Thursday, September 19, 2013


Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Arts Council
 From the poster

The remaining two weekends of the Metropolitan Library's Celebration of National
Hispanic Heritage Month with Ballet Flamenco Espanol Folklorico Dance Company.

The free performances are "dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Spanish dance. The touring company recognizes the five provinces of Spain and all 33 states of Mexico. Look for brilliant dance and costumes, wooden shoes, castanets and swords!"

The performances are at Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26th, Saturday, September 21 at 2 pm, Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, Sunday, September 22 at 4 pm, and, next weekend, at Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, Sunday, September 29 at 4 pm.



Photo courtesy of OU School of Dance

From the press release
The University of Oklahoma University Theatre and School of Dance presents the Oklahoma Festival Ballet in a mixed-repertoire production featuring exciting choreography by School of Dance faculty Clara Cravey Stanley, Mary Margaret Holt, Ilya Kozadayev and Jeremy Lindberg. Performances are at 8 p.m. Sept. 20-21, 26-28 and 3 p.m. on Sept. 22, 29, in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre, Fine Arts Center, 563 Elm Ave., Norman. Tickets are about $20 for adults.
Harmonic Inspirations, choreographed by new faculty member Ilya Kozadayev, is a work set to Vivaldi’s “Violin Concerto in A Minor," part of his L'Estro Armonico collection of violin concertos. The abstract ballet is set as an interpretation of the music by Kozadayev’s contemporary interpretation of Baroque style, with the movement inspired by the virtuosity of the dancers of Oklahoma Festival Ballet.
Le Mistral, choreographed by Mary Margaret Holt, premiered in 2012.  “That production had 'the elements' as its theme, and, having been fascinated by the Mistral winds that sweep through France and over Provence for some time, I decided to use the Mistral as the inspiration and theme for my ballet. The dancers, at times, represent the wild Mistral, and sometimes, those in its path who are moved and affected by the winds.  The composers range from the 12th to the 21st century, to indicate the timelessness of nature.  The ballet demands a great deal from the cast in terms of movement quality, stamina and dynamics,” remarked Holt.
La Chanteuse de Paris, also choreographed by Holt, unfolds as a series of poignant incidents in the life of famed French singer Edith Piaf as reflected in her songs and gives the company the opportunity to share their expressive as well as technical gifts. 
The Pas De Deux, from the full-length classical ballet Sylvia, is choreographed by Clara Cravey Stanley. Originally choreographed by Louis Mérante to music by Léo Delibes, Sylvia premièred at the Palais Garnier in 1876. The ballet’s origins are in Tasso’s 1573 poem “Aminta,” which provides the basic plot of Delibes’ work. The 1952 revival choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton popularized the ballet.
The Lakmé Ballet Suite is an original work of theatrical ballet choreographed by Professor Jeremy Lindberg to an arrangement of the rich and lively music from the opera Lakmé by Léo Delibes. The ballet is set in the shadow of temple ruins and danced with an intricate blend of classical ballet steps and motifs of India. Twenty-four dancers from Oklahoma Festival Ballet animate the vibrant music with an antique yet passionate feeling of 1850s India. The ballet is colorfully displayed in traditional Indian style costumes, coordinated by OU costume designer Kasey Allee-Foreman, with stage lighting designed by OU student Adam Honoré.

Monday, September 16, 2013


From the press release

Image provided

Calling All Teens!  

We are looking for dedicated dancers ages 13 and older to be a part of PM2, Perpetual Motion's Teen Company, for the 2013-2014 performance season. 

 PM2 Teen Company Auditions

September 30, 2013


PM2 Auditions will be held at:
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK  73107

PM2 is a Teen Dance Company created to provide aspiring young dancers with the opportunity to train and perform with Perpetual Motion Dance, Oklahoma's premiere modern and aerial dance company.

For more information contact amy nevius @ perpetual info.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


From staff reports, and many good times at the ball
Dancing young Fairies encircle Casey Tisdale and KC Ortega of StarDanceSwan at the Fairy Ball.Image by Skip Largent 2012. 

