Thursday, May 31, 2012


Perpetual Motion is pleased to present our 10th anniversary concert, SATORI: A Moment of Realization on June 1st and 2nd, 8:00pm, at the Plaza Theater!  Tickets are on sale at!

Also, check out our beautiful promotional video created by Spencer Peeples.

*Graphic design by Bombs Away Art Co. Photo by Peter Dolese

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By Nancy Condit

   RACE ED will educate the audience through their annual spring performance -- with an after party, on June 1st at 8:00 PM at the Historic Oklahoma City Farmers' Market, 311 S. Klein Ave, in Oklahoma City.  RACE is the only professional jazz dance company in Oklahoma.
   "We are about educating through dance -- seeing the different genres and races of dances and seeing something that is good," said Hui Cha Poos, director.
   Oklahoma City’s Farmers Market will convert into a full Theatre with an impressive stage, state of the art lighting and sound for Race-Ed, then transform into a dance floor for the Race Dance/After Party until 12:00AM. The address is 311 S. Klein Ave.
    The audience is invited to stay and dance with the cast, crew and choreographers until midnight. Light appetizers and DJs will be provided. A full cash bar is available all evening. Tickets are available at or at the door one hour before the show, open at 7:00 PM.
   Performers will be Race Dancers, Jr. Race Dancers, World dance representatives, including Flamenco, Traditional Korean, Traditional Burlesque and Baliwood styles by local dance groups.  Also guest appearing are local comedians, singers, and Djs. 
Race Director: Hui Cha Poos

Race Choreographers: Jennifer Martinez Stevenson, Emily South, Kim Loveridge, John Ariete

Operations Manager: Jamie Crone

Costume Manager: Tasha Hinex

Race Company Members: Allison High, Amanda Beard, Brandi Gable, Katelyn Wren, Rachel Parks, Tasha Hinex, Christine Soileau

Race Apprentices: Jamie Crone, Christine Riesenweber, Chanel Roland

Jr. Race: Kara Mickle, Natalie Horner, Kaitlin Speer, Mina Chong, Makenzie Miller & Kaitlyn Lutz

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Graphic design by Bombs Away Art Co.
Photo by Peter Dolese

Perpetual Motion is celebrating their 10th anniversary as Oklahoma’s first aerial dance company with SATORI, a cutting edge concert of modern and aerial dance works, on June 1st and 2nd 8:00pm.  Perpetual Motion is pleased to present this concert at the historic Plaza Theater, located at 1725 NW 16th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73106. 
SATORI is a full evening concert of modern and aerial dance works centered around the exploration of individual and group identities.  Perpetual Motion Dance will use several new aerial apparatuses including bungee, hanging iron ladders and an invented apparatus called an "aerial carousel." Dallas' Theater Jones reviewer Katie Dravenstott recently described Perpetual Motion's work as "taking postmodern expression to a new plane, opening up a whole new perspective on potential movement." 
Tickets for SATORI are available at  Tickets will also be available at the Plaza Theater box office one hour prior to show time.  Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.  Student/Child tickets are available at $10.
             Also, check out their beautiful promotional video created by Spencer Peeples.
From the press release

Friday, May 25, 2012

Art is for children, too. Photo provided for Paseo Art Association

By Nancy Condit

Everyone who's willing to open their heart to wonder is welcome at the Paper Play Theatre in Theatre Upon a Star DanceSwan's studios during the Paseo's Festival of Arts.  Noon to 6 P.M., Saturday, Sunday and Monday, is the time for puppet making -- materials are provided, and dancers interpret the stories children tell, or even whisper, to storytellers Elizabeth Muller and Joanne Alexander.  Performances are every 15 minutes.  There will also be a puppet parade.

This year's theme is about "finding, experiencing and acknowledging the wonder," says Elizabeth Muller. "They get to experience the creativity of making the puppets and the stories."

Lorrie Keller is the artistic director and founder of Theatre Upon a Star DanceSwan. 

For everyone going to the Paseo Arts Festival, free shuttle bus parking will be available at the First Christian Church located at 36th & Walker during festival hours.

Nancy Condit

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Concert Reminder – Concerts 1 and 2
of the Bach and Brahms Festival

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Tomorrow, Saturday, May 26th, begins the four-concert Bach and Brahms Festival presented by Brightmusic – a first for us and for OKC!  All four concerts will be performed in the acoustically rich St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 Seventh St. (at Robinson) in downtown Oklahoma City.

