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COSTUME SHOP MANAGER

Position: Costume Shop Manager
Department: Production
Reports to: Director of Production

General Position Description: The Costume Shop Manager supervises the wardrobe department and staff in maintaining and creating all costume elements, including shoes, hair and make-up, for all Tulsa Ballet productions. This position works closely with the Wardrobe Supervisor, Director of Production, Artistic Staff and Guest Designers.

Essential Responsibilities Include:

  • Creating and maintaining the overall look and aesthetics of Tulsa Ballet’s productions.
  • Organizing and supervising, including hiring, of costume shop personnel in alterations and construction of costumes.
  • Managing the day to day operations of the costume shop including, but not limited to, purchasing supplies, organizing costume storage and maintaining work schedules.
  • Scheduling, along with Ballet Master/Mistress, and supervising all dancer and supernumeraries fittings.
  • Providing the Director of Production with necessary information for creating annual budgets for the costume shop and its personnel in addition to alteration and new construction costs.
  • Working with the Wardrobe Supervisor to recruit and assign duties to all volunteer dressers for Company performances.
  • Insuring the Company’s costume inventory and rental inventory is properly maintained.
  • Supporting the education department and Tulsa Ballet Pre-Professional Ensemble (TBII) efforts in regards to costumes’ needs, including but not limited to, End of the Year Performance for Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education (TBCDE) and Hardesty Center for Dance Education (HCDE) and TBII mini season and education programs.
Qualifications: Minimum of 2 years’ experience as Costume Shop Manager or demonstrated progression of responsibilities in a professional costume shop; Strong organization and communication skills; Basic word processing and spreadsheet skills; Strong Costume Construction Skills, including but not limited to: draping and flat pattern manipulation, dye and other craft work, basic wig styling and maintenance; Ability to establish strong professional working relationships with various personalities; Previous experience with ballet or other dance company preferred; Touring experience a plus.
How to apply: Please send cover letter and resume to staffing@tulsaballet.org.

TULSA BALLET TO COLLABORATE WITH RICHMOND BALLET ON WORLD PREMIERE BY RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER MA CONG

TULSA, OK – Tulsa Ballet continues to innovate and evolve despite facing financial and safety constraints due to COVID-19. For the first time, Tulsa Ballet and Richmond Ballet will collaborate on a World Premiere piece choreographed by Tulsa Ballet Resident Choreographer Ma Cong. The piece will be part of the upcoming Creations Reimaginedperformances held in Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K starting at the end of October and will then be performed for Virginia audiences later in the season. With Cong assuming the role of Associate Artistic Director at Richmond Ballet in 2022, the collaboration was inevitable and welcomed.

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Age of Innocence | LIVE STREAM | July 31st

FRIDAY, JULY 31st FROM 4:00PM CDT TO MIDNIGHT

Age of Innocence: a ballet Marcello Angelini calls “love at first sight” and one of choreographer Edwaard Liang’s “all-time favorites.” Join us for happy hour on Friday, July 31st where we premiere the pre-recorded live stream of the 2015 Tulsa Ballet performance of Age of Innocence at 4:00 pm CDT with a live chat. This performance will be available to view until midnight!

While out traveling in 2008, Liang was spending his downtime reading Jane Austen novels, perplexed by a woman’s place in society at that time; mostly the struggles, lack of education, and lack of any voice at all. That’s when the inspiration for Age of Innocence struck. Women during the 19th century might only see men at social gatherings, like at a dance or ball. This is where the opening scene of this ballet takes place, the rest of the performance focuses on the relationship of these women with the opposite sex, how they are thrown into arranged marriages, where sometimes they work out…and sometimes they don’t.

In an interview from 2013, Liang’s stager, Suzanne Lopez, explained that Edwaard wanted his audience to be able to step back into time and feel as if they were attending one of these dances today, feeling the stories and hearing what the walls would have to say today. Beautifully haunting music by Philip Glass helps paint a picture with the dancers on stage as if they really are in the early 19th century.

Be sure to RSVP HERE so you receive a reminder email one hour to the performance so that you don’t miss out.

If you haven’t already, be sure to hit the ‘bell’ icon at our YouTube channel so that you receive a notification the moment we go live.

We are proud to be able to offer this live stream free of charge, and we are navigating a difficult situation right now, so if you are able to please consider making a donation to our Critical Support Fund.

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IF YOU’D LIKE TO STREAM THE PERFORMANCE THROUGH YOUR SMARTTV:

STEP 1: Download the YouTube App on the device you’ll use to tune in. You can find it by opening the App Store, Google Play, etc. If you have a smart TV, try pressing the “Home” or “Menu” button on your remote control. The YouTube app is likely already installed.

STEP 2: If you don’t want to download an app, simply open the internet browser on your device and enter YouTube.com/TBTulsaBallet

It should look something like this:

STEP 3: Approximately 30 minutes prior to the stream beginning, you will be able to bring it up to make sure your audio and video are working correctly.