“How shall we beguile the lazy summer, if not with some delight?”  This timeless quote from Shakespeare is the inspiration for the 13th annual free Fairy Ball on Paseo, the Historic Arts District in Oklahoma City.   Artists invite children to bring their own special kind of enchantment to Paseo where they can step through wonder on the last day of summer to awaken fall.  The imagination of those who are young at heart brings the Fairy Ball to life through visual delights, music and dance on Saturday September 21, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Children of all ages are encouraged to ‘open up the art of make-believe’ and create a costume to wear to the ball.  This is a dress up event; any whimsical character that is found in a fairy garden can be made at home and worn to the Ball.  Children can become bugs, blossoms, elves, fairies, wizards, and any other magical characters that they may envision. Parents are encouraged to participate in the fun and creativity by building a costume at home with their children, letting their imaginations be the guide.

“To build a fairy frock, rummage through vintage clothing stores and thrift shops. What goodies lie in your grandparent’s trunks?  Find forgotten treasures in the back of your mother and fathers closets.  Repurpose what you find, go for originality, and allow yourself to be surprised,” suggests Lorrie Keller, founder of the event. 

At 6:30pm, just before dusk, participants will gather outdoors on Paseo’s  ‘green space,’ a grassy lot at Dewey and NW 28, just west of Paseo Grill.  Interactive activities like flower-weaving, dancing, and storytelling take place until 7:45, when all participants are encouraged to dance to the music of Steve McLinn until 9:00 p.m. 

 The PAA is committed to keeping the Fairy Ball a free event for the public, although donations are accepted to help offset the costs of the event.   Children must be accompanied by an adult.   The Fairy Ball is a project of the Paseo Arts Association and Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan, and is made possible through the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council.   For more information, please call Jennifer Baron at the Paseo Arts Association, 525-2688, or go to



Guest pianist Gloria Chien. Image provided.

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present the opening night concert of its 2013-14 Season on Monday and Tuesday evenings, September 16-17, with a glittering concert entitled “Souvenirs for an Archduke.”

The Monday evening, September 16 performance will be given at All Souls’ Episcopal Church at 63rd & Penn in northwest Oklahoma City.  The Tuesday evening, September 17 performance will be given at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral at 7th & Robinson in downtown OKC.  Both performances will begin at 7:30 pm.  A reception with the musicians will follow Tuesday evening’s performance.

This concert will feature the return visit of concert pianist Gloria Chien, who last dazzled our audience with her performances at “German Romanticism” in March 2011.  The Brightmusic musicians who will join Gloria for this concert will be Gregory Lee and Katrin Stamatis (violin), Royce McLarry (viola), Jonathan Ruck (cello) and Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano).

“Souvenirs for an Archduke” will feature three works.  Gloria Chien and Brightmusic Co-Artistic Director Amy Cheng will begin the program with three selections from “Souvenirs: Suite for Piano Four Hands” by the 20th Century American composer Samuel Barber.  Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous “Archduke Trio” – Piano Trio in B-flat Major, op. 97 – will follow, featuring violinist Gregory Lee, cellist Jonathan Ruck and guest artist Gloria Chien.

Picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything,” pianist Gloria Chien made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. . An avid chamber musician, she has been the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston since 2000. She has recorded for Chandos Records, and recently released a CD with clarinetist Anthony McGill. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga, as its founder and artistic director and the following year was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo festival. A native of Taiwan, Ms. Chien is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an Associate Professor at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and is a member of Chamber Music Society Two. She is a Steinway Artist.

After intermission, the musicians will perform the Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 15 by Austrian-American composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Violinists Gregory Lee and Katrin Stamatis, violist Royce McLarry, cellist Jonathan Ruck and guest pianist Gloria Chien will perform this superb work.

Adult admission is $15 per person.  Students with ID are free of charge.  Season members should show their Season Membership cards for admission.

Season memberships are available for a contribution of $75/person by mail (send a check and mailing information to Brightmusic at P.O. Box 20254, OKC 73156) and online (click HERE or try the website and follow the instructions).  Contributions larger than the minimum amount will certainly be welcomed, and will be put to excellent use this season.

