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UCO's Broadway Tonight Series Presents the New York Theatre Ballet in a Tribute to Agnes De Mille

Feb. 15, 2010

The University of Central Oklahoma's Broadway Tonight series presents the New York Theatre Ballet, celebrating its 30th anniversary season, in "Dance/Speak: The Life of Agnes de Mille," the national tour of the dance-drama, at 7:30 p.m., March 2 at the Rose State Performing Arts Theatre.

The tribute portrays the story of the famous choreographer's struggle for success in the American theater.

Through the use of narration, dramatic interpretation and de Mille dances, "Dance/Speak" reveals her childhood influences, early attempts as a solo artist, and her eventual success as a groundbreaking theatrical innovator known throughout the world during the golden age of musical theater.

"Agnes de Mille made an enormous contribution to ballet," said Jon Finch, Broadway Tonight director. 

"She has been recognized as one of the top choreographers of the century."

The evening will include celebrated dances from "Carousel," "Bloomer Girl," "One Touch of Venus," "Brigadoon," "Rodeo," and "Debut at the Opera."

"Dance/Speak" was conceived and written by Anderson Ferrell, novelist and director of The de Mille Working Group.

The New York Theatre Ballet is the only chamber ballet company in the country to commemorate three decades of continuous operation, an important milestone for the dance world.

For tickets, call the Civic Center box office at (405) 297-2264.

For more information on UCO's Broadway Tonight series, visit www.uco.edu/broadway.