BALLET MEMPHIS to perform at The Joyce Theater in October 2015

BALLET MEMPHIS to perform at The Joyce Theater in October 2015

New York City presenter considered premiere venue for dance 

MEMPHIS, TENN. (May 11, 2015) ­– – – Ballet Memphis announced today that it will perform at The Joyce Theater in New York City over a six-day run, October 27-November 1, 2015. This will be the second time Ballet Memphis has performed at The Joyce, the first time being in April 2007. Ballet Memphis will present several works in repertory during the run, all from the Company’s lauded Memphis Project and River Project series and all commissioned by and created on Ballet Memphis. These works will include The Darting Eyes created by Matthew Neenan for River Project 3: Moving Currents (2014) and Devil’s Fruit created by Julia Adam for River Project 2 (2013). 

“We’re honored to be performing once again at The Joyce, one of the highlights of any company’s tenure,” said Dorothy Gunther Pugh, founding artistic director and CEO. “It’s a privilege to be selected based on our original repertory, as well as for our reputation for excellence and innovation. “All of the work we’re presenting was created on us by young choreographers, and it’s our way of keeping this art form alive: By using the talents of living, breathing choreographers, as well as interpreting the classic ballets.” 

Founded in 1982, The Joyce Theater was created by dancers exclusively for the presentation of dance. It is considered to be one of dance’s premiere performance venues and attracts an annual audience of more than 140,000. This elegant, intimate space was originally the Elgin Theater, a 1941 movie house. Today, The Joyce is a 472-seat theater with technical specifications to serve the needs of the small- and medium-sized dance companies it presents. 

“Performing at The Joyce is more than just a touring date for this Company,” said Gretchen Wollert McLennon, board president, Ballet Memphis. “It represents the future of Ballet Memphis by showcasing to presenters and new supporters the important new work being created here.” 

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