Oklahoma City Ballet at Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre

Oklahoma City Ballet at Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts TheatreThis 2024, the Oklahoma City Ballet delivers an extraordinary power-packed season filled with incredible performances! The premier ballet company known for its transcendent and awe-inspiring presentations covers highly unique concepts with inclusive performances. Some of the company’s 2023 to 2024 season performances are sensory-friendly! This year, you can catch Oklahoma City Ballet’s outstanding ballet dancers in a number of iconic showcases, including the romantic ballet Giselle from February 9th to 11th, 2024, and Shorts: Three Iconic Ballets in One Performance from May 10th to 12, 2024! These incredible ballet shows will conquer the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City! Enjoy top-tier ballet showcases, along with impressive stage designs and exquisite costumes! Oklahoma City Ballet is guaranteed to deliver remarkable visual and aural experiences! If you love world-class ballet, then you better hurry and secure your tickets now before you miss out!

Oklahoma City Ballet Tickets

Oklahoma City Ballet tickets

Last holiday season, Oklahoma closed the year 2023 with a bang with their fantastic rendition of The Nutcracker. The showcase includes a sensory-friendly performance that resonates well with attendees – as the performance allows audiences with sensory issues to enjoy the thrill of seeing top-tier ballet dancers conquer the stage at Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre. This 2024, the premier ballet company continues its mission to make world-class ballet performances available to all types of audiences. Since its inception in 1972, Oklahoma City Ballet has made it their mission to make the art of ballet accessible. 

Therefore, this season brings performances that aim to inspire, uplift, and give incredible memories that you can cherish forever. Before saying goodbye to the winter, Oklahoma City Ballet presents their rendition of a romantic ballet classic titled Giselle. From February 9th to 11th, this showcase will light up the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall. 

Giselle is a classic ballet that features music from the legendary Adolphe Adam and original choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. The masterwork was originally performed by the Ballet du Theatre de l’Academie Royal de Musique in Paris. Although it was not an immediate hit during its time, Giselle eventually became one of the most performed ballets across the world and across time. Led by artist director Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, the Oklahoma City Ballet proudly presents its rendition of Giselle. The ballet company also brings in a brilliant creative team comprising the best choreographers, rehearsal directors, and costume and lighting designers to work with the company’s talented dancers. 

Giselle tells the story of love, betrayal, and forgiveness. A young peasant girl, Giselle, captures the heart of a young nobleman, Duke Albrecht of Selsia. In order to approach Giselle, the duke disguises himself as a humble villager named Loys. He courts the beautiful Giselle, even if he is already betrothed to Bathilde, a daughter of another Duke. This two-act ballet spans 2 hours and 11 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission.

For those who are keen on catching the sensory-friendly version of Giselle, they can book tickets to the show on February 10th. A sensory-friendly version means that sound and lights are adjusted to accommodate individuals with sensory issues. The sound levels are also expected to be lower while the strobe lighting in the audience area is reduced. Moreover, the house lights will not be completely turned off, unlike regular performances. Instead, the lights will be kept at a low level. 

This spring, Oklahoma City Ballet will deliver a thrilling three-ballet showcase from May 10th to 12th, 2024 at the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre. Shorts is a three-ballet show that features Carmina Burana, Fancy-Free, and Cacti. 

Carmina Burana is a dramatic ending to the Oklahoma City Ballet’s extraordinary 2023 to 2-24 season. This showcase is choreographed by Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye and features the music of Carl Orff. The show is a collaborative world between OKC Ballet and Canterbury Voices. Expect an impressive line-up of 50 singers who will be covering a collection of 13th-century masterpieces. 

Fancy Free is a masterpiece by choreographer Jerome Robbins featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein. It has been deemed a “precursor to Broadway’s On the Town.” Three charming sailors compete to gain the attention of two lovely ladies. They perform an outstanding repertoire in order to impress the women. This collaborative work between Robbins and Bernstein was so exceptional that it led to them creating the West Side Story. 

Lastly, Cacti presents 16 dancers who seem to be trapped in oversized Scrabble tiles. The show is choreographed by Alexander Ekman with music by the legendary Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert. It’s a gleeful performance featuring a string quartet. As the dancers try to escape their invisible prison, the audience will be entertained with the performance’s tongue-in-cheek narration. Cacti is described as hilarious and affectionate and have the makings of a “deconstruction of the affectations of dance.”

Oklahoma City Ballet has been steadfast in delivering world-class ballet performances. Since being founded in 1972, the company has had a mighty talented lineup of dancers under its helm. All dancers go through a rigorous audition and training process to ensure top-tier performances and execution of premier choreographies. Led by the illustrious artistic director Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, OKC Ballet has received wide acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

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OKC ballet has received rave reviews for its past performances. The Theater review described OKC Ballet’s The Nutcracker as “a fresh” and “delightful” version. “It is a challenge for any ballet company to find the balance between maintaining a beloved tradition and keeping a production fresh, but OKC Ballet, under the artistic direction of Robert Mills, has found great success with his delightful version of ‘The Nutcracker.’” Last year, The Oklahoma Free City Press praised OKC Ballet’s Hamlet for conveying a powerful emotion. “Hamlet is dark and sweeping, an epic tale that explores ideas of mental health and family bonds.”

This 2024, Oklahoma City Ballet will continue to deliver outstanding performances at the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre. As the resident ballet company of the Civic Center Music Hall, OKC Ballet continues to fulfill its mission of making top-notch ballet performances highly accessible to all types of viewers. Moreover, a world-class performance can only be hosted by a fully equipped venue like the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre. The venue is a state-of-the-art entertainment center, providing attendees with a great ambiance, plush seating, top-tier lights, and great sound technology. The venue is also easily accessible and provides guests with excellent facilities.

Enjoy world-class ballet courtesy of Oklahoma City Ballet at the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre! The winter and spring performances Giselle (from February 9th to 11th, 2024) and Shorts: Three Iconic Ballets in One Performance (from May 10th to 12, 2024) are guaranteed to blow you away with outstanding repertoires, great music, and incredible talent! Tickets are now available through the Get Tickets link!