Tulsa Ballet's Studio K (45th and Peoria)

This week is a very exciting one in Tulsa dance. Local companies have been working on projects big and small throughout the season, preparing for performances later in the summer, but the shows coming up May 3-6 are particularly special. They mark the first time local modern dance groups have been invited to share the stage with Tulsa Ballet, presenting original choreography immediately before TB’s performances of new works by Ma Cong, Douglas Lee, and Darrell Grand Moultrie.

When he announced this initiative in the fall, TB Artistic Director Marcello Angelini noted that while his company brings a wide array of contemporary work to Tulsa, there is room for a broad spectrum of dance offerings here. “The wider the dance scene in any given city,” he said recently, “the richer the cultural landscape for that community will be. I feel we are at a pivotal point in Tulsa, a point where dance can become more than ever an integral part of the fabric of our community.”

Studio K, TB’s 295-seat in-house theater, has hosted local and regional contemporary companies in the past, but Angelini describes this week’s shows as “the most significant collaboration between local dance companies in decades.”

It’s a tremendous opportunity for everyone involved. (Including this writer, who’s lucky enough to perform not once but twice this weekend.) Ticketholders can just arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled TB performance time; no extra ticket is required. Performances are as follows:

May 3 at 6:30pm: Jennifer Mellor Dance Project, “Les Muses”
May 4 at 6:30pm: Portico Dans Theatre, “Stoicheon” [The Elements]
May 5 at 1:30pm: Living Water, “Let Justice Roll Down”
May 5 at 6:30pm: Bell House Arts, “Avelut”
May 6 at 1:30pm: Tulsa Modern Movement (TuMM), “Between Us”

This initiative from Tulsa Ballet — like many of the company’s endeavors — is an innovative one. For years, TB has taken the lead in introducing our region to the best of contemporary dance from around the world. I hope my Tulsa readers will take this opportunity come out and see some of the wonderful original work coming out of our own community.