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Ballerinas eat! Share a meal and mingle with the lithesome wonders at a special event.

Jenn Scott February 1st, 2012

Firebird at Ludivine
8 p.m. Friday
805 N. Hudson

Performing arts and culinary creations come together Friday evening in a collaboration between Oklahoma City Ballet and Ludivine, a farm-to-table restaurant.

Diners will have a chance to enjoy specially created fare, as well as talk to some of Oklahoma City Ballet’s dancers about their upcoming performance of “Firebird,” debuting Feb. 11.

In an effort to meld two art media, chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson have put together a special menu — only available Friday and again on Feb. 11 — that is “Firebird”-themed, including white tartare, confit quail, sunchoke purée, mushroom squid ink purée and white chocolate tapioca pearls.

“[What we’re doing is] a lot more modern to dispel the image of ballet as being stuffy or outdated,” said Stranger.

The ballet troupe, under the artistic direction of Robert Mills, has made chassés and ballonnés — steps — in the local performance-art culture and the ballet world at large over the last few years.

In celebration of the Oklahoma City Ballet’s 40th anniversary, it has taken on an ambitious triple bill, featuring the Stravinsky classic, “The Firebird,” with Mills’ spin.

“When I took over Oklahoma City Ballet, I was committed to bringing audiences variety,” he said. “I wanted to show variety in choreographic styles, in choreographers and in classical to neo-classical and contemporary works. This triple bill is the perfect example.”

That includes a number from Alan Hineline, an award-winning choreographer known for his work locally on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

During a recent practice, Hineline’s ideas evolved through the dancers and music. At one point, a dancer led left instead of right. “Wait, I like that better,” Hineline said. “We’ll do that. Go again.”

Just like that, the choreography changed in a small, but meaningful way, and 16 counts of “The Firebird” became even more beautiful.

The third ballet of the night will be a signature work from Mills. A sneak peek provided a glimpse of visually stunning, rule-breaking performance art not to be missed.

“Art lovers will connect with the collaborative nature, and ballet or art ‘newbies,’ I encourage to dismiss preconceived notions,” said Mills. “[You can expect] an incredibly athletic and intricately choreographed dance in Alan Hineline’s world premiere, as well as a visually stunning collaboration of dance with ‘In Between Dreams’ and ‘The Firebird.’”

Photo by Mark Hancock

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