Ballet to help people get into holiday spirit
TULSA, Oklahoma — The holiday season is here and the Tulsa Ballet, located in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation jurisdiction, is gearing up for a series of performances of the acclaimed ballet, ‘The Nutcracker.’
The ballet dancers who rehearse for several different performances throughout the year have been preparing for this show since early fall.
‘The Nutcracker’ is a two-act ballet set in Paris on Christmas Eve in the early 1920’s. The family is welcoming guests to a Christmas party when the young daughter, Marie is given a nutcracker from her godfather, Herr.
Madalina Stoica who plays the lead role is ready to help bring the Christmas spirit back when she performs in the ballet.
She said when she grew up in Romania, ‘The Nutcracker’ was not a big thing for her. When she performed in the play, she saw the importance of it to the audience as well as to herself.
“In the United States, there is no Christmas without ‘The Nutcracker,’ Stoica said. “Even if I wasn’t dancing I would still go watch it.”
Stoica said doing ballet has been nothing short of amazing for her.
“I love what I do,” she said. “The harder we work makes it more satisfying.”
TB Artistic Director Marcello Angelini said ‘The Nutcracker’ serves so many purposes to the audience and community.
“This play puts everyone into the holiday spirit,” he said.
He also said that ‘The Nutcracker’ helps people who have never heard of ballet or seen a performance, get interested in this type of dance.
“That is what usually happens,” Angelini said. “Usually when they see this play they are drawn into seeing more ballet performances.”
Angelini said ballet is not as easy as it looks. It takes a lot of hours to perfect everything.
Every year they go around the world to recruit dancers and bring them to Tulsa.
“It is not easy to become a professional dancer,” he said. “Sometimes we have over 1500 applicants and out of those we might take two or three.”
Angelini said the dancers put in numerous hours to make sure they are ready come performance night.
“Our dancers are constantly training and getting ready to put on a wonderful show for everyone,” he said.
TB will perform ‘The Nutcracker’ beginning Dec. 8 and will go every weekend until Dec. 23.
For more information, go to: https://tulsaballet.org.