Spring Season: “Oakland-esque”

Oakland-esque Spring Repertory Season

TICKET INFORMATION  |  ABOUT OAKLAND-ESQUE  |  THEATER INFORMATION

An Oakland inspired evening of dance!

Vincent Chavez, Rayshawn “Looney” Thompson (of the Turf Feinz) and Alysia Chang in Oakland Ballet Company's Spring Repertory performance, "Oakland-esque." Photo by Davide DeSilva.

Vincent Chavez, Rayshawn “Looney” Thompson (of the Turf Feinz) and Alysia Chang in Oakland Ballet Company’s Spring Repertory performance, “Oakland-esque.” Photo by Davide DeSilva.

Friday, May 16, 8pm
Saturday, May 17, 2pm
Saturday, May 17, 8pm

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts Theater
1428 Alice Street, Oakland

Oakland Ballet Company’s 2013-2014 season production Oakland-esque is an exciting program featuring four world premieres celebrating the richness, diversity and beauty present in the East Bay community and paying homage to the city that has been OBC’s home for nearly 50 years!

Departing from the classical world of ballet, Oakland-esque showcases the company’s contemporary side – stripping away the elements of more formal ballet productions for a more hip, urban program celebrating dance and Oakland. This program features Oakland Ballet Company’s dynamic dancers with guest performers from Oakland’s groundbreaking AXIS Dance Company and the popular Oakland street dance crew Turffeinz. See below for more detailed information about each of the four new, world-premiere dance works in Oakland-esque.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets to Oakland-esque are on sale now!

Adult Tickets: $35.00
Seniors (62 and over): $30.00

Children (17 and under) and college students (with valid ID): $20.00

Seating is general admission for all shows and is on a first come first serve basis. Accommodations will be made for any special needs. Doors open 1 hour before each performance.

ABOUT OAKLAND-ESQUE:

This program includes new works by:

Artistic Director Graham Lustig
Sonya Delwaide
Molissa Fenley
Robert Moses

Vincent Chavez, Rayshawn “Looney” Thompson (of the Turffeinz) and Alysia Chang in Oakland Ballet Company's Spring Repertory performance, "Oakland-esque." Photo by Davide DeSilva.

Vincent Chavez, Rayshawn “Looney” Thompson (of the Turffeinz) and Alysia Chang in Oakland Ballet Company’s Spring Repertory performance, “Oakland-esque.” Photo by Davide DeSilva.

Sonya Delwaide:
Sonya Delwaide’s new work explores how dancers with mixed-abilities can collaborate with dancers with classical training. Featuring two guest dancers from AXIS Dance Company along with Oakland Ballet’s company dancers, this new piece features the first collaboration between Oakland Ballet and AXIS.

Delwaide last collaborated with Oakland Ballet in 2011, setting “…” as part of the 2011 FORWARDS! spring repertory production.

Molissa Fenley:
In her first collaboration with Oakland Ballet, Fenley’s new ballet will be inspired by her walks among the Oakland redwoods and  the feeling one gets while traversing Oakland’s natural landscapes. This quintet will mark Fenley’s first choreographic work set exclusively on male dancers and will also feature an original music score, by musician Joan Jeanrenaud, formerly of the Kronos Quartet, and performed live by Mills College alumnae Nava Dunkelman and Anna Wray.

Vincent Chavez, Rayshawn “Looney” Thompson (of the Turffeinz) and Alysia Chang in Oakland Ballet Company's Spring Repertory performance, "Oakland-esque." Photo by Davide DeSilva.

Vincent Chavez, Rayshawn “Looney” Thompson (of the Turffeinz) and Alysia Chang in Oakland Ballet Company’s Spring Repertory performance, “Oakland-esque.” Photo by Davide DeSilva.

Graham Lustig:
In a new ballet-meets-hip-hop collaboration, OBC Artistic Director Graham Lustig creates a work that incorporates the thrilling improvisational vocabulary of two street dancers from the popular Oakland turfing crew, Turffeinz.

In this new work, Lustig will draw inspiration from the technical virtuosity of the Turffeinz, in particular, how they are able to perform complicated and extended periods of dance on the tips of their sneakers, elevating themselves from the floor in exactly the same manner that a ballerina might do in performing on pointe.

“As a trained ballet dancer and choreographer, the movement of the Turffeinz fascinates and inspires me,” says Lustig.  “These guys dance on the tips of their sneakers! Familiar movements we know in the ballet as relevés, pirouettes, bourrées and piqués are effortlessly woven into their free-form improvisations.  It is beautiful and expresses a joy that is beyond words.”

Robert Moses:
Robert Moses’ new work is set to explore Oakland’s rich musical history, from the early 1970’s to the present, by incorporating the music of artists such as Oakland-raised Larry Graham, Jr., the originator of the ‘slap-funk’ bass-playing style that helped to define the genre of funk.

THEATER INFORMATION:

OBC is excited to present this ballet at one of downtown Oakland’s historic venue’s, the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts.*

Learn more about the venue and how to travel to the Malonga Center >

The series of performances will include a “Production in Action” educational matinee for local school students and their teachers.  Arrange for your school to attend this exciting educational experience >

In support of OBC’s 2013-2014 season, the East Bay Community Foundation has awarded the company a matching grant of $8,000. Help support our upcoming production of Oakland-esque and meet our matching goal by making your donation today!

Oakland Ballet’s spring season is also supported by Chevron, the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, the San Francisco Foundation, Bank of America, Clorox, the Matson Foundation, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, Shorenstein Properties, Cypress Security, Highland Partners, Recology, Signature Development Group and Webcor Builders.

*Note: The Malonga Center is located within blocks of BART’s 12th Street Oakland City Center Station at 1428 Alice Street. Several parking garages are within easy walking distance of the center.

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