Tulsa Ballet to tour Italy March 30-April 8, 2016
Tulsa, OKLA. – Feb 23, 2016 – Tulsa Ballet is proud to announce its first Italian tour this spring. The Ballet will present a series of performances that will span the country’s east coast from north to south. This engagement marks the fourth international tour for Tulsa Ballet. The company made its international debut in 2002, performing as part of the Sintra Festival in Sintra, Portugal. In 2007, Tulsa Ballet appeared in Serbia and Croatia. Later that year, Oklahoma Governor, Brad Henry, issued a proclamation deeming Tulsa Ballet an “Oklahoma Cultural Ambassador.” In 2008, the company traveled to Seoul, South Korea. Between international engagements the company also appeared at the Joyce Theater in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Tulsa Ballet continues to be invited by prestigious venues nationally and internationally to represent the culture of our city, state and country. The strong national and international reputation of the company shines a spotlight on the city of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma as a leader in world-class arts and culture.
The company will begin their international journey on March 27 and return to Tulsa on April 9. In each location, Tulsa Ballet will perform three pieces created by three of the top dance makers of our time, showcasing the versatility of the company and appealing to diverse audiences. The program will include Classical Symphony by Yuri Possokhov, Petite Mort by Jiří Kylián and Rooster by Christopher Bruce, which features music by the Rolling Stones.
Tulsa Ballet will perform in the following cities:
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 8:30pm – Trieste, Politeama Rossetti
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 8:45pm – Udine, Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
Friday, April 01, 2016, 9:00pm – Mestre, Teatro Toniolo
Saturday, April 02, 2016, 8:45pm – Vicenza, Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza
Sunday, April 03, 2016, 8:45pm – Gorizia, Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi
Wednesday, April 06, 2016, 9:00pm – Perugia, Teatro Morlacchi
Friday, April 08, 2016, 8:30pm – Brindisi, Nuovo Teatro Verdi
Although Tulsa Ballet’s Artistic Director, Marcello Angelini, is a native of Italy, he has lived in Tulsa for the past twenty years and has been away from his country for the past thirty-three years. “This tour has significance to me from so many perspectives. It is such an honor to represent the city of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma all over the world. It’s also fascinating to consider that the art form of ballet traces its origins back to the 16th century Italian Renaissance; yet, in the United States, Oklahoma was one of the last states to be incorporated into the union. The fact that Tulsa Ballet is going to represent our state and this art form in the country that virtually invented it is something very special.”
Oklahoma audiences will have the opportunity to see Tulsa Ballet perform these works at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center as part of the “Masters of Dance” program March 18 – 20, 2016.
For more information about the 2015-2016 Tulsa Ballet season, call the box office at (918) 749-6006 or visit www.tulsaballet.org.
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Ryan Allen, PR & Communications Manager