Tulsa may seem an unlikely place to find a well-rounded ballet company, but that is indeed what Tulsa Ballet is. Over the past decade or so, the company has expanded the artistic breadth of its performance repertory to include not only traditional story ballets but also a somewhat eclectic collection of work by 20th and 21st choreographers. Works include George Balanchine’s wonderfully abstract Four Temperaments, several pieces by contemporary Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, and Kurt Jooss’ politically controversial Green Table.
Simultaneously, Tulsa Ballet has also built up its educational and outreach programs in unique ways. They have released a 2-disc DVD educational lecture on the history and art of ballet and regularly present workshops to local school groups. As part of its educational outreach efforts Tulsa Ballet has also created the Cygnet Society, a membership program specifically for 8th grade girls. This program functions as a kind of bridge between patron membership and educational program. Members not only get season tickets and merchandise but also participate in hands-on educational workshops on some behind-the-scenes aspects of Tulsa Ballet including stage make-up, costumes, and music performance.
Tulsa Ballet Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessible: Yes
- Performances/Programs: Six different programs each year, three performances each with the exception of the annual Nutcracker which is scheduled for eight performances.
Ticket Prices: Range from $20 – $70. Discounts are available on select shows for children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over.
- Group Discounts: Discounts for groups of 15 or more are available for some events and are arranged individually with each group.
- Subscriptions: Subscribers can choose one of several season packages that are organized by performance night (i.e. a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday series). Packages are also organized thematically, for example a Fairy Tale Package or a Contemporary Show Package are available as selections. Subscriber benefits include priority seating, advance ticket purchases, access to subscriber phone line and invitations to special events. All sales are final, but the Tulsa Performing Arts Center will exchange tickets to events with more than one performance up to 24 hours before the performance.
- Membership: Basic annual membership to Tulsa Ballet Supporters requires a donation of any amount up to $99. Membership includes a subscription to Tulsa Ballet Centerstage Newsletter and Invitations to Tulsa Ballet events.
- Special Membership for Young Adults: The Barre Society is Tulsa Ballet’s membership group for young professionals. Membership is $250 per person. Benefits include a season subscription for all Tulsa Ballet performances at Orchestra II level seating, pre-performance cocktails before every show, invitations to parties and networking events and a 10% discount on Tulsa Ballet merchandise.