I’m just going to start by saying that Tulsa Ballet is doing it right.
In what way?
I’m glad you asked.
Firstly, streaming Creations Reimagined direct in real time from the company’s on-site Studio K Theater is a brilliant way to allow those of us not in Tulsa to witness first-hand the excitement of attending a live performance in the intimacy of this 300-seat venue. This annual program, traditionally titled Creations in Studio K, is dedicated solely to the development of new works; and although I have no prior experiences to compare to, this year’s reimagined version in particular is one not to be missed.
Which segues into the other reason how the company is at the top of the game. Despite of – or perhaps thanks to – the challenges faced by the pandemic, the Tulsa Ballet team of dancers, choreographers, artistic and executive leaders has managed to maintain exceptional standards. In one of the “intermissions”, we become privy to the the amount of attention, detail, and care that the costume shop is employing – disinfectants, gloves, arm and face shields, N95 masks – to protect the staff. And speaking of masks, the dancers are wearing them in all three works on this program; and they are, surprisingly, not a distraction. In fact they serve to prove, with creative choreography and talented dancers, just how powerful and necessary corporal and ocular expression are.