What is The River Project, from the Artistic Director's point of view

As we launch into this, our 26th season, we embark on an exciting journey of limitless possibilities, starting from a river that has grounded our nation’s history  and ending in a space that defies constraints and allows ingenuity to soar. Indeed, we’re heading to new places, moving new ideas in the process, and  arriving on national and international stages. That’s why we’ve aptly named this  season, “Taking Flight.”  

What a fitting beginning with our world premiere of The River Project. This month’s  launch of the project is the beginning of a plan to build an impressive body of new work in successive years—one that people across our nation and throughout the world will find fascinating and relevant. Its source springs from the mighty river and its life in our country’s history and development as we explore history and the  movement of people, ideas, music, religion, geology and the environment to build our discoveries into the creation of a body of new dance work. Three exceptional works emanate from The River Project: Choreographic  Associate Steven McMahon’s gospel-inspired revelation, Artistic Associate Julia Adam’s New Orleans French-imbued expedition and choreographer Matthew Neenan’s soulful tribute, influenced by the post Jim Crow migration  from the South to urban areas in other parts of the country. The capacity to tell so many stories and vividly engage us all in art that connects us and reflects upon a vast array of ideas, The River Project will soon become the heart of our national touring program. But of course, you get to see our first  performance. 

Posted by Ballet Memphis at 12:55 PM
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