New Choreography for The Nutcracker Party Scene and Return of Mother Ginger

Nov 6, 2012 in 12-13 Season Releases


 TULSA, Okla. – November 6, 2012 – Tulsa Ballet transforms the Tulsa Performing Arts Center into a holiday wonderland with The Nutcracker from December 8 – 23, 2012. Artistic Director Marcello Angelini’s breathtaking choreography as well as the fantastical sets and costumes by Luisa Spinatelli will delight audiences young and old. This year, famous children’s choreographer Bruce Wells from Pacific Northwest Ballet is charged with creating new dances for the party scene, a section of the ballet that has been completely reworked. Expect a more traditional story line complete with new children dances, the traditional opening of the presents under the Christmas tree and, in Act Two, a traditional yet revisited and re-choreographed appearance by famed Mother Ginger! All performances include live music provided by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start as low as $20 and may be purchased by calling (918) 749-6006 or by visiting www.tulsaballet.org.

Early in the 2012 – 2013 season, Mr. Angelini announced new revisions to his production of The Nutcracker. Changes include working with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s choreographer Bruce Wells, an authority in creating children’s ballets, on reconstructing the Party Scene in Act One. Mother Ginger, a traditional element in many Nutcrackers, will return with new choreography by Mr. Wells.

“I wanted to rework the story of The Nutcracker for a while, in order to make it more traditional and accessible for our audience,” Mr. Angelini said. “In talking with Bruce Wells, we realized that, by removing the ballet studio scene and starting the action in the ballroom, this goal could be accomplished with ease. Bruce is a genius when it comes to working with kids and streamlining storylines for dance. His children’s ballets are in great demand and always included in the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s main season. I am happy to be working with him and to make our Nutcracker one notch better.”

As an internationally known choreographer, Mr. Wells has created more than 100 ballets for companies such as Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Australian Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Jacob’s Pillow and others. Since 2001, Wells has created children’s ballets for Pacific Northwest Ballet including his Snow White, Hansel & Gretel and Pinocchio.

“I thought that Marcello had created a very unique and stunning production,” Mr. Wells said. “His idea to set the ballet in Paris in the 1920's was very intriguing. The production sweeps you away from the very beginning to a very romantic time resplendent with beautiful sets and costumes. The strength and breath of technique of the dancers of Tulsa Ballet made the project very enticing. I was extremely flattered that Marcello would ask for my creative input on his production. Choreographing for children is a very natural extension for me as a faculty member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. He requested a new look at his production...I felt I understood what his goals were. I'm very honored to have this opportunity to work with Tulsa Ballet. My goal is to create a seamless transition from the opening of the ballet into the rest of Marcello's delightful production.”

While excluding the ballet studio scene, Mr. Wells will be adding a more traditional prologue including Uncle Drosselmeyer. Uncle Drosselmeyer is a traditional character in the story of The Nutcracker. The party scene will follow the prologue with more opportunities for the children to dance and the story to unfold more traditionally. The ballet will continue with the original Angelini choreography until second act, where there are more opportunities for children to dance in the addition of the Mother Ginger scene.

Performances of The Nutcracker will run from December 8 – 23, 2012, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. For tickets call (918) 749 – 6006 or visit us online at www.tulsaballet.org .

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