Tulsa Ballet stages Lady of the Camellias this February

Jan 17, 2013 in 12-13 Season Releases


TULSA, Okla. – January 15, 2013 – A poignantly moving ballet of extravagance, jealousy, forbidden love, revenge and sacrifice, Lady of the Camellias tells the love story of a Parisian 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 a 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 works of the past 25 years,” Artistic Director Marcello Angelini said.

The story follows the love affair of Marguerite Gautier, a courtesan suffering from consumption, and Armand Duval, a dashing young man who tries to distance Marguerite from a life of indiscretion. Based on the famous 1848 novel by Alexandre Dumas fils, this story, which became an instant success following its premiere, has stimulated countless reincarnations in all performing arts mediums. In addition to inspiring Giuseppe Verdi to write his masterpiece opera La Traviata, Lady of the Camellias has inspired about twenty motion pictures, including the movie Camille starring Greta Garbo, and most recently Baz Lurhmann's Moulin Rouge. Numerous ballets have been fashioned after the novel as well, chief among them John Neumeier’s version for the Hamburg Ballet and Marguerite and Armand by Sir Frederick Ashton, created for Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn.

This version, choreographed by Val Caniparoli, premiered in 1994 and was Caniparoli’s first full-length work. One of the most sought-after choreographers in the world today, Caniparoli began his career as a dancer for San Francisco Ballet before being named their resident choreographer in the 1980s, and continues to dance for San Francisco Ballet as a principal character dancer. Caniparoli’s version of Lady of the Camellias features a moving score of music by virtuoso composer Frederic Chopin arranged by the Metropolitan Opera.

“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 us the title of 'one of the best in the world’ by the Portuguese publication Semanario,” Angelini said.

Performances of Lady of the Camellias will run from February 1-3, 2013, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. For tickets call (918) 749–6006 or visit us online at www.tulsaballet.org.

Live Streaming Event Scheduled for January 25
Tulsa Ballet will stream live footage from their rehearsal facility on January 25, 2013 at 11:30am Central Standard Time. Viewers will be treated to a sneak peak at the final dress rehearsal of Lady of the Camellias. Access to the streaming video link will be made available only to Tulsa Ballet Facebook fans.

“This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes at one of the top ballet companies in the country. We love these chances to give our audience a glimpse at what goes on before they see the curtain rise at the theatre,” Angelini said.