Monday, October 16, 2017

OKC BALLET SEASON
TICKETS AVAILABLE AS
SWAN LAKE OPENS

Season tickets are still available for an incredible season of OKC Ballet.  Season tickets start at $90.50 for 3 performances or $122 for a 4 performance. 


There are four beautiful ballets on slate for the 2017-2018 season. 


Swan Lake will be presented October 20-22 at Civic Center Music Hall. Set to the hauntingly beautiful Tchaikovsky score, Swan Lake is the much-loved tale of Odette — a beautiful maiden who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer — and the Prince who swears his enduring love for her.  The ballet is a hallmark of the classical repertoire and presents good and evil in terms of black and white.  Lavish sets, costumes, and live music by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic will bring audiences to their feet.  Single tickets are on sale now and start at $15.


The holidays are a time to create special memories with family and friends. December 9-19 The Nutcracker is Oklahoma City’s favorite holiday tradition and is the perfect first ballet for children or adults. Oklahoma City Ballet’s stunning professional dancers are joined by over 100 children from The School of Oklahoma City Ballet plus the Oklahoma City Philharmonic to complete this dreamlike production the whole family will enjoy. Tickets go on sale October 31.



February 16-18 presents Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Little Mermaid has ignited the imagination of the young and young-at-heart for generations. In this World Premiere ballet, choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Mills, we follow a young mermaid who is willing to give up her identity and her life in the sea to gain a human soul. This incredible tale of sacrifice for eternal love will feature multimedia projections and spectacular sets and costumes.





April 13-15, 2017 will be the final ballet of the season will be a triple bill, featuring 3 incredible performances:
Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort (Company Premiere)

Jiří Kylián is widely considered one of the most important choreographers in the world today. He created Petite Mort especially for the Salzburg Arts Festival on the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death, selecting the slow parts of two of the composer’s most beautiful and popular piano concertos. Petite Mort has since become an international sensation and has inspired many within the world of contemporary ballet.
Helen Pickett’s Petal (Oklahoma Premiere)
Petal was created by New York choreographer Helen Pickett for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and has since been performed by companies all over the world. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote of this contemporary ballet that “Petal riveted the attention from the opening moment,” and that Pickett is “a choreographer to remember.”
Robert Mills’ World Premiere
For the final selection of the program, Robert Mills will celebrate his 10th anniversary season as Artistic Director of Oklahoma City Ballet with a World Premiere work in the grandest of classical ballet style.
For tickets, come to 6800 North Classen Boulevard, call 405-848-TOES (8637) or go to www.okcballet.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Civic Center Music Hall Box Office in person, by phone, 405-297-2264, or go to https://okcciviccenter.com.

CATCH A RISING STAR 
AT OU'S UNIVERSITY THEATRE

Courtesy of of University Theatre

Nine main stage productions offering fine arts patrons a season of passionate performances, designs and technical accomplishments of young talent from across the country will be offered during University Theatre’s 2017-2018 season at the University of Oklahoma.
University Theatre artistic directors have carefully selected a season of plays, musicals, operas and dance productions that will take your breath away. Some are familiar, some are new, some are traditional and some are surprising. This year’s production series includes the Tony Award-winning musical City of Angels, Tony Award-winning comedy Noises Off, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, featuring the world-renowned ballet Swan Lake, Act II, Young Choreographers’ Showcase, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, Lucia di Lammermoor, and family favorites, Alice in Wonderland and the opera Hansel and Gretel.

University Theatre offers two season subscription packages from which to choose. The best value is the COMPLETE PACKAGE, which includes tickets to all nine mainstage productions throughout the season.  The more modest VARIETY PACKAGE allows patrons to sample one of each type of production, including a musical, opera, dance and drama.
Discounts are offered on University Theatre’s season subscriptions, with a savings of up to 24 percent off individual ticket prices. Complete package prices are adult, $175; discount (for seniors 60 and over, OU faculty and staff, and military personnel), $135; and student, $75. The Variety Package is priced at adult, $90; discount, $70; and student, $36.
           
