Nicolo Fonte's Bolero
We had the distinct pleasure of getting to go take a sneak peak behind the scenes as Nicolo and the extremely talented dancers of the Tulsa Ballet were in rehearsals. The level of talent, hard work and dedication was mind blowing. At the end of rehearsal, Nicolo took some questions from the audience. He is a remarkably interesting man and his story of how he came about doing Bolero was equally interesting. I found the part where he explained that composer, Maurice Ravel, actually found his inspiration for Bolero from industrial pistons and how they build upon themselves, working slow at first and then becoming more fast and furious. The music itself fits this description perfectly and to tell you the truth, the music make more sense to me now. Tulsa Ballet completely slayed Bolero. The dancing was superb, the setting was exactly what Nicolo had described it would be.
Nicolo Fonte - Choreography
The collaboration on this piece was mind-blowing. We were left trying to decide where we should be looking as their was talent surrounding us everywhere between the Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus. The dancing was remarkable, intense and the story was told beautifully. Ma's pieces never cease to entertain and challenge us, which we love. He is cutting edge, but still holds true to who he is.
This is a must see show. If you can get tickets for tomorrow's matinee then you should run to the box office, not walk. The talent is off the charts.
Below is a video from a previous Carmina Burana done by Tulsa Ballet featuring one of our favorites, Alfonso Martin.
Johnny Bryan Ward