Tulsa Ballet presents 'Paint It Black'

Feb 25, 2014 in 13-14 Season Releases

This contemporary mixed bill features Christopher Bruce’s rocking Rolling Stones tribute, Rooster 

Paint It Black will be presented over two weekends beginning March 14. Christopher Bruce brings The Rolling Stones (and Mick Jagger's signature strut) to the stage in Rooster. Alejandro Cerrudo’s passionate Extremely Close and William Forsythe's unmistakable masterpiece In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated will have you spellbound.

In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated  

Choreography by William Forsythe, Music by Thom Willems

“Everyone who sees William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is knocked out, and no wonder. It's like going on safari, watching exotic creatures prowl through their native habitat and pounce into displays of territorial command.” – The San Francisco Chronicle

The cutting electronic score by Thom Willems instantly grabs your attention in William Forsythe’s unmistakable masterpiece, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated  

Turning the classic theme and variations on its head, In the Middle’s cool mystique counter plays its incredibly demanding technical difficulties.

“William Forsythe is recognized as the choreographer that almost single-handedly reinvented classical dance, ushering in a dynamic, engaging and athletic twenty-first century dance vocabulary,” Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini said. “In the Middle is the riveting work that continues to exemplify this important turning point in the development of classical dance.”

Extremely Close
Oklahoma Premiere  

Choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo, Music by Philip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran

“…breathtakingly soulful…” – Chicago Reader

At once simple and yet richly textured, Extremely Close got the dance world buzzing about Alejandro Cerrudo, dancer and choreographer for Chicago’s contemporary Hubbard Street Dance troupe. Extremely Close features eight dancers in simple black silhouettes dancing to the lyrical piano music of Philip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran, as three white panels continuously reshape the dance space.

“Where In the Middle is aggressive, loud, and edgy, Extremely Close is soothing, gentle and temperate,” Angelini said. “But there is a connection between the two works: Mr. Forsythe has made history with his works while Mr. Cerrudo is now starting to write his name in dance history. These seemingly opposite and yet parallel pieces make this program ever so interesting.”

Oklahoma Premiere  

Choreography by Christopher Bruce, Music by The Rolling Stones

“…funny, sharp and sexy.” – The Daily Telegraph

It’s not every day you see the signature Mick Jagger strut at the ballet. Christopher Bruce’s rocking Rolling Stones tribute, Rooster, draws its name from the Rolling Stones’ tune “Little Red Rooster,” one of eight Stones songs featured in this energetic and engaging piece by the choreographer the Daily Telegraph called, “the Nureyev of contemporary ballet.”

“As Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company, the most prestigious contemporary troupe in the UK, Mr. Bruce has enjoyed a tremendous career,” Angelini said. “One of his most popular pieces, Rooster is a multi-faceted work – featuring the extremely entertaining music of The Rolling Stones while drawing inspiration from the sexual revolution of the 1960’s.”

Ticket Information:  Call (918) 749-6006 or visit www.tulsaballet.org. Tickets to Paint it Black start at $20.