Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Ryan Piper and Arianna Lawson by Simon Hurst - OKC Ballet's "Nine Sinatra Songs" promotional photo
Promotional image for Twyla Tharp's
"Nine Sinatra Songs"
Photographed by Simon Hurst
Oklahoma City Ballet is poised for an extraordinary season finale with “Nine Sinatra Songs” – a triple bill including Twyla Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs,” Amy Seiwert’s “Dear Miss Cline,” and Stanton Welch’s “Play.” The company will stage three performances on April 17-19 at the Civic Center Music Hall, presented by welcoming sponsor, Riley Exploration Group. Single tickets start at $26 and are available now through OKC Ballet and Civic Center Box Offices.

Headlining this eclectic triple bill is Twyla Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs,” choreographed in 1982 to the incredible voice and timeless songs of Frank Sinatra.  A mix of ballet, modern dance, and ballroom, “Nine Sinatra Songs” makes its Oklahoma City Ballet company debut after being embraced by audiences and companies worldwide.

Also on the program is the Oklahoma debut of “Dear Miss Cline” by San Francisco chorographer, Amy Seiwert. Ms. Seiwert was first introduced to OKC Ballet audiences in 2009, when she created her world premiere ballet “Finding/Almost” on the company. The brilliant and endearing “Dear Miss Cline” features the music of country superstar Patsy Cline, originally choreographed for Smuin Ballet.

Rounding out this exciting production, the music of techno giant Moby takes center stage with the ingenious choreography of Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch in “Play.” Inspired by the crowded streets of urban life, the dancers in Play march, slide, scoot, and accelerate their motion with cinematic sweep.

A lecture and Q&A session will be hosted by Artistic Director Robert Mills featuring Stanton Welch (“Play”), Amy Seiwert (“Dear Miss Cline”), and Shelley Washington (répétiteur of “Nine Sinatra Songs”) on Friday, April 17 at 7:15 pm in the South Lobby. This event is free for those attending the performance.

Performances take place on Friday, April 17 at 8:00 pm; Saturday, April 18 at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 pm. Single tickets to “Nine Sinatra Songs” may be purchased by calling the OKC Ballet at 405.848.TOES (8637), at the Civic Center Box Office at 297.2264, or by going online at www.okcballet.com/ninesinatrasongs. 

All performances take place at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 North Walker, Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Ballet Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, and is located at 7421 North Classen, Oklahoma City.The Civic Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am-6 pm, and is at 201 N. Walker.

From the press release 

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