‘The Garden’ ballet premieres at OU to music by professor Michael Lee

News from the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts

NORMAN, Okla., USA–The University of Oklahoma Schools of Dance and Music will present, in collaboration,  the world premiere of The Garden, at 8 p.m. March 9 in Sharp Concert Hall of Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St., on the OU Norman campus. This special event is complimentary to the public.   Continue reading

Review: Tulsa Ballet world premiere brings hi-tech aura to ‘OZ’ themes

By Glenda Rice Collins

TULSA, Okla. USA–The world premiere of Edwaard Liang’s glittering Dorothy and the Prince of Oz ballet last week brought Broadway theatrics to the staging of sophisticated ballet with contemporary choreography extraordinaire. Liang’s masterful authority over details  presided  during  the February 10 debut at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.     Continue reading

Tulsa Ballet world premiere takes flight this weekend

TULSA, Okla. USA–The world premiere of celebrated American choreographer Edwaard Liang‘s Dorothy and the Prince of Oz debuts this weekend, February 10-12, 2017 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, as the distinguished, internationally-acclaimed Tulsa Ballet continues the celebration of its 2016-17 Diamond Anniversary season.   Continue reading

Russian ballet in Oklahoma: cultural synergy celebrated in ‘Don Quixote’

By Glenda Rice Collins   (Updated 2-7-17)

Part I of a two-part focus: celebrating the synergy of cultural diversity in the arts*

EDMOND, Okla. — The excitement, brilliance and buoyancy of Mikhail Baryshnikov‘s fast-paced 1983 staging of the Don Quixote ballet (after Marius Petipa) was brought to life again last week by the touring  dancers of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, featured  at the opulent  Armstrong Auditorium — a  stunning reminder of the artistic (and personal) merits of embracing cultural diversity and global travel. Continue reading

Oklahoma Osage Ballet Santa Fe Bound

By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. USA — “I love making beautiful things,” says Osage Ballet director Randy Tinker Smith, “Whether in music or ballet, …getting everybody to work together to produce a beautiful piece of art…That’s our goal, that we always represent our tribe well, …and to keep getting our story out.”  Continue reading

Emmy Award Winner: ‘Mia, A Dancer’s Journey’ Airs on OETA-TV in Oklahoma

HONORS: Revered Influential Immigrant Ballerina Remembered in Film

Mia, A Dancer's Journey producers celebrate in Los Angeles

Mia, A Dancer’s Journey producers celebrate in Los Angeles

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., USA–The Emmy Award-winning film, Mia, A Dancer’s Journey, which  celebrates the career and influence of famed 20th-century gifted ballerina, Mia Slavenska (1914-2002), will be broadcast on OETA-TV in Oklahoma, tonight at 10 p.m.

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REVIEW: “Nureyev’s Eyes” drama featured at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Unique Wyeth and Warhol exhibitions continue through October 5 in Arkansas
By Glenda Rice Collins, Published October 2, 2015

BENTONVILLE, Ark., USA — “The eyes are the hard part,” says the Jamie Wyeth character in  David Rush’s award-winning drama, Nureyev’s Eyes. An inspired reading of the play was featured last week at a “Live Arts – Dance” event in the Great Hall of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art — concluding with an audience ‘standing ovation.’   Continue reading

REVIEW: Tulsa Ballet celebrates Creations in Studio K with Three World Premieres

World-class Ballet Ready for Export
By Glenda Rice Collins, Published September 15, 2015

TULSA, Okla., USA–A trio of world premieres, by a trio of internationally acclaimed choreographers, recently  produced three world-class contemporary ballets, ready for immediate export, from the unique Tulsa Ballet Studio K theater, in this heartland city with a rich history concerning international ballet luminaries.

Creations in Studio K 2015 world premiere performances began September 11 and continue through September 19 & 20 at 3 p.m. Continue reading

REVIEW: TBII “On Your Radar,” with Tulsa Ballet II, celebrating 10 years in 2015

By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist
Published August 25, 2015, For GlendaRiceCollins.com

TULSA–“People come and go so quickly around here,” said ‘Dorothy,’  during her dream world escapades in The Wizard of Oz film classic. It  can also be said about current, sought-after choreographers at Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Ballet II, their leaders, and their audiences.

Under the leadership of Tulsa Ballet’s Marcello Angelini, the George Kaiser Family Foundation Artistic Director; and TBII artistic manager Alfonso Martin, the former distinguished Tulsa Ballet principal dancer from Spain, TBII’s fast-paced reach is ever-expanding, globally, — much like world-class Tulsa Ballet.

I suggest you keep them ‘on your radar.’

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