To purchase a University Theatre season subscription, call (405) 325-4101 or visit the OU Fine Arts Box Office, 500 W. Boyd St., Norman; or go online to theatre.ou.edu. Box office hours are 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For accommodations, please call (405) 325-4101.
Please see below for the University Theatre’s 2017-2018 season lineup.

City of Angels
Book by Larry Gelbart, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by David Zippel
Directed by Shawn Churchman
8 p.m. Sept. 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
3 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 1
Weitzenhoffer Theatre

Noises Off
Book by Michael Frayn
Directed by Tom Huston Orr
8 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 26, 27
3 p.m. Oct. 22, 29
Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Oklahoma Festival Ballet

Featuring Swan Lake, Act II

Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

8 p.m. Nov. 3, 4, 9, 10

3 p.m. Nov. 5, 12

Elsie C. Brackett Theatre                                                                     

Join us for an exceptional evening of contemporary and classical ballet with Swan Lake, Act II as its centerpiece. Be swept away in a balletic fairy tale of love promised and challenged by evil in a magical lakeside setting. In addition, guest choreographer Trey McIntyre delights audiences with the premier of his new contemporary ballet as he joins School of Dance faculty choreographers Michael Bearden, Jeremy Lindberg and Clara Cravey Stanley in creating a memorable, moving evening of ballet. This production is suitable for all audiences.

 Hansel and Gretel
Composed by Engelbert Humperdinck, Libretto by Adelheid Wette
Conducted by Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director

Stage direction by William Ferrara

8 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2
3 p.m. Dec. 3
Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Young Choreographers’ Showcase

8 p.m. Jan. 25, 26, 27

3 p.m. Jan. 28

Reynolds Performing Arts Center
A perennial favorite, Young Choreographers’ Showcase features new and innovative choreography created by School of Dance students especially selected for this production. Featuring dance works from the full spectrum of movement styles with lighting design by students from the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama, Young Choreographers’ Showcase never fails to entertain and inspire. This production is suitable for all audiences.

Nice Work If You Can Get It
Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, Book by Joe DiPietro
Directed by Lyn Cramer

Choreography by Kristen Beth Williams, Broadway star and OU Alumna

8 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, 16, 17
3 p.m. Feb. 11, 18
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre 


Contemporary Dance Oklahoma
Choreography by Austin Hartel, Roxanne Lyst
David Hochoy, guest choreographer

8 p.m. March 2, 3, 9, 10

3 p.m. March 4, 11

Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma examines the creative range of modern dance, featuring choreography that is abstract, mood-inspired and narrative. Guest choreographer David Hochoy of Dance Kaleidoscope joins OU faculty choreographers Austin Hartel and Roxanne Lyst in challenging our dancers and entertaining our audiences. Enjoy this engaging exploration of the human condition expressed by the dynamic performance of Contemporary Dance Oklahoma. This production is suitable for all audiences.
   

Lucia di Lammermoor
Composed by Gaetano Donizetti, Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
Conducted by Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director
Stage direction by William Ferrara

8 p.m. April 5, 6, 7
3 p.m. April 8
Reynolds Performing Arts Center   


Alice in Wonderland
Adapted for the stage by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus
Original book by Lewis Carroll
Directed by Judith Midyett Pender

8 p.m. April 20, 21, 27, 28
3 p.m. April 22, 29
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Update:
SWAN LAKE RUNS
OCT. 22nd THRU
OCT. 24th

Oklahoma City Ballet's Swan Lake opens at the Civic Center Oct. 22nd with performances
through Oct. 24th.

Visit okcballet.org for more information or to buy tickets. You may also call their Box Office at (405) 848-8637 for tickets or visit it at 6800 N. Classen Blvd. They are also on sale at the Civic Center
Box Office in person or by calling 297-2264. On sale now!

