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Memphis announces launch of ‘spark: conversations with Ballet Memphis in
collaboration with Crosstown Arts,’ a free monthly series
event to take place February 6
MEMPHIS (January 25, 2013) – – – In
celebration of the rich diversity of artistic activity available in Memphis,
Ballet Memphis is launching spark:
conversations with Ballet Memphis. Spark
is a monthly series in collaboration with Crosstown Arts. The inaugural event will take place on Wednesday,
February 6, 2013 at Crosstown Art at 427 N. Watkins from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It
is free and open to the public.
the brainchild of Ballet Memphis’ Partnership Manager Lauren Kennedy who wanted
to find a way to make Ballet Memphis more visible and more engaged in the
Memphis community, beyond its scheduled performances. Crosstown Arts will not
only contribute space but also collaborate on programming ideas and curatorial
choices for the spark series.
“We are proud of the outreach and community work that is
reaching kids throughout Memphis but we wanted to give others in the community
the chance to benefit as well,” said Kennedy.
As a collaborative, interdisciplinary program, spark will have a changing format and
not necessarily focus on dance, said Kennedy. Panel discussions on relevant
topics, lectures and film screenings are on the roster and more options illustrating
the connections among creative genres will develop as the series evolves.
The first spark will
be a panel discussion about the many intricate and oftentimes complex facets of
family dynamics, roles and interpersonal relationships. It also will examine
how family history can be used to spur artistic works, like Ballet Memphis’
forthcoming mainstage show, Family
Matters, opening at Playhouse on the Square on February 22.
Matters is a mixed-repertory show dealing with many emotional
faces of family life, from loss to dysfunction to humor and love.
Spark panelists include choreographer
Julia Adam, Ballet Memphis dancer Virginia Pilgrim, and University of Memphis
clinical psychology professor Robert Neimeyer. Adam created her ballet Crossing on the Joffrey Ballet as a response to 9/11. First
performed by Ballet Memphis in 2003, Crossing
deals with the unthinkable grief that comes after losing a child. Pilgrim
will discuss the process in creating the memorably harried character she dances
in George and Betty’s House, created
by Shapiro & Smith Dance in 1987 and last performed by Ballet Memphis in
2000. And Neimeyer will provide clinical insight into how the creative process
interacts with human experience.
For more information on spark or Ballet Memphis, visit balletmemphis.org or call Lauren
Kennedy at 901-737-7322. For more information about Crosstown Arts, visit
crosstownarts.org or contact Emily Halpern at Emily@crosstownarts.org
Ballet Memphis www.balletmemphis.org.
In its 26th season, Ballet Memphis serves as a creative resource to the nation
as a maker and interpreter of the South’s cultural legacy through its
innovative neoclassical and contemporary repertoire, as well as production and
training of the highest caliber. Founded by Dorothy Gunther Pugh in 1986,
Ballet Memphis employs 17 professional dancers with a $3.3 million operating budget
and has performed around the world.
The combined programs of Ballet Memphis–dance company, ballet school,
educational enrichment and Pilates Centre–serve 75,000 people each year.
Crosstown Arts crosstownarts.org. Located in the Crosstown neighborhood
of Midtown Memphis, Crosstown Arts is dedicated to further cultivating the arts
community in Memphis through events, exhibitions, programming and resources
that support and showcase artists, musicians and performers.
C. McMillin, firstname.lastname@example.org