Tue March 24, 2009
The life and work of Roman Jasinski, the late genius who created the Tulsa Ballet.
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Today, we have a program that originally aired back in December. Our guests are Cheryl Forrest and Georgia Snoke, two former dancers --- and indeed, two former Board Presidents --- with the Tulsa Ballet. Together, they have written a new biography of Roman Jasinski, the brilliant dancer, choreographer, and visionary who founded the Tulsa Ballet (as both a school and company) alongside his wife, Moscelyne Larkin, in 1956. Jasinski, who died in 1991 at 83, is greatly revered to this day for his many tireless years of service to the Tulsa arts community. The book in question is "Roman Jasinski: A Gypsy Prince from the Ballet Russe;" it's available at the Tulsa Ballet gift shop and at bookstores throughout the city. Forrest and Snoke, as we discover, have plenty of anecdotes about this beloved "gypsy prince" to share with our host Rich Fisher, from the fascinating and funny to the endearing and enlightening.