Tulsa, OKLA. – April 11, 2017 – Tulsa Ballet is closing out their 60th Anniversary Season with a triple bill featuring some of Artistic Director Marcello Angelini’s favorite works. Of the triple bill program he says, “It’s no secret that while I LOVE the classics like Swan Lake and Onegin, the Signature Series is my favorite program of the year. It is the program where I showcase the more edgy, provocative, poignant, sometimes contemporary, sometimes modern-classics dances of the season. Those are the pieces that have made a significant contribution to the growth of the field, the turning points of the art form, the milestones of dance. Those are also the works of the masters of dance of past and present times.” In keeping with this programming philosophy, Tulsa Ballet’s Signature Series will feature three fantastic works from three exceptional dance makers.
Tulsa Ballet celebrates women choreographers, new creations, classic story ballets, and presents the American premiere of Strictly Gershwin
Tulsa, OKLA. – March 15, 2017 – Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini proudly announces the 2017/18 Season and says, “There are many factors that influence the crafting of a season. We need to consider the entertainment, cultural and artistic value of each work. We need to make sure those works allow our company to grow. We need to consider the ratio between innovation and tradition. We need to consider the ratio between fun, light entertaining works and ballets with more political and cultural weight. I hope you will join me for each program to experience the energy of new works, the excitement of American premieres and the provocative message of our Signature Series. All seamed together by one essential element: excellence.”
TULSA, Okla. – February 24, 2017 – After six years, Tulsa Ballet is proud to present the return of the quintessential 19th century classical masterpiece Swan Lake. In this classic story, Odette, a young maiden trapped in the form of a swan due to an evil sorcerer’s curse, must find eternal love to break the spell. This lavish production, set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, features scenery and costumes originally created for Houston Ballet by Tony Award-winning designer Desmond Heeley. With the timeless Corps de Ballet bevy of swans choreography, accompanied by live music from the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, this iconic ballet returns to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in celebration of Tulsa Ballet’s 60th Anniversary Season. Continue reading Tulsa Ballet presents Swan Lake
TULSA, Okla. – January 9, 2017–Tulsa Ballet is proud to present a very special production for their 60th anniversary season that is sure to delight audiences of all ages. The company has commissioned an all-new, $1 million full-length ballet in collaboration with BalletMet of Columbus, Ohio. This exciting new ballet will feature choreography by the esteemed Edwaard Liang (Artistic Director for BalletMet, choreographer for Tulsa Ballet’s acclaimed Romeo and Juliet) as well all new music, sets, costumes, puppetry and digital projection! The world premiere of Dorothy and the Prince of Oz will take place right here in Tulsa, and is the dance event of the year.
The 2016 production introduces a newly choreographed party scene
Choreographed by former Principal Dancer Yi Wang
TULSA, Okla. – November 9, 2016– Tulsa Ballet is extending its classic holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, an additional weekend this year from December 10-23, 2016. Outstanding choreography, elaborate sets and stunning costumes help bring this fairytale to life. This enchanting fairytale takes place in Paris in the 1920s, where a young girl’s dreams of Christmas adventures come to life on stage. Tulsa’s unique spin on the traditional ballet is sure to please everyone in the family.
Pictured above Madalina Stoica and Arman Zazyan in John Cranko’s Onegin, 2016
Tulsa, Okla. – November, 2016 – For the first time in three years, Tulsa Ballet’s Artistic Director Marcello Angelini proudly announces the promotion of two Senior Soloists to the highest ranking of the company, that of Principal Dancers. He says, “The decision of promoting a company member to the rank of Principal Dancer is a complicated one. Principal Dancers lead the company on stage and, just as importantly, during day-to-day life in the studio. They set the technical, athletic, artistic and behavioral standard for the rest of the Artists in the company. They embody the culture of any given company. Many dancers have some of the qualities listed above, but very few personify them all. Both Madalina and Arman have matured into this role and are now ready to fulfill this responsibility.”
Tulsa Ballet joins roster of the highest esteemed international and national dance companies to present classic Russian love story
TULSA, Okla. – September 2016 – For their 60th Anniversary Season, Tulsa Ballet is honored to present one of the story ballet masterpieces of the 20th century with John Cranko’s Onegin. The company presented Cranko’s other masterwork, The Taming of the Shrew, last season to rave reviews. While Taming showcased John Cranko’s ability for humor, Onegin is considered his best dramatic work. Both pieces highlight his unparalleled storytelling abilities and emphasize why he is considered to be one of the top masters of the 20th century. The greatest dance companies in the world have had the honor to present the work including Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, La Scala in Milan, The Australian Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Dutch National Ballet…and now, Tulsa Ballet!
To celebrate our 60th Anniversary, Tulsa Ballet will present
a free and open to the public performance on the Guthrie Green
TULSA, Okla. – September 2016 – Tulsa Ballet is proud to present its first public performance at the Guthrie Green to celebrate its 60th Anniversary Season. The free event will take place during the popular First Friday Art Crawl on October 7th at 8pm downtown in the Brady Arts District. This historic program will feature performances by both TBII and the main company. The beloved Guthrie Green stage will be installed with special Marley dance flooring and custom lighting in order to bring the Tulsa Ballet experience outdoors for all ages to enjoy. In the nearby Woody Guthrie Center lobby, be sure to check out a special free Tulsa Ballet historical pop-up exhibit, which spans the entire 60 years of the company.
Triple Bill performance features two world premiere works created for Tulsa Ballet and an Oklahoma premiere by an audience favorite dance maker
TULSA, Okla. – August 2016 – Tulsa Ballet is proud to announce the opening of its 60th Anniversary Season with Creations in Studio K. Eight years ago, Tulsa Ballet constructed a theater with the specific purpose of creating new art in Tulsa to export to the world. Today, Studio K has been an integral part of the operations and vision of Tulsa Ballet. This year will mark the 10th annual Creations in Studio K series, where Tulsa audiences are the first to see brand new contemporary works by accomplished choreographers before they take a life of their own and start traveling around the globe.
The dance makers for this year’s program include Resident Choreographer Ma Cong, Ballet West Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte and Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo.
Tulsa Ballet’s 2016/17 Season begins August 19 & 21
with Tulsa Ballet II’s performance of On Your Radar
TULSA, Okla. – On Friday, August 19th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 21st at 3:00 p.m. Tulsa Ballet will celebrate the eleventh year of its second company, Tulsa Ballet II, with On Your Radar. The program features eleven talented young dancers from around the world on their way to stardom and will be composed of three pieces by renowned choreographers Natrea Blake, Norbert de la Cruz III, and Tulsa Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Ma Cong.