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Stage News: ‘Cinderella’ plays equal partner in Ballet Memphis production

By Jon W. Sparks, Special to The Commercial Appeal The enduring fairy tale Cinderella has come in many forms, and as a ballet it's been particularly popular for its romantic story and for Sergei Prokofiev's remarkable score. Ballet Memphis is staging the classic with choreography by artistic associate Steven McMahon as he did four years ago with the company. Starring as Cinderella and her Prince are Julie Marie Niekrasz and Jonathan David Dummar (Saturday and Sunday matinees) and Virginia... Read More
Posted by Ballet Memphis at Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 0 comments
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Music: 22 minutes by Gabrielle Lamb

Elapse February 12, 2016| Gabrielle Lamb This is the second in series of posts on the process of creating a new work entitled "Elapse" Some of the most frequently asked questions by audience members in post-show Q&As are about music. How do you choose your music? What comes first, the choreography or the music? For me, the music usually isn’t the first piece of the puzzle.    I start with an idea or image.  In the case of my new... Read More
Posted by Ballet Memphis at Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 0 comments
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Ballet Memphis explores past, present, future of ‘Places’ in new works

By Jon W. Sparks for The Commercial Appeal Ballet Memphis is not timid about commissioning and performing new works. In 2012, the company began its River Project, a series of nine works spread over three years, each of which reflected some aspect of Ol' Man River transformed into choreography. The results were remarkable, earning critical acclaim and launching some of the works onto national and international tours. When that project had run its course, Ballet Memphis artistic director... Read More
Posted by Ballet Memphis at Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | 0 comments
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