2014-2015 50th Anniversary Season
Choreographer: Graham Lustig
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set and Costume Design: Zack Brown
Oakland Ballet Company’s dynamic dancers fill the stage of the Paramount Theatre along with local dance students, youth choral members and the Oakland East Bay Symphony.
Graham Lustig’s spritely and fresh choreography makes this a holiday tradition that is fun for then entire family. Brimming with holiday magic, this is the Nutcracker to see!
Friday, May 22, 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 23, 2:00 pm
Saturday, May 23, 8:00 pm
The 50th Anniversary Spring Season will highlight all that the community has cherished about Oakland Ballet over the past five decades. This two-part program will honor OBC’s history by re-staging many beloved works from the Diaghilev era and celebrate OBC’s next 50 years with new works created by star choreographers whose early careers were shaped by their work with the company.
An Inspirational 2013-2014 Season
Oakland Ballet Company enjoyed a very successful 2013-2014 season. More than 7,000 patrons packed the historic Paramount Theatre in December for Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker,” and spring repertory season production, “Oakland-esque” garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics.
OBC continued it’s decades long tradition of making the arts accessible to all community members. The “Discover Dance” educational outreach program brought the joy of dance to more than 5,000 East Bay students, offered free performances at many venues around the Bay Area and awarded scholarships to OBC training programs to 10 promising young dancers.
Oakland Ballet Company’s 2013-2014 season opened with Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker at the iconic Paramount Theater with the live accompaniment of Michael Morgan and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. This heartwarming production is a holiday treat for all ages.
A highlight of the season was the spring repertory production, “Oakland-esque” – an Oakland inspired evening of dance and music held at the Malonga Theater in May. “Oakland-esque,” featured four new dance works all inspired by the richness and diversity present in Oakland.
“Oakland-esque” boasted sold out performances, high-profile news coverage, and rave critical reviews. Carla Escoda from “The Huffington Post” wrote, “A program that celebrates this spirited city with such style and invention deserves a long run, in many different venues. Purists may grumble, but this is the future of ballet. Companies in other cities should pay attention.”