Consistently its most interesting show of the year, Tulsa Ballet’s Signature Series brings together three short works chosen to mix in a little bite with the regularly-scheduled beauty. This year, artistic director Marcello Angelini has picked pieces that will hit those less obvious pleasure receptors—ones that make you think as well as feel. “The Green Table” is a crucially important dance work from 1932 made by German choreographer Kurt Jooss in a bleak historical moment between two wars. It’s an archetypal warning about history repeating itself, made in a groundbreaking style that combines cool irony with forthright emotion. (One of Jooss’s students was the legendary Pina Bausch.) “Rassemblement” by Nacho Duato explores themes of disenfranchisement and liberation in a dynamic, passionate dance set to Haitian folk songs. A new work by TB resident choreographer Ma Cong (fresh off his Broadway debut in “M. Butterfly”) completes the evening. A ballet company that sees itself as part of—not set apart from—sociopolitical engagement? More of that, please.
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