Tulsa Ballet announces retirement of principal dancer Ma Cong

Mar 7, 2013 in General News

TULSA, Okla. – March 6, 2013 – Tulsa Ballet announces the retirement of Principal Dancer, Ma Cong. Cong, who joined the company in 1999, will retire from dancing at the end of the 2012-2013 Season to focus attention on his work as a choreographer.

Cong will continue on in his role as Tulsa Ballet’s Resident Choreographer.

“Retirement is such a heavy word,” Cong said. “I like to think of it as a transition. I will have the opportunity to continue working in the studio at Tulsa Ballet helping the younger generation of dancers to perfect their artistry, while having more energy to put into my career as a choreographer. One door cannot open without another closing. This has been a wonderful journey for me here at Tulsa Ballet.”

Artistic Director Marcello Angelini expressed his appreciation for Cong’s lasting impact on Tulsa Ballet. “Ma Cong belongs in the group of exceptional individuals to whom the company owes its success,” said Angelini.

“Ma has been with our organization for fourteen years, first mesmerizing audiences with his dancing and his charisma and then with his creativity through his choreography. His works have become a staple of the company – exciting audiences, pushing the boundaries of our dancers’ technical and artistic abilities while extending the range and appreciation of our art form in the community.”

In recent years, Cong has become increasingly in demand as a choreographer, spending much of his time travelling around the country creating works on some of the top ballet companies. The prestigious Joffrey Ballet recently named Cong as a recipient of their Choreographers of Color Award.

Cong can be seen in his final appearances with Tulsa Ballet on March 15-24 at performances of Balanchine & Beyond.

“I’m looking forward to having a different viewpoint – spending more time against the mirror looking out, rather than in front of it,” Cong said.