Steven McMahon, Artistic Director
We continue our season by turning the virtual stage over to six of our artists. I challenged them to Say It, to say something that was important to them, something they believe in, something they haven’t said before – and that’s what this series is about.

Say It is a series of six short dance films all by Ballet Memphis artists featuring Ballet Memphis dancers. We will release each film individually with opportunities for discussion and conversation around each.

Say It is a platform for you to get to know each artist, learn what they believe in, how they see the world, and how this shapes their connection to dance.

The six artists commissioned to create a piece are:

Virginia Pilgