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'Visionaries' of dance: OKC Ballet closing season with triple bill

Choreographer Cayetano Soto is looking for dance companies with vision.

That search brought him to Oklahoma City Ballet, where he is choreographing a new work titled “Adam” on the dancers.

“Everyone is very open and improvises so generously here. Sometimes when you go to work with a new company, you never know what to expect. I’m here for the first time, and all the doors, they were open,” Soto said.

The Barcelona, Spain-born and based choreographer will celebrate the world premiere of his new work Friday and Saturday as part of OKC Ballet’s 2018-19 season closer, “Visionaries: A Triple Bill.” The bill also will include the company premieres of famed ballets by American dance legends Robert Joffrey and George Balanchine.

“I wanted a new choreographer on an international scale to come to Oklahoma and create a new work for us. … I think his work in itself, his choreography in itself, is visionary,” OKC Ballet Artistic Director Robert Mills said of Soto.

Dance titans

Joffrey’s "Pas de Deesses” (or “Dance of the Goddesses”) will be presented with live piano accompaniment by the OKC Philharmonic’s Peggy Payne in honor of the 30th anniversary of the dance icon's death.

“That’s where this ‘Visionaries’ program began because he was such a visionary in his ideas about this art form in this country. When you know the art form of ballet in this country, of course, you also think of George Balanchine, the founder of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet," Mills said. "Those two men are really essentially in our industry ... like titans.”

The bill also will include “The Four Temperaments,” one of Balanchine's earliest works in his signature neoclassical style. Set to a score Balanchine commissioned from Paul Hindemith, the ballet is inspired by the medieval belief that humans are made up of four different “humors” that determine each person’s temperament: melancholic (gloomy and pensive), sanguinic (stubborn and passionate), phlegmatic (unemotional and passive) and choleric (ill-tempered and angry).

“You don’t have to know the Greek mythology on these temperaments to appreciate it,” said Paul Boos, repetiteur with the George Balanchine Trust, who has been helping OKC Ballet learn the piece. “There’s one particular role, Sanguinic, which is technically extremely difficult. In fact, the woman who made it famous is from Oklahoma: Maria Tallchief."

Universal themes

Being included in a triple bill with such iconic choreographers is an honor, said Soto, whose “Adam” is a sort of follow-up to his 2005 ballet “Shooting Star,” which he dedicated to his father after he died of cancer.

“I always felt that there is something more after one person’s departure. Where does the love go? How do you think about this person? When I talk about my ballet, it is something very personal. But in the end, it’s something universal, because we go through the same feelings, and especially that one. Everybody’s going to know what it means to lose somebody that you love so much,” Soto said.

“As artists we have a tremendous responsibility right now: We have to inspire the world. .. A civilization without art is nothing; it’s not even a civilization.”

ON STAGE

Oklahoma City Ballet presents “Visionaries: A Triple Bill”

When: 8 pm. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.

Tickets and information: www.okcballet.org.

OKC BALLET ANNOUNCES 2019-2020 SEASON

Season tickets are on sale for Oklahoma City Ballet’s 2019-2020 season, which will include the first performances in its new Susan E. Brackett Dance Center, 6800 N Classen Blvd.

Michael Pink’s “Dracula”: Oct. 25-27, Civic Center, with Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

“The Nutcracker”: Dec. 14-22, Civic Center, with OKC Philharmonic.

Robert Mills’ “Romeo and Juliet”: Feb. 14-16, Civic Center, with OKC Philharmonic.

“Future Voices: A Choreographic Showcase” (add-on production): March 13-15, Susan E. Brackett Dance Center.

“(e)motion(s) — A Triple Bill”: Featuring a world premiere piece by Mills marking the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, April 17-19, 2020, Civic Center.

For more information, go to www.okcballet.org or call 848-8637.

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<strong>Oklahoma City Ballet Principal Dancer DaYoung Jung rehearses April 8 at the Susan E. Brackett Dance Center.  [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Oklahoma City Ballet Principal Dancer DaYoung Jung rehearses April 8 at the Susan E. Brackett Dance Center. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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[Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title=" Oklahoma City Ballet Principal Dancer Courtney Connor Jones, center, rehearses April 8 with Paul Boos, repetiteur with the George Balanchine Trust, at the Susan E. Brackett Dance Center. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> Oklahoma City Ballet Principal Dancer Courtney Connor Jones, center, rehearses April 8 with Paul Boos, repetiteur with the George Balanchine Trust, at the Susan E. Brackett Dance Center. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8c83e30e20d3b7f0a70e98544c0e43db.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City Ballet dancers rehearse April 8 at the Susan E. Brackett Dance Center. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title=" Oklahoma City Ballet dancers rehearse April 8 at the Susan E. Brackett Dance Center. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> Oklahoma City Ballet dancers rehearse April 8 at the Susan E. Brackett Dance Center. 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