Tulsa Ballet News

Tchaikovsky: The Man Behind The Music


For the first time ever, Tulsa Ballet will be streaming a full-length ballet performance online, completely free of charge on Friday, April 3rd at 7:00 pm (CST) and Saturday, April 4th at 12:00pm (CST)! Join us for an encore performance of Tchaikovsky: The Man Behind the Music, choreographed by Tulsa Ballet’s own Ma Cong. Be captivated by the story of a Russian composer known for some of the most iconic music in the world of ballet, as well as an opportunity to chat live with Resident Choreographer Ma Cong and Artistic Director Marcello Angelini.

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.

Tune in to watch the spectacular full-length pre-recorded ballet, accompanied by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, free of charge, wherever YouTube U.S. is available. Be sure to subscribe to the Tulsa Ballet YouTube account to be notified 30 minutes prior to the performance going live, or sign up to be notified one hour prior to the live stream by entering your email address HERE.

An Update from Artistic Director Marcello Angelini

Dear Friends,

When I started working with Tulsa Ballet 25 years ago I never imagined the world would find itself in such a precarious situation.  During the past fifty years we have witnessed terror attacks, wars, major health situations like SARS and Ebola, and yet none of them paralyzed our planet to the extent the Coronavirus has.  As someone very famous once said, “Forget about how things were in the past and how you hope them to be in the future.  Focus on how things are right now.”

The present reality is a moving target, and a target we don’t have any control over.  We all like to be in control of our lives, and yet this situation finds most of us in reactionary mode.  All we can do is make appropriate decisions based on the information available to us at this particular time, knowing too well that by the time you read this letter, new information will surface that will require our plans to change.  I kindly ask you to be patient with us and accept the changing nature of the present times.

Based on the latest directives from our Mayor, and the latest recommendations of the CDC, we have decided to postpone our upcoming performances of Vendetta, a Mafia Story.  Our ultimate commitment is to the safety and wellbeing of audience members, dancers, and employees.  Based on this commitment we believe postponing the shows until gatherings are safer is the only way to move forward.  We set the opening night date of Vendetta for Friday, May 22nd with subsequent performances on May 23rd and May 24th matinee. Preview night will be held on Thursday, May 21.  I hope the Coronavirus situation will be improved by then, and that we can all enjoy the U.S. premiere of this stunning piece of dance and theater.

Our upcoming performance of Peter and the Wolf, scheduled for April 3rd, will be postponed to the fall.  And now some better news.  We are exploring the possibility of live streaming the TBII Next Generation program.  It will be a good first step in case we need to move more programs to electronic platforms.  And maybe something good will come out of this situation.  Maybe in the not too distant future, we will have the option of watching Tulsa Ballet’s performances in our living room, in our PJs while sipping a good glass of wine…

In an effort to protect our employees, Tulsa Ballet facilities will be closed to the general public effective today.  With the same philosophy in mind, all events scheduled between today, March 16th and May 20th will be either canceled or postponed.

In regards to our Signature Series, we are not making any decisions at this point.  Every day we learn of new factors that affect our decisions going forward.  Changing the course for an event happening in two months is premature.  Of course, we are exploring options if the shutdown is still in effect.

In regards to our Center for Dance Education, all our student body is on spring break this week and we will be following the lead of Tulsa Public Schools and canceling our classes through April 6th.  We will keep everyone informed of any updates.

We are living through a very difficult chapter in world history.  One thing we know for sure:  we will come out of this crisis!  By the same token, how your company looks by that time will depend on all of us.  I hope our hard work and commitment to the community has earned your trust, and that your trust will translate in your continued support of Tulsa Ballet throughout this crisis.  As my favorite Artistic Director, Ivan Nagy, used to say, “Everybody falls on stage at least once during their careers.  What matters is not falling, but what you do after the fall.”   You can trust that your Tulsa Ballet is determined not to lose its vibrancy, creativity, or relevancy. We, just like our friends at Philbrook, the TSO, the Tulsa Opera, and many other great arts organizations in town, need your support more than ever.  Let’s remember that these times shall pass, but we will still be here to serve you, our audience, our patrons, our students, and our community!


