Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, February 19, 2018- Oklahoma City Ballet has announced its 2018-2019 lineup of performances. Season ticket subscriptions are available for three or four performance packages.
Leading off the season will be Septime Webre’s Alice (In Wonderland), October 26-28, 2018 at Civic Center Music Hall. Webre’s choreography and Matthew Pierce’s musical score bring the Lewis Carroll imaginative classic hurtling into the 21st century with sensational costumes, ingenious sets, and more than its fair share of outlandish characters. This stylish production is an incredible spectacle of dance, theater, and puppetry, and features numerous students from the Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School. When it premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Washington Post called it a “giddy parade, a pop-art dream, a feat of fevered imagination.”
The Nutcracker, presented by Devon Energy, will return to the stage December 14-23, 2018. Choreographed by Oklahoma City Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Mills, The Nutcracker is Oklahoma City’s favorite holiday tradition and is the perfect way to fill your heart with the spirit of the season. Close to 100 children from The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School join Oklahoma City Ballet’s stunning professional dancers, plus the Oklahoma City Philharmonic will perform Tchaikovsky’s famous score live to complete this dreamlike production the whole family will enjoy.
The first production of the new year will be one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets and the first major ballet of the Romantic era, La Sylphide, February 22-24, 2019. This classic story tells the tale of James, a young Scotsman, who on the eve of his wedding day, falls in love with a sylph, a beautiful fairy of the forest. The glorious score from Herman Severin Lovenskiold will be played live by the incomparable Oklahoma City Philharmonic, while August Bournonville’s original choreography tells the story that will unravel in a mist of uncertainty as an evil witch vows to keep James from true love of any kind.
The season will end on a high note with a triple bill entitled Visionaries that will thrill ballet enthusiasts and new patrons alike.
The April 19-20, 2019 triple lineup of ballets includes Robert Joffrey’s Pas de Deesses, an Oklahoma Premiere, featuring live piano music performed onstage. Meaning “Dance of the Goddesses,” Pas de Deesses is a delicate remembrance of the Romantic era created by Robert Joffrey in 1954. Inspired by a 19th century lithograph, the ballet is an imaginary glimpse of three great ballerinas – Lucille Grahn, Marie Taglioni, and Fanny Cerrito – meeting and competing for the attentions of the great male dancer and partner Arthur Saint-Leon (who was married to Cerrito). Oklahoma City Ballet is pleased to honor Mr. Joffrey during the 30th anniversary year of his passing by presenting this ballet.
George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, a Company Premiere, is one of George Balanchine’s earliest works in his signature neo-classical style, fusing ballet steps with a lean and angular modern sensibility. The ballet is inspired by the medieval belief that humans are made up of four different humors that determine a person’s temperament: melancholic, sanguinic, phlegmatic, and choleric. First performed in 1946 and set to a commissioned score by Paul Hindemith, The Four Temperaments is one of Balanchine’s most iconic ballets and is performed by companies around the world.
The final choreographer on the bill will be Cayetano Soto Ramirez, a new dance maker with a profound talent. His choreography has won numerous awards, and his technical, contemporary, and often unexpected works are in the repertoires of major international dance companies. Oklahoma City Ballet is pleased to debut a world premiere from this forward-thinking artist created especially for our dancers.
Season tickets to three or four performances may be purchased by calling 405-848-TOES (8637). All performances take place at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 North Walker, Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Ballet Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, and is located at 6800 North Classen, Oklahoma City.
Season tickets are available for renewal now. New subscriptions can be submitted now and will be fulfilled starting June 1. For more information visit www.okcballet.org or call 405-843-9898.