Oklahoma City Ballet
Oklahoma City Ballet
Over the first five months of 2023, more than 25,000 people have visited Oklahoma Contemporary for two intriguing exhibition openings (with a third coming in hot), three captivating OKC Repertory Theater productions, one breathtaking duet at the bottom of the ocean floor, two artist talks, five art-making Second Saturdays, 71 Studio School classes, and workshops and 15 camps. Up next? A weekend of contemporary dance in partnership with Oklahoma City Ballet.
“Our partnership with OKC Ballet allows us to support the works of three innovative choreographers at the top of their field,” says Curator of Public Programs and Performance Marie Casimir. “It also continues our interest in engaging our audiences in visceral and layered performances.”
Coming to our Te Ata Theater from June 23-25, Unboxed presents three contemporary dance works by three spectacular choreographers: Rena Butler, Larry Keigwin and Oklahoma City Ballet Artistic Director Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye. Each choreographer will debut a short, never-seen-before work, accompanied by set design and costume pieces from ArtNow 2023 artist Yakita Starr Fields in collaboration with Butler.
“We will create world-premiere intellectual property made right here in Oklahoma with some of the brightest and most talented creative minds of our time,” Jolicoeur-Nye says. “Not only aiming to enrich our diverse public audiences with this accessible program, we are bolstering the scope of work that our very own Oklahoma City Ballet artists present to our public.”
Over Unboxed’s three-day run, attendees can not only see the new productions, but also a free, abridged family matinee paired with a movement class led by The Groovemeant Community’s Alfonso Pulé, a leader of the street dance moment in OKC.
Whichever production viewers choose, Unboxed offers just a glimpse into the incredible talent in and new contemporary works being created by OKC Ballet.
“The work is accessible in beautiful ways,” Casimir says. “Contemporary dance as a form is loose, and the choreographer gets to decide what styles of dance they will fuse to make something new and specific to who they are. I can guarantee all three choreographers are creating with their signature styles, and that's exciting for the dancers who learning the works and quickly adapting.”
Butler is one of the most sought-after choreographers in the United States, and she has danced and choreographed for dozen of prestigious companies across the globe. Keigwin is the founder of KEIGWIN + COMPANY, a contemporary dance company based in New York. He, too, has worked across the world, creating award-winning works, choreography for Broadway and more.
Jolicoeur-Nye is creating improvisational works that call for audience participation.
“I am relying on the audience to help me direct dancers, almost like improvisational theater,” he says. “Each time it is performed, it will be different, making the experience incredibly unique to audiences. They will witness a creation that may never be seen again.”
The weekend will be full of contemporary dance and creative exploration! Pay-what-you-can tickets are sold out for all three performances.
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