December 2017 – TULSA, OK – Tulsa Ballet launched their 61st Season with the annual program dedicated to creating new dances. They will now export two of those new works, created specifically for Tulsa Ballet, to New York in March of 2018, along with a world premiere creation from Resident Choreographer Ma Cong. Along with Cong’s untitled new work, Tulsa Ballet will showcase Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Shibuya Blues and Helen Pickett’s Meòal (Among). Artistic Director Marcello Angelini says, “Our dancers are citizens of the world, coming to Tulsa from all four corners and enjoy performing wherever they have an opportunity to showcase their craft and artistry. We are all very proud of what we built here in Tulsa Oklahoma, and relish each and every opportunity to put on display the results of our hard work and commitment to the art form.”
TULSA, Okla. – November 2017 – The holiday tradition of The Nutcracker will return to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center December 9-23, 2017. This will mark the fifteenth year this particular version will be performed. Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini reminisces and says, “I remember the discussions that took place in the early 2000s about how a new Nutcracker for Tulsa Ballet should be. Since its first presentation, the work has changed a lot, especially in the party scene. The rest, starting from the battle scene, has virtually remained the same.” Breathtaking choreography, elaborate sets and stunning costumes help bring this classic holiday fairytale to life.
AFTER A DECADE, THE CLASSIC BALLET DON QUIXOTE RETURNS TO TULSA
TULSA, Okla. – October 2017 – Tulsa Ballet will present one of the most famous classical ballets, Don Quixote, November 3-5 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The production returns to the Tulsa stage again after ten years and follows the wild and crazy Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza as they chase after Kitri and Basilio, the forbidden lovers. Based on the timeless book by Miguel de Cervantes, this 19th century classical ballet is one of the most entertaining and hilarious performances in ballet repertory.
AUGUST 9, 2017 – TULSA, OK – Tulsa Ballet will present a contemporary triple bill performance at the Joyce Theater in New York City in March of 2018. The company last performed at the Joyce Theater in 2009. The return tour has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Mollie Williford and Suzanne and Jim Kneale. Artistic Director Marcello Angelini is thrilled to announce the tour and says, “This is the perfect time for the company to be back in The Big Apple, as the energy and relevance of what we are producing reflects the renewed vitality of the city. This trip is also in perfect synergy with the revitalization of our community and the national visibility we are receiving thanks to the multiple successful initiatives we are undertaking.”
Tulsa Ballet’s 2017/18 Season begins August 25-27 with Tulsa Ballet II’s performance of On Your Radar
TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Ballet II presents the annual production of On Your Radar, featuring three new works created exclusively for TBII by renowned choreographers Jennifer Archibald, Karen Castleman, and Tulsa Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Ma Cong. The program will take place Friday August 25th at 7:00pm and Sunday August 27th at 3:00pm in Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater with an additional performance Saturday August 26th in the brand new Zarrow Performance Studio in Broken Arrow.
Tulsa, Okla. – June, 2017 – Beginning this month, Tulsa Ballet will host the twenty-second year of Pointe to the Future, with exciting new offerings including a brand new Choreography Workshop with Tulsa Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Ma Cong, for our Senior students. These programs offer students the opportunity to train with “one of the best ballet companies in the world” as well as guest artists from the international dance community. This year, the Junior Intensive classes will be held at our brand new, state of the art Broken Arrow Campus-Hardesty Center, in Broken Arrow.
Tulsa Ballet’s 2017/18 Season launches with three new main company members and three promotions.
TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Ballet celebrated 60 years this past season with world premieres such as Dorothy and the Prince of Oz and the return of great classics including Swan Lake. Once again, Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini proudly presents the Tulsa Ballet company roster for their 61st Season, which will continue to showcase new creations along with classics such as Cinderella and Strictly Gershwin. Tulsa Ballet’s latest company line-up will feature twenty-seven dancers from ten countries. After a worldwide audition tour and nearly 1300 applicants, Mr. Angelini feels he has the optimal mix of talented dancers to present this season’s challenging and exciting repertory.
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.
The Emerging Choreographers Showcase will feature three exciting World Premiere works inspired by the TBII dancers and created by up and coming choreographers
TULSA, Okla. – March 2017 – Tulsa Ballet II, the official second company of Tulsa Ballet, will premiere Emerging Choreographers Showcase in April. This year’s program will be composed of three works including OMENS by Arch Dance Company’s Jennifer Archibald, mollitiam by Tulsa Ballet Soloist, Rodrigo Hermesmeyer and Scandal by Tulsa Ballet Principal Arman Zazyan. The performances will be held April 21 – 23, with the Friday and Sunday shows being held in Tulsa Ballet’s intimate Studio K Theater, and the Saturday show in the brand new Zarrow Performance Studio at the Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow. Continue reading Tulsa Ballet II presents Emerging Choreographers Showcase
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.”