Tulsa Ballet Concludes Its Season with "Off the Floor: Creations in Studio K"
Today, we welcome back to our program Marcello Angelini, who's been the artistic director at Tulsa Ballet since 1995. As a critic writing for Dance Insider once noted: "To look at what Marcello Angelini has accomplished [since he arrived at] Tulsa Ballet is to see what a community-based arts revolution looks like." The glorious revolution continues with a new production --- the final show of the 2011-2012 season --- called "Off the Floor: Creations in Studio K," which will soon be staged at Tulsa Ballet's Studio K facility in Brookside (at 1212 East 45th Place South). "Off the Floor" will be staged from April 27th through May 6th --- please see tulsaballet.org for exact dates, show times, and other details --- and, as Angelini explains on this edition of ST, the show actually consists of three very different yet equally exciting works by three distinct, highly accomplished young choreographers: Ma Cong, Douglas Lee, and Darrell Grand Moultrie. All three ballets are herein receiving their world premieres. Tulsa's own Cong will present "Memorias del Viento" (or "Memories of the Wind"); Lee, a former principal dancer with Stuttgart Ballet, will offer "Septet: A Ballet for Seven Dancers on a Theme of Submission;" and Moultrie, a critically acclaimed choreographer who's danced on Broadway (in the original cast of "Billy Elliot") and in various TV programs, will unveil a piece called "Box the Outside." Also, as Angelini adds --- at the end of our interview, speaking with justifiable pride and pleasure --- for the first time ever, Tulsa Ballet audiences will be able to watch performances by various other Tulsa-area dance companies 30 minutes prior to the Studio K shows that are scheduled for May 3rd through the 6th. (For more on this point, please see this link.)