An exemplary program of Tulsa Ballet

 A translated review in Diario de Sevilla  by ROSALÍA GÓMEZ

A image from the choreography “Shibuya Blues” presented last night at the Maestranza. / FRANCISCO ESTEVEZ-RESIZED

Founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1956 by partners Roman Jasinski, Polish, and Moscelyn Larkin, North American, Tulsa Ballet became a professional ballet company in 1978. With the arrival of Italian Marcello Angelini in 1995 as artistic director, the company grew to earn a spot among the tier one international ballet companies. 

 The company that performed last night at the Maestranza, unfortunately for just one night, is a company made up of 30 dancers from 14 countries, dancers who are absolutely extraordinary for their technique and versatility. Their soaring interpretative level was one of the pleasant surprises of the night, in a performance that saw the company present three pieces performed in reverse order from their creation. 

 The first, and the most current one, Shibuya Blues, is the work of the Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle López Ochoa. It was a beautiful piece of choreography that allowed us to see how the language and variations of classical dance can be reworked to produce a one-hundred percent contemporary look. Very beautiful aesthetically, the piece offered to all its interpreters the possibility of showing their technical skills – their turns, their jumps, their fouettés- with a fresh and almost casual energy that captivated the audience.

 The rest of the program was a lesson in the history of dance and a real joy to watch. The second choreography was Who Cares? by George Balanchine. A late work (1970) that has little to do with the pieces that made him famous in Europe, such as the mythical Apollon Musagete of 1928, and much with that bustling life he found in the U.S. where he did, among other things, several musicals and founded the New York City Ballet. Who Cares? is a showcase of steps and sequences of classical ballet (with the girls on pointe, as in the first piece), that the so-called creator of neoclassical dance strips of its aura (and any possible history) to deliver, through them, the sensuality of the Gershwin songs. A group of cheerful duos and solos moved us beyond Broadway and the world of music.

 But the best part of the evening was the opportunity to see on stage, with two fantastic pianos playing Fritz A. Cohen’s music, The Green Table. It is an emblematic and award-winning 1932 piece choreographed by the German Kurt Jooss (1901-1979), which has been performed by companies around the world – the Joffrey Ballet had it eleven years in a row in their repertoire – but never, let’s remember, had performed in this city.

 The choreography, extraordinary indeed if one thinks that it predates the appearance of modern dance by half a century, was born as a plea against the horrors of war, which explodes, in spite or perhaps due to the cynicism of the politicians who argue around a table, unable to avoid it.

 An example of German dance expressionism, the work begins and ends with the politicians in two scenes, almost grotesque in their gestures and characterization, with eight scenes between those two, which depict military movement of soldiers, the tenderness of mothers, the party in a fantastic public dance, while execution and death are omnipresent elements, as in medieval dances. It is difficult to know what is left of the original movements, but Tulsa Ballet’s work was truly exceptional.

European Tour Final Rehearsal Performance

Tulsa Ballet is thrilled to be returning to the international stage in April 2019. The company will give six performances (additional dates may be added) throughout Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.

The Program:

The Green Table | Kurt Jooss
Created in 1932, this work is “the most powerful antiwar statement ever devised for dance” (The New York Times). This work continues to remain provocative and socially relevant today. Performed in eight scenes, the ballet depicts the horror and futility of war, orchestrated by masked diplomats who talk of peace but actually have little interest in negotiating.

Who Cares? | George Balanchine
Described as Balanchine’s “homage to one of New York’s happiest voices, George Gershwin” (The New York Times), this joyful work remains as refreshing today as when it debuted in 1970. With the Gershwin brothers’ most popular Broadway standards fueling the rhythm, and Balanchine’s iconic style driving the dancing, this is one of the iconic works of the 20th century.

Shibuya Blues | Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Lopez Ochoa’s work, Shibuya Blues, takes its inspiration from her experiences in new places and the loneliness one can feel when trying to assimilate to a new culture. Using precise movements and a large cast, she creates a metropolis that feels like a complicated, well-oiled machine, but still manages to find moments of tender humanity. Critics from the Tulsa World praised her work for being “A twisty, demanding choreography that is grounded in sharp, solid classical technique… mixing steely pointe work and expressive acting.” This work was created for Tulsa Ballet in 2017.