Season memberships will also be available at the door to both performances of Concert 1.

From staff reports

Friday, September 6, 2013


Photo courtesy of WICKED and Celebrity Attractions
   A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to the Civic Center Music Hall with performances now through September 22. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Civic Center Music Hall box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only.  This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person.  Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. 

     WICKED, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Disney’s Enchanted, Academy Award®  winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), is based on the 1995 best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire.  The musical is directed by two-time Tony®  Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony®  Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…).  WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. 

       Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. 

WICKED features set design by Tony®  Award winner Eugene Lee (Ragtime, Show Boat, Candide, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Tony®  winner Susan Hilferty (Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Assassins), lighting design by Tony®  winner Kenneth Posner (Tony®  Award winner for The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray) and sound design by Tony Meola (The Lion King).  Stephen Oremus is the show’s music director.  Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.

WICKED has “cast quite a spell” (Washington Post) throughout North America, breaking box office records in every city that it has played, including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston to name a few.  There are currently 7 productions worldwide: New York, London, Holland, Japan, Australia/New Zealand, and two concurrent North American Tours.  Globally, WICKED has amassed over $3 billion in ticket sales and has been seen by 37 million people worldwide in its 9-year history.

WICKED is performing now at the Civic Center Music Hall for a limited engagement of three weeks only now through September 22nd.  The performance schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday Evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday Evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 p.m. There is also a Matinee performance on Thursday, September 5th at 2:00 p.m.  Prices start at $35. Good seats are still available with best availability for the performances September 10 - September 22.
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased via phone (800) 869-1451, (405) 297-2264, in person at the Civic Center Box Office, or online at  Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling (800) 869-1451 ext. 220 
Get social with Celebrity Attractions by becoming a fan on  Follow the Oklahoma City engagement of WICKED on or join the conversation using hashtag #WickedOKC
WICKED is presented by the Celebrity Attractions’ 2013-2014 Broadway Season in Oklahoma City which also includes Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS, CHICAGO starring John O’Hurley, THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, SISTER ACT and the add-on production of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Celebrity Attractions is proud to have American Airlines, Magic 104.1 FM and The Oklahoman as sponsors for this spectacular season.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


By Nancy Condit
      and from staff reports

Broadway Tonight:
Savion Glover in Solo in Time at 7:30 pm, Sept. 6, 

in Mitchell Hall Theater at UCO.
The Tony Award-winning choreographer and dancer
pays tribute to the history and art of tap.
Tickets are still available: $45 for the floor, and 

$40 for the balcony. Reservations are recommended.
For tickets, go online or call (405) 974-3375.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


By Nancy Condit

Read about how YOU make Oklahoma City part of the dramatic
increase in dance. Follow the link to my story just out:

Click on magazine cover on the webpage's right hand side.

Both the web and hard copy printings feature pictures of Race. The
hard copy also has an image of Oklahoma City Ballet performing
Swan Lake.

Hard copies will be in your mailbox if you're a member of AAA.
For extra copies contact the AAA offices in Oklahoma City at  N.W. 39th
and Portland on the northeast corner, in Edmond at 3222 S. Boulevard,
or 16620 N. Western Avenue, or at the Norman offices, 
430 W. Main Street, or 1017 24th Street NW.

Happy dancing!

Monday, September 2, 2013


Fall Class Schedule 
Join Perpetual Motion for our public classes in modern and aerial dance!  Aerial dance classes with Kimberly Kieffer will begin September 25th 6:30-7:30 and modern dance classes with Amy Nevius will begin October 7th 6:00-7:00. 

  • Who may attend: all levels are welcome, ages 12 and up
  • What to wear: dance or yoga clothing work best, covered arms and legs for aerial dance are best for beginners
  •  How much: $10 per class drop-in rate.  $45 for a 5 class card and $85 for a 10 class card 
Aerial Dance Wednesdays 6:30-7:30
Modern Dance Mondays 6:00-7:00
classes held at:
3000 General Pershing Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK  73107


Perpetual Motion Dance is able to bring quality dance performance to Oklahoma City in part by donations from our friends, families and fans. As a Not-for profit organization
all donations are tax deductible.  Consider giving today.



