Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini announces the 2013/14 Season

Jul 1, 2013 in General News

Season includes Oklahoma and world premieres by today’s top choreographers Shakespeare, Cinderella and The Rolling Stones all grace the stage

Tulsa, OKLA. – Jan. 28, 2013 - Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini announces the 2013/14 season, filled with audience favorites and more Oklahoma and world premieres by some of the world’s most in-demand choreographers. Tulsa Ballet performances will take place at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Studio K at the Tulsa Ballet headquarters, as well as a spring series in The Roxana Rózsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center on the campus of The University of Tulsa.

“I am truly thrilled about our upcoming 2013/14 season as it will strike the right balance between audience favorites, entertaining pieces and iconic works, as well as a large bouquet of company premieres, Oklahoma premieres and world premieres,” Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini said. “As always, I am confident that there is something to love for each and every audience member.”

Season tickets for the 2013/14 season are available now for purchase starting at just $95. To purchase tickets please call us at 918-749-6006 or visit us online at www.tulsaballet.org.

PROGRAM 1: Rite of Spring – A Mixed Bill
September 27 and 28 at 8pm, September 29 at 3pm
Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Company B
Choreography by Paul Taylor, Music by The Andrews Sisters

“[A] profound piece of choreography to a groovy beat.” – The New York Times
“Evokes the exuberant rhythms of the '40's as well as the grim and persistent shadow of war…Some of the most glorious dancing to be seen anywhere…” – Newsweek

In Company B, lighthearted tunes and elements from popular dances of the 1940s like the jitterbug and lindy hop are juxtaposed with stark images of war and its impact on those left behind. Premiering in 1991, Company B instantly became a signature in the expansive cannon of Paul Taylor, who has enjoyed a place as an icon of American dance since he began dancing with Martha Graham in the 1950’s.

“Paul Taylor is considered one of the pillars of American dance with the likes of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Martha Graham,” Angelini said. “This work is one of Mr. Taylor’s masterpieces. Using the Andrews Sisters’ playful and now kitschy World War II anthem to make a strong statement about American idealism and the harsh realities of war is a testament to Mr. Taylor’s genius.”

One/End/One – Oklahoma Premiere
Choreography by Jorma Elo, Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“…pressure-filled musicality with a complex Mozart score that can only be accomplished through flawless technical execution.” – DancePulp
“… non-stop virtuoso ballet…” – Dance Magazine

Set to Mozart’s stunning Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo drew inspiration for One/End/One from the rhythmic pulses of the music and of life, using his signature style of combining classical steps and structure with highly articulated non-classical movements. Elo, resident choreographer of Boston Ballet, conceived One/End/One in 2011 with a grant from the first-ever Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance.

“Mr. Elo’s choreography is playful and capricious, with a sense of aesthetics that mixes pure classicism with contemporary dance movements. This work is light and charming – classical, yet with an unquestionable twist,” Angelini said.

Rite of Spring
Choreography by Adam Hougland, Music by Igor Stravinsky

“Unforgettable.” – Tulsa World

Rite of Spring holds an iconic place in the world of ballet, famously inciting riots when it first appeared in 1913. Adam Hougland, named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” choreographers in 2011, has accomplished the challenging feat of making this historical work accessible to today’s audience without depriving it of its punch. Staged in 2012 by Tulsa Ballet, Hougland’s Spring became the most buzzed about piece of Tulsa Ballet’s 2011/12 season.

“Hougland’s Rite of Spring returns by popular demand following its Tulsa premiere a year ago,” Angelini said. “Originally created by Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballet Russe, 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of this groundbreaking work. Tulsa Ballet’s roots are deeply entrenched in the Ballet Russe heritage, so I thought it imperative that Tulsa Ballet celebrate this milestone anniversary with an encore performance of Mr. Hougland’s moving and modernized staging.”

PROGRAM 2: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
November 1 and 2 at 8pm, November 3 at 3pm
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, Music by Felix Mendelssohn

“Rapturous…” – Dance Magazine
“The ballet effervesces with mirth…” – Denver Post

Delight in the humorous tale of four crisscrossed lovers in this enchanting reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic, complete with magical flying effects and nearly 30 local children in roles as woodland sprites and fairies. Christopher Wheeldon, dancer and choreographer for New York City Ballet, was the wunderkind of the dance world when this, his first full-length ballet, premiered in 1997 at the age of only 23.

“This work showcases Mr. Wheeldon’s unique storytelling abilities. Wheeldon, who was named Artistic Associate of London’s Royal Ballet just last year, is a venerable artist, able to distill a story to its essential elements and build around them with humor, tenderness and charm,” Angelini said.

