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Tulsa Ballet Presents Holiday Classic With Marcello Angelini's The Nutcracker
Katie Selvidge, Community Relations Coordinator Tulsa Ballet transforms the Tulsa Performing Arts Center into a holiday wonderland with The Nutcracker from December 10 – 23, 2011. Artistic Director Marcello Angelini‟s breathtaking choreography and the fantastical sets and costumes by Luisa Spinatelli once again delight audiences young and old. All performances include live music provided by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start as low as $20 and may be purchased by calling (918) 749-6006 or by visiting www.tulsaballet.org. The Nutcracker was to celebrate the essence of the holiday season which is not candy canes, marzipans, Spanish candy or any other culinary treat," Angelini said. "The essence of the season is love, so The Nutcracker has to celebrate love that conquers all, love that defeats even the darkest of human fears, embodied by the Mouse King. The best way to do that in my opinion is to see this feeling through the eyes of a young girl, which is what our The Nutcracker does." The Nutcracker stand out most from other Nutcrackers. While Nutcracker season can create for a mundane routine for dancers, this production The Nutcracker tends to have no dancing in it and, in turn, can get a bit wearisome. I also injected the boys in the Snow Scene, adding lots of jumps and athletic moves while making use of the ability to do small duets, varying the choreography and giving a breath to the ladies of the Corps de Ballet." The Nutcracker alive year after year".
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New Argentinean Senior Soloist Sofia Menteguiaga Debuts Lead Role
More than 100 Local Children Perform with Professional Company
TULSA, Okla. – Nov. 14, 2011 –
This holiday classic tells the story of Marie, a young student at the Paris Opera Ballet School, who falls in love with a magical Nutcracker doll she receives on Christmas Eve. As the night unfolds, Marie and the Nutcracker defeat an evil Mouse King, journey through the snow in the Garden of Versailles and are married at an enchanted castle where dancers from around the world celebrate their love.
"The initial intent when creating
Set in 1920‟s Paris, the sets and costumes by famed Italian designer Luisa Spinatelli reflect an important element shared between Paris and Tulsa – art deco inspired architecture. From the lush party scene to the dreamy second act, all of the designs celebrate this rich time of fashion and art.
The daring choreography is what makes Tulsa Ballet‟s
demands that the dancers perform with a high level of energy and excellence at every show, providing the audiences with an exciting evening.
"Dancing „on the edge‟ is what creates energy on stage and that energy is what the audience perceives from the performers," Angelini said. "So, each section of the ballet is challenging for the dancers and I even added one dance in the first act to lift the party scene up. This part of
New Senior Soloist Argentinean Sofia Menteguiaga makes her debut in the lead role of adult Marie, and alternates with Principal Soo Youn Cho. Principals Alfonso Martin and Wang Yi dance the Marie‟s Prince Charles. Tulsa Ballet‟s Center for Dance Education students Sage Engle-Laird, Bobbie Lynn Kandravi, TyLeigh Baughman and Hannah Law dance the role of young Marie.
More than 100 local children perform in this year‟s production including young dancers from Tulsa Ballet‟s Center for Dance Education. The students perform roles such as mice, soldiers and party children. This performing experience allows the aspiring young dancers a unique opportunity - to learn from and perform beside world-class professionals.
"Nutcracker turns from ordinary to extraordinary, from routine to magic at the first stage rehearsal," Angelini said. This is the first time I see dozens of little mice and solders, dressed in their striking uniforms and ready to engage in a friendly battle with their counterparts at the footsteps of our outsized Christmas tree. The mixture of innocence and discipline, the first due to their young ages and the second necessary to share the stage with the professional company, lights the spark that brings
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.
For more information about Tulsa Ballet visit www.tulsaballet.org.