Category: Review

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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A river runs (vaguely) through it. River Project review by Christopher Blank

The first thing you might expect from Ballet Memphis' "River Project" — a program of three new dances inspired by the Mississippi River — are strong allusions to an actual river.Visual touches such as a watery lighting design or iconic music along the lines of "Proud Mary" or "Take Me to the River" may have been what artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh had in mind when she assigned three choreographers the task of riffing on the river and its metaphorical tributaries.The result, however, now... Read More
Posted by Susan Moskop at Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 0 comments
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Delta Switching "The River Project" at Playhouse on the Square by Chris Davis

Avulsion. No matter how it's applied, the word means ripping something apart. In the specific case of "The Second Line," choreographer Julia Adam's multifaceted contribution to The River Project for Ballet Memphis, avulsion is used in its geological sense and refers to the tearing apart of a river channel and the sudden creation of a new one. It's a process sometimes known as delta switching."I'm Canadian," Adam says, setting up a question. "How do you make a piece about a place that you don't... Read More
Posted by Susan Moskop at Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 0 comments
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