Ballet Memphis Impresses

by Jon Sparks, The Commercial Appeal, November 4, 2015 Last week's excursion by Ballet Memphis to the Joyce Theater in New York City was pretty much a hit. Dance critics in the Big Apple took in performances by the group and gave generally positive commentary. The company did seven performances, alternating two programs. Each program began and ended with the same works, Steven McMahon's "Confluence" and Rafael Ferreras' "Politics." The alternating works were Matthew... Read More
Posted by Susan Moskop at Wednesday, November 4, 2015 | 0 comments
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BALLET MEMPHIS Brings Diversity and a Southern Sensibility to a Run at the Joyce

By Sondra Forsyth, Broadway World Dance In the wake of the media frenzy about African-American ballerinaMisty Copeland, a recent article in The New York Times by Gia Kourlas applauds the fact that the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet are featuring black, Asian, Latino, and multiracial dancers "where it matters most: Lincoln Center, home base to both companies". Talk about Big Apple hubris! Diversity in ballet matters just as much in every community... Read More
Posted by Susan Moskop at Monday, November 2, 2015 | 0 comments
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New York Times Review: Ballet Memphis Shatters Basic Rules

By ALASTAIR MACAULAY The climate that Ballet Memphis brings to the stage is unorthodox, peculiar, fresh and large-spirited. That company is visiting the Joyce Theater with six pieces, four of which were on Tuesday’s opening program. All four are odd; only one proves a complete work of art — Matthew Neenan’s “The Darting Eyes” — and it’s every bit as odd as the others. But the mood blowing through all of these dances is generous, imaginatively breaking rules. Here’s a basic rule for... Read More
Posted by Susan Moskop at Thursday, October 29, 2015 | 0 comments
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