LOVE AND REVENGE – GISELLE RETURNS TO TULSA BALLET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS

TULSA, OK – After a 15 year absence, Tulsa Ballet brings the ballet masterpiece Giselle back to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center October 31st – November 3rd. For tickets and information, call (918) 749-6006 or visit tulsaballet.org.

Not seen in Tulsa since 2002, Artistic Director Marcello Angelini brings to life this haunting tale of hope, love, revenge, and forgiveness, one that has thrilled audiences for over 150 years.

This beautiful and romantic story features Giselle, a peasant girl whose heart is broken after discovering that Albrecht, the man she is in love with, is a deceitful nobleman engaged to be married to Countess Bathilde. When Giselle finds out of the deception, she dies of a broken heart. Realizing Giselle is his true love, Albrecht goes to visit her grave in the village’s cemetery in the middle of the night where he finds himself surrounded by the Wilis, the spirits of maidens who have also died of broken hearts before wedding. They then take revenge on the men who have betrayed their love by dancing them to death.

With haunting scenes, beautiful choreography, and breathtaking scenery and costumes, Giselle represents, together with Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, the pinnacle of classical ballet. It is also one of the most challenging pieces in the classical repertoire, both artistically and technically. The Mad Scene, at the end of act one, is the ultimate dramatic scene for a Ballerina in the 19th century repertoire, while the role of Albrecht requires both technical prowess and athletic vigor, as well as well as an extensive artistic maturity. Giselle has beguiled audiences for over 150 years.

Artistic Director Marcello Angelini says, “…Giselle is the ultimate classical ballet, and one that will always come alive when the curtain goes up.  The story, even if told in 19th century social form, is part of the human experience that transcends time, one of love, deceit, tragedy, reflection and ultimate forgiveness.

In regards to adding the classic to the 19|20 Season, Angelini continues, “I am so happy to bring it back to the Tulsa stage and share it with our audience.  After all, Giselle is not only the most performed ballet around the world but also the most performed by Tulsa Ballet, if the one that I only programmed once in my 25 years with the company.  Time to remedy that!”

 

FOR CALENDAR EDITORS

WHEN AND WHERE:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center | 110 E 2nd St, Tulsa OK 74103

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. (Preview Night)

Friday, November 1, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 2:30 p.m.

 

TICKETS: Start at $25 | Call the Tulsa Ballet Box Office at 918.749.6006 or visit tulsaballet.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  tulsaballet.org or 918.749.6006

Hi-Res images and interview opportunities available:
Bethany Kirby | Marketing Manager
918.392.5949 | Bethany.kirby@tulsaballet.org

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