Tulsa Ballet News

TBII: On Your Radar

August 24-26, 2018

See tomorrow’s stars of ballet, today! Tulsa Ballet II, the second company of Tulsa Ballet, is comprised of the most promising young dancers from around the globe. As these dancers grow from students into mature artists, they may be invited to join the main company or go on to perform with other respected companies throughout their career.

As part of the TBII Mini-Series, Tulsa Ballet II will have its own season of two productions to showcase their talents:

On Your Radar | August 24-26, 2018
Next Generation | April 26-28, 2019

You can save $20 by purchasing a TBII mini-series subscription and see both shows!

On Your Radar will feature the exciting World Premiere of Peter and the Wolf, by Tulsa Ballet Resident Choreographer Ma Cong, as well as Omens, by Jennifer Archibald. Omens was commissioned for TBII in 2017, learn about the creation of the work in the video below.

Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2018. To reserve your seats now, become a Tulsa Ballet Subscriber!

Performances

Fri. August 24 at Studio K 7:00pm
Sat. August 25 at Zarrow Performance Studio 7:00pm
Sun. August 26 at Studio K 3:00pm

Locations

Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater in Tulsa

Anne & Henry Zarrow Performance Studio, Tulsa Ballet Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow

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Creations in Studio K

Create, Collaborate, Celebrate

September 14-23, 2018

For the past twelve years, Creations in Studio K has been dedicated to furthering innovation in dance by commissioning new works from world renowned choreographers. Our annual Creations program will be extra special this season as Tulsa audiences will enjoy the first major collaboration between Tulsa Ballet and the Philbrook Museum of Art. Featuring new choreography by Resident Choreographer Ma Cong, an all-new musical score by Ryan Lott commissioned by Philbrook, and original artwork created just for this ballet, this promises to be a groundbreaking event.

Creations in Studio K will also feature the reprisal of Alejandro Cerrudo’s Second to Last. Cerrudo’s work, commissioned for a past Creations series, was selected through our newly implemented Dancer’s Choice program, which empowers the company dancers to participate in the artistic selection of choreography in order to share with you their favorite works. Watch the video below for an inside look at the creation of this work.

This triple-bill evening of dance will conclude with an exciting World Premiere by in-demand dance-maker Jennifer Archibald, Resident Choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet.

Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2018. To reserve your seats now, become a Tulsa Ballet Subscriber!

Performances

Fri. September 14 8:00pm
Sat. September 15 3:00pm
Sat. September 15 8:00pm
Sun. September 16 3:00pm
Thurs. September 20 8:00pm
Fri. September 21 8:00pm
Sat. September 22 3:00pm
Sat. September 22 8:00pm
Sun. September 23 3:00pm

Location

Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater in Tulsa

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Dracula

October 26-28, 2018

Ben Stevenson’s “ghoulishly entertaining” (Tulsa World) gothic ballet returns to Tulsa for the first time in six years! 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.

Enhance your experience!

Pre-performance discussions are held in the Westby Pavilion on the Promenade level 30 minutes prior to curtain. 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.

Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2018. To reserve your seats now, become a Tulsa Ballet Subscriber!

Performances

Thurs. October 25: Preview Night 7:00pm
Fri. October 26 8:00pm
Sat. October 27 8:00pm
Sun. October 28 3:00pm

Location

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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The Nutcracker

December 8-23, 2018

Set in 1920’s Paris, the birthplace of classical ballet, Marcello Angelini’s vision of The Nutcracker has been a Tulsa favorite since 2003. Whether you’ve seen it once or one hundred times, this magical holiday spectacular is guaranteed to capture your imagination. This production will be retired in a few short years, be sure to see it now before it’s gone forever!
General tickets (non-VIP) start at $25.

Nutcracker VIP Experience

Make memories with your family they will never forget with our special VIP Experience!
For just $105 per ticket (plus fees), The Nutcracker VIP Experience includes:

  • Seating in our prime orchestra-level Golden Circle section for the performance date of your choice,
  • The opportunity to go on-stage after the performance to see the sets up close, meet the dancers and take photos with them in costume,
  • A keepsake Nutcracker autographed by members of the cast.

To order the VIP Experience for the loved ones in your life, call the Box Office or select seats in Price Scale 1 when you order online. Your VIP passes will be mailed with your tickets.

Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2018. To reserve your seats now, become a Tulsa Ballet Subscriber!

Performances

Sat. December 8 7:00pm
Sun. December 9 2:00pm
Fri. December 14 7:00pm
Sat. December 15 2:00pm
Sun. December 16 2:00pm
Fri. December 21 7:00pm
Sat. December 22 2:00pm
Sun. December 23 2:00pm

Location

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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The Sleeping Beauty

February 22-24, 2019

True love awakens with a kiss to triumph over evil in one of the most beloved story ballets of all time. Featuring a vibrant cast of characters, including the innocent Princess Aurora, her dashing Prince Florimund, the malevolent Carabosse, and many more. With lavish scenery and opulent costumes, The Sleeping Beauty is one of the great classics in the history of ballet; enjoy it with your entire family!

Enhance your experience!

Pre-performance discussions are held in the Westby Pavilion on the Promenade level 30 minutes prior to curtain. 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.

Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2018. To reserve your seats now, become a Tulsa Ballet Subscriber!

Performances

Fri. February 22 8:00pm
Sat. February 23 8:00pm
Sun. February 24 3:00pm

Location

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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Tchaikovsky

The Man Behind the Music

March 29-31, 2019

Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is the creator of the iconic music for some of the most beloved ballets in history. Audience favorites include the beautiful melodies found in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, among others.

While Tchaikovsky was celebrated for his professional success and popularity, the societal constraints of life in 19th century Russia created constant inner conflict between his private life and the public persona society required of him. This World Premiere delves into the complicated personal life of this acclaimed musician and features a stellar creative team that includes composer Oliver Peter Graber (Dorothy & the Prince of Oz), Russian historian Daniela Kolic, New Zealand’s top designer Tracy Grant Lord, and Resident Choreographer Ma Cong. The musical score will feature a blend of Tchaikovsky’s greatest works along with other influential composers of the time, as well as some brand new music by Oliver Peter Graber.

Enhance your experience!

Pre-performance discussions are held in the Westby Pavilion on the Promenade level 30 minutes prior to curtain. 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.

Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2018. To reserve your seats now, become a Tulsa Ballet Subscriber!

Performances

Fri. March 29 8:00pm
Sat. March 30 8:00pm
Sun. March 31 3:00pm

Location

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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TBII: Next Generation

April 26-28, 2019

See tomorrow’s stars of ballet, today! Tulsa Ballet II, the second company of Tulsa Ballet, is comprised of the most promising young dancers from around the globe. As these dancers grow from students into mature artists, they may be invited to join the main company or go on to perform with other respected companies throughout their career.

As part of the TBII Mini-Series, Tulsa Ballet II will have its own season of two productions to showcase their talents:
On Your Radar | August 24-26, 2018
Next Generation | April 26-28, 2019

Next Generation will feature three exciting World Premiere works from in-demand choreographers, created exclusively for TBII dancers. Program to be announced.

You can save $20 by purchasing a TBII mini-series subscription and see both shows!

Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2018. To reserve your seats now, become a Tulsa Ballet Subscriber!

Performances

Fri. April 26 at Studio K 7:00pm
Sat. April 27 at Zarrow Performance Studio 7:00pm
Sun. April 28 at Studio K 3:00pm

Locations

Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater in Tulsa

Anne & Henry Zarrow Performance Studio, Tulsa Ballet Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow

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Signature Series

From Ballet to Broadway

May 9-12, 2019

Our season closer takes a look at choreographers that find inspiration across genres and seamlessly blend styles to create works with long lasting, widespread appeal. Classical ballet and Broadway-style dance fuse together in all three works for a joyful evening of movement.

Fancy Free | Jerome Robbins
Featuring a score by Leonard Bernstein, this short ballet (Mr. Robbins’s first!) follows three boisterous sailors on leave in 1940’s New York City as they vie for the attention of the young women they meet.

Who Cares? | George Balanchine
Described as Balanchine’s “homage to one of New York’s happiest voices, George Gershwin” (The New York Times), this joyful work remains as refreshing today as when it debuted in 1970. With the Gershwin standards fueling the rhythm, and Balanchine’s iconic style driving the dancing, you’ll love this work.

