Mission and History

When Choregus Productions presented Sweet Honey in the Rock in the fall of 2006 it was the first of more than 115 public performances of music and contemporary dance. Most Choregus performances are the first Oklahoma appearances of the artists presented and include not only leading companies and individual artists from across the United States, but from throughout the world.

Choregus Productions’ first presentation, Sweet Honey in the Rock, October 21, 2006

Choregus Productions continues the tradition, dating back to classical Greece, of citizen involvement in the performing arts. In classical Greece, a choregus was a citizen who arranged for the chorus in the dramatic competitions and was generally responsible for the production of the plays.

The mission of Choregus Productions, a not-for-profit corporation, is to present outstanding performing arts that otherwise would not appear on Tulsa stages and to engage the community with visiting artists. Choregus considers the second part of this mission statement to be equal to the first. Education and outreach are integral to what we do. Choregus was awarded the 2012 Oklahoma Governor’s Arts in Education Award.

Choregus has a particular interest in multi-cultural presentations, avant-garde music, and modern dance. The organization seeks to bridge the gap between popular culture and the classical performing arts. After only a few years Choregus Productions is now known as one of the leading presenters of contemporary dance in the United States. In the summer of 2016 Choregus productions will inaugurate the Summer Heat International Dance Festival, an annual event highlighting contemporary dance companies in performances and educational opportunities for the community and dance students throughout the United States.

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