Dance, art and other events in the Oklahoma City area by Nancy Condit
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
HARTEL DANCE GROUP AT THE ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL
HDG does the ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL
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 NewVisual 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
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!
OU GRADUATE DANCE STUDENTS TO PRESENT ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY
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.
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
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.”
"(Noche Flamenca) seized the audience with joyous exuberance and great generosity of spirit among the performers.”"Barrio
is a genius at gathering the collective energy of the crowd and
compressing it into an explosive mix that she unleashes at the audience.
She has the power of a bruja, conjures magic with her dance and gives a
deeply personal, transcendent experience that she generously shares
with the audience."—Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn, bachtrack.com Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca PERFORMED WITH LIVE MUSIC 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
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OU'S OKLAHOMA FESTIVAL BALLET PERFORMS WORKS BY SOTO AND PETIPA
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 CorsairePas 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
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.
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
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 CorsairePas 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
Lindberg’s Rags to Jazztimeis a light and fun lark in which six ladies flirt with one gentlemandandy in 1920s style to a jazz era score.
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.