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Encore, first tech rehearsal

Excitement is building as the Junior Company nears their final performances of the year. Last night was our "technical/spacing" rehearsal, the final rehearsal before we add costumes and stage lighting to the ballets. The studio is partially transformed: scaffolding (called "booms") holding the lights are in place; the white backdrop (called a "cyc" -- short for cyclorama) is hung, although not yet stretched out smooth. (MacKenzie Campbell and Claire Wilson rehearse Handel con attenzione... Read More
Posted by Janet Parke at Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 1 comments
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Free River Project education-based event planned for Mud Island Oct 10

Education and outreach play a large role in Ballet Memphis’ mission, and The River Project affords the company a unique opportunity to partner with The University of Memphis in a free, interactive program at Mud Island River Park on the Mississippi River on Wednesday, October 10th. The morning will begin with a free mini “informance” with activities to follow along the walkable model of the river. For all ages but curriculum is geared for middle school and older. 10 a.m. to... Read More
Posted by Ballet Memphis at Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | 0 comments
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Ballet students learn to make dances

Advanced level students in Ballet Memphis School are learning this year how to make dances. In a weekly workshop led by Janet Parke (School Director), Steven McMahon (Choreographic Associate), and Julie Opiel (former Junior Company dancer and current ballet company Trainee), the dancers are exploring the elements of movement and creativity that form the choreographer's toolbox. Early explorations include direction (the way one faces, and travels), plane, level, timing, and deconstruction. In a... Read More
Posted by Janet Parke at Friday, September 28, 2012 | 1 comments
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