Tulsa Ballet News

COMPANY & CENTER FOR DANCE EDUCATION PIANIST

Tulsa Ballet is accepting applications for the position of Company and School Pianist.

Duties include: playing daily technique classes for the Tulsa Ballet Company and Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education; playing rehearsals for repertory performed live by company; supervising pianists for the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education; solo pianist for company and school performances; sound board operator for school performances.

Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in music; previous experience as a ballet class pianist; ability to learn piano reductions of ballet scores; ability to work with other staff amicably under tight deadlines; experience in sound engineering is preferred.

Job description:

  1. Play company class for Tulsa Ballet and school classes for Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education (CDE).
  2. Play daily rehearsals for repertory performed live by company.
    a. Create, mark and edit piano reductions when necessary.
    b. Work with guest conductors, relaying necessary tempo and choreographic information.
    c. Be prepared to be conducted for rehearsals and dress rehearsals by guest conductor.
  3. Solo performing pianist for Tulsa Ballet and CDE when required.
  4. Supervise, with Principal Pianist, part time music staff of CDE.
    a. Audition and train pianists for the CDE accompanist pool.
    b. Schedule pianists and supervise day to day pianist functions.
  5. Work amicably under pressure with other members of the production and artistic staff within tight deadlines.Must be extremely well organized.
  6. Assist Principal Pianist in other duties as needed, including but not limited to:
    a. Creating budgets and securing musical rights and royalty information for musical needs of Company, including negotiation of fees and royalties.
    b. Marking, editing and arranging orchestra scores and parts.
    c. Taking care of music rental library – checking music back in and correcting parts as well as ordering music from outside sources and returning it within a timely manner.
    d. Taking care of maintenance of pianos, including calling for tunings and repairs when necessary.
  7. If required, and in concert with Principal Pianist, act as sound engineer in performances– including EQ of theatre sound, mike placement within the orchestra pit, and running CDs for cues with production/stage manager.
  8. Artist is a musical resource for Tulsa Ballet and CDE and is therefore called upon for expertise in the musical field not mentioned above, including but not limited to CDE educational programs, marketing department musical needs, and other duties not described.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume in MS Word or PDF format to Andrew.Lahti@tulsaballet.org.  No phone calls please.

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Job description:

The Production Manager (PM) makes sure everyone has what they need, when they need it, to do their job safely, properly, with excellence and ensure all expectations are communicated and understood. And if any of this is lacking, fix it.

The PM, with the Artistic Director and the Production Stage Manager (PSM), is responsible for technical and production planning and implementation of main company, second company, and education performances for home and touring productions; providing technical support for special events; and scheduling and managing IATSE department heads and crew.

With the PSM the PM also oversees facilities management, including warehouse, studios, and Studio K Theater. Contract negotiating and management includes incoming and outgoing sets, costumes, and props, designer contracts, outside rentals of Studio K.

Strong technical direction background preferred. Proficiency in AutoCAD or Vectorworks, ETC Ion consoles, MS Office, DropBox, Zoom, Q-Lab, projection and video server experience very helpful.

Expected start date March 2021.

Reports directly to the Artistic Director (AD).

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Departmental Responsibilities:

  • Work with PSM, and Costume Director on all productions both in home city and on tour, nationally and internationally.
  • Work with PSM to coordinate with Artistic staff the availability of props and other scenic pieces needed for studio rehearsals.
  • Work with PSM to make sure temperatures on stage and in studio are within a 72/76 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Facilitate designs and designers for lighting, scenic, and properties needs with PSM and Artistic staff. Work with designers to achieve design goals.
  • Consult with AD and PSM on budgeting for future productions/season and tracking costs for each production during the season.
  • Consult with PSM on production schedules for all performances for both home city and on tour, nationally and internationally.
  • Coordinate company tour dates (including regional educational programs) with Company Artistic staff.
  • Manage Studio K (the TBT studio theater) outside rentals and contracts.
  • Manage and maintain facilities, including, but not limited to, studio temperatures, Marley maintenance, floor maintenance, audio equipment maintenance and lighting equipment maintenance.

 

Covid related:

    • Regulate HVAC air flow to utilize new Covid air filtration system.
    • Provide technical support for Zoom and MS Teams company classes and choreographic processes throughout studios. There is overlap with Education use of equipment.
    • Help maintain sanitization stations and sanitizing studio floor during dancer breaks. There is overlap with Education cleaning schedule.

