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Choreographer Val Caniparoli Returns to Tulsa Ballet with "Lady of the Camellias"


Tulsa Ballet will soon present "Lady of the Camellias," with performances scheduled for February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the Tulsa PAC. Based on a timeless yarn by the French adventure novelist Alexandre Dumas, this ballet tells a story of ill-fated love that has likewise been adapted for the film "Camille" (starring Greta Garbo), the opera "La Traviata" (regarded by many as Verdi's masterpiece), and the 2001 movie extravaganza, "Moulin Rouge." The ballet also featured the music of Chopin, and it was the first full-length ballet to be choreographed by our guest on this edition of ST, Val Caniparoli. Caniparoli is an accomplished dancer and choreographer who's worked often with Tulsa Ballet in the past; he's most closely linked with San Francisco Ballet, which has been his artistic home for more than 30 years. He tells us about the creation, development, and refinement of "Lady of the Camellias" on today's show, and also describes his recent --- and very interesting-sounding --- adaption of "The Lottery," the classic modern short story by Shirley Jackson. (Also, you'll find more about Tulsa Ballet's upcoming "Lady of the Camellias" production, including ticket details and show times, at this link.)

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