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Tulsa Ballet Announces 2016-2017 Season



Tulsa Ballet celebrates its 60th Anniversary with classics such as ‘Swan Lake’ and new works including ‘A Return to Oz’

Tulsa, OKLA. – February 1, 2016 – Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini proudly announces the 2016/17 Season. “I am honored with the task of creating yet another milestone season for Tulsa Ballet: the season that will celebrate our sixtieth anniversary.  In fact, I have been privileged to craft the fortieth anniversary season in 1996, the fiftieth anniversary season in 2006, and now I have the great honor to start off another decade for our wonderful organization!”  Continue reading Tulsa Ballet Announces 2016-2017 Season

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Tulsa Ballet presents ‘Romeo and Juliet’


Original ballet created for the Company by Choreographer Edwaard Liang

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Shown above: Cavan Conley and Madalina Stoica in Tulsa Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet

 Tulsa, Okla. – January 20, 2016 – From February 12-14, 2016, Tulsa Ballet presents world-renowned choreographer Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet. Three performances will take place at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center over Valentine’s Day Weekend, featuring live music from the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.  Continue reading Tulsa Ballet presents ‘Romeo and Juliet’

ARTS: Review of Tulsa Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’

 Toy soldiers and mice face off in the battle scene from Tulsa Ballet's "The Nutcracker." JOEY JOHNSON/for the Tulsa World

Toy soldiers and mice face off in the battle scene from Tulsa Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” JOEY JOHNSON/for the Tulsa World

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

I think it’s safe to say that, 13 years after its debut, Tulsa Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is finally in its finished form.


Artistic director Marcello Angelini, who created this unique take on the holiday classic in 2003, has almost every year made alternations to the ballet.

Some of have been major, such as changing the opening sequence from a ballet class at the Paris Opera to the more traditional family Christmas party. Other changes have been more subtle — tweaking the tempo of the music to emphasize a certain element in the choreography.

But all these changes have served one purpose — to make this ever-popular ballet even better, more focused in its storytelling, more dazzling in its dancing.

And when this ballet is performed with the ardor and artistry that the Tulsa Ballet company demonstrated at Friday’s performance at the Tulsa PAC, then that oft-heard phrase about “the magic of ‘The Nutcracker’” doesn’t seem like hype.

Tulsa Ballet’s dancers were truly on Friday night, delivering individual and collective performances of a quality that made this “Nutcracker” one of the best I’ve seen — and trust me, I’ve seen a bunch of good performances of this ballet.

All just seemed to be on top of their games, from the principal dancers to the children of the newly choreographed scene to the “March of the Presents” section of Tchaikovsky’s music.

Hyonjun Rhee as Charles handled the bravura opening solo — an almost mad dash around the stage that incorporates a wealth of choreographic devices — with deceptive ease and winning style, while Youhee Son, as the adult version of the story’s main character Marie, conveyed a sense of childlike wonder while performing the slow solo to the “Sugar Plum Fairy” music, and in the ecstatic pas de deux with Rhee.

Beatrice Sebelin, Regina Montgomery, Andres Figueroa and Rodrigo Hermesmeyer made a flashy, fiery foursome in the Spanish. Hibiki Higuchi and Mario Gaglione convincingly crossed fighting sticks in the Chinese, while Cavan Conley danced the rousing Russian dance very well.

Diana Gomez’s natural flexibility was put to dazzling use as she flowed in, around and through the partnering of Chandler Proctor, Shigeyuki Kondo and Daniel van de Laar in the Arabian.

Madalina Stoica was a lovely Flowers Maid of Honor, Maine Kawashima and Alberto Penalver brought a touch of adult class to clowning children under Mother Ginger’s voluminous skirts, Arman Zayzan embodied the evil Mouse King, and Alfonso Martin gave the character of Drosselmeyer a mix of severity and playfulness.

Adelya Gosmanova was a wonderfully composed Young Marie, while Diego Enriquez as Fritz enjoyed getting into as much mischief as possible. And the comic interactions of Dan McGeehan as the Butler and Alexandra Bergman as the Housekeeper continue to be one of the highlights of this ballet.

Peter Stafford Wilson deftly led the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, supporting the onstage action with sharp tempi and lush playing from the musicians.

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The Nutcracker Tracker Contest



The Tulsa Ballet Nutcracker is getting ready for his magical performance in December by visiting iconic Tulsa landmarks each week in November. Can you guess where he is? Submit your answer below and share our Nutcracker Tracker Facebook post with your friends, and you’ll be entered to win 4 tickets to any performance in our 2015/16 season, including The Nutcracker! Good luck!

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Tulsa Ballet Presents “The Taming of the Shrew”


Featuring the choreography of John Cranko
Music performed by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra


TULSA, Okla. – September 25, 2015 – Tulsa Ballet presents Shakespeare’s classic story of a fiery woman and her overconfident suitor, The Taming of the Shrew, October 23-25 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The story is told through masterful choreography by the legendary John Cranko with music by Domenico Scarlatti freely arranged by Kurt-Heinz Stolze. This critically acclaimed production sheds a hysterical light on the path to the couple’s stormy relationship and the multiple bumps and bruises along the way. Stunning scenery and remarkable costumes bring the Elizabethan period to life for a side-splitting examination of love and marriage. Tulsa Ballet presented the Oklahoma premiere of the show in 2011 and is excited to bring this fast-paced comedic work back to Tulsa.

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