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TULSA, Okla. – August 20, 2014
– On Friday, September 5th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 7th at 3:00 p.m Tulsa Ballet will break new grounds with the opening performance of the first subscription series of Tulsa Ballet II, Tulsa Ballet’s pre-professional ensemble.  The opening program of TBII’s first season, On Your Radar, will be composed of three pieces:  Napoli Divertissements, In Formation and Fourth Wall.

Napoli Divertissements
Choreography by August Bournonville
Music by Edvard Helsted and Holger Simon Paulli
Originally premiered with Denmark’s Royal Ballet in 1842, this abbreviated version of August Bournonville’s evening-length classical ballet Napoli is captivating for the audience and challenging for the dancers. The 172-year-old national treasure tells the story of Teresina, a young Italian girl who falls in love with Gennaro, a fisherman from Napoli. The tale culminates in the marriage of the lovers.

Napoli Divertissement is a section of Act III that portrays a beautiful Pas de Six, very fast and energetic solos and finishes with a Tarantella where every cast member has their moment to shine,” said Alfonso Martin, Tulsa Ballet II’s Artistic Manager. “It has all the ingredients to start an evening: challenging choreography, diverse dancers and a captivating narrative for the audience.”  Artistic Director Marcello Angelini adds, “The Bournonville style of classical ballet is very unique.  Because the original stage of the Royal Danish Theater, the home of the Royal Danish Ballet since its inception in 1748, was rather small, August Bournonville’s works highlighted vertical jumps and small arms movement.  Born of that necessity, his style exuded natural grace and harmonious body movements.  We are happy to share excerpts from one of his most notable works, Napoli, with our audience.”

In Formation (World-Premiere)
Choreography by Ma Cong
Music by Philip Glass
In Formation marks the eleventh piece choreographed for Tulsa Ballet by Resident Choreographer Ma Cong. After retiring as a principal dancer with Tulsa ballet, Cong has thrived in his career as a world-renowned choreographer based in Tulsa, commissioning works for ballet companies around the world including JoffreyBallet, Smuin Ballet, Houston Ballet, Australia's Queensland ballets and the National Ballet of China. 

In Formation consists of two contrasting movements. The introductory movement contains two Pas de Deux as a demonstration of the dancer's personal and intimate connection with the audience. The second creates a comprehensive exhibition of the company's ability to build individual movements into a single concept for the audience.

“Phillip Glass’ music poses a particular rhythmic challenge with irregular counts and physically demanding and quick movements,” said Cong. “This work was designed to showcase each unique and individual talent; it was primarily created with classical ballet techniques and enhanced with flares of contemporary movement.”

Fourth Wall (World-Premiere) VIDEO I,  VIDEO II
Choreography by Norbert De La Cruz III
Music by George Frederic Handel, Crystal Castles, and Johann JohannssonnFourth Wall, a World Premiere by award-winning young Filipino-American choreographer, Norbert De La Cruz III, refers to the figurative boundary that separates the dancers from the audience. The piece questions at what point the audience becomes collaborative in the art form of dance through a vast variety of classical, contemporary and electronic music. The audience is encouraged to explore how the human body communicates and how a performer interacts with the onlooker.  

“It’s about alienating and deconstructing the ballet vocabulary and stereotypes while celebrating the human body.” Said De La Cruz.  

Fairfax News claimed the Juilliard graduate, "Norbert De La Cruz III is a choreographic voice that is not going to fade away... Classical bones and a contemporary sensibility." Mr. Angelini adds ,“Norbert is a true choreographic talent, one that has already accomplished so much in spite of his young age.  He has the vision and creativity to make beautiful dances, yet he is gifted with the discipline and maturity needed to transform talent into achievement.  I am so happy that Alfonso found him and proposed his work to me for these performances.  It’s a win-win for all involved, from the dancers to the audience to the organization as a whole.”

The 2014/15 Season will mark the first year Tulsa Ballet II performs a stand-alone mini-season, separate from the main company. The Emerging Choreographers Showcase, staring TBII will be performed next spring.

Tickets for On Your Radar start at just $25. For tickets call (918) 749-6006 or click here.


About TBII
Tulsa Ballet II was founded in 2005 and is a paid program designed to provide a bridge between the student phase of an aspiring classical ballet dancer and the professional career.  TBII dancers receive a monthly stipend to help offset living expenses.  Through a national audition search, the most talented and committed young men and women are invited to Tulsa to refine their artistic and technical skills by working on their own and alongside the professional company.  This is accomplished through performance of repertoire ranging from pure classical ballets to the cutting edge of contemporary works.  Tulsa Ballet II provides new dancers for the main company each year, and has promoted 12 dancers since 2010. 

Tulsa Ballet IIoffers its members multiple additional performance opportunities throughout the year, including their own mini-season with two shows, Backstage at the Ballet (Tulsa Ballet’s education outreach performances, which includes a partnership with Any Given Child-Tulsa), as well as providing support to Tulsa Ballet’s Main Company performances at the discretion of the Artistic Director. 



On Your Radar, a triple bill ballet featuring: 

Napoli Divertissements

Choreography by August Bournonville, Music by Edvard Helsted and Holger Simon Paulli

In Formation (World-Premiere)

Choreography by Ma Cong, Music by Philip Glass

Fourth Wall (World-Premiere)

Choreography by Norbert De la Cruz III, Music by George Frederic Handel, Crystal Castles, and Johann Johannssonn

7:00 p.m. Friday, September 5, 2014
3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 2014 

The performance will take place at Studio K at the Tulsa Ballet Headquarters, 1212 E. 45th in Brookside Tulsa.

Start at $25, call the Tulsa Ballet Box Office at 918.749.6407 or click here. 

Hi-Res images and interview opportunities available:
Kara Przybyl, Community & Public Relations Manager
918.392.5949, kara.przybyl@tulsaballet.org