Tulsa Ballet presents 'Off the Floor: Creations in Studio K'

Apr 10, 2014 in 13-14 Season Releases

Performance features three world premiere pieces created especially for Tulsa Ballet
 Local guest dance companies will perform as openers at select performances


Off the Floor: Creations in Studio K – 3 World Premieres
May 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 at 8pm and May 3, 4, 10, 11, at 3pm
Tulsa Ballet Studio K

TULSA, Okla. – April 9, 2014 – From May 2–11, 2014, Tulsa Ballet presents its final performance of the 2013–2014 season, Off the Floor: Creations in Studio K. This is the 7th annual Creations in Studio K series, which provides choreographers and dancers alike the opportunity to be part of a remarkable creative process, the outcome of which is the creation of three brand new works for our audience by three accomplished choreographers. Additionally, in an effort to promote the local dance scene, Tulsa Ballet will feature local dance companies 30 minutes prior to the beginning of Off the Floor: Creations in Studio K.   

 “I assigned the task to close our season to three dance makers of national and international relevance:  Jodie Gates, Young Soon Hue and Ma Cong,” Artistic Director Marcello Angelini said. 

“We’re excited to have two female choreographers for our 2014 Creations in Studio K series,” Angelini said. “Jodie Gates’ style is unique, mixing the influence of mentor William Forsythe, whose works she stages around the world, with her own impeccable classical technique and innate sense of movement. And after a four-year hiatus, Young Soon Hue returns to Tulsa to create a new work for the company. Ms. Hue has now created nearly 30 ballets for a host of companies worldwide. And of course, Ma Cong continues to choreograph across the world as well as for Tulsa Ballet as the company’s resident choreographer. You won’t want to miss what new inspiration he has in store for us.”

Ma Cong - Uniko
Tulsa Ballet’s own Ma Cong was named one of the “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine for both his dancing and his choreography. The unique choreographic style of this Tulsa favorite dance maker is rooted in both his classical and neoclassical experience with Tulsa Ballet as well as his early training in Chinese dance. “I wanted to choreograph a work that illustrated the talent of this world-class company, the Tulsa Ballet,” Cong said.

Ma Cong created Uniko with the rich tones of Eastern and Mediterranean cultures using both neoclassical and classical ballet elements. Cong says he was inspired by the unique music by Kronos Quarter, Hildur Gudnadottir, and Kevin Keller to portray "the beautiful contrast between masculinity and femininity." One section showcasing feminine strength was created in the spirit of the world-famous theater play War Horse and is demonstrative of powerful women throughout history. "This creation is a great example of the dancers' mastery of movements that are both physically and emotionally challenging," said Cong. "It is a great showcase for these dancers." 

 “Ma Cong, Tulsa Ballet’s resident choreographer, has created close to a dozen works for our company. He continues to grow as a choreographer and his engagements to create works for other national as well as international organizations increase each year,” Angelini said.

Jodie Gates - The Angle of IncidenceVIDEO

As Director & Vice Dean of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and Director & Founder, Laguna Dance Festival, Jodie Gates has established herself among the elite in neo classical dance choreography. She has danced as a principal ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and as an international guest artist.

According to the New York Times, Gates has been celebrated for “showing considerable skill at construction, moving dancers seamlessly on and off stage” while The Philadelphia Inquirer described her works as “visually compelling, powerful, beautiful.”

“The Angle of Incidence is inspired by the circular momentum and looping motions within the traditional balletic vocabulary. "Angle of Incidence" in scientific terms is a measure of deviation, and inspired by this definition,” said Gates. This ballet deviates from straight angles often in a thoughtful yet playful way which seems quite entertaining.”

“This work is a collaboration with the artists of Tulsa Ballet, as the dancers truly fueled this contemporary dance by contributing to the creative process and bringing their own sense of the human spirit to the stage,“ said Gates.

Young Soon Hue – Contrast

 “World Renown Choreographer Young Soon Hue returns to create a work for us after a four year absence from Tulsa,” Angelini said. “Her first piece for our company, This is Your Life, was an instant hit with the audience and dancers.  Her works have now graced the stage of a host of top international companies.”

Contrast, the world-premiere piece, explores the outward and inward struggles of the masses. This is portrayed both through the movements and through the changes in the music. “The piece opens at a busy airport with individuals with all different background and personalities,” said Hue. “It seeks to expose the internal conflicts that are often masked by our outward physical appearance.”

Guest Dance Companies to Perform
As part of the May 8-11 performances of Off the Floor: Creations in Studio K, Tulsa Ballet will feature local dance organizations 30 minutes prior to the main show in an effort to champion and promote the growth of the field of dance in the city and the state of Oklahoma. Companies include Bell House Arts, Nina Madsen Dance, Living Water Dance Company, Portico Dans Theatre and Tulsa Modern Movement.

Thursday, May 8, 7:30pm | Nina Madsen Dance

Friday, May 9, 7:30pm | Portico Dans Theatre

Saturday, May 10, 2:30pm | Living Water Dance Company

Saturday, May 10, 7:30pm | Bell House Art

Sunday, May 11, 2:30pm | Tulsa Modern Movement


All performances will take place at Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K in Brookside (1212 East 45th Place South). For tickets, please call (918) 749-6006 or visit us online at www.tulsaballet.org.


About Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K
Tulsa Ballet’s performance space, Studio K, opened in the heart of Brookside in 2008, and serves as one of Tulsa’s most unique performance venues. With only 295 seats and a full sized stage, Studio K provides the opportunity for Tulsans to witness the power and athleticism of professional dancers up close and personal. A state-of-the-art sound system and stadium seating add to the experience.

Studio K was designed for the purpose of creating new ballet works in Tulsa to be shared with the world. Each season, Tulsa Ballet enlists the talents of rising choreographers to present premiere performances that will go on to be presented by other ballet companies all over the globe. Not only does this provide a truly unique experience for local audiences, but it helps put Tulsa on the map as an international leader in the world of professional dance. Thus, Tulsa Ballet plays an active role in shaping the future of ballet as an art form and the next generation of dance enthusiasts.