OKC Ballet planning free outdoor performance at Scissortail Park
Oklahoma City Ballet will present "Ballet Under the Stars," a free outdoor performance at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Scissortail Park’s Love’s Travel Stops Stage & Great Lawn in downtown Oklahoma City.
The community performance will feature professional ballet dancers performing both classical ballet and modern dance as well as students from the Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School and pre-professional dancers. The on-stage dancing will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last one hour, followed by an hourlong performance by local musician Chase Kerby, according to a news release.
“We are excited to showcase our dancers, and we hope the audience will do a little dancing of their own when Chase Kerby hits the stage,” said OKC Ballet Artistic Director Robert Mills in a statement.
The event will also feature live music from a cellist and pianist from the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, who will play the dramatic “Dying Swan” excerpt from Camille Saint-Saëns's "Le Cygne," to be performed by OKC Ballet Principal Dancer Amy Potter.
In addition to Potter, seven more of Oklahoma City Ballet’s professional dancers will be featured: Principal Dancers Jonathan Batista, Courtney Connor Jones and DaYoung Jung; Soloists Autumn Klein and Walker Martin; and Corps de Ballet Dancers Alejandro Gonzalez and Wojciech Ogloza.
In addition, Ballet Master Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye is choreographing an original modern work that will make its world debut and feature Klein, Potter, Gonzalez and Ogloza.
"Ballet Under the Stars" will also include the world premiere of Amanda Popejoy’s "Elemental," inspired by the new Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center's inaugural "Bright Golden Haze" exhibition. The piece is part of the "Bright Golden Haze: Reflections" series made possible by a grant from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.
"Elemental" will feature Oklahoma City Ballet’s trainees, professional student dancers who train at the Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School.
Several young students from the Yvonne Chouteau School will showcase their dance skills on stage as part of the outdoor show.
“The students are honored to share the stage with the company and trainees and they are so excited to get to perform for an audience for the first time this year," said School Director Racheal Nye in a statement.
A singer-songwriter and native Oklahoman, Kerby has been featured on NBC's "The Voice" and is a staple of Oklahoma’s thriving music scene, playing in several bands as well as as a solo performer over the years.
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt will welcome the audience and help kick off the event. Guests are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs. Some concessions will be available at the event. For more information, go to www.okcballet.org.