Chatting with the great ballet dancer, choreographer, and artistic director Ben Stevenson.
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On this edition of our show, we hear from the renowned ballet dancer, choreographer, and artistic director Ben Stevenson. He's in town this weekend because that's when Tulsa Ballet will be staging his landmark version of Cinderella (which he created in 1970 for the National Ballet in Washington). Stevenson's innovative and very active career in dance has been legendary; his choreography for La Esmeralda Pas de Deux (1982) is a repertory staple known by dancers all over the globe. Moreover, as the longtime director of the Houston Ballet (from 1976 to 2003), Stevenson did much to make that company one of the leading dance units in the U.S. He chats with host Rich Fisher about his career as a whole, and especially about his Cinderella masterpiece (which Tulsa Ballet will stage tonight, tomorrow night, and Sunday afternoon). Also, our commentator Jeff Martin has some personal reflections on the increasingly common American experience known as being laid off.