You should see something like this:

Notice the “Live Now” in red? That’s how you’ll know which video to select. Click on it and you’re all set to enjoy the show!

Rite of Spring | LIVE STREAM | July 10th & 11th

FRIDAY, JULY 10TH AT 7:00PM CDT & SATURDAY, JULY 12TH AT 12:00PM CDT

Tulsa Ballet is excited to offer a free live stream viewing of the 2013 recording of Rite of Spring by Adam Hougland for two showtimes: Friday, July 10th at 7:00 pm CDT and Saturday, July 11th at 12:00 pm CDT. This performance is 45 minutes long and can only be viewed on Tulsa Ballet’s YouTube channel during its live stream time slots. (Please note that this ballet may be unsettling in nature to some viewers.)

The Rite of Spring is a ballet and orchestral concert work by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky with a very unique history. When first performed in 1913 in Paris, the performance caused somewhat of a riot within the theatre. This reaction was likely caused by the unsettling combination of Stravinsky’s avant-garde score and radical choreography from Vaslav Nijinksy, who were both considered experimental for their time.

Though there are many interpretations, Rite of Spring’s original concept celebrated the advent of spring, using primitive rituals, a young girl being the “Chosen One” as the sacrifice for the celebration.

In an interview about his interpretation, choreographer Adam Hougland said he wanted to use the lack of human relationship to the natural environment as the concept for his version of Rite of Spring, the Chosen One, “…representing everything that is alive, youthful, and beautiful.” Hougland’s interpretation of this early 20th-century work, “…remains just as powerful as ever.” (James Watts, Tulsa World) and we are excited about its virtual encore performance.

If you haven’t already, be sure to hit the ‘bell’ icon at our YouTube channel so that you receive a notification the moment we go live.

We are proud to be able to offer this live stream free of charge, and we are navigating a difficult situation right now, so if you are able to please consider making a donation to our Critical Support Fund.

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IF YOU’D LIKE TO STREAM THE PERFORMANCE THROUGH YOUR SMARTTV:

STEP 1: Download the YouTube App on the device you’ll use to tune in. You can find it by opening the App Store, Google Play, etc. If you have a smart TV, try pressing the “Home” or “Menu” button on your remote control. The YouTube app is likely already installed.

STEP 2: If you don’t want to download an app, simply open the internet browser on your device and enter YouTube.com/TBTulsaBallet

It should look something like this:

STEP 3: Approximately 30 minutes prior to the stream beginning, you will be able to bring it up to make sure your audio and video are working correctly.

You should see something like this:

Notice the “Live Now” in red? That’s how you’ll know which video to select. Click on it and you’re all set to enjoy the show!

Romeo and Juliet | LIVE STREAM | June 5th & 6th

FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH AT 7:00PM CDT & SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH AT 12PM CDT

We’ve all heard the beautifully tragic tale of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. We’ve read about the years of feuding between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s that lead to their forbidden love. And we’ve seen the movies with the heart-wrenching ending we all know is coming…

Yet, Romeo and Juliet is still a beloved classic love story, even after over 400 years. Maybe it’s forbidden love. Or maybe it’s the timeless story. But for the critics who watched Tulsa Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, it was, “…a masterful work of dance theater, one that tells the story of Shakespeare’s ‘star-crossed lovers’ with an economy and artistry that delivers all the thrilling beauty of ballet and all the emotional power of drama.”  -James Watts, Tulsa World

From choreographer Edwaard Liang, now Ballet Met Artistic Director, Romeo and Juliet is the classic Shakespeare story of love that should never be, with a sweeping musical score from Prokofiev, played live by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, action-packed fight scenes, romantic duets, and colorful costumes and sets that instantly transport you to the Italian Renaissance.

Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini says, “No matter how many times I see this ballet, how many times I rehearse it and how well I know it, I always find myself in tears at the end of the show.”

You only get two chances to watch this full performance online: Friday, June 5th at 7:00 pm CDT and Saturday, June 6th at 12:00 pm CDT, so be sure to RSVP for a reminder email HERE.

You can also subscribe to Tulsa Ballet’s YouTube channel so you receive a notification the moment we go live.

This live stream is completely free, but please consider making a donation to our Critical Support Fund to help us weather this storm, to ensure our curtain opens on another incredible season, and to help us continue live streams like this.

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If you’d like to stream the performance through your SmartTV:

STEP 1: Download the YouTube App on the device you’ll use to tune in. You can find it by opening the App Store, Google Play, etc. If you have a smart TV, try pressing the “Home” or “Menu” button on your remote control. The YouTube app is likely already installed.

STEP 2: If you don’t want to download an app, simply open the internet browser on your device and enter YouTube.com/TBTulsaBallet

It should look something like this:

STEP 3: Approximately 30 minutes prior to the stream beginning, you will be able to bring it up to make sure your audio and video are working correctly.

You should see something like this:

Notice the “Live Now” in red? That’s how you’ll know which video to select. Click on it and you’re all set to enjoy the show!