Members of the Tulsa Ballet are proud to present a special production for their 60th anniversary season that is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
The company has commissioned an all-new, $1 million full-length ballet in collaboration with BalletMet of Columbus, Ohio.
This new ballet will feature choreography by the esteemed Edwaard Liang (Artistic Director for BalletMet, choreographer for Tulsa Ballet’s acclaimed Romeo and Juliet) as well all new music, sets, costumes, puppetry and digital projection.
The world premiere of Dorothy and the Prince of Oz will take place right here in Tulsa, and is the dance event of the year.
“Edwaard and I started discussing this project in the fall of 2014 when he was appointed Artistic Director of BalletMet," explained Artistic Director Marcello Angelini. "I truly believe he is one of the most talented dance makers of our time and is able to instill deep feelings and meaning into dance steps.
"Everybody knows The Wizard of Oz, and yet there are 13 additional books about Oz written by L. Frank Baum. The next step was to find someone to evaluate the individual novels from a ballet perspective and suggest the one that could be best adapted into a ‘screenplay’.
"Oliver Peter Graber, the librettist of the Vienna Staatsoper, with Edwaard's help and guidance, chose the 14th book in the series and a new story was introduced - within the existing story - to dramatize the work.”
The artistic team chosen by Edwaard to support him is a compilation of some of the best in the business.
Basil Twist, a McArthur Genius Fellow and a puppet master, designed the sets and will create massive puppets to bring the magical creatures to life.
Mark Zappone has designed the stunning costumes for the production. Oliver Peter Graber has also created a score from both existing music and his own composition to follow the libretto.
“Edwaard has already created the majority of the choreography and what he did so far is stunning. It is probably his most inspired and mature work to date," Angelini said.
Tulsa Ballet’s Managing Director, Scott Black, believes that “allowing ballet to be accessible to all audiences is necessary for the future of the company.”
“The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Swan Lake are standard repertoire for most ballet companies that consistently bring new audiences and increased earned revenue potential from ticket sales," Black said. "Yet the ballet repertory is very scarce when it comes to titles able to attract large audiences. Creating new family friendly story ballets will help expand our local audiences and audiences all over the country when these productions are performed by other companies.
"Owning these new productions also provides additional revenue through set/costume rentals when leased to organizations that are not part of the original co-production.”
Angelini said he is “thrilled that Tulsa Ballet is now able to offer its community brand new, large scale productions that rival those that premiere in any major city around the world."
"This is all thanks to Mrs. Mollie Williford who, with a very generous gift, has allowed us to dream big and to offer our community large scale, original works," Angelini said. "Tulsa is growing and evolving at a fast pace and we intend to continue to lead the arts community in the city and state.”
With only four performances, tickets are expected to sell out.
Dorothy and the Prince of Oz will run from February 10-12, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. All performances include live music provided by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start as low as $25 and may be purchased by calling 918-749-6006 or by visiting www.tulsaballet.org.
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About the Show
Dorothy and the Prince of Oz has four performances: 8 p.m., Feb. 10, 3 and 8 p.m., Feb. 11, and 3 p.m., Feb. 12.
Tickets start at 25, with a special VIP experience available for $105. Four-show packages for the Tulsa Ballet's 2017/18 season begins at $97 and includes invites to special subscriber-only events.
Pre-performance discussions are held in the Westby Pavilion on the Promenade level 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Discussions are led by Tulsa Ballet artistic staff and visiting artists, and topics may include the choreography, musical score, costuming, or other subjects related to the performance.
Pre-performance discussions are free and all ticket holders are invited to attend. Discussions will be held before the Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday performances.