Click on the URL to see the video of  Alvin Tovstogray in the Swan Lake Act III coda rehearsal:
https://www.facebook.com/alvintovstogray/videos/10215093321230536/

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

[ARTSPACE], OSU & 21C
MUSEUM HOTEL TO
PRESENT WENDY JEHLEN'S
UNFAMILIAR BUTTERFLY


[Artspace] is proud to partner with OSU & 21c Museum Hotel to present Unfamiliar Butterfly, a performance by dancer & choreographer Wendy Jehlen at 21c Hotel on Saturday, September 23rd from 7 - 8 PM. This performance is in conjunction with OSU's presentaton of Jehlen's Lilith, which is named after Kiki Smith's 1994 artwork of the same name.
"Unfamiliar Butterfly - a performance of fragility

Beginning in darkness, percussive sound builds slowly revealing an initially imperceptible rhythm. Thin beams of light from above, from below, from all sides illuminating her body, one part at a time, occasionally revealing more of her.  She is quivering, breaking.  She is enveloped in un-place-able sound. Unfamiliar Butterfly is an extended study of vulnerability. 
The dance is an embodiment of constant change, of travel.  The structure of the work is loosely based on the life-cycle of a butterfly, and is intended to change in each rendition. 
Unfamiliar Butterfly began as a collaboration with lighting designer/theater direction Jose Koshy in Kerala, India as part of an International Theater Artist Incubation residency. Iterations of Unfamiliar Butterfly have been performed at SomDance, Somerville, MA June 2017; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Dec 2016; and Aksanat!, Istanbul, Turkey April 2016."
- Wendy Jehlen
Wendy Jehlen’s career has been marked by international explorations, study and creative collaboration. Her unique approach to choreography incorporates elements of Bharata Natyam; Odissi; Capoeira, Kalaripayattu, West African dance, Butoh, and a wide-range of Contemporary movement forms. Her emotionally powerful choreography has been created and performed in the US, Canada, Italy, India, Japan, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Mali and Turkey.
This event is free & open to the public. Learn more about Jehlen here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

PERPETUAL MOTION
PERFORMS AT THE
BLACK WHITE
BLACKLIGHT 
FUNDRAISER


SEP30

Black White Black Light Party

Public



Join Perpetual Motion Dance for the 3rd Annual Black White Black Light Party. This annual fundraiser features live performances by Perpetual Motion Dance & PM2, a DJ, open bar, silent auction and more.



Arts & Entertainment · Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Create, develop, and inspire innovative dance.
About the Venue
OKC BALLET TO OFFER
NEW THERAPY CLASS
FOCUSED ON PARKINSON'S
SUFFERS




Oklahoma City Ballet began offering a ballet class that benefits people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease beginning September 5, 2017 and will be held in its new facility at 6800 North Classen Boulevard in Oklahoma City.  Dance for Parkinson’s is being offered through OKC Ballet’s growing outreach division, as a part of the Golden Swans program that benefits senior adults. This new program was made possible in part by a grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Elderly Services iFund.

Ballet has been proven to be beneficial for Parkinson’s sufferers through the Dance for PD program created by Mark Morris Dance Company faculty member David Leventhal. He has received numerous awards and recognition from the Parkinson’s community for creating this program. Erica Portell, OKC Ballet faculty member, attended classes in Brooklyn to become trained through Dance for PD in August.

“To me what is so unique about this approach is that it’s not ‘watered down’ or condescending,” said Portell of the classes. “There isn't a dynamic of ‘you are a patient -let's use dance to try and fix you.’  It respects that these people are grown adults with long, rich life experiences to draw from and to contribute.  I would say a better description of the dynamic is ‘You Have Parkinson's. And you are here as a dance student.’”

Parkinson’s sufferers greatly benefit from the community formed, the strength and stability developed, and confidence in movement that ballet classes aid in developing. The program consists of one hour classes that vary between doing movements while seated, using the back of the chair for assistance, and doing movements across the floor. All instruction is catered to the abilities of that particular student, with options given for varying degrees of difficulty.

