(Norman, Okla.) June 14, 2011- With ballet and modern dance inspired by a day at the shore, OU’s “SummerDance Goes to the Beach” will be presented at 8 p.m. June 30 and July 1 and 2 in historic Holmberg Hall in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center in the OU Arts District.

Choreography will be by Mary Margaret Holt, director of the OU School of Dance and artistic director of Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Jeremy Lindberg, associate professor of ballet and Austin Hartel, associate professor of modern dance and artistic director of Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, OU’s resident modern dance company.

Joining the OU dancers will be guest artists Josh Crespo, Ryan Piper and Ronnie Underwood from the Oklahoma City Ballet, as well as Simon Wexler from Texas Ballet Theater.

The evening’s program includes Holt’s abstract ballet “If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It,” set to Haydn’s Surprise Symphony and danced with classical ballet technique combined with everyday pedestrian movement. “I have always found a wonderful sense of humor in the music in addition to its structure, so I hoped to reflect the structure in the patterns of the choreography and the humor in the juxtaposition of the movement styles along with the wardrobe of mid 20th century beach costumes,” Holt said.

Lindberg’s ballet, “Postcards From the Shore” focuses on seaside fun and romance inspired by his grandfather’s experience in France during WWI where he met the love of his life at a French port city. During the ballet, Lindberg will use projections of actual postcards written by his grandfather and grandmother.

Hartel will create a new contemporary work for the summer production. Set to music by Led Zeppelin, “Sunrise on Hatteras” is a ritualistic dance that takes place on the beach.

Lighting design will be by Jerry Lewis who brings exceptional design experience to the production and Kirk Fitzgerald, recent winner of the School of Drama’s Van Heflin award. Kasey Allee-Foreman is costume coordinator and stage management is by Christopher Sandler.

To celebrate a summer of dance, a special ticket price of $6 is being offered to all students.

Ticket prices are $6 for students, $12 for OU faculty/staff and senior adults, and $15 for adults. Reservations can be made by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The box office is located in the Catlett Music Center, 500 West Boyd. The Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center is located on the OU Norman campus at 560 Parrington Oval. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call (405) 325-4101.


Holly Jones
Public Relations Coordinator
Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
University of Oklahoma
(405) 325-6673