Tuesday, March 31, 2015



2015 marks the 7th anniversary of Hartel Dance Group in Oklahoma City, and Austin Hartel  has in mind two productions to celebrate this anniversary in our great city.
  •  In May we are going to present the company at this years Orlando International Fringe Festival, which is the oldest fringe festival in the United States. We were selected from a pool of over 200 national and international acts.   This is a great opportunity to produce our show  "What's Love got to Do with IT"  for national and international audiences showing them  what the performing arts are all about in Oklahoma City.  To learn more about this project, you can click HERE                                                              
  • In the month of October, HDG will present it's Fall Season at OCCC New Visual and Performing Arts Center Theatre.  With a fresh group of dancers performing the best pieces by Artistic Director Austin Hartel, this Season will realize Austin's long time project of creating a documentary film of his dances and creative process.
WE NEED YOU to be a part of the growing of the company, so HDG can keep creating art in our great city and generating work  for young Oklahoma artist!

The goal for this campaign, is to raise $3,000.00 in 30 days and we need your support to get there by clicking HERE and making your donation TODAY.

Any amount helps and will be greatly appreciated. Be sure to check out the rewards HDG will give to all of our project's backers.

Thank you for your support.

Austin Hartel
Artistic Director
Hartel Dance Group.


Fringe Dates


Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando




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Norman, OK 73069

From staff sources


Graduate students from the University of Oklahoma's School of Dance (SOD) will present original choreography during the seventh annual Degrees of Rotation concert on Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8, at 8:00 p.m.  Performances will take place in studio 3002, the School of Dance’s informal performance space, located on the third floor of the Reynolds Performing Arts Center. Admission is $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for OU students and children 8 and over, cash and check only.

Degrees of Rotation features a program of ballet, modern dance, and innovative dance choreographed by SOD’s second- and third-year graduate students. The diverse program aims to inspire and intrigue viewers through human relationships and collaborative endeavors. The concert is produced in an intimate performance venue, encouraging connections between audience members and performers.

Sierra Codalata will present her MFA choreographic thesis "Rite Departure," featuring ten dancers.  Codalata said, “This work explores, through dance, the beliefs and practices surrounding death in three religions: Christianity, Buddhism and Wicca. My thesis examines how these specific religions respond to the common event of death.”

Joshua Barr will also give the premiere of his thesis, "Choreographic Democracies." Barr described his process by saying, “Through my research, I am examining the democratic creative processes of three postmodern choreographers.  I will utilize these processes to construct a series of ballet compositions.”

In addition to the thesis choreographies, Tye Love will present "A Dieu," about which he stated, “I have made a light pas de deux inspired by Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9 and No. 2 in E Flat Major, featuring graduating senior dancers Melanie Jensen and Zeek Wright.”

Monday, March 30, 2015


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Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
Tuesday, March 31, 7pm

Wednesday, April 1, 7pm
Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center Hailed by critics everywhere for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca, with Soledad Barrio its star, is one of the most authentic flamenco companies in the world today bringing to the stage the essence, purity, and integrity of one of the world’s most complex and mysterious art forms. In a unique creative partnership, this remarkable company joined with acclaimed American theater director Lee Breuer to create a new work, Antigona, based on Sophocles’ ancient Greek heroine. Combining live music, song, and dance, Noche Flamenca will perform excerpts from Antigona, bringing the fiery, expressive nature of flamenco to one of the world’s great tragedies. The company will then leave you breathless as they fill the second half of the evening with captivating flamenco dance and music. INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ARE $40
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Our educational/outreach efforts were recognized in 2012 when we were chosen as the recipient of the Oklahoma Governor's Arts in Education Award. Through our participation in the Arts and Humanities Council's Any Given Child Tulsa initiative, 4000 Tulsa Public School 4th Graders attended a Choregus dance performance during our 2013-2014 season.

We continue to expand our educational and outreach activities related to most visiting artists this season with nine educational performances, six master classes, and additional workshops and in-school experiences.