– Artistic Director Marcello Angelini


TBII: On Your Radar 2020

August 28-30, 2020
Studio K at Tulsa Ballet and
Zarrow Performance Studio at Tulsa Ballet Broken Arrow
Single tickets go on sale August 1st, 2020.

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 28-30, 2020
Next Generation | April 23-25, 2021

On Your Radar will feature three exciting World Premiere works from in-demand choreographers, created exclusively for TBII dancers. Jack and the Beanstalk will make it’s World Premiere, as well as featured choreographers to be announced soon, so stay tuned!

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


Fri. August 28 at Studio K 7:30pm
Sat. August 29 at Zarrow Performance Studio 7:30pm
Sun. August 30 at Studio K 2:30pm


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 2020

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September 17-27, 2020
Studio K
Single tickets go on sale August 1st, 2020.

Special Thursday night receptions on Thursday, Sept. 17 & 24.

Our Creations in Studio K program is known for commissioning incredible new works from the most in-demand choreographers in the world. This year’s lineup includes one newcomer to Tulsa Ballet and two faces you might recognize.  Up and coming Switzerland-based choreographer Craig Davidson will create his first piece on the Company, while former Boston Ballet Principal Yury Yanowsky, will graduate from choreographing pieces for Tulsa Ballet II to the main Company.  And last but not least is Italian choreographer Luciano Cannito.  Cannito, a 4-time choreographer for Tulsa Ballet, is always one to dazzle and entertain an audience!


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Thurs. September 17 7:30pm
Special pre-show reception
Fri. September 18 7:30pm
Sat. September 19 2:30pm
Sat. September 19 7:30pm
Sun. September 20 2:30pm
Thurs. September 24 7:30pm
Special pre-show reception
Fri. September 25 7:30pm
Sat. September 26 2:30pm
Sat. September 26 7:30pm
Sun. September 27 2:30pm


Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater in Tulsa

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October 29 – November 1, 2020
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Single tickets go on sale August 1st, 2020.

The story of Carmen will leave you breathless. Based on Bizet’s much-loved opera, the ballet tells the tale of the sultry Carmen and her seduction of the soldier Don José, whom she eventually betrays in the arms of the handsome toreador Escamillo.  Filled with passion, drama, love, and tragedy, this World Premiere production by Resident Choreographer Ma Cong is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!


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Thurs. October 29: Preview Night 7:00pm

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. Please note that Preview Night is a dress rehearsal performance. There may be extra pauses in the performance and noise from the technical staff.

Fri. October 30 7:30pm
Sat. October 31 7:30pm
Sun. November 1 2:30pm


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The Nutcracker 2020

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December 11-20, 2020
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Single tickets go on sale August 1st, 2020.

Experience the magic of this holiday tradition

Final year of this version!  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. And it’s your last chance to see this magical version before the curtain rises on an all new production in 2021.

A special school matinee takes place Wednesday, December 16. See below for details.

Nutcracker VIP Experience

Make memories with your family they will never forget with our special VIP Experience!
For just $108 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, select seats in Price Scale 1 when you order online or call the Tulsa Ballet Box Office at (918) 749-6006. Your VIP passes will be mailed with your tickets.

Nutcracker School Matinee

Wednesday, December 16, 11:00 am
Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Schools are invited the share the magic of the holidays with their students!

Experience the full performance, accompanied live by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, with specially discounted tickets. For more information, contact Marissa Mitchell at (918) 392-5914 or marissa.mitchell@tulsaballet.org.

Inclement Weather Policy

Performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather. Please plan accordingly and adjust your travel times if needed, as late seating is not available. Ticket purchases are non-refundable. For additional questions, please call the Box Office at (918) 749-6006, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.


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Fri. December 11 7:00pm
Sat. December 12 2:00pm
Sat. December 12 7:00pm
Sun. December 13 2:00pm
Wed. December 16 11:00am
School Matinee – call (918) 392-5914 for information
Fri. December 18 7:00pm
Sat. December 19 2:00pm
Sat. December 19 7:00pm
Sun. December 20 2:00pm
Listen to the music below!


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