Dance, art and other events in the Oklahoma City area by Nancy Condit
Monday, April 16, 2012
TULSA BALLET II TO PERFORM AT OCCC TUESDAY NIGHT
Tulsa Ballet II (TB II), the official Pre-Professional Ensemble of Tulsa Ballet, performs in Tulsa and Oklahoma City for its 2012 Oklahoma Spring Tour. On April 17, 2012, at the Oklahoma City Community College, dancers perform Dance Diversified and Journey through Dance in the Bruce Owen Theater.
Dance Diversified, a triple-bill performance, features excerpts from Don Quixote, Blue Velvet, Folia and a special performance with Tulsa Ballet’s Principal Dancer Alfonso Martin and TB II dancer Chelsea Keefer in Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet pas de deux. Dance Diversified will incorporate some of the best of both classical and contemporary ballet into one exciting performance. Audiences will be able to see some of the newest, most cutting edge choreography, along with some of the most beloved and beautiful pieces passed down through history.
Don Quixote Suite is based on the choreography by Marius Petipa with music by Ludwig Minkus. Audiences will take the journey through this familiar story as we experience bull-fighters and dancing in the streets. These fast paced excerpts with hypnotic and spirited dancing, twirling capes and swirling skirts will be sure to thrill.
Blue Velvet was choreographed by Alexei Kremnev, a former principal dancer with the Cincinnati ballet, with music by Fredric Chopin. The hauntingly beautiful nocturnes are brought to life through the intricate partnering and romantic styling which was created as a world premiere for the Gala of International Dance Stars.
Folia is a mesmerizing dance is set to music from the 16th and 17th centuries connecting the Renaissance with modern life through the movement that is always an audience favorite. Choreographed by the internationally renowned Ma Cong in honor of Tulsa Ballet’s 50th anniversary.
The Romeo and Juliet Balcony Pas de Deux is an excerpt from internationally-respected choreographer Edwaard Liang’s world premiere. This will be Martin’s reprise performance as he dances with TB II member Chelsea Keefer as his Juliet. The balcony scene depicts the romantic rendezvous between the young lovers after first meeting at the Capulet masquerade ball.
Dancers perform Dance Diversified in the Oklahoma City Performances as well as Journey through Dance. Journey through Dance is an educational performance – a lively presentation that covers the development of ballet through the ages. Designed for students, this fascinating journey highlights several historical periods in dance. Each historical period is explored in this 60-minute program through an entertaining and educational lecture and PowerPoint presentation. TB II dancers perform various excerpts of dance works reflecting each time significant time period. In recent years, Journey through Dance has included repertoire such as excerpts from Ma Cong’s Folia and Carmina Burana, Val Caniparoli’s Prawn Watching and Going for Baroque, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Pas de Quatre, and Artistic Director Marcello Angelini’s La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, and Swan Lake, as well as La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Flower Festival, Dying Swan and many more.
The performance is Tuesday, April 17th at 7 p.m. in the Bruce Owen Theatre at Oklahoma City Community College. Tickets range from $10 to $22. The Journey Through Dance educational program at 12 p.m. is free. To purchase tickets, go to www.occc,edu/tickets, or call the OCCC box office at 682.7579.