Tulsa Ballet to present A Midsummer Night's Dream
Oct 17, 2013 in 13-14 Season Releases
TULSA BALLET TO STAGE SHAKESPEARE’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
PRODUCTION RETURNS TO TULSA FOR FIRST TIME IN NEARLY A DECADE
SPECIAL LIVE STREAMING EVENT SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 25
TULSA, Okla. – October 14, 2013 – Tulsa Ballet will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream from November 1-3 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The ballet returns to Tulsa for the first time in nearly a decade, ready to delight brand new audiences. This enchanting reimagining of Shakespeare’s comedy, from the mind of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, includes all the recognizable cast of characters – from the mischievous sprite Puck, to the meddlesome fairies Oberon and Titania and the four crisscrossed young lovers put under their spell. Nearly 30 children from the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education will also join the company for this whimsical production in roles as woodland sprites and fairies.
“This work showcases Christopher Wheeldon’s unique storytelling abilities,” Artistic Director Marcello Angelini said. “Mr. Wheeldon, who was named Artistic Associate of London’s Royal Ballet just last year, is a venerable artist, able to distill a story to its essential elements and build around them with humor, tenderness and charm.”
Wheeldon’s skill at storytelling means this family-friendly production will appeal to Shakespeare fans as well as those less familiar with the tale. When Tulsa Ballet last presented the work, Tulsa World’s James D. Watts wrote, “Wheeldon’s choreography delineates the characters and their relationships so clearly that one hardly needs more than a basic synopsis to follow the action.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream ushered in what has become Wheeldon’s growing legacy as a choreographer. Then dancer and choreographer for New York City Ballet, Wheeldon was the wunderkind of the dance world when Midsummer, his first full-length ballet, premiered in 1997 at the age of only 23.
“Mr. Wheeldon is now considered to be the top choreographer in the world for story ballets,” Angelini said. “His recent production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a co-production of the Royal Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada, has been heralded by the press worldwide and drew huge audiences in London, Toronto and at the Kennedy Center. That one of the top ballet companies in the world invested so much in Mr. Wheeldon by commissioning its first brand-new full-length ballet in 16 years with him, speaks volumes to his talent and standing in the dance world. We’re thrilled to bring one of his works to Tulsa audiences.”
Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from November 1-3, 2013, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, with live music from Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start at just $20. Special group rates are also available. For tickets call (918) 749–6006 or visit us online at www.tulsaballet.org.
Live Streaming Event Scheduled for October 25
Tulsa Ballet will stream live footage from their rehearsal facility on October 25, 2013 at 11:30am Central Standard Time. Viewers will be treated to a sneak peek at the final dress rehearsal of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 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.