By Nancy Condit

Starting with the almost flat depiction of "St. Lawrence," c. 1370, by di Buonaccorso, tempera gold on panel, proceeding to Sandro Botticelli's "The Annunciation," c. 1490, oil, tempera and gold leaf on walnut panel, which shows one of the beginnings of perspective -- in this case mathematical perspective, the exhibition sweeps through to two Titians, apparently separated and now reunited by the museum, "Christ and the Adultress," c. 1508 and "Head of a Man," c. 1508, continuing through  the Baroque period, periods of high drama, mythology, landscapes, Italian unification, and ending with the almost contemporary "Overlooking a Canal, Venice," l886, oil on canvas by Luigi da Rios. The OKCMOA will hold a free admission day for the community in a Family Day on Sunday, September 8, sponsored by SONIC. Please see below.

"Of Heaven & Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums" is the current exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. "The Glasgow collection is one of the finest in Northern Europe," said president and CEO E. Michael Whittington.

 Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), "Christ and the Adulteress, ca. 1508-10, oil on canvas, 54 13/16 x 71 1/2 in (139.2 x l8l.7 cm), Glasgow Museums: Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, l856, (181, c. CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection, Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts.

 Titian's "Christ and the Adulteress" is notable for the action of the full, rounded figures -- the baroqueness seen in a painting attributed to the high renaissance -- painted a hundred years before the baroque period.

Carlo Dolci, "Salome, ca. 1681-85, oil on canvas, 48 5/16 x 37 3/4 in. (122.7 x 95.8 cm), purchases by Glasgow Museums through JC Robinson, l883, (656), c. CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection, Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Dolci's depiction of "Salome" presenting the head of John the Baptist is a beautiful painting, except for the horrific subject. As the story goes she was asked by her mother to do this. " is possible to see her as an innocent pawn in the struggle of wills between Herod and Herodias," from the catalogue. Notice that Dolci downplays the violence, and provides his own view of the Biblical story, as Salome looks away as she presents the head, apparently taking no pleasure in her action.

The exhibition is also a chance to see how the collection was formed. In the catalogue by Peter Humphreys, placed around welcome seating throughout the gallery, he notes "McClellan shared a belief widespread in the early and mid Victorian period that the exposure of the working classes to art could have a direct and beneficial influence on the standards of their behaviour... such a collection should be designed along art-historical lines, to reflect the development of the different national schools of painting, and within Italy, of the different regional schools... The great majority of his Italian pictures are religious or mythological in content, and were clearly acquired in the spirit of an academic ideal." Humphreys also writes that McClellan does not let his being a Protestant, his compatriots being staunch Protestants, prevent him from buying pictures that displayed an "overtly Catholic religiosity... Similarly, the acquisition of overtly sensual pictures displays a broad-mindedness that is perhaps surprising for an early Victorian Pillar of his community." McClellan was a coachmaker who lived from 1797 to l854.

McClellan had bequeathed his collection to the city of Glasgow, with protesters because of some of the subject matter, and housing the pieces. Because expert witnesses spoke in favor of the exhibit, it was acquired by the city of Glasgow. Others continued to bequeath works to the museum, and the museum continued to buy works, including Titian's "Christ and the Adulteress."

Members of the Tulsa Opera perform Mozart's Non piu andrai from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at the Opening Night party. Baritone Tim Petty was accompanied by artistic director Kostis Protopapas. Photo by Nancy Condit.

  The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will open its doors to the entire community from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, when SONIC presents Free Family Day.  Free Family Day Activities include:
  • Live Performances, featuring Tulsa Opera and OKC Improv
  • Hands-on art activities
  • Drawing in the galleries
  • Face painting
  • Story times
  • Family tours

The exhibit runs through November 17th, and then visits the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

The exhibit is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Glasgow Museums. The exhibition tour is supported by the JFW Foundation and the Donald and Maria Cos Charitable Fund. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie's.