“Class is beyond inclusive,” added Portell. “It is presented with options and modifications for everyone from early onset or recent diagnosis to those using wheelchairs or walkers. There's a way for everyone to participate at their maximum level.” Portell’s own father suffers from Parkinson’s Disease.

“He was an amazing tap dancer in his younger years and that connection of moving to music was really helpful-even with simple tasks like walking. Listening to music helped his ability to walk without tripping or "freezing." This is true for so many PD patients. I so wish he had access to a program like this when he was initially diagnosed. He was always my greatest cheerleader to support my dance training and I am so thrilled to do this in some small tribute to him and to help others like him.”

Dance transforms the participant’s thinking in ways that are very beneficial to people with Parkinson’s disease. Dance, specifically choreography or simply putting a sequence of movements together, ultimately helps participants to start thinking creatively on how to move from point A to point B. Participating in dance classes helps instill confidence in students by emphasizing what they are able to do and not focusing on what they cannot do. Dance also expands their abilities to do certain things, helping with their strength, stamina, flexibility, and stability. Finally, participants feel a sense of community by being a part of a group dance class. Dancing together forms bonds, and there are specific activities that are conducted within the class in order to help participants develop those bonds.

Oklahoma City Ballet will be working with the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma in order to reach the people in need of these classes. The expected outcomes of the program are that participants will have a decrease in their symptom severity. The class will create a supportive community with socialization opportunities. The classes will also keep the participants moving and agile in a way that works best with their abilities.

Starting September 5, this free class will be held every Tuesday at 2:00pm until 3:00 pm at the Brackett Dance Center at 6800 North Classen Boulevard. For more information or to sign up for these classes, please contact OKC Ballet’s Outreach Coordinator, Stephanie Pitts by emailing Stephanie@okcballet.org.

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About Oklahoma City Ballet:  Founded in 1972 by Ballet Russe dancers Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov, Oklahoma City Ballet has been the city’s professional ballet company for 45 years. It is the resident dance Company of the Civic Center Music Hall and includes dancers from across the United States and around the world. Led by Artistic Director Robert Mills, the Company produces four main stage productions per season in Oklahoma City and tours across Oklahoma and the surrounding states. Oklahoma City Ballet restages the classics in addition to neo classical and other works of the 20th century.  It also regularly commissions new works from the industry's leading choreographers.

Friday, September 8, 2017


ARTSPACE AT [UNTITLED]
IN SEPTEMBER


WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE SAT. SEPT. 9
PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE https://www.1ne3.org/
FOR TIMES, AND ADDRESSES. 
 
E X H I B I T I O N S
U P C O M I N G
Main Gallery
Fluvial terra by Megan Singleton

[Press] Gallery

Altered Classics by Kelly Campbell Berry

Library
Selected Works by Kiki Smith


On display September 7th - October 28th
P R O G R A M M I N G





City Sounds: John Winston
Saturday, September 9th
from 8-10PM
Free

 





Community Spirit
Sponsored by Anthem Brewing
Thursday, September 14th
from 5-7PM
Free




Art Forum:
Megan Singleton Lecture

at 21c Museum Hotel
Thursday, September 21st
from 6:30-7:30PM
Free




Wendy Jehlen performs Unfamiliar Butterfly
at 21c Museum Hotel
Saturday, September 23rd
from 7-8PM
Free





Deep Deuce Sessions
presented by OK Sessions
Saturday, September 30th
from 6-11PM
Free
W O R K S H O P S







Shibori Tote Dyeing
with Agnes Stadler
Saturday, September 9th
from 1-4PM
$40 per Participant




From Plant to Paper to Page
a workshop by Megan Singleton

Friday, Sept. 22nd to
Sunday, Sept. 24th
9AM-4AM Each Day
Deadline: September 8th
$350 per Participant
H I V E




Featured Bee of the HIVE:
Elizabeth Richards

Stop by the HIVE to
see all of her handmade goods!

Open 10AM-6PM