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BALLET MEMPHIS Brings Diversity and a Southern Sensibility to a Run at the Joyce

By Sondra Forsyth, Broadway World Dance In the wake of the media frenzy about African-American ballerinaMisty Copeland, a recent article in The New York Times by Gia Kourlas applauds the fact that the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet are featuring black, Asian, Latino, and multiracial dancers "where it matters most: Lincoln Center, home base to both companies". Talk about Big Apple hubris! Diversity in ballet matters just as much in every community... Read More
Posted by Susan Moskop at Monday, November 2, 2015 | 0 comments
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New York Times Review: Ballet Memphis Shatters Basic Rules

By ALASTAIR MACAULAY The climate that Ballet Memphis brings to the stage is unorthodox, peculiar, fresh and large-spirited. That company is visiting the Joyce Theater with six pieces, four of which were on Tuesday’s opening program. All four are odd; only one proves a complete work of art — Matthew Neenan’s “The Darting Eyes” — and it’s every bit as odd as the others. But the mood blowing through all of these dances is generous, imaginatively breaking rules. Here’s a basic rule for... Read More
Posted by Susan Moskop at Thursday, October 29, 2015 | 0 comments
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The Diversity Experiment at Ballet Memphis

by Jennifer Stahl, Dance Magazine As much as everyone talks about diversity in ballet these days, the barrage of Misty Copeland coverage can sometimes make it seem like she’s the only person fighting to break barriers. Just today, Glamour named her one of its Women of the Year for “blazing her own path.” Kudos to Misty, but there many other path-blazers out there, too. Earlier this week, I got to see the work of one I’ve long admired:... Read More
Posted by Susan Moskop at Thursday, October 29, 2015 | 0 comments
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