Tulsa, OK – Oct. 18, 2010 – Classical Relativity, Tulsa Ballet’s triple bill, showcases the talents of three contemporary choreographers who used music as their muse -- 20th century master George Balanchine (Theme and Variations), James Kudelka (There,Below), and Massimiliano Volpini (Amadé) -- at Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center Oct. 29, 30 and 31, 2010. 

                Theme and Variations, Balanchine’s most classical ballet, and brought to life by the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is what Balanchine described as “. . . that great period in classical dancing when Russian ballet flourished with the aid of Tchaikovsky’s music.”

                The costumes to be worn by Tulsa Ballet soloist Soo Youn Cho, and principals Wang Yi and Alfonso Martin are designed by Santo Loquasto.  He has worked on 61 Broadway productions starting with Sticks and Bones in 1972 and most recently Waiting for Godot in 2009.  Having received 15 Tony Award nominations for his work as either costumer or scenic designer, he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design one time.

                There, Below, an Oklahoma premiere, merges classical ballet with modern movement to invoke visceral images of spirituality and the afterlife.  Five couples will perform this piece set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

                “James Kudelka is the leading Canadian choreographer and one of the people responsible for reshaping classical ballet worldwide,” said Marcello Angelini, Tulsa Ballet’s Artistic Director.  “I am proud to introduce this outstanding dance maker to our audience in Oklahoma through one of his most suggestive works, There Below.”

                Amadé, a tribute to Mozart with 21st century flair, was created for Tulsa Ballet in the spring of 2008 by Massimiliano Volpini.  The title, Amadé, is the name Mozart used when he signed his letters in Italian and dedicated his love for Italy.  Soo Youn Cho, Wang Yi and Alfonso Martin will dance the lead roles in this work.

                The music is really the first actor in this ballet,” say Volpini.  “Mozart’s musical phrases contain so many feelings that the dancers have to do nothing but follow the wave of this feeling.”

Tickets are available by calling 918. 749.6006 or by visiting www.tulsaballet.org.

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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