Tulsa Ballet Does "Rooster" (A Tribute to Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones from Christopher Bruce)
On this installment of ST, we welcome Christopher Bruce, the highly regarded British choreographer and dancer who served as Artistic Director of the Rambert Dance Company from 1994 until 2002. Bruce, whom London's Daily Telegraph once called "the Nureyev of contemporary ballet," was appointed Houston Ballet's Associate Choreographer in 1989, and this world-renowned company has served as his artistic home in America since then. Houston Ballet therefore has many works by Bruce in its repertoire, among them "Ghost Dances," "Land," "Swansong," "Sergeant Early's Dream," and "Rooster." This last-named ballet, which is a tribute to Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones --- with such Stones faves as "Not Fade Away" and "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Little Red Rooster" in its soundtrack --- will be performed this weekend and next (that is, March 14th through the 16th as well as the 21st through the 23rd) by Tulsa Ballet at the Lorton Performance Center on the TU campus. You can learn more about this production, which is but one of three different works appearing on a program entitled "Paint It Black" --- the other two ballets are "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated" by William Forsythe and "Extremely Close" by Alejandro Cerrudo --- at this link. On today's show, Bruce talks about how he first came up with the idea to create "Rooster" --- and about what the music (and the movements) of the Stones means to him personally.