With its 2020-2021 season, Tulsa Ballet renews its focus on preserving the tradition of classical ballet, promoting the appreciation of contemporary dance, and creating new works of enduring quality.

Tulsa, OK – January 2020 –Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini proudly announces the 2020/21 Season. Angelini says, “The roadmap of each and every one of Tulsa Ballet’s seasons is dictated by our organization’s mission statement.  It reads:  Preserve the tradition of classical ballet, Promote the appreciation of contemporary dance, Create works of superior and enduring quality and Educate through exceptional dance training.  While the last directive of our mission doesn’t necessarily apply to our ballet seasons, the other three are the true north that provides our direction.”

As anticipated, Mr. Angelini has crafted a season that balances the splendor of classical ballet with the immediacy and edginess of contemporary works. The upcoming Tulsa Ballet season will also include a record number of commissioned works, both short works and full evening, story ballets. The season launches with Creations in Studio K, September 17-27, 2020 featuring World Premieres by Australian born, New Zealand trained and Europe celebrated choreographer Craig Davidson, followed by a new work by former Boston Ballet’s star, and Eric Bruhn Price recipient Yury Yanowsky.  A World Premiere by Luciano Cannito, world renowned ballet choreographer, as well as opera and movie director, will round out the program.

Carmen, one of the most passionate, dramatic and turbulent love stories of the 19th century, will open the PAC season on October 29-November 1, 2020. Mr. Angelini has commissioned this brand-new work to Tulsa Ballet Resident Choreographer Ma Cong, who will bring his signature dynamic choreography and dramatic sensibility to the score of George Bizet. December 11-20, 2020 will mark the very last run of Angelini’s The Nutcracker, as a new version is prepared to launch in 2021 with all new sets, costumes, and story.

For the joy of classical ballet lovers, Swan Lake will return to the PAC’s stage on February 18-21, 2021, with its timeless splendor and brand-new sets and costumes.

The crown jewel of the season will be the Oklahoma Premiere of Derek Deane’s Alice in Wonderland, which promises to mesmerize and entertain the child and the child at heart in the audience.  Filled with visually stunning and artistically captivating sets, costumes and choreography, Alice will debut at the Tulsa PAC on March 25-28, 2021.

The 2020/21 Season will conclude with Signature Series May 6-9, 2021 at TU’s Lorton Performance Center. For this program Mr. Angelini has chosen to bring back a contemporary masterpiece, and Tulsa favorite, with Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero, and a recent contemporary masterpiece, and Tulsa favorite, with Andy Blankenbuehler’s Remember our Song.  A World Premiere by Polish choreographer Katarzyna Kozielska, which also marks her American debut, will round out Tulsa Ballet’s upcoming season.

Tulsa Ballet II, the pre-professional ensemble of Tulsa Ballet, will inaugurate the 7th season of its own standalone mini-series with On Your Radar.  This program will include the World Premiere of Ma Cong’s Jack and the Beanstalk, the second children’s ballet in a series of four commissioned by Mr. Angelini and made possible by the generous support of the Hardesty Foundation. TBII: Next Generation, also held in Studio K, will open on April 23-25th, 2021, and will include new works from up and coming choreographers.  Season Tickets are on sale now. Single Tickets for all shows will go on sale August 1, 2020. For more information on the Tulsa Ballet season, visit www.tulsaballet.org.



Quick Facts
Tulsa Ballet 2020/21 Season

Creations in Studio K
World Premiere pieces from Craig Davidson, Yury Yanowsky, Luciano Cannito in Tulsa Ballet’s intimate 300-seat Studio K Theater.
September 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30pm and September 19, 20, 26, 27 at 2:30pm

Choreography by Resident Choreographer Ma Cong
At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center
October 29 (Preview Night) at 7:00pm, October 30 and 31 at 7:30pm, and November 1 at 2:30pm

The Nutcracker
Choreography by Marcello Angelini, Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center
December 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:00pm and December 12, 13, 19, 20 at 2:00pm

 Swan Lake
Choreography by Marcello Angelini
At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center
February 18 (Preview Night) at 7:00pm, February 19, 20 at 7:30pm, and February 21 at 2:30pm

Alice in Wonderland
Choreography by Derek Deane
At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center
March 25 (Preview Night) at 7:00pm, March 26, 27 at 7:30pm, and March 28 at 2:30pm

Signature Series
World Premiere Choreography by Katarzyna Kozielska
Por Vos Muero Choreography by Nacho Duato
Remember Our Song Choreography by Andy Blankbuehler

At the Lorton Performance Center on The University of Tulsa campus
May 6, 7, 8, 9 at 7:30pm and May 8, 9 at 2:30pm

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