Tulsa Ballet II's 2012 Oklahoma Spring Tour Begins

Mar 13, 2012 in 11-12 Season Releases


Principal Dancer Alfonso Martin Guest Stars in his Reprise Performance of the Romeo and Juliet Balcony Pas de Deux with TB II Dancer Chelsea Keefer

TULSA, Okla. – March 13, 2012
– Tulsa Ballet II (TB II), the official Pre-Professional Ensemble of Tulsa Ballet, performs in Tulsa and Oklahoma City for its 2012 Oklahoma Spring Tour. On March 23, 2012, dancers perform Dance Diversified at the Roxana Rózsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center at the University of Tulsa. On April 17, 2012, at the Oklahoma City Community College, dancers perform Dance Diversified and Journey through Dance in the Bruce Owen Theater.

Beginning with the Tulsa performances, dancers showcase their talents in Dance Diversified, a triple-bill performance, featuring excerpts from Don Quixote, Blue Velvet, Folia and a special performance with Tulsa Ballet’s Principal Dancer Alfonso Martin and TB II dancer Chelsea Keefer in Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet pas de deux. Dance Diversified will incorporate some of the best of both classical and contemporary ballet into one exciting performance. Audiences will be able to see some of the newest, most cutting edge choreography, along with some of the most beloved and beautiful pieces passed down through history.

Don Quixote Suite is based on the choreography by Marius Petipa with music by Ludwig Minkus. Audiences will take the journey through this familiar story as we experience bull-fighters and dancing in the streets. These fast paced excerpts with hypnotic and spirited dancing, twirling capes and swirling skirts will be sure to thrill.

Blue Velvet
was choreographed by Alexei Kremnev, a former principal dancer with the Cincinnati ballet, with music by Fredric Chopin. The hauntingly beautiful nocturnes are brought to life through the intricate partnering and romantic styling which was created as a world premiere for the Gala of International Dance Stars.

Folia is a mesmerizing dance is set to music from the 16th and 17th centuries connecting the Renaissance with modern life through the movement that is always an audience favorite. Choreographed by the internationally renowned Ma Cong in honor of Tulsa Ballet’s 50th anniversary.

The Romeo and Juliet Balcony Pas de Deux is an excerpt from internationally-respected choreographer Edwaard Liang’s world premiere. This will be Martin’s reprise performance as he dances with TB II member Chelsea Keefer as his Juliet. The balcony scene depicts the romantic rendezvous between the young lovers after first meeting at the Capulet masquerade ball.

Dancers perform Dance Diversified in the Oklahoma City Performances as well as Journey through Dance. Journey through Dance is an educational performance – a lively presentation that covers the development of ballet through the ages. Designed for students, this fascinating journey highlights several historical periods in dance. Each historical period is explored in this 60-minute program through an entertaining and educational lecture and PowerPoint presentation. TB II dancers perform various excerpts of dance works reflecting each time significant time period. In recent years, Journey through Dance has included repertoire such as excerpts from Ma Cong’s Folia and Carmina Burana, Val Caniparoli’s Prawn Watching and Going for Baroque, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Pas de Quatre, and Artistic Director Marcello Angelini’s La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, and Swan Lake, as well as La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Flower Festival, Dying Swan and many more.

About Alfonso Martin
Alfonso Martin joined Tulsa Ballet in 1998 as a Demi-Soloist and rose through the ranks, receiving his promotion to Principal dancer in April of 2001. Alfonso’s professional career also includes Boston Ballet and Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico. Alfonso’s repertory includes all the leading roles of the classical repertory, as well as featured roles in works by John Cranko, Val Caniparoli, Birgit Cullberg, George Balanchine, Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Robert North, Nacho Duato, John Butler, Twyla Tharp, Fredrick Ashton, Christopher Wheeldon, Edwaard Liang, Jorma Elo and Ma Cong. Alfonso received the gold medal at the second national competition of Torrelavega, Spain. He has also appeared as a guest artist around the United States and in Spain, Italy, Mexico and Brazil.

About Tulsa Ballet II
Tulsa Ballet II is the official Pre-Professional Ensemble of Tulsa Ballet. TBII was designed to provide a bridge between the student phase of an aspiring classical ballet dancer and the professional career. Through a national audition search, the most talented and committed young men and women have been invited to Tulsa to refine their artistic and technical skills by working with the upper levels of the school and the professional company.

TBII in Dance Diversified
March 23 @ 7pm
Lorton Performance Center @ University of Tulsa
Tickets start at $20
To purchase tickets: http://myticketoffice.com/events.asp?id=11&loc=274

TBII in Dance Diversified
April 17 @ 7pm
Bruce Owen Theatre @ OCCC
Tickets start at $10
(Journey Through Dance educational program at 12pm is FREE)
To purchase tickets: http://www.occc.edu/tickets