Ben Stevenson's Dracula returns along with Oklahoma and US premieres

Feb 16, 2012 in 12-13 Season Releases

Tulsa, OKLA. – Feb. 14, 2012 - Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini announces the 2012-2013 season with more performances and more US and world premieres by some of the world’s most in-demand choreographers. Tulsa Ballet performances will take place at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Studio K at the Tulsa Ballet headquarters as well as a spring series in The Roxana Rózsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center on the campus of The University of Tulsa.

“I am truly thrilled about our upcoming 2012/13 season as it will strike the right balance between audience favorites, the return of the most successful full evening ballet in the history of the company as well as a large bouquet of company premieres, American Premieres and World Premieres,” Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini said.  “I am confident that there is something to love for each and every audience member.”

Season tickets for the 2012 – 2013 season are available now for purchase. To purchase tickets please call us at 918-749-6006 or visit us online at

2012-2013 Season Schedule and Highlights:

Age of Innocence – A Triple Bill
September 14 and 15 at 8pm, September 16 at 3pm
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Three unique pieces by world-class choreographers

PreSentient – US Premiere
Choreography by Wayne McGregor
Music by Steve Reich

“Imaginative, angular and organic” – Eastern Evening News

As The Royal Ballet of London’s Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor has become one of the most sought-after choreographers of our time making him one of the 21st century’s masters. Dedicated to the artistic director of Rambert Dance Company, Christopher Bruce, PreSentient drives dancers through Reich’s relentless Triple Quartet to their physical limits, while revealing their humanity as well.

“This triple bill will energize every member of our audience,” Angelini said. “Mr. McGregor is probably the most in-demand dance maker of our time. We will join the ranks of the San Francisco Ballet in being allowed to premiere one of his works in the US.“

Slice to Sharp
Choreography by Jorma Elo
Music by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber and Antonio Vivaldi

“An exhilarating exercise in flat-out virtuosity” – The New York Times

An audience favorite returns! Jorma Elo’s Slice to Sharp is full of “exhilarating energy” and “breathless abandon” as dancers show off challenging footwork, quick leaps and dazzling turns.

“Audiences will enjoy the reprise of Slice to Sharp, a work created by famed choreographer Jorma Elo for the stars of the New York City Ballet,” Angelini said. “First performed during the 2010/11 season, this work dazzled our audiences leading to immediate standing ovations.”

Age of Innocence – Oklahoma Premiere
Choreography by Edwaard Liang, Music by Philip Glass

“This piece is about what I view as tragedy for women in her time, the hierarchy they endured and the arranged marriages,” he (Edwaard Liang) continued. “ The only contact you were allowed with the opposite sex took place at a ball.” He seeks in part to evoke, “the smell, texture and energy of those grand ballroom and houses.” – Chicago Tribune

Inspired by Jane Austen’s novels, Edwaard Liang created Age of Innocence in honor of the women in a time of arranged marriages, social graces and gender inequality. His lyrical movements and seamless choreographic language communicates his interpretation of the joy, despair and innocence of the early 18th century woman,

“This epic evening will close with the Oklahoma Premiere of Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence,” Angelini said. “This extraordinary work, created for the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago accompanied with music by Philip Glass, has mesmerized audiences all over the country, from Chicago to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. I am very pleased to see Edwaard return to Tulsa with the very work that made me fall in love for his choreography.”

October 26 and 27 at 8pm, October 27 and 28 at 3pm
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Choreography by Ben Stevenson, Music by Franz Liszt

Ben Stevenson’s Dracula returns for another bite! This blockbuster hit will once again transform the Tulsa Performing Arts Center into a haunting crypt where vampire brides fly and the Count Draculaseduces his victims to their bloody deaths. With beautifully gothic sets and mesmerizing choreography, this ballet is sure to be an audience favorite for everyone!

“Dracula is back!  Ben Stevenson’s masterpiece will grace the stage one more time, following the huge success of its first presentation in 2009,” Angelini said. “The dark magic of Count Dracula has captured the imagination of movie goers and dance lovers for decades.  Tulsa audiences were equally drawn to this dark prince, making Mr. Stevenson’s tour de force the best selling ballet in the Tulsa Ballet’s history.  No Halloween is complete without a visit, and maybe a little ‘kiss on the neck’, by the Transylvanian Count!”

The Nutcracker
December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 2pm, December 15, 22 at 7pm
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
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. More than 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. 

Lady of the Camellias
February 1 and 2 at 8pm, February 3 at 3pm
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Choreography by Val Caniparoli, Music by Frédéric François Chopin

A poignantly moving ballet of extravagance, jealousy, forbidden love, revenge and sacrifice, Lady of the Camellias tells the love story of a courtesan and a gentleman. In 2000, Tulsa Ballet received curtain call after curtain call for this tragically beautiful work. With breathtaking choreography, gorgeous sets and costumes and message of true love, this ballet will beckon not a dry eye from the audience.

