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Leaping into 30, a review by Jon Sparks for The Commercial Appeal

Leaping into 30 Ballet Memphis opened its 30th season Saturday with a performance under the stars at the Live Garden at the Memphis Botanic Garden. This is the third year the company has started its season at the outdoor stage, and this one worked beautifully. The weather was nigh unto perfect for an evening of motion, with three works giving a variety of entertainment. The main piece was Steven McMahon's "Carnival of the Animals," set to the score by Saint-Saëns... Read More
Posted by Ballet Memphis at Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 0 comments
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Sometimes a Great Tribute Has Nothing to Do With the Subject By ALASTAIR MACAULAY, New York Times

October 30, 2012  MEMPHIS — The Mississippi River, famous in song and literature, has also inspired choreography. At the end of Kansas City Ballet’s “Tom Sawyer,” new last year, the dancers embodied it. Now Ballet Memphis has taken up the theme with “The River Project,” a triple bill of new ballets honoring the Mississippi’s cultural importance. On paper Ballet Memphis often looks like one of the country’s most enterprising... Read More
Posted by Ballet Memphis at Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 0 comments
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A river runs (vaguely) through it. River Project review by Christopher Blank

The first thing you might expect from Ballet Memphis' "River Project" — a program of three new dances inspired by the Mississippi River — are strong allusions to an actual river.Visual touches such as a watery lighting design or iconic music along the lines of "Proud Mary" or "Take Me to the River" may have been what artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh had in mind when she assigned three choreographers the task of riffing on the river and its metaphorical tributaries.The result, however, now... Read More
Posted by Ballet Memphis at Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 0 comments
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