Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. Ballet Memphis will take the stage. Tickets range from $25 to $40.
“Ballet Memphis will perform a repertoire that doesn’t need explanation,” said Kim Gattle of the Grand Opera House of the South. “It can be understood by everyone.”
Gattle speaks as not only a representative of the opera house, however, she has also seen Ballet Memphis perform and enjoyed the show.
“From the onset of their performance, I was captivated by the dancer’s skill, precision
“In Dreams” is choreographed by Trey McIntyre and features the music of Roy Orbison. It is an expressive, sometimes dark and always passionate journey through the voice of Orbison and six of the legendary artist’s most popular songs.
“S’epanouir” features music from “Journey to AbunDANCE” or “S’epanouir” by Kirk Whalum and is choreographed by Jane Comfort and Company. The performance is a momentum-building, soul inspiring piece where a woman, in the depths of emotional and spiritual crisis, is lifted to a joyous transformation from those in her community.
“Curtain of Green” features the choreography of Julia Adam and the music of Philip Glass, “Etudes No. 2” and “Etudes No. 5” from “Etudes For Piano, Vol. 1, No. 1-10.” The performance is based on the short story “A Curtain of Green” by Eudora Welty. It is an abstract retelling of lost love, fear and madness.
“Being Here with Other People” is about living presently, finding joy in everything a person does, and understanding that being here with other people is the most important thing a person has because everyone has the capacity for joy within and it’s that person’s responsibility to keep it alive and share it. The piece features the music “Concerto in D Major for Violin” and “orchestra, Op. 61: III. Bondo. Alle” and the choreography Steven McMahon.
Ballet Memphis, founded in 1986 by artistic director and CEO Dorothy Gunther Pugh, is recognized for its close ties to the region’s rich musical and literary heritage. It has been heralded for its innovations as a ballet company committed to creating and commissioning relevant work, nurturing young choreographers, and expanding the roles of dancers within the company and the community.
The company is now in its 25th anniversary season.
Ballet Memphis’s annual thematic programming includes the AbunDANCE and Connections series as well as the FUSE partnership across other artistic disciplines. The acclaimed AbunDANCE series, which just finished its fourth installment, celebrates new ways to look at the world around us. In past seasons, AbunDANCE has taken fans on a journey through religion, art, and music.
For more information about the Crowley show or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.thegrandoperahouse.org/. For more information about Ballet Memphis, visit their website at http://balletmemphis.org/.