PROGRAM 3: The Nutcracker
December 14, 15, 21, 22 at 2pm, December 15, 20, 21, 22 at 7pm
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Choreography by Marcello Angelini, Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

A young girl’s fantasy unfolds in this remarkable production that mixes the visuals of a Broadway show with the heartwarming story of a fairytale Christmas. More than 100 local children join the professional company to help the larger-than-life Mouse King battle the Nutcracker Prince and his toy soldier brigade. New elements that premiered in 2012, including a brand new opening party scene and the return of beloved character Mother Ginger, return again as part of the 2013 production.

PROGRAM 4: Cinderella
February 14 and 15 at 8pm, February 16 at 3pm
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Choreography by Ben Stevenson, Music by Sergei Prokoviev

“[Stevenson’s] masterpiece.” – Deseret News
“…the pure essence of the Stevenson magic.” – Houston Press

Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Get swept up in the romance of the fairytale you know and love, when a prince, a fairy godmother, one lost glass slipper – and a little magic – help bring a young girl’s dream to life. Ben Stevenson, who served for nearly 30 years as Artistic Director of Houston Ballet and made a name for the company internationally, has created an enviable catalogue of beloved works performed by top companies around the world, including Tulsa Ballet’s recent production of Dracula.

“Having seen about a dozen versions of Cinderella over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that none of them can hold a candle to this, Ben Stevenson’s seminal staging,” Angelini said. “Stevenson strikes the perfect balance between romance, well-paced storytelling, remarkable choreography, and beautiful visuals.”

PROGRAM 5: Paint it Black – A Mixed Bill
March 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8pm, March 16, 23 at 3pm
Lorton Performance Center at The University of Tulsa

in the middle, somewhat elevated
Choreography by William Forsythe, Music by Thom Willems

“Everyone who sees William Forsythe's in the middle, somewhat elevated is knocked out, and no wonder. It's like going on safari, watching exotic creatures prowl through their native habitat and pounce into displays of territorial command.” – The San Francisco Chronicle

The cutting electronic score by Thom Willems instantly grabs your attention in William Forsythe’s unmistakable masterpiece, in the middle, somewhat elevated. Turning the classic theme and variations on its head, in the middle’s cool mystique counter plays its incredibly demanding technical difficulties.

“William Forsythe is recognized as the choreographer that almost single-handedly reinvented classical dance, ushering in a dynamic, engaging and athletic twenty-first century dance vocabulary,” Angelini said. “In the Middle is the riveting work that continues to exemplify this important turning point in the development of classical dance.”

Extremely Close – Oklahoma Premiere
Choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo, Music by Philip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran

“…breathtakingly soulful…” – Chicago Reader

At once simple and yet richly textured, Extremely Close got the dance world buzzing about Alejandro Cerrudo, dancer and choreographer for Chicago’s contemporary Hubbard Street Dance troupe. Extremely Close features eight dancers in simple black silhouettes dancing to the lyrical piano music of Philip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran, as three white panels continuously reshape the dance space.

“Where In the Middle is aggressive, loud, and edgy, Extremely Close is soothing, gentle and temperate,” Angelini said. “But there is a connection between the two works: Mr. Forsythe has made history with his works while Mr. Cerrudo is now starting to write his name in dance history. These seemingly opposite and yet parallel pieces make this program ever so interesting.”

Rooster – Oklahoma Premiere
Choreography by Christopher Bruce, Music by The Rolling Stones

“…funny, sharp and sexy.” – The Daily Telegraph

It’s not every day you see the signature Mick Jagger strut at the ballet. Christopher Bruce’s rocking Rolling Stones tribute, Rooster, draws its name from the Rolling Stones’ tune “Little Red Rooster,” one of eight Stones songs featured in this energetic and engaging piece by the choreographer the Daily Telegraph called, “the Nureyev of contemporary ballet.”

“As Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company, the most prestigious contemporary troupe in the UK, Mr. Bruce has enjoyed a tremendous career,” Angelini said. “One of his most popular pieces, Rooster is a multi-faceted work – featuring the extremely entertaining music of The Rolling Stones while drawing inspiration from the sexual revolution of the 1960’s.”

PROGRAM 6: Off the Floor: Creations in Studio K – 3 World Premieres
May 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 at 8pm and May 3, 4, 10, 11, at 3pm
Tulsa Ballet Studio K

Expect to be moved when we showcase three exciting works created just for us by choreographers on the verge. This season’s Creations in Studio K features Jodie Gates, Young Soon Hue, and our own resident choreographer, Ma Cong.

“We’re excited to have two female choreographers for our 2014 Creations in Studio K series,” Angelini said. “Jodie Gates’ style is unique, mixing the influence of mentor William Forsythe, whose works she stages around the world, with her own impeccable classical technique and innate sense of movement. And after a four-year hiatus, Young Soon Hue returns to Tulsa to create a new work for the company. Ms. Hue has now created nearly 30 ballets for a host of companies worldwide. And of course, Ma Cong continues to choreograph across the nation as well as for Tulsa Ballet as the company’s resident choreographer. You won’t want to miss what new inspiration he has in store for us this year.”