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Tulsa Ballet Presents a Work by Wayne McGregor, One of the World's Top Contemporary Choreographers

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On this installment of ST, we present a conversation with Wayne McGregor, who's the artistic director of Random Dance, which is the Resident Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London; McGregor is also the Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. Indeed, he's among the leading names in the ballet world, known for his ground-breaking collaborations in the areas of dance, film, music, visual art, technology, and science. (Last year, McGregor, born in 1970, was awarded a CBE, or Commander of the Order of the British Empire.) This weekend, on September 14th, 15th, and 16th, Tulsa Ballet will open its new season with a mixed-repertory evening called "Age of Innocence," and one of the works included in this three-piece program will be the U.S. premiere McGregor’s "PreSentient." McGregor has previously created ballet works for La Scala, Milan, the Paris Opera Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet, and the New York City Ballet. He also created, just before the recent Summer Olympics, a "flash mob"-like work called "Big Dance Trafalgar Square," which featured some 900 people --- from all walks of life, at all levels of movement ability -- doing a public, athletics-inspired group dance in the heart of London. And as McGregor tells us on today's program, he originally got the idea for "PreSentient" when he heard the intense, fast-moving music that this work features throughout. Said music is the super-propulsive "Triple Quartet," by the famed American minimalist composer, Steve Reich. (To learn more about Tulsa Ballet's upcoming "Age of Innocence" evening, please go here. For ticket information, please see this link.)

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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