Tulsa Ballet is back with another double-bill ballet (the messages came in and you all LOVED being able to see two completely different styles of ballets in one evening, so we listened!). Join us over on Tulsa Ballet’s YouTube channel for yet another evening of performances from our archives.

The first piece you will see is Shibuya Blues by Belgium choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, an abstract piece about one of the busiest districts in Tokyo. In an interview about her first creation for Tulsa Ballet back in 2019, Annabelle described being inspired by entering an unknown city for the first time, feeling lost and overwhelmed by how the city works almost like a machine, taking the time to understand how the system works. Ochoa explains, “For this process, I knew that I wanted mechanical movements, and go from a mechanical phrase into phrases that would move into space.” (If her name sounds familiar, it’s because she is the choreographer of Vendetta, a Mafia Story, the piece that was set to make it’s US premiere in March 2020, but was rescheduled to October 2020)

Watch Annabelle’s full interview about Shibuya Blues below:

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After a short intermission (we like to keep this experience as close to attending the theatre as possible during quarantine), you will get to watch Extremely Close by Alejandro Cerrudo, the newly appointed Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Resident Choreographer and one of the most-watched dance-makers of his generation. Originally created for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2007, the piece set to piano music by Philip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran begins with white feathers falling from the sky, filling the stage floor, and includes a solo performed without music, driving the notion of isolation. Tulsa World describes Extremely Close as a “…somber piece, dealing with the concept of loss, of death, of fragility, of memory.”

Get a taste of Extremely Close below:

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These performances will only be available to watch while they are live, and will not be available to view online after (just like a real theatre performance), so be sure to follow us on all of our social media handles to keep up to date when we go live (this particular event will last about an hour, including intermission). Artistic Director Marcello Angelini will be available for questions during the May 1st performance via the stream live chat.

Subscribe to Tulsa Ballet’s YouTube channel to get notified, via YouTube, the moment we go live (30 minutes to showtime).

You can also RSVP here to receive an email reminder one hour prior to the live stream so that you’re sure not to miss out.



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!