Tulsa Ballet awarded NEA grant

Nov 22, 2011 in General News

Tulsa Ballet receives NEA grant to support A Ballets Russes Evening
Grant part of NEA announcement of 863 grants
and $22.543 million in funding nationwide

TULSA, Okla. – Nov. 14, 2011 —The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. Tulsa Ballet is one of the grantees and will receive $20,000 to support Tulsa Ballet’s spring 2012 production of A Ballets Russes Evening. The 863 grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

A Ballets Russes Evening will feature Michel Fokine’s Le Spectre De La Rose, George Balanchine’s Apollo, and Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring. Tulsa Ballet annually presents a fall and spring trilogy for its Oklahoma audiences that features innovative choreography and profound works. Through performing three significant
works from the Ballets Russes era in this spring production, Tulsa Ballet will reveal the historical and artistic impacts that the Ballets Russes made on the evolution of ballet while celebrating the heritage of its founders - Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin who were two stars of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

"Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA," said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. "And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities."

"Through the presentation of this evening of dance, I want to celebrate both the legacy of our founders and that of Ballets Russes with two works from the original Diaghilev’s company: Apollon Musagete and Le Spectre de la Rose," Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini said. "But I also want to celebrate the most significant gift these companies left for generations to come: the creativity of the company in its various iterations, its ability to lead the field of dance and the ability to discover new voices in the dance world. We are going to do that through the presentation of an iconic work of Ballets Russes, The Rite of Spring, seen through the eyes of a modern day choreographer, Adam Hougland. Here at Tulsa Ballet, we are all very thankful for the endorsement of the NEA for this project and for their support of both the preservation of dance heritage and the nurturing of new choreographic voices."

In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.