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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 Susan Moskop 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 Susan Moskop at Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 0 comments
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Moods, movement of the Mississippi interpreted in dance By Christopher Blank

Of all the things a Memphis dance company could think to use as inspiration for new choreography, the Mississippi River may seem like an instinctive choice.For ages, it has inspired artists, writers, musicians and travelers with its power and promise. The river rises, falls, lifts, flows; its very essence is movement.This weekend, Ballet Memphis premieres three new works that use the Mississippi River as their guide.Artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh says that even she was surprised at how... Read More
Posted by Susan Moskop at Friday, October 19, 2012 | 0 comments
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