Motivated then by professional ambitions and personal
experience, I am helping to launch a new monthly series called spark:
conversations with Ballet Memphis in collaboration with Crosstown Arts.
This series is intended to start a creative dialogue in Memphis beyond our
scheduled performances. It will be interdisciplinary, collaborative and
continually changing. We are not solely interested in talking about ballet—though
we do love it oh so much—but we also care about different creative processes.
We care about film, theater, music, art, and, of course, Memphis. I sincerely
hope that these sentiments come through with spark.
Our first spark
conversation happens in conjunction with our February production of Family Matters. Psychologist and
professor at the University of Memphis, Robert Neimeyer, PhD, choreographer
Julia Adam and dancer Virginia Pilgrim will discuss some of the heavy,
though-provoking characters and themes in this mixed repertoire show. You will
see some very tense and dynamic relationships in this show that will make for a
really interesting discussion.
In the coming months, we will also explore themes such as diversity
in our artistic community as we think about Playhouse on the Square’s upcoming Angels in America, as well as the
development of characters and narrative on the stage versus film.
We are just getting started and are very excited to explore
this new forum with you. Come create some spark with us!
—Lauren Kennedy, Partnership Manager, Ballet Memphis
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