Ballet Memphis announces relaunch of the Memphis Project in anticipation of Bicentennial

Ballet Memphis is pleased to announce a new evening of mixed repertory with performances this fall Oct 26-28 and Nov 1-4. With Memphis' celebrated musical legacy as the source of inspiration, we have commissioned new ballets that honor our city and its wealth of creativity. We hope you will be able to see this special evening live in our new home in Memphis!

We are thrilled that Internationally acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre will return to Memphis to rework his 2001 ballet "Memphis Suite." This ballet for 12 dancers (set to music from the golden age of Memphis music) features hits by Al Green, The Staples Singers, BB King and more. McIntyre has an 18-year history with Ballet Memphis serving as the company's first resident choreographer from 2001-07. Trey has created more than 10 original works for us, his mastery of combining ballet vocabulary with popular music is always an audience pleaser. We are delighted to work with him once again!

Alia Kache (a Tennessee native and former Ailey 2 dancer) will create her first work for Ballet Memphis to the music of Memphis singer/songwriter Julien Baker. (Hailed in the New Yorker and New York Times for her 2016 release, “Sprained Ankle." Kache's unique choreographic style paired with Baker’s haunting and emotionally raw songs will come together to ask questions about contemporary American life.

I will create a new work in collaboration with Unapologetic, a local collective of musical artists who are known for their obsessive love of music and creativity. Unapologetic and their genre-defying sound will guide my creative process to create a dance that is dedicated to everyone who strives to live Unapologetically.

This special evening of repertoire celebrates the old and new of Memphis music - a point of civic pride for our city. Ballet Memphis knows that audiences will connect with the spirit of this program, one that is celebratory and uniquely American.