (June 2) to see the real deal.


Opening Night! Bouand & Ando Cie Present Fresh Dance at BodyVox

Less talk, more dance: Alex Ballard’s Bouand DanceCompany and Davy Brun’s Cie Ando present their latest choreography for three shows this weekend at BodyVox Dance Center in Portland. You can sell get your advance tickets via Brown Paper Tickets.

OBT soloist Lucas Threefoot and Shareen DeRyan rehearse Bouand DanceCompany’s Noesis/Noema

Visiting from Lyon, France, Brun and his company present Concursus, a piece conceived around the transition of a trio of student dancers across the boundary to the professional ranks. Chloe Beillevaire, Thomas Demay and Côme Calmelet perform.

Ballard’s latest iteration of Noesis/Noema explores the way that we perceive our own bodies and the world, and features Oregon Ballet Theatre soloist Lucas Threefoot, former OBT artist Scott Trumbo, Emily Bartha and Shareen DeRyan.

Enjoy our latest round of Instagram rehearsal photos, then join us for our performances Friday, June 1 at 7:30pm and Saturday, June 2 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm.


Bouand Welcomes Davy Brun Back to Portland

Dancers Chloe Beillevaire, Thomas Demay and Côme Calmelet

French choreographer Davy Brun and his company Cie Ando have arrived in Portland, and are busily prepping for their June 1-2 shows with Bouand DanceCompany at BodyVox. Dancers Chloe Beillevaire, Thomas Demay and Côme Calmelet will perform Brun’s Concursus on a bill also featuring Bouand’s Noesis/Noema. Check out the latest rehearsal photos featuring Cie Ando’s energetic dance vocabulary, and be sure to get your tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets.


Alex Returns!

ImageFresh off the highway after concluding his season with the Alberta Ballet, Bouand artistic director Alex Ballard rejoined the four cast members of his latest work in Portland and began the final push toward the company’s June shows at BodyVox Studio. Bouand will perform Ballard’s most recent choreography, Noesis/Noema, in shows on June 1-2. The performances will also feature French choreographer Davy Brun and the dancers of Cie Ando. Check out the latest rehearsal photos with Alex and all four Bouand dancers, and be sure to get your tickets now via Brown Paper Tickets.


Bringing It Home With Bouand

And we are in to the homestretch. Team Bouand is feverishly working (see Erik Palmer’s latest Instagrams from our most recent rehearsals here), Davy Brun and our friends from Ando Cie are counting down the days until their arrival in Portland, and now is the time to get your tickets for the tastiest little European dance performance this side of the Atlantic this year. See you at BodyVox studio on June 1-2!


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