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Open Space presents our very first show with OPEN SPACE TOO.

Tonights show features a Pas de Trois from Raymonda, and 2 new works from Portland's, Sara Parker and Artistic Director Franco Nieto!

Open Space TOO Artists // Elisa Trujillo, Natalie Becker, Maeve Ethridge, Kiri Maason, and Tiernan McKay.

Thank you to Oregon Contemporary for your partnership with Open Space. 

Thank you for being part of our blossoming community- we love dancing with you!

Big love,

Franco + Char + Maeve

Franco Nieto, Artistic Director

Charlene Hannibal, Co-Founder

Maeve Dougal, Co-Founder

Raymonda Pas de Trois

Composed by Alexander Glazunov

Re-Staged by Maranda Jory 

Raymonda is a classical ballet originally choreographed by Marius Petipa that had its premier at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in 1898. Raymonda has since been adapted and performed by many ballet companies around the world, including Rudolf Nureyev's restaging of Raymonda's Third Act for the Royal Ballet in 1969. Nureyev's Third Act Pas de Trois has been adapted and set on Open Space Too and will be presented tonight.

“A Pocket Full of Holes"

Choreographed by Franco Nieto

Music: "Pockets of Light" By Lubomyr Melnyk, "Reha" By Travis Lake, "Gymnopedie No.1" By Erik Satie, "Rosas" By Travis Lake 

haunted hearts

Choreographed by Sara Parker

Music: “The Cursed Clock”, “Temp Fix”, “Run Like Hell”, “When It Happens” by Nine Inch Nails


haunted hearts’ stems from a larger body of physical artistic research that has occurred for over a year, beginning with the creation of ‘hungry hearts’. Overall, this creative inquiry chronicles the intimate, complex, nuanced, and ineffable journey of the heart.

What haunts your heart?  


This show was made possible thanks to the following donors. 

David Nokovic

Regional Arts & Cultural Council

Alan + Sharon Jones

Allison + Peter Lyneham

Dr. Jessica Nokovic

Frank + Sarah Reppenhagen

Pierre-Laurent Baudey + Serena Zilliacus

Alicia  Daly + Scott Fearon

Judith + David Dougal

Jamey Hampton + Ashley Roland

Susan + Tom Hannibal

Bill + Cindy Hunt

Andrea + Thomas Molloy

Shane Morris + AnnMarie Nava

Steve Neighorn

Frank + Kaelin Nieto

Kelly O'Sullivan

Claire Olberding + Bryan Steelman

David+ Reegan Rae

Jeremy Sedita + Maya Strom

Mckinley Smith

Jane Tighe

Bristle Cone Pine Foundation

Mikenzie Ames

Brittany Arnett

Laura Babcock

Nicole Bangs

Brandon Barnes

Janice Brinkerhoff

Annie + Brad Carnese

LeeWei Chao

Kim Miles + Mike Chopko

Brandon + Vy Chung

Jen + Danny Clancey

Amy Cooney

Melissa Hurley + Michael Davis

Andrew Ferroggiaro

Vilay Fortner

Malia + Nathan Freeburg

Alan + Magda Gerencer

George Michael Giglio

Christy + Jason Griffiths

Joey + Emily Harrington

Deborah Hasou

Chelsea + Gabe Heller

Erin + Mike Herrick

Samuel Hobbs

Bambi + David Kanekoa

Sysko + John Kiggins

Jihyun Kim

James Koved

Libby Landauer

Nicole + Zac Longaker

Hayley Mason

Linda + Malcolm Mathes

Kelly McCoy

Elena Mejia

Elliot Mercer

Jesse + Megan Milliken

Anthony Mitchell

Dan + Jackie Moore

Shane Morris

Daysha Nieto

Lindsay Nokovic

Dennis Noland + Lucinda Welch

Katherine Orloff

Cathy Percich

Colleen Rundle

Amanda Schollard

Dr. See-yin So

Christine Solomon

Dina Soriano

Jeri Swatosh

Michelle Swinehart

Darla + Ray Tomac

JC + Theresa Wikander

Kristan + Ross Williams

Donors in kind


Botanica Floral

Connect Architecture


Eatin' Alive

Ecco Shoes
Janelle Faherty

Frankie and Coco PDX

Full Plate Farm

Fusion Landscape Design

Green Zebra

Hilary Finck Design

Jessica Schultz Pilates

Matthew Lueders Gyrotonic®

Louise Apparel



The Moth + Meghan Sinnott

Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar

Oregon Ballet Theatre
Oregon Brewery Running Series

Pacific Groves


Portland Women's Acupuncture
¿Por Qué No?

Real Good Food
Speck's Records and Tapes
Matthew Tomac

Shannon Walcott
Kristan Kelly Williams

White Bird

Open Space Support

About the Choreographers + Special Guests

Franco Nieto 

Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Open Space

Princess Grace Award winner Franco Nieto was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He made the unconventional switch from football to ballet in his teenage years and has now taught and danced internationally. Nieto was a principal dancer with NW Dance Project in Portland, Oregon, where he toured the world and worked with leading minds to create countless original works. His early training came from the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, Columbia Dance, and mentor, Tracey Durbin. He graduated from Point Park University, with his BFA in Jazz. Nieto is now Artistic Director and founder of Open Space Dance.

Sara Parker 

Sara Parker is a dance and movement artist who currently teaches, creates, and performs throughout the Portland-area. She holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah (2015) and a B.S. in Dance from the University of Oregon (2009). These formalized experiences have provided her the ability to integrate thought and experience into action as she engages with dance and movement in the span of her career.

Motivated by creativity, Sara values dance as a radical act of liberating one’s body to more fully engage and connect with the deeper and subtle layers of existence. She is enamored by ‘what comes up’ in the studio, and the relationship between her lived experience and the ‘bigger picture’. The micro and macrocosm. Sara believes that dance is a powerful catalyst for personal and communal revolution and her aim is to make a positive impact through teaching, choreography, and performance.

Maranda Jory

​​Maranda Jory has taught ballet and pointe at State Street Ballet, the College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, Encore Performing Arts Center, Doty Performance, NW Dance Project, Open Space, and Columbia Dance. They are a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor and have been teaching Floor-Barre to people of all backgrounds and skill levels since 2014. Maranda received their dance training at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music, and also received a full scholarship to participate in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth program and train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. Maranda has danced professionally with State Street Ballet and PDX Contemporary Ballet.

Maeve Ethridge
Tiernan Mckay
Kiri Maason
Elisa Trujillo
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Natalie Becker
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