Starting tonight, Friday the 2nd, Tulsa Ballet presents its final performance of the 2013-14 season, "Off the Floor: Creations in Studio K." This is the seventh year in which the ballet has offered a three-part "Creations in Studio K" evening, and this time around, it will feature world-premiere works by Jodie Gates ("The Angle of Incidence"), Young Soon Hue ("Contrast"), and Ma Cong ("Uniko"). Our guest on ST is Tulsa Ballet's artistic director, Marcello Angelini, who describes each of these works in detail.
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.
On this edition of ST, we chat with Marcello Angelini, who's been the Artistic Director at Tulsa Ballet since 1995. Angelini tells us about the latest production from his world-renowned company, which opened over the weekend, on the 3rd, and which will continue through Sunday the 12th at Tulsa Ballet's Studio K space, near 45th Place and Peoria Avenue in Tulsa.
We are pleased to welcome to ST Alfonso Martin, a Principal Dancer with Tulsa Ballet who first joined the company in 1998 as a Demi-Soloist. This season, Martin's 14th with TulsaBallet, will be his last; he's decided to "go out while still on top" in terms of his retirement from dancing.
On this installment of ST, we present a conversation with Wayne McGregor, who's the artistic director of Random Dance, which is the Resident Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London; McGregor is also the Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. Indeed, he's among the leading names in the ballet world, known for his ground-breaking collaborations in the areas of dance, film, music, visual art, technology, and science.
On today's program, a chat with the bestselling Tulsa-based author and historian, Michael Wallis. Back in January, as part of the long-running Tulsa Town Hall Speaker Series, Wallis addressed a capacity crowd at the Chapman Music Hall in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. His talk focused on what it means to be an Oklahoman --- on the character, history, lineage, goals, misdeeds, and accomplishments of the people of the Sooner State. It was a speech that drew much applause, rave reviews, and numerous tributes in the weeks that followed its delivery.
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).