Press Room


Welcome to the OBC Press Room, the online resource that offers easy access to the latest information about Oakland Ballet Company. Here, members of the press can find the latest press releases, reviews and downloadable high-resolution photos.

Media contact:
Lisa Mezzacappa
Lisa Mezzacappa Projects: Arts Programming and Communications
phone: 510-708-2530


PRESS RELEASE  |  Oakland Ballet Company Announces Spring 2018 Season  |   read more

PRESS RELEASE  |  Oakland Ballet Company Presents the 2018 Spring Gala  |   read more

PRESS RELEASE  |  Oakland Ballet Company Announces Jangala  |   read more

PRESS RELEASE  |  Oakland Ballet Company Announces Fall 2017 Season  |   read more

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REVIEW  | Oakland Ballet’s Cavalcade of 50 Years
By Allan Ulrich for the San Francisco Chronicle |  May 2015
No director can sum up the history of a ballet company in a little over two hours, but Graham Lustig came close Saturday afternoon at the Paramount, where the Oakland Ballet Company celebrated its 50th birthday. A host of Bay Area dance luminaries filled the auditorium, signaling that the company in the past was a significant presence on the arts scene. With this gala, Lustig clearly hopes that the future will be equally as bright.  |  read more

REVIEW  |  The Jaded Sing Hallelujah for Oakland Ballet’s Nutcracker
By Carla Escoda for the Huffington Post |  December 2014
The Nutcracker has become the annual meal ticket for most ballet companies. Most productions overdose on the saccharin in an attempt to appeal to a wider Disney demographic, yet retain some of the more disquieting elements of the original E.T.A. Hoffmann story (like the creepy magician uncle.) So it was a relief to witness Graham Lustig’s deft handling of the tale for Oakland Ballet, aided and abetted by Zack Brown’s stylish sets and costumes.  |  read more

REVIEW  |  San Francisco Chronicle – Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker 2014
By Allan Ulrich  |  December 2014
Because it usually arrives on local stages last in the chain of “Nutcrackers,” Graham Lustig’s production, as danced by the Oakland Ballet Company, always comes as a capstone to the holiday dance season. The fanciful yet traditional plot and design and the live performance of the Tchaikovsky score add up to a complete “Nutcracker” experience. Recent dance history repeated itself Saturday afternoon at the Paramount, where Artistic Director Lustig launched the energized Oakland Ballet Company’s historic 50th anniversary season with a sweet, comforting revival of this version of the ballet.  |  read more

REVIEW  |  Oakland-esque: Oakland Ballet’s Love Letter to a City
By Carla Escoda for the Huffington Post |  May 2014
Ballet companies everywhere are trying to stay relevant, agonizing over how to build audiences and attract a younger demographic to the opera house. Oakland Ballet’s straightforward strategy is to take ballet to the streets — literally and figuratively.  |  read more

REVIEW  |  Dance Commentary – Oakland-esque
By Heather Desaulniers  |  May 2014
The Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts was alive with movement and music as the Oakland Ballet Company presented three performances of “Oakland-esque”, their spring production. In this two-act program, the cast and audience took a chronological journey beginning in the late 1920s and culminating in the present day. Inspired by these past nine decades, four world premieres by four different choreographers offered stylistic breadth and range of genre. Though at their core, each piece was committed to “Oakland-esque’s” larger narrative: the strength of community spirit.  |  read more

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AWARD  |  Food Bank 2010 Certificate of Recognition
Oakland Ballet is proud to support the efforts of the Alameda County Community Food Bank, with a donation of 241 pounds of food during their 2010 drive.  |  see the award

AWARD  |  Neighborhood Excellence Initiative 2008
Bank of America Honors Oakland Ballet Company with Historic Preservation award.

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