February 2018 – TULSA, OK – Tulsa Ballet will present Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella March 16-18 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. It has been four years since Cinderella last graced the stage in Tulsa to sold-out audiences.
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Tulsa Ballet presents the U.S. premiere of Derek Deane’s Strictly Gershwin Feb 9-11, 2018
January, 2018 – TULSA, OK – Tulsa Ballet is proud to present the North American Premiere of Strictly Gershwin at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center February 9-11, 2018. This epic Broadway type Ballet is a tribute to the classic American music of George and Ira Gershwin and will transport audiences to the golden age of Hollywood. The production is the largest work Tulsa Ballet has ever produced, as it requires about 38 dancers, a dozen tap dancers, plus four singers and even roller skaters, all sharing the stage with an orchestra of about 50 musicians. For the upcoming performances, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will be under the baton of revered West End conductor and musical director for this production, Gareth Valentine, who ignites the podium with his raw energy and passion for the music.
December 2017 – TULSA, OK – Tulsa Ballet launched their 61st Season with the annual program dedicated to creating new dances. They will now export two of those new works, created specifically for Tulsa Ballet, to New York in March of 2018, along with a world premiere creation from Resident Choreographer Ma Cong. Along with Cong’s untitled new work, Tulsa Ballet will showcase Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Shibuya Blues and Helen Pickett’s Meòal (Among). Artistic Director Marcello Angelini says, “Our dancers are citizens of the world, coming to Tulsa from all four corners and enjoy performing wherever they have an opportunity to showcase their craft and artistry. We are all very proud of what we built here in Tulsa Oklahoma, and relish each and every opportunity to put on display the results of our hard work and commitment to the art form.”
TULSA, Okla. – November 2017 – The holiday tradition of The Nutcracker will return to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center December 9-23, 2017. This will mark the fifteenth year this particular version will be performed. Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini reminisces and says, “I remember the discussions that took place in the early 2000s about how a new Nutcracker for Tulsa Ballet should be. Since its first presentation, the work has changed a lot, especially in the party scene. The rest, starting from the battle scene, has virtually remained the same.” Breathtaking choreography, elaborate sets and stunning costumes help bring this classic holiday fairytale to life.
AFTER A DECADE, THE CLASSIC BALLET DON QUIXOTE RETURNS TO TULSA
TULSA, Okla. – October 2017 – Tulsa Ballet will present one of the most famous classical ballets, Don Quixote, November 3-5 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The production returns to the Tulsa stage again after ten years and follows the wild and crazy Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza as they chase after Kitri and Basilio, the forbidden lovers. Based on the timeless book by Miguel de Cervantes, this 19th century classical ballet is one of the most entertaining and hilarious performances in ballet repertory.
Triple Bill performance features three World Premiere creations by some of the most sought after women choreographers of the word. Beyond the Curtain features choreographers plus the Editor in Chief of Pointe Magazine, moderated by the Senior Front Page Editor of the Huffington Post
TULSA, Okla. – August 2017 – Tulsa Ballet will launch their 61st season in September with the annual celebration of new dances entitled Creations in Studio K. Tulsa audiences are the first to see brand new contemporary works by accomplished choreographers before they take a life of their own and start traveling around the globe. Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini describes the program as the most important one of the season, as it focuses on the future of dance. He says, “I always talk about searching for the right balance between tradition and innovation. Those are the yin and yang of our art form. They are both needed if we want to ensure the future of our art form, which is why Tulsa Ballet built Studio K Theater. It is the perfect space to introduce new works to our audience. It was a massive investment for a company our size but I am so happy to share it, for the eleventh time, with our audience!”
AUGUST 9, 2017 – TULSA, OK – Tulsa Ballet will present a contemporary triple bill performance at the Joyce Theater in New York City in March of 2018. The company last performed at the Joyce Theater in 2009. The return tour has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Mollie Williford and Suzanne and Jim Kneale. Artistic Director Marcello Angelini is thrilled to announce the tour and says, “This is the perfect time for the company to be back in The Big Apple, as the energy and relevance of what we are producing reflects the renewed vitality of the city. This trip is also in perfect synergy with the revitalization of our community and the national visibility we are receiving thanks to the multiple successful initiatives we are undertaking.”
Tulsa Ballet’s 2017/18 Season begins August 25-27 with Tulsa Ballet II’s performance of On Your Radar
TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Ballet II presents the annual production of On Your Radar, featuring three new works created exclusively for TBII by renowned choreographers Jennifer Archibald, Karen Castleman, and Tulsa Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Ma Cong. The program will take place Friday August 25th at 7:00pm and Sunday August 27th at 3:00pm in Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater with an additional performance Saturday August 26th in the brand new Zarrow Performance Studio in Broken Arrow.
Tulsa, Okla. – June, 2017 – Beginning this month, Tulsa Ballet will host the twenty-second year of Pointe to the Future, with exciting new offerings including a brand new Choreography Workshop with Tulsa Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Ma Cong, for our Senior students. These programs offer students the opportunity to train with “one of the best ballet companies in the world” as well as guest artists from the international dance community. This year, the Junior Intensive classes will be held at our brand new, state of the art Broken Arrow Campus-Hardesty Center, in Broken Arrow.
Tulsa Ballet’s 2017/18 Season launches with three new main company members and three promotions.
TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Ballet celebrated 60 years this past season with world premieres such as Dorothy and the Prince of Oz and the return of great classics including Swan Lake. Once again, Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini proudly presents the Tulsa Ballet company roster for their 61st Season, which will continue to showcase new creations along with classics such as Cinderella and Strictly Gershwin. Tulsa Ballet’s latest company line-up will feature twenty-seven dancers from ten countries. After a worldwide audition tour and nearly 1300 applicants, Mr. Angelini feels he has the optimal mix of talented dancers to present this season’s challenging and exciting repertory.