Oregon Ballet Theatre’s upcoming production of “Swan Lake” will include the final performances of acclaimed principal dancer Yuka Iino.

A native of Japan, Iino concludes her nine-year career with OBT in “Swan Lake,” Feb. 16 to 23 at Keller Auditorium. Her career coincided with the tenure of Christopher Stowell, who resigned late last year as artistic director.

“Yuka’s arrival at OBT marked a new era for the company,” says Anne Mueller, OBT interim artistic director. “From the first program she performed, she set the tone for what great dancing in this era would mean: adventurous, musical and virtuosic. ...

“Yuka always infuses her dancing with a generosity of spirit and vulnerability that makes each performance not only technically impressive, but artistically meaningful.”

It’ll be Stowell’s rendition of “Swan Lake,” fit with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent melodies and its kaleidoscopic flock of moonlit dancers all in white. Iino performed in “Swan Lake” in 2006 and 2008.

Iino plans to teach and continue as a guest artist. She taught at School of OBT last summer and “I had a different feeling inside of me than I have ever had,” she says. “I’ve always enjoyed teaching, but this summer I realized that this is what I would like to do in the next chapter of my life.”

Lanker exhibit

Portrait artist Lynda Lanker spent 19 years putting together her series of work “Tough by Nature,” which features 49 women ranchers of the American West. It’s now an exhibit at Oregon History Museum, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., through March 31.

Lanker, from Eugene, is also working on commissioned portraits of Dr. Maya Angelou and Betty Roberts, the late Oregon Supreme Court justice. She is the wife of the late Brian Lanker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer.

The exhibit had been on display at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, and on tour. For more info, visit Lanker’s website at

Monster Jam

A reminder to truck fans: Eight monster trucks go to battle in speed, racing and destruction. The lineup of 12-foot-high, 10,000-pound trucks include Mohawk Warrior and Monster Mutt Dalmatian making their Portland debut and the famous Grave Digger. Info: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Rose Garden,, $20-$40.

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