“Audiences will be treated to one of the most relevant and successful dramatic work of the past 25 years: Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias,” Angelini said. “Based on the famous 1848 novel by Alexandre Dumas, this story has stimulated countless reincarnation in all performing arts’ mediums. In addition to inspiring Giuseppe Verdi to write his masterpiece La Traviata, Lady of the Camellias has inspired about twenty motion pictures, including the movie starring Greta Garbo and Moulin Rouge. Of course numerous ballets were fashioned after this novel chief among them John Neumeier’s version for the Hamburg Ballet and Sir Frederick Ashton’s version, created for Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn. The story follows the love affair of Marguerite Gautier, a courtesane, suffering from tuberculosis and Armand, a dashing young man who tries to distance Marguerite from a life of indiscretion.  I can honestly say that this is the only ballet that brings tears to my eyes performance after performance.  Tulsa Ballet took this work to its first ever international tour to Portugal in 2002 and it earned it the title of ‘…one of the best in the world’ by the national publication Semanario.”

Balanchine and Beyond – A Triple Bill
March 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8pm and 17, 24 at 3pm.
Lorton Performance Center at The University of Tulsa

Classical Symphony – Oklahoma Premiere
Choreography by Yuri Possokhov, Music by Sergei Prokofiev

One of the most virtuoso works of the season, Classical Symphony begins with a male soloist leaping into a double turn in the air on Prokofiev’s first note. The rest of the ballet follows suite with striking and peculiar combinations originating from classical movement, but creating an unorthodox modernity to ballet’s conventional steps.

“Our March triple bill will parallel the exuberant energy of spring,” Angelini said. “Classical Symphony, created for the San Francisco Ballet by its resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a neo-classical work of unparalleled beauty and explosive energy. I was at its World Premiere and… the audience went crazy at the end of it. It is probably the most challenging work for seven couples I have seen in a decade. Danced in short tutus for the girls and tunics for the gentleman, Yuri uses purely classical technique with a strong influence by contemporary aesthetics.  The result is a work as exciting and fresh as spring itself. “

there, below
Choreography by James Kudelka, Music by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Henry Purcell

“A striking original conception.” – The New York Times

Full of integral movements and unusual partnering, Kudelka sculpts dancers into expressionistic forms, reforming typical steps into inventive shapes with fluid musicality. Audiences will be transfixed on this poetic piece from the beginning as the dancers emerge from dance against a backdrop of white mist.

“Following the Oklahoma premiere of Classical Symphony we will enjoy the return of James Kudelka’s there, below,” Angelini said. This work was an instant audience favorite during the 2010/11 season, prompting one of the fastest standing ovation during my time in Tulsa. I can truly say that it is back by popular demand.”

The Four Temperaments
Choreography By George Balanchine, Music by Paul Hindemith

One of Balanchine’s earliest experimental works, The Four Temperaments is inspired by the medieval belief of the human body’s four different humors that determines a person’s temperaments which translated into the four movements – Melancholic, Sanguinic, Phlegmatic and Choleric. The ballet expresses each temperament in an angular style that inspired Balanchine to continue creating contemporary ballets and still inspires today’s leading choreographers.

“We will close this ambitious evening with an epic work by legendary choreographer George Balanchine:  The Four Temperaments,” Angelini said.  “Created on an original score by Paul Hindemith and premiered by the New York City Ballet in 1946, The Four Temperaments is regarded as one of Mr. Balanchine’s masterpieces.”

Creations in Studio K
May 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 at 7pm and 4, 5, 11, 12, at 2pm         
Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K

Three fascinating works, created 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. He continues to choreograph across the nation as well as for Tulsa Ballet as the company’s resident choreographer. Choreographer in Residence of Pennsylvania Ballet Matthew Neenan has choreographed for many of the major ballet companies in the country. According to The New York Times, “has a freshly imaginative way with movement and an eye for fresh stage picture.” Nicolo Fonte, Resident Choreographer of Compania Nacional de Dansa with Nacho Duato, has developed a unique choreographic voice with his daring and orginal approach to dance. “Fonte creates open situations, fills them with strong, abstract movement vocabulary without any superfluous décor,” Martina Wohlthat of Basler Zeitung said.

“I assigned the task to close our seasonto three dance makers of national and international relevance:  Ma Cong, Matthew Neenan and Nicolo Fonte,” Angelini said. “Ma Cong, Tulsa Ballet’ resident choreographer, has created close to a dozen works for our company. He continues to grow as a choreographer, his engagements to create works for other national organization increasing each year. Matthew Neenan, Resident Choreographer for the Pennsylvania Ballet and co-founder of BAlletX, has created works for some of the most prestigious American ballet companies from the Washington Ballet and the New York City Ballet to Julliard Dance and Colorado Ballet. He is the recipient of many awards for his choreography, including the Choo San Goh Award and the Jerome Robbins New Fellowship award. Nicolo Fonte returns to create a work for us after a ten years’ absence from Tulsa. His first piece for our company, Inside The Figure, was an instant hit with audience and dancers. Nicky was a colleague of mine when I danced with Les Grands Ballet Canadienes in Montreal. He then went on to join Compania Nacional de Dansa in Madrid, the company then directed by Nacho Duato, where he danced for over a decade and started his choreographic career. His works grace the stage of a host of top international and national companies, the likes of Dutch National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Stuttgart Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Washington Ballet and so on.  Nicky is an old friend, and I am so happy to see him back in Tulsa after a decade, during which time he transitioned from a very talented young choreographer to an international star.”