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              University Theatre presents Oklahoma Festival Ballet opening at 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, with additional performances at 8 p.m. April 4, 10, 11 and two matinees at 3 p.m. April 11, 12 in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center, Holmberg Hall, in Norman. The program features a new ballet by guest choreographer Jock Soto, Marius Petipa’s classical works, Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, Raymonda Pas de Dix, La Bayadére Act II, “The Kingdom of the Shades,” and School of Dance professor Jeremy Lindberg’s Rags to Jazztime.
              Jock Soto, renowned American dancer, teacher and choreographer, is the 2015 Susan E. Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair at the School of Dance. Soto’s new ballet, titled Someday Sideways, is a dynamic abstract work for a cast of 17 dancers to the music of Native American composer Laura Ortman.   The ballet was set on the Oklahoma Festival Ballet during Soto’s residency in early March.  Soto, who is half Navajo Indian and half Puerto Rican, was born in New Mexico and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. At the age of five, he began studying ballet with local teachers after seeing a television special featuring Edward Villella in the “Rubies” section of George Balanchine’s Jewels.
              Soto continued his studies at the School of American Ballet (SAB) beginning in 1977. While at SAB, Soto danced the role of “Luke” in Peter Martins’ The Magic Flute, which was choreographed for the 1981 SAB workshop performances. That year he became a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. In 1984, he was promoted to the rank of Soloist, and one year later he was named Principal. After an acclaimed 24-year performing career, he retired from dancing in 2005. He has been a member of SAB’s faculty since 1996.
              Soto’s extensive repertory at New York City Ballet included principal roles in numerous works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Peter Martins. He also inspired the creation of roles in many new ballets, including Peter Martins’ A Schubertiad (1984), Ecstatic Orange (1987), Fearful Symmetries (1990), Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements) (1993), Sinfonia (1993), Morgen (2001); Christopher Wheeldon’s Slavonic Dances (1997), Mercurial Manoeuvres (2000), Polyphonia (2001), Morphoses (2002), Liturgy (2003), Shambards (2004), After the Rain (2005); and Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Chiaroscuro (1994). Soto returned to the stage in May 2007 to originate the role of Lord Capulet in Peter Martins’ new production of Romeo and Juliet for New York City Ballet. In 2006, Mr. Soto staged Afternoon of a Faun for the Royal Ballet of London on behalf of the Jerome Robbins Trust.
              Soto was the recipient of the Casita Maria Award for Hispanics and The First Americans in the Arts Trustee Award. Friends In Deed recognized Soto for his patronage of AIDS research, and in 2002, the School of American Ballet presented him with the Mae L. Wein Award for Distinguished Service.
              Petipa’s breath-taking classic La Bayadére Act II, “The Kingdom of the Shades,” returns to the Oklahoma Festival Ballet repertoire by popular request for what has been called “the most mesmerizing scene in all of classical ballet.” Mary Margaret Holt stages this spellbinding classic with a cast of 25 dancers.
              Le Corsaire Pas de Deux is a tender dance for two between a slave and the heroine Medora with staging by Clara Cravey Stanley.  It is an excerpt from the full-length ballet Le Corsaire, with music by Leo Delibes. The Pas de Deux is dynamic, romantic and technically demanding with a rousing finale. 
              Raymonda Pas de Dix is an excerpt from Act 3 of Raymonda, with music by Alexander Glazunov. Ilya Kozadayev choreographs this rendition of the ballet after the original version created by Petipa for the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1898. The divertissement takes place as a celebration of Raymonda's wedding to Jean de Brienne at the end of the ballet.
              Marius Petipa, the French-born ballet master, is acclaimed as the greatest classical ballet choreographer ever to have lived.  Petipa spent nearly sixty years working at the Imperial Ballet Theatre and its successor, the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre. In that time he choreographed over sixty original ballets, and developed his troupe to be undisputedly the finest ballet company in Europe. He was the central figure in Russia's golden age of ballet, and as such he helped establish St. Petersburg as a cultural centre to rival the great capitals of old western Europe.
              Lindberg’s Rags to Jazztime is a light and fun lark in which six ladies flirt with one gentleman dandy in 1920s style to a jazz era score.
              OU’s dance program was founded in 1963 by Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov, former principal dancers with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The department became the School of Dance in 1998 with Mary Margaret Holt as director. Undergraduate and graduate dance majors, along with general education students, total approximately 1000 students in dance classes per semester. The School of Dance’s state-of-the-art facility in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Art Center was completed in 2005.
              Advance purchase tickets for Oklahoma Festival Ballet are $25 for adult, $20 for senior adult, OU employee and military, and $15 for student, plus fee. Tickets at the door are $35 for adult and $20 for student, cash or check only.  To purchase tickets online go THEATRE.OU.EDU, call or visit the OU Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101, located at 500 W. Boyd St., Catlett Music Center, Norman.  For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the OU Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101.
              For more information call the OU School of Dance at (405) 325-4051.   

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For more information, email events@okcballet.com Thank you for your support!

Oklahoma City Ballet
7421 North Classen Boulevard
Oklahoma City , Oklahoma 73116
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