 

Position responsibilities:

  • Manage and provide support for
    • All technical aspects for the Main Company.
    • Development Director and Special Events Manager on all special events.
    • and advise CDE on educational shows.
  • Coordinate music and musician needs with Music Manager/accompanist.
  • Negotiate contracts with various Designers chosen by Artistic Director.
  • Arrange payments of designer rights, royalties, and any USA829 contributions due for all productions.
  • Create ground and hanging plans and have an understanding of lighting plans for all TB productions.
  • Hire and supervise part-time production staff and IATSE crews for all calls and performances.
  • Manage incoming and outgoing scenic and costume rental contracts and logistics to/from TBT warehouse and performance venues.
  • Order supplies needed for each production.
  • Act as primary liaison between TBT and local PACs for scheduling performances and technical needs.
  • Advance all technical requirements for company tours, both nationally and internationally.
  • Arrange shipping for sets/costumes/props for international touring, including carnet and insurance for all shipped items.
  • Attend rehearsals.
  • Maintain and organize warehouse.
  • Supervise all rehearsals and performances in Studio K.
  • Supervise all technical aspects of Studio K.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by AD.

Send cover letter, résumé, and references to employment@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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The Lost Nutcracker

December 17th – 20th, 2020
Cox Business Convention Center | Grand Hall

The Nutcracker you attend every December may be on pause for 2020, but that doesn’t mean that we still can’t celebrate the festive holiday season with incredible dance! Join us for The Lost Nutcracker, a holiday-themed performance sure to make you smile, laugh, and put you in the holiday spirit.

A holiday performance unlike any other year, The Lost Nutcracker will feature three pieces in one evening from Dark Circle Artistic Director Joshua Peugh, Tulsa Ballet Resident Choreographer Ma Cong, and famed Italian choreographer Luciano Cannito.

In order to allow for safe social distanced seating, this performance will be held in the brand new Grand Hall at the Cox Business Convention Center. Seating will be limited.

*Please note that seats will be positioned in pairs, with six feet distance on all sides, to provide appropriate social distancing. Please reference the image below when booking tickets.

PERFORMANCES

Thur. December 177:00pm
Fri. December 187:00pm
Sat. December 192:00pm
Sat. December 197:00pm
Sun. December 202:00pm

LOCATION

Cox Business Convention Center

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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!

The Merry Widow | LIVE STREAM | May 15th & 16th

FRIDAY, MAY 15TH AT 7:00PM CST & SATURDAY, MAY 16TH AT 12PM CST

Come for the dancing…stay for the costumes! And the romance. And the humor. And the drama.

Tulsa Ballet returns with a virtual theater experience like no other, this time with a full-length ballet performance of The Merry Widow, one of the most successful story ballets of the 20th century. With romance, humor, and stunning sets and colorful costumes, and live music by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, there is nothing about The Merry Widow not to love.

From British choreographer Ronald Hynd, also known for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Merry Widow is a tale larger than life with stunning sets and costumes from world-famous designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno and tells the tale of Pontevedro, a Balkan country on the brink of bankruptcy. Set in Paris 1905 at the Pontevedrian Embassy, the Ambassador (Baron Zeta) and his young French wife (Valencienne) receive news that a wealthy widowed Pontevedrian (Hanna Glawari) will be coming to Paris and is reportedly seeking a new husband.

Baron Zeta schemes to ensure that she marries a Pontevedrian so all of her wealth – all 20 million francs – benefits the country, so he decides that the First Secretary (Count Danilo) would be a suitable match. At the Pontevedrian Embassy’s ball, Count Danilo is presented to Hanna. They are shocked to recognize each other – they had had an affair in Pontevedro ten years prior when she was a peasant girl, and he had left her at the insistence of his aristocratic parents. From embassy balls, garden soirees, lavish waltzes to can-can girls, the story unfolds with the reunited lovers, political feuds, and secret affairs while the future of Pontevedro lies in the hand of The Merry Widow.

Our long time audience members will enjoy seeing dancers like Alfonso Martin, Yi Wang, Ma Cong, Alexandra Bergman, Beatrice Sebelin, and many more leading dancers in the cast who are now retired, most of them still working with Tulsa Ballet in various capacities.

You do not want to miss this online event, only available for two live stream times, Friday, May 15th at 7:00 pm CST and Saturday, May 16th at 12:00pm CST. These performances will not be available to view after they go offline, so be sure to RSVP HERE.

You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit that ‘bell’ icon so you get a notification the moment we go live.

Please consider donating to Tulsa Ballet’s Critical Support Fund to help us weather this storm during uncertain times. You can visit our Critical Support Fund web page to donate and find out other ways you can help support.

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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!