Tulsa, OKLA. – April 11, 2017 – Tulsa Ballet is closing out their 60th Anniversary Season with a triple bill featuring some of Artistic Director Marcello Angelini’s favorite works. Of the triple bill program he says, “It’s no secret that while I LOVE the classics like Swan Lake and Onegin, the Signature Series is my favorite program of the year.  It is the program where I showcase the more edgy, provocative, poignant, sometimes contemporary, sometimes modern-classics dances of the season.  Those are the pieces that have made a significant contribution to the growth of the field, the turning points of the art form, the milestones of dance.  Those are also the works of the masters of dance of past and present times.” In keeping with this programming philosophy, Tulsa Ballet’s Signature Series will feature three fantastic works from three exceptional dance makers.


Tulsa Ballet will open the program with A Million Kisses to My Skin by David Dawson.  His resume as a dancer is enviable:  a Brit by birth, Prix de Lausanne winner, danced as a leading dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Frankfurt Ballet, under the direction of Billie Forsythe.  As a choreographer he served as Resident Choreographer of the Dutch National, won Benois de la Danse (the Oscar of Choreography!), and has his works performed in the leading companies of the world. Mr. Angelini says, “Dawson’s Million Kisses to My Skin is the quintessential new-classical ballet, Balanchine and Forsythe taken to the 21st century!”


Choreographer Adam Hougland serves as Resident Choreographer of the Cincinnati Ballet and is one of the most talented dance makers of his generation. Although Tulsa Ballet has had over 40 new works created for them, Marcello Angelini says, “Hougland’s Cripple and the Starfish is probably among my favorite three works ever created for Tulsa Ballet during my 22 years with the company! I knew we had a masterpiece in the making when I saw the first run of the ballet three years ago. After seeing his Rite of Spring, which the company performed two times during the past six years, I knew it was time to commission a new work from him…and boy, has he delivered!“


Alexander Ekman’s Cacti is a deliciously boisterous, hugely entertaining, massively creative showpiece from a showman of great intelligence and acute artistry.  His credits include being the Associate Choreographer of the Netherlands Dance Theater, the shrine of contemporary dance and the company for which Cacti was created. Angelini says, “I am so happy to introduce Ekman and his Cacti, to our audience.  The dancers will dance and will pound on specially made platforms, collaborating with a string quartet playing live from the stage, which creates the music for the work. I can guarantee our audience will leave the theater singing and dancing and with a big smile on their faces.”


TULSA BALLET Signature Series

Tickets for Signature Series start at just $20. For tickets call (918) 749-6006 or visit www.tulsaballet.org.

WHAT             Signature Series, a triple bill performance featuring three of Artistic Director Marcello Angelini’s favorite works including:

Cacti by Alexander Ekman (Oklahoma premiere)

A Million Kisses to My Skin by David Dawson (Oklahoma premiere)

Cripple and the Starfish by Adam Hougland


WHEN:            8:00pm, Thursday, May 11, 2017

8:00pm, Friday, May 12, 2017

3:00pm, Saturday, May 13, 2017

8:00pm, Saturday, May 13, 2017

3:00pm, Sunday, May 14, 2017

8:00pm, Sunday, May 14, 2017


WHERE:          The performance will take place at Lorton Performance Center on The University of Tulsa Campus, 550 S. Gary Pl, Tulsa, OK.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit Tulsa Ballet at www.tulsaballet.org.

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Ryan Allen, Community & Public Relations Manager

918.392.5949, ryan.allen@tulsaballet.org