Oakland Ballet Announces 2019 Spring Repertory Season
Oakland, CA, March 6, 2019—Oakland Ballet Company has announced its 2019 Spring Repertory Season, titled Jazz Vistas.
Billed as a concert of intimate ballet featuring new and recent works by Bay Area
choreographers and live music, the performance celebrates Oakland's cultural
heritage as a center of jazz and blues.
A new piece, The Oaktown Blues, features the work multiple choreo
Lustig has challenged the choreographers to create
different sections of The Oaktown Blues to draw out contemporary meaning from classic
tunes to infuse the decades-old standard repertoire with fresh energy and relevance. "The
most special thing about Oakland Ballet Company is the city of
Oakland-where it has been, and where it is going," said Lustig. "Music and dance are part of
the fabric of this town. Jazz Vistas looks back to honor Oakland's rich
cultural heritage, while also looking forward to support the creation of
new work by artists living and working in the city today."
Live music is by a combo musicians from the Oaktown Jazz Workshop. Directed by Ravi Abcarian with special guest Oakland-based vocalist Tiffany Austin, the music is inspired by West Oakland's history "as an African American
cultural mecca and incubator of jazz and blues following World War II." Also on the program is Lustig's 2011 VISTA, set to the "swanky, charmingly quirky" music of John Lurie
and the Lounge Lizards. Musical selections include West Coast
blues, swing and boogie woogie classics made famous by Sugar Pie
Desanto, Ivory Joe Hunter, Saunders King, Big Mama Thornton, Etta James
and Lowell Fulson.
On Saturday April 13 Oakland Ballet Company presents its annual Spring Gala fundraiser from 6-10pm at the Bellevue Club on Lake Merritt in Oakland. The evening is hosted by ABC7 news reporter Cheryl Jennings and includes a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception; an informal performance featuring highlights from the company's spring season, Jazz Vistas; a three-course dinner catered by the Bellevue Club; and a silent auction offering items such as vacation packages, tickets to local sporting and cultural events, luxury goods, and local services. Following dinner, guests are invited to dance with members of Oakland Ballet to live music by Little Jonny and the Giants.
Performances are Friday April 5 at 8pm and
Saturday April 6 at 3pm and 8pm in the Florence Schwimley Little
Theater, Berkeley High School. For more information contact Oakland Ballet.