Untitled World Premiere | Andy Blankenbuehler
The three time Tony Award winning choreographer of Broadway’s Hamilton comes to Tulsa to create a brand new work inspired by Tulsa Ballet dancers – his first commission for a ballet company! Mr. Blankenbuehler is one of the most sought after choreographers on Broadway, and we can’t wait to open the curtain on this thrilling new collaboration.

Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2018. To reserve your seats now, become a Tulsa Ballet Subscriber!

Performances

Thurs. May 9 8:00pm
Fri. May 10 8:00pm
Sat. May 11 3:00pm
Sat. May 11 8:00pm
Sun. May 12 3:00pm
Sun. May 12 8:00pm

Location

Lorton Performance Center

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Tulsa Ballet II presents Emerging Choreographers Showcase April 13-15

  

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 2018 – Tulsa Ballet II, the second company of Tulsa Ballet, is comprised of some of the most promising young dancers from around the globe, hired upon graduation from the top academies of the world and groomed to become members of Tulsa Ballet’s main company. This group has gathered not only artistic momentum, as 11 of the main company members are TBII graduates, but also its own faithful audience. Their energy and eagerness to impress whoever is watching them exudes an infectious vitality and passion. Audiences will have the opportunity to see them in three new dance works, created on these rising stars this coming April 13-15. The Friday and Sunday shows will be held in Tulsa Ballet’s intimate Studio K Theater, and the Saturday show in the Zarrow Performance Studio at the Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow.

This is the fourth year TBII will present the Emerging Choreographers Showcase, which is designed to provide a wonderful opportunity for both young choreographers and dancers to be part of a unique creative process. This latest collaboration will feature three brand new contemporary works: Joshua A. Stayton’s As Told by Kristin, Daniel van de Laar’s Generation Y (both dancers in Tulsa Ballet’s main company), and Sur le Fil (By a Hair’s Breadth), by guest choreographer Penny Saunders.

TBII has been an integral program in the mission of Tulsa Ballet for over ten years. The Emerging Choreographers Showcase triple-bill program is one of two annual performances that provide the young ensemble with the opportunity to have new works created on them, and their audience with the opportunity to see young rising stars both in the field of performing and choreography. Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini says, “The Emerging Choreographers Showcase is one of the many initiatives that make Tulsa Ballet the great organization we are proud to be, and one with a mission of serving our community in many different ways.  It allows young voices to craft the necessary skills to transform creativity into dance, and provides a stage for choreographers already established in their professional career with a venue to showcase their work. The culmination of this creative process comes as the proverbial curtains opens on their last program of the year, a time when both the dancers and the choreographers get the opportunity to share their artistry with you, their audience. ”

“Overall,” Angelini continues, “Emerging Choreographers Showcase is fulfilling its role within the spectrum of offerings of Tulsa Ballet. As a dancer, you begin your training in our Center for Dance Education when you are 3 years old, upon graduation you can be invited to join TBII, and upon graduating from the second company you are among the first in the audition process to be considered for a contract with Tulsa Ballet’s main company. Once in the main company you have opportunities to share your artistry both as a dancer and as a choreographer, setting the stage for a career after performing.  Tulsa Ballet aims to empower dancers at every stage of their career and provide innovation within the dance industry.”

 

About the Choreographers

Penny Saunders – Penny Saunders, originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, graduated from the Harid Conservatory in 1995, and began her professional career with The American Repertory Ballet under the direction of Septime Webre. She went on to dance with Ballet Arizona, MOMIX Dance Theater, Cedar Lake Ensemble and in 2004 she joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2011, Saunders won the International Commissioning Project, which launched her choreographic career, creating pieces for Hubbard Streets’ main and second company, Whim W’Him, SFDanceworks, Neos Dance Theater, Owen Cox Dance Group, and The Nexus Project. Saunders is honored to be the choreographer in residence at The Grand Rapids Ballet, receiving support from The New York City Ballet Choreographic Commissions Initiative, and to be the recipient of the 2016 Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship. In the 2017-2018 season, Saunders is excited to be collaborating with The Cincinnati Ballet, BalletX, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, SFDanceworks, Tulsa Ballet II, as well as making her first full length for The Grand Rapids Ballet. Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini says, “Penny is one to watch.  She has done plenty of works for major American dance institutions to more edgy companies…She is definitely one that we could see working with the main company.”

