Gala to benefit OKC Ballet tour

New ballet to be debuted February 7-9 at the Civic Center Music Hall as part of a triple bill. Photo provided.

(Oklahoma City) – Oklahoma City Ballet announces “The Architecture of Dance: An Urban Celebration,” benefitting the company’s prestigious upcoming tour to St. Louis. It will be held on Wednesday evening, January 29 from 6pm to 9:30pm in the heart of Oklahoma City. Tickets are $150 per person.

In a sleekly modern setting, guests will enjoy an evening of themed cocktails, Coach House cuisine and live ballet that reflect the parallels between dance and architecture -- line, form and creativity. All proceeds will benefit the company’s upcoming tour to perform Robert Mills’ Pushing Pennies at the 7th Annual Emerson Spring to Dance Festival 2014 in St. Louis. Award-winning choreographer, Matthew Neenan, will be welcomed as the Guest of Honor. Neenan’s newest ballet will debut as part of a triple bill with Jacob Sparso’s Carmen and George Balanchine’s Rubies on February 7-9 at the Civic Center Music Hall.

Hosted by Jeanette Elliott, Annie Bohanon & Andrea Mason, the event will be held at Lingo Construction Services’ new downtown location just west of Automobile Alley. A recent Interior Design magazine 2013 Best of Year Award winner, the space is a project of Elliott + Associates.

The evening features company dancers warming-up in their “ballet studio” and performing a piece from Robert Mills’ acclaimed modern work, Pushing Pennies, with music by Philip Glass. Food served by Chef Kurt Fleischfresser is inspired by the upcoming OKC Ballet performances of Carmen and Balanchine’sRubies.

Beverages will be courtesy of Central Liquor and Earlywine Cellars. Ample parking will be available.

Tickets may be purchased with a credit card by calling 405-848-8637, or by mailing a check to OKC Ballet at 7421 N. Classen Blvd., OKC, 73116. Reservations can be made by emailing or by calling David Barocio at 405-848-8637.

About Oklahoma City Ballet: Founded in 1972 by Ballet Russe dancers Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov, Oklahoma City Ballet has been the city’s professional ballet company for over 40 years. It is the resident dance company of the Civic Center Music Hall and currently boasts 30 dancers from around the world. Led by Artistic Director Robert Mills, the company produces 4 main stage productions per season in Oklahoma City and tours across Oklahoma and the surrounding states. It is the only ballet company of its size to regularly debut world premiere story ballets with original commissioned scores and also commission’s new works from the industry’s leading choreographers.

The Gayly – January 23, 2014 @ 9am