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Over the past several years, Choregus Productions has shown itself to be one of the most innovative forces in the arts in Tulsa. Not only has it brought to town some of the world’s most famous contemporary dance companies — groups like Merce Cunningham, Pascal Rioult, Batsheva, Cedar Lake, Keigwin & Company, Alonzo King LINES, Mark Morris Dance Group, and this season, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane — but along the way it has developed a powerful model of engagement between the visiting artists and the community at large. Choregus arranges master classes for advanced dancers with each company it brings to town, as well as very special performances and lecture demonstrations for hundreds of public school students. (Imagine having the chance to hear Alonzo King talk about dance when you were 10 years old.)

Choregus is bringing the passionate, powerful Complexions Contemporary Ballet back to Tulsa this weekend — September 22 and 23 at the Helmerich Theater at Cascia Hall — to open its 2012-2013 season, having enjoyed a tremendous audience response when the company first visited last year. Complexions will present excerpts from Testament (music: traditional), Rise (music by U2), and On Holiday; the complete works Growth (music by Steve Reich), Flight (music by Bach), and Pretty Gritty Suite (music by various jazz greats); and the world premiere of a ballet by Dwight Rhoden, titled The Curve.

Along with its educational performances, the company will also invite the community to join them for what Choregus is calling a Total Dance Immersion Experience on Saturday, September 22, from 10am-4pm. The day includes a master class, lunch with Complexions dancers, a lecture and Q&A with company choreographers, access to the tech rehearsal, and tickets to either performance. Cost is $50 for students and $70 for adults, with lunch and tickets included. Reservations for the immersion day or for performance tickets can be made at 918.688.6112.

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