Page Series: Ballet Memphis
Ballet Memphis has been recognized for its close ties to Tennessee’s rich musical and literary heritage through dance, production, and training. With staff and facilities of the highest caliber, Ballet Memphis partners with artists from around the globe for collaborative and original works, and has been lauded by The Ford Foundation as a “national treasure.” The company’s Winona performance includes works from its River Project series, which depicts scenes and cultural traditions from the southern end of our shared river, the Mighty Mississippi.
Ballet Memphis brings two powerful original works to the Page Theatre stage with an eclectic program that shows the power and skill of the company. Julie Marie Niekrasz (also a company dancer) created “Sa Voix” to show the drama of ballet’s Romantic Era in the 1800s and how costumes and movement perpetuated the idea of female dancers as ethereal and often frail. Niekrasz’s piece uses female dancers employing great power and emotion to take one small step to liberating those who have been suppressed, even in art.
Matthew Neenan’s “The Darting Eyes” is inspired by old photographs of river baptisms along the Mississippi Delta and incorporates elements of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Heavenly Virtues in an evocative work brimming with aspects of pain and redemption.
Steven McMahon’s “Confluence” is about creating a home somewhere, and the physical and emotional journeys one takes in that process. McMahon, who is also the company’s associate artistic director, created the piece for Ballet Memphis’ “River Project” series of original works.
Join us for a free pre-performance talk at 6:45 p.m. in the Figliulo Recital Hall.
Tickets are not required to attend the pre-performance talk.