By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Stillwater plays host to many talented artists and individuals throughout the year. Oklahoma State University Allied Arts continues the tradition by hosting a performance of Ailey II, a contemporary dance troupe from New York City, at the Seretean Center Concert Hall Tuesday.
Allied Arts and Special Events Coordinator Brandon Mitts said the Alvin Ailey performers, an early incarnation of the group, last performed in Stillwater in the 1970s.
“Honestly, it was last year that I sat down and experienced contemporary dance and I was blown away,” Mitts said.
He said viewers will enjoy watching a world-class performance in their hometown.
“The dancers that come with Ailey II, they’re going to be, athletically, the best,” Mitts said. “These dancers are amazing; their strength and flexibility. But there’s also this theatrical aspect. We have to bring in lighting from Oklahoma City. This is the most we spend on lights and gadgets because the contemporary dances are very theatrical, lots of lighting and things like that.”
Mitts said the 12 dancers tell stories through their performance.
“The one thing that the Allied Arts committee always tries to bring in is dance and theater groups of some sort,” he said.
A free talk, titled “The Inside Story,” will lead off the performance Tuesday.
“The company manager will give a talk from 7-7:30 p.m. in the Seretean Center and talk about the pieces and what they mean and it helps the audience get an inside look on what’s going on,” Mitts said.
The show will follow at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for OSU students and children 12 and under. All other tickets are $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 744-7509 or visit alliedarts.okstate.edu.