TOP DANCE MAKERS OF THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES

REPRESENTED IN TULSA BALLET’S 2011 – 2012 SEASON

The company launches its 55th season with

five Oklahoma premieres and four world premieres.

 

            Tulsa, Okla. – March 2, 2011 – Today Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini announced the 2011- 2012 season that includes comedy, tragedy, and a special evening dedicated to Tulsa Ballet’s founders, Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin. The company’s performances will take place at Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center, except for its Creations series performed at Studio K at its Brookside headquarters.

“Tulsa Ballet’s 2011 – 2012 season embodies the best of 20th century dance and music, while venturing to discover new ways to use the art form to express the human soul in the language of the 21st century,” said Angelini. “It will include five Oklahoma premieres, by dance makers considered to be among the top ten choreographers of recent times, and four world premieres by artists that are shaping the future of dance in our country and all over the world.” 

“What defines our upcoming season is not just premieres and world-leading choreographers, but the entertainment value of each individual work and every single program of the season,” said Angelini. “Every ballet will be new to Tulsa, with the exception of Nine Sinatra Songs, which swept our audiences off their feet five years ago.”

 

2011 – 2012 Performance Schedule and Highlights:

 

THE MERRY WIDOW- An Oklahoma Premiere

Sept. 23 - 24 – 8 p.m., Sept. 25 – 3 p.m.

Choreography by Ronald Hynd, Music by Franz Lehar

 

Created for the Australian Ballet and performed by Margot Fonteyn, The Merry Widow premiered in 1975. The party begins and the stage is set at Maxim’s in Paris 1905. This block buster season opener is filled with flirting, love triangles and intrigue. Its decadent sets, costumes and spectacular dancing promises to answer the question: does love, money or both conquer all?

 

NINE SINATRA SONGS

Oct. 28 - 29 – 8 p.m., Oct. 30 – 3 p.m.

 

Nine Sinatra Songs

Choreography by Twyla Tharp, Music by Frank Sinatra

 

Twyla Tharp puts her brilliant spin on the unforgettable music of Frank Sinatra. Nine songs by Ol’ Blue Eyes, plus seven dazzling couples equals sizzling ballroom dynamics.

 

Sechs Tanze (Six Dances)An Oklahoma Premiere

Choreography by Jiri Kylian, Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Each group of six men and six women symbolically exude energy, silence, and sexuality. Mr. Kylian is considered to be one of the world’s top five living choreographers, and Tulsa Ballet will share Six Dances with a group of very exclusive dance companies around the world.

 

In the Middle, Somewhat ElevatedAn Oklahoma Premiere

Choreography by William Forsythe, Music by Thorn Willems

 

A virtuoso piece, by another dance maker considered to be among the top five living choreographers in the world, where classical dance yields to a mood of aggressive cool. The San Francisco Chronicle stated, “Everyone who sees William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is knocked out, and no wonder. It's like going on safari, watching exotic creatures prowl through their native habitat and pounce into displays of territorial command.” For those who enjoyed The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, expect more!

 

 

THE NUTCRACKER

Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18 – 2p.m.

Dec. 16, 17, 22 and 23 – 7 p.m.

Choreography by Marcello Angelini, Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

 

A young girl’s fantasy unfolds in this remarkable production that mixes the visuals of a Broadway show with the heartwarming story of a fairytale Christmas. Over 120 local children and students join the professional company to help the larger-than-life Mouse King battle the Nutcracker Prince and his toy soldier brigade. 

 

 

ROMEO AND JULIET- A World Premiere

Feb. 10 - 11 – 8 p.m.

Feb. 12 – 3 p.m.

Choreography by Edwaard Liang, Music by Sergei Prokofiev

 

February 2012 will mark a first for Tulsa Ballet: the commissioning of a brand new, full-length story ballet. This famous tragedy, set to music and dance, will be created for Tulsa Ballet by one of America’s rising stars: choreographer Edwaard Liang. Look for engaging duets, appealing group dances, intricate choreography, and daring sword fights, created especially for this new production by famed Fight Director, Steve White.

A BALLET RUSSE EVENING

March 30 - 31 – 8 p.m.

April 1 – 3 p.m.

 

An evening of tribute to Tulsa Ballet’s founders, Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin includes:

 

Apollo - An Oklahoma Premiere

Choreography by George Balanchine, Music by Igor Stravinsky

 

Apollo, the god of music, is visited by the muse of dance and song, the muse of mime, and the muse of poetry. Presented for the first time on June 12, 1928 by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the Théậtre Sarah Bernhart in Paris. 

 

Rite of SpringAn Oklahoma Premiere

Choreography by Adam Hougland, Music by Igor Stravinsky

 

Adam Hougland puts a 21st century spin on this powerful piece, celebrating the spirit of Ballets Russes: discovering new voices of choreography and creating long-lasting works for generations to come. Presented for the first time on May 29, 1913 by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, and was originally choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky. 

 

Le Spectre de la Rose

Choreography by Michel Fokine, Music by Carl Maria von Weber

 

An excited young girl, returning from her first ball, dreams that the rose she holds is dancing with her. When the rose disappears, she awakens, still under the spell of her dream. Danced for its premiere by Vaslav Nijinski, this ballet began his legend as the best dancer of all time! Presented for the first time on April 19, 1911 by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the Theatre de Monte Carlo.

 

 

OFF THE FLOOR: CREATIONS IN STUDIO K – Three World Premieres

April 27, 28, May 2, 3, 4, 5 – 7 p.m.

April 28, 29, May 5, 6 – 2 p.m.

 

Three fascinating world premieres by three exciting choreographers:

 

Tulsa Ballet’s own Ma Cong was named one of the “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine for both dancing and choreography. Douglas Lee, through his consistent collaboration with the Stuttgart Ballet, has developed a distinct choreographic voice, which is characterized by stunning sculptural images created by the use of exquisite and complex partnering. Darrell Grand Moultrie is emerging as one of America’s most sought after choreographers, creating new works for ballet companies across the country. His career includes performing on Broadway in Billy Elliott, Hairspray, and Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s Aida.

 

TICKETS:

 

Season tickets start as low as $85 by calling 918.749-6407; single tickets start as low as $20 by calling 918.749-6006.

 


 

ABOUT TULSA BALLET:

Tulsa Ballet is a professional ballet company whose purpose is to serve as an essential asset of its extended community through internationally-acclaimed artistic excellence and exemplary education and outreach. Regarded as one of the top ballet companies in North America and recognized as a leader in the field, Tulsa Ballet consistently brings the finest works of the classical and contemporary repertory to the Oklahoma stage, presenting the same works, and sharing the same world-renowned choreographers with the top dance organizations in the world. 

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