Concert 1
Saturday night, May 26, 7:30 pm

Cellist Thomas Zieba will kick off the Festival with Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1.  Guest organist Gerald Frank (professor emeritus of organ and harpsichord at Oklahoma State University) will follow with Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor.  The second half of this program will be Brahms’ Sextet for Strings No. 2 in G Major.  Two violins (Gregory Lee and Hal Grossman), two violas (Royce McLarry and Mark Neumann) and two cellos (Jonathan Ruck and Tomasz Zieba) will perform this luscious all-strings work.

Concert 2
Sunday afternoon, May 27, 4:00 pm

This will be an all-Brahms concert.  Artistic Directors Chad Burrow and Amy Cheng will perform Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 for Clarinet and Piano.  Violinist Gregory Lee will then join pianist Amy Cheng for Brahms’ Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano.  After intermission, five of the Brightmusic musicians will present Brahms’ Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B Minor.  Chad Burrow will be the clarinetist.  The string ensemble will be an all-OU lineup of string professors – Hal Grossman and Gregory Lee on violin, Mark Neumann on viola and Jonathan Ruck on cello.

The Sunday concert is at 4:00 pm – not at 7:30 pm, as it erroneously appeared in one place on our website.

More information about Concerts 3 and 4 (Tuesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 31) will follow.

Individual concert admission is $10 per person for each concert.  Season Membership Pass holders will be admitted to all Festival concerts without charge, as will students with ID.  If you’re not a Season Membership Pass holder, you can save money by purchasing a four-concert Festival Pass for $30 per person.  You can do that online (visit and follow the instructions on the right-hand side of the Home page or the Concerts page).  Or you can purchase a Festival Pass at the door to tomorrow night’s concert.

A complete program listing – and now complete program notes – are available on the Home and Concerts pages of our website,

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Miguel Terekhov is his portrayal of the Baron in Leonide Massine’s Gaîté Parisienne with  Ballet Russe  de Monte Carlo  during the 1950s. Photo furnished

The University of Oklahoma School of Dance will host a memorial celebration on May 6 at 3:00 p.m. in Historic Holmberg Hall, part of the Reynolds Performing Arts Center on the OU campus to honor Miguel Terekhov who, with his wife Yvonne Chouteu, founded the initial program in dance here in 1963.  Following decades of service to dance and to the university, Terekhov passed away on January 3. He was eighty-three.

“What Terekhov accomplished was true artistic pioneering,” observed Mary Margaret Holt, director of the School of Dance.  “His dedication to classicism – especially the highest standards of training in ballet – and his sheer love of dance enabled him to carve out and nourish a niche for this art form on campus.  He created and fed a curriculum that made it possible for a dancer to begin the first stages toward professionalism.  His were the first fine arts classes to require meetings five days each week.”  Like some other classical artists of his generation, Terekhov was in the vanguard of those who planted seeds from the Diaghilev tradition in the Americas.

As principal dancers with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and Terekhov with Col. Wassily de Basil’s Original Ballet Russe. Earlier, he and Chouteau arrived in Oklahoma City in 1961 with two baby daughters to visit her parents.  C.E. Chouteau – Yvonne’s father – convinced OU President George Lynn Cross that ballet classes would be an excellent addition to current courses in physical education.  From such a modest beginning, Terekhov built the university’s program, which was established in 1963, as one of the first fully accredited curricula in dance in the U. S.

The memorial event will attempt to honor the many aspects of Terekhov’s life as a performer, choreographer and dedicated teacher.  A still photo montage will present details from his early career with Original Ballet Russe and Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.  Video clips will show him rehearsing pas de deux with Chouteau.  Live excerpts from some of his ballets such as Firebird, Verdi Divertimento and the “Osage Variation” from The Four Moons will be danced.  A section from Mary Margaret Holt’s Balletudes will demonstrate the admirable technical strength of the program he and Chouteau built.  Contemporary Dance Oklahoma will show work addressing Terekhov’s reinforcement of modern dance with his invitation to Ko Yukihiro to found roots of the current curriculum. Speakers will include Holt, Director of the School of Dance since 1998, and Marcelo Angelini, Artistic Director of  the Tulsa Ballet.  A reception will follow in the School of Dance Gallery, Room 3040 in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased through the Fine Arts Box Office in the Catlett Music Center at 500 West Boyd Street or by telephoning 405-325-4101.  All proceeds from the performance benefit the Chouteau-Terekhov Scholarship Fund established by the Terekhov family.   Those who are unable to attend, but wish to make a contribution either to the Chouteau-Terekhov Scholarship Fund or to the School of Dance Ballets Russes Archive,  may send  checks made payable  to the OU Foundation and mailed to the School of Dance, 560  Parrington Oval, Norman, OK 73019.

Terekhov is survived by his wife Yvonne Chouteau; daughter Christie Conway, her husband Kevin and their sons Sean and Ryan; and daughter Elizabeth Impallomeni.