Joshua A. Stayton, Tulsa Ballet Demi-Soloist – Originally from Ohio, Joshua began his training at the Performing Arts school in Cincinnati. He then continued with the Orlando Ballet School (Peter Stark) and Houston Ballet II (Claudio Muñoz). Joshua has been a Demi-Soloist with both Tulsa Ballet and Sarasota Ballet. Some of his repertoire includes leading roles in Concerto (MacMillian), Mirror Walkers (Sir Wright), Age of Innocence (Liang), Bolero (Fonte), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wheeldon), One/end/One (Elo), The Nutcracker (Angelini), The Sleeping Beauty (Angelini), Romeo & Juliet (Liang), Extremely Close (Cerrudo), and more. Joshua has performed internationally in Budapest and previously at the Helsinki IBC. He has also had the opportunity to choreograph for Tulsa Ballet’s second company and for Helsinki IBC in 2016. Angelini says, “Josh is a talented storyteller, one that uses the steps as a mean to an end.  His works are very approachable and connect well with the audience.  His new work, As Told by Kristin shows his development as a dance maker and as a story teller.”

Daniel van de Laar, Tulsa Ballet Corps de Ballet – Daniel studied for ten years at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. He danced with Nederlands Dans Theater 2 before joining Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam. With these two companies he had the opportunity to work with well-known choreographers such as Kylián, Lightfoot & León, Pite, Goecke, and others. He is excited to take the next step in his dance career by dancing in the USA with Tulsa Ballet! This is his second season with the Company. Angelini says of Daniel, “Daniel’s expressiveness is rooted in physicality.  We loved seeing him in Helen Picket’s Meoal, a role for which he was cheered and applauded by the New York audiences as well.  His approach to choreography is more European, his work more about energy and adrenaline with the storylines embedded in the movement value of the choreography.”

About TBII

The 2017/18 Season will mark the fourth year Tulsa Ballet II performs a stand-alone mini-season, separate from the main company. Tulsa Ballet II was founded in 2005 as a paid program designed to provide a bridge between the student phase of an aspiring classical ballet dancer and the professional career.  Through an international audition search, the most talented and committed young men and women are invited to Tulsa to refine their artistic and technical skills by working on their own and alongside the professional company.  This is accomplished through performances of repertoire ranging from pure classical ballets to the cutting edge of contemporary works.  Tulsa Ballet II provides new dancers for the main company each year, and has promoted more than a dozen dancers since 2010. Tulsa Ballet II offers its members multiple additional performance opportunities throughout the year, including their own mini-season with two triple-bill shows, education outreach performances (Backstage at the Ballet) which includes a partnership with Any Given Child-Tulsa, as well as providing support to Tulsa Ballet’s Main Company performances at the discretion of the Artistic Director Marcello Angelini. Of the TBII program he says, “Our goal from the very beginning was to create a program that would afford young, talented dancers the tools to bridge the gap between the academic studies of ballet and the expectations of a professional career. As it usually happens here at Tulsa Ballet, a small experiment has become a large, exciting and largely promising project. What was then a small experiment, TBII is now one of the most stimulating undertakings of our organization.”

 

TULSA BALLET II Emerging Choreographers Showcase

QUICK FACTS

Tickets for Emerging Choreographers Showcase start at just $25. For tickets call (918) 749-6006 or visit www.tulsaballet.org.

WHAT:

Emerging Choreographers Showcase, a triple bill ballet featuring new works:

 

As Told by Kristin by Joshua A. Stayton

 

                                   Generation Y by Daniel van de Laar

 

                                   Sur le Fil (By a Hair’s Breadth) by Penny Saunders

 

WHEN & WHERE:                  

7:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018 at Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater, 1212 E. 45th in Brookside Tulsa.

 

7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Zarrow Performance Studio, 1901 W. New Orleans St in     Broken Arrow.

 

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater, 1212 E. 45th in Brookside Tulsa.

 

Visit www.tulsaballet.org for more information about upcoming performances. Tickets start at $25.

 

Hi-Res images and interview opportunities available:

Ryan Allen, PR & Communications Manager

918.392.5949, ryan.allen@tulsaballet.org

  

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