Category: Matthew Neenan

Adventure in Guatemala City Begins Tomorrow

A group of company dancers leaves tomorrow for Guatemala City where they'll showcase Matthew Neenan's "Party of the Year", Steven McMahon's "Being Here with Other People", Robert Battle's "Takademe" (party of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's repertory and danced by Kendall Britt), and Trey McIntyre's "In Dreams". "Party of the Year" is a rousing and intriguing work which hints at secrets and problems beneath the surface of a big party and haunts the viewer.   Rachel Shumake lets... Read More
Posted by Joan Biddle at Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 0 comments
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Touring and Taking Flight

The company's hard at work preparing to visit the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala next week. Here, they get into character for Matthew Neenan's "Party of the Year", which premiered in last fall's River Project .     Wondering why Hideko's wearing this white suit jumpsuit? And what those airplane seats are doing there? There's still time to find out in "Night and Day in FedEx City", part of Taking Flight tomorrow, Saturday May 11 at the Peabody Hotel. Contact ... Read More
Posted by Joan Biddle at Friday, May 10, 2013 | 0 comments
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Sometimes a Great Tribute Has Nothing to Do With the Subject By ALASTAIR MACAULAY, New York Times

October 30, 2012  MEMPHIS — The Mississippi River, famous in song and literature, has also inspired choreography. At the end of Kansas City Ballet’s “Tom Sawyer,” new last year, the dancers embodied it. Now Ballet Memphis has taken up the theme with “The River Project,” a triple bill of new ballets honoring the Mississippi’s cultural importance. On paper Ballet Memphis often looks like one of the country’s most enterprising... Read More
Posted by Susan Moskop at Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 0 comments
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