From open rehearsals and site visits around town to hitting festivals and tour dates abroad, Ballet Memphis is always on the move.
Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2015 - New York
“The ache and darkness…put onstage was more than a dance, it was an echo of human experience,” declared The Washington Post about Ballet Memphis who, pairing innovation with raw emotion in every stunning step, delivers a new vibrancy to the dance stage. The mixed repertory programs feature contemporary works grounded in the classical aesthetic that the company has presented so exquisitely on stages around the world. They includes Matthew Neenan’s The Darting Eyes and Julia Adam’s Devil’s Fruit, commissioned works from the company’s lauded River Project series that usher in with realness and grace Ballet Memphis’ commitment to creating distinctly American dance.
Program A: Oct 27 at 7:30pm, Oct 29 at 8pm; Oct 31 at 8pm; Nov 1 at 2pm: Confluence, I Am A Woman: Moult, The Darting Eyes, Politics. Program B: Oct 28 at 7:30pm; Oct 30 at 8pm; Oct 31 at 2pm: Confluence, Water of the Flowery Mill, Devil’s Fruit, Politics. Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased at joyce.org.)
2015: Joyce Repertoire
Devil's Fruit by Julia Adam. This piece uses digital images projected onto cyc & umbrellas. Photographs: Stephanie Cosby.
Costumes: Christine Darch. Lighting: Christopher S. Chambers. Music: Max Richter, Vivaldi, Philip Glass, Red Priest. "I approached this work as a tripartite positioning of the mushroom. The science, the pagan mythology and the mind-altering power of the mushroom to initiate one into the mysteries of the divine. I am overwhelmed and amazed by the beauty and the power of the fungi kingdom."
Politics by Rafael Ferreras. This piece has 4 female jookers & uses live music sung by local Memphis artists from Hattiloo Theatre. Costumes: Bruce Bui. Lighting: Jack Mehler. Music: Bach, Moses Hogan.
"When creating Politics, I considered how women relate and found that how they approach each other very interesting. In this office setting, there are rules and politics in motion. In ballet as well as in hip-hop, women have particular ways to approach their footwork. Sometimes the rules become barriers to how you related to each other, and that tension is what this work is about."
Confluence by Steven McMahon.
Costumes: Bruce Bui. Music: Mahalia Jackson, Mavis Staples. "My thoughts for the piece are about making a home somewhere, the journey towards that
and the building of community that results from that. In many ways we find parallels exist
between this journey that we make and the river that moves alongside us."
Water of the Flowery Mill by Matthew Neenan.
Costumes: Bruce Bui. Music: Tchaikovsky
. "This piece was inspired by the émigré painter Arshile Gorky. Gorky’s colorful work is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N ew York City.
I Am A Woman: Moult by Gabrielle Lamb, Princess Grace Foundation-USA fellow, 2014-15. Costumes: Christine Darch. Lighting: Helena Kuuka. Music: Cat Power, Hauschka and Hilary Hahn, Hauschka and Hildur Gudnadottir. "This new work is based on the role of women in dance and in the larger world. It seeks to form an analogy with women’s struggle for voice in society with roles in dance."
The Darting Eyes by Matthew Neenan. Costumes: Christine Darch. Lighting: Andrew Meyers. Music: Allison Krauss, Handel, Rev. E. D. Campbell, John Adams, Matthew Pierce. "My new work is inspired by the beautifully haunting images I’ve seen of Mississippi River baptisms, from all eras of history. The movement in the dance will reflect one’s spiritual and physical journey in a lifetime; some of the Seven Deadly Sins and Virtues will serve as jumping-off points for the dancers’ characters."
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