Tour News

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Around the World with Tulsa Ballet

An internationally themed event in support of Tulsa Ballet’s European Tour

Performance tours are made possible in part by support from Tulsa Ballet’s family of donors. To purchase tickets to this one-night-only event, click here. To learn more, contact Amy Miller, Director of Development, at amy.miller@tulsaballet.org or 918-392-5907.

Tour Underwriting Sponsors:

Choreographer Patrons

American Airlines
Waters Foundation

Dancer Patrons

Crystal and Jim Stovall

Europe Patrons

Billie and Howard Barnett
Lisa Owens
Betty and Steve Pirnat
Frauke and Oscar Quiroga
Susie and Don Wellendorf
World Travel

Tour Supporters

Judy and Ronny Altman
Ann Barnes
Mary Wheeler and Spencer Brown
Bonnie Klein
Beth Rainey
Hannah and Joe Robson
Janet Selser and Robert Schaefer
Belynda and Weldon Spitzer
Kim Smith and Robert Stanley

Supporting Patrons

Anne and William Finger
Jill and Steven Metcalf
Elizabeth and Eric Warren
Blair and Bob Williams

 

Tulsa Ballet invites you to REVEAL 19/20 Season Celebration Event

Tulsa, Okla. – December 2018– You are cordially invited to our exclusive event REVEAL 19/20. The event will take place Wednesday January 23rd at 5:30pm in our Brookside Studio location.  Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and be the first to hear what’s in store for Tulsa Ballet when Artistic Director Marcello Angelini unveils the upcoming 2019/2020 season. A brief presentation will be made by Mr. Angelini, followed by an open floor Q&A session. An on-stage reception with our company dancers and subscribers will close out the night. Additionally, any media attending will have an exclusive opportunity to interview Mr. Angelini about the exciting upcoming season. Tulsa Ballet is offering free bottles of wine for those in attendance who wish to purchase or renew a season subscription. Tickets to this special event are just $8 for the general public. RSVP by calling (918) 749-6030 ex. 249 and providing your media credentials. You may also RSVP by emailing ryan.allen@tulsaballet.org. Space is limited so please RSVP today to ensure your seat in our intimate Studio K Theater!

What:       Tulsa Ballet’s REVEAL 19/20 Season Event

Where:    Tulsa Ballet

                      1212 East 45th Place South

                      Tulsa, OK  74105

When:      Wednesday January 23rd 5:30-7:30pm

Contact:   RSVP is encouraged by calling (918) 749-6030 ex. 249 or by emailing ryan.allen@tulsaballet.org

More information, including photos and video can be found on our Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/920637094991382/

Tulsa Ballet presents The Nutcracker Dec 8-23, 2018

TULSA BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER CONTINUES TULSA HOLIDAY TRADITION WITH LOCAL CHILDREN’S CAST AND FREE COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE

TULSA, Okla. – November 2018 – Tulsa Ballet’s The Nutcracker will feature 130 local children in the cast, dancing alongside the professional company. The classic holiday performance returns to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center with eight public performances scheduled from December 8-23, 2018. An additional free event titled “Hope for the Holidays” will provide clients of social service agencies with complimentary tickets to The Nutcracker. Continue reading Tulsa Ballet presents The Nutcracker Dec 8-23, 2018

Tulsa Ballet hires new Principal Dancer Na Eun Kim

Na Eun Kim
Principal

TULSA, Okla., Oct. 2018, – Tulsa Ballet is excited to announce the hiring of new Principal Dancer Na Eun Kim. Na Eun began her training at Sunhwa Art High School and went on to study at Korea National University of Arts. Upon graduation, Na Eun joined the Universal Ballet where she became a Soloist in 2010 and was promoted to Principal in 2013. Na Eun earned the Prima Ballerina Award from the Korean Ballet Association in 2015. Continue reading Tulsa Ballet hires new Principal Dancer Na Eun Kim

Tulsa Ballet presents the return of Ben Stevenson’s Dracula

TULSA, Okla., Oct. 2018, – Tulsa Ballet presents the return of the gothic ballet Dracula at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center October 25-28th.

Dracula was first created by choreographer Ben Stevenson in 1997 as a production co-commissioned by Houston Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Tulsa Ballet has performed this production twice (most recently in 2012) to sold out audiences.  Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini says, “Dracula is successful beyond any expectations because every element of the production excels and each and every component complements the other, adding a layer of artistry and entertainment to the show.” Entertainment critics agree: Dance Magazine proclaimed the work “a Dracula to die for…a magnificent spectacle,” and The Chicago Tribune enthused, “Dracula gives new life to an old art form.”

The production has the feel of a Broadway show; with awe inspiring stunning theatrics, vampire brides who soar through the air, and an exploding chandelier, this dramatic production will have you at the edge of your seat. Angelini continues, “Ben Stevenson is the ultimate story teller of our generation. He is able to distill the essence of each story and each moment to communicate with the audience in a silent, yet very effective way.  I adore his works such as Cinderella, which we presented last year, and l really love Dracula. I am so happy to share it again with our audience!”

Tickets are in such high demand for Dracula that the company has made a limited number of additional tickets available for purchase for the Thursday, October 25th Preview Night performance. This special performance is the company’s final dress rehearsal. Patrons purchasing tickets to Preview Night will have the opportunity to arrive one hour prior to curtain to watch the dancers finish their warm up on stage, and will have access to a private cash bar on the Promenade level of the theater.

Performances of Dracula will be accompanied live by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. The ballet is set to the music of Franz Liszt, in an arrangement by John Lanchberry. Tickets range from $25 – $120. For tickets call (918) 749–6006 or visit www.tulsaballet.org.

 

Tulsa Ballet’s Dracula

QUICK FACTS

Choreography:                         Ben Stevenson

Music:                                       Franz Liszt arranged by John Lanchbery

Peter Stafford Wilson, Principal Conductor

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

 

Performance Dates:       Thursday, October 25 at 7:00pm – PREVIEW NIGHT* (see below)

Friday, October 26 at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 27 at 7:30pm

Sunday, October 28 at 2:30pm

*PREVIEW NIGHT – A limited number of tickets are available for Preview Night. Be the first to see the show when you purchase your tickets to our special dress rehearsal. Arrive one hour early get a behind-the-scenes look as the dancers warm up before the show and enjoy a private cash bar. Please note that Preview Night is a dress rehearsal performance. There may be extra pauses in the performance and noise from the technical staff.

Ticket Information:

Call (918) 749-6006 or visit www.tulsaballet.org/dracula

 

Pre-Performance Discussion:

Enhance your experience at Dracula. Tulsa Ballet holds Pre-performance discussions in the Westby Pavilion on the Promenade level 30 minutes prior to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. Discussions are led by Tulsa Ballet artistic staff and visiting artists, and topics may include the choreography, musical score, costuming, or other subjects related to the performance. Pre-performance discussions are free and all ticket holders are invited to attend.

 

For more info on our 2018/19 Season visit www.tulsaballet.org.

 

Hi-Res images and interview opportunities available:

Ryan Allen, PR & Communications Manager

918.392.5949, ryan.allen@tulsaballet.org

 

Tulsa Ballet to Tour Italy, Spain and Switzerland in 2019

TULSA, Okla. – August 2018 – Following a successful residency at The Joyce Theater in New York in the spring of 2018, Tulsa Ballet will return to the international stage in April 2019, proudly representing the arts and culture of our city and state. The 2019 tour will see the company presenting a series of performances throughout Italy, Spain and Switzerland making this the fifth international tour for Tulsa Ballet. The company made its international debut in 2002, when it performed as part of the Sintra Festival in Sintra, Portugal. In 2007, the company performed in Serbia and Croatia, and Oklahoma Governor, Brad Henry, issued a proclamation decreeing Tulsa Ballet the official “Oklahoma Cultural Ambassador.” In 2008, the company traveled to Seoul, South Korea and made its Italian premiere in 2016. Between 2009 and 2016 the company focused on US appearances, performing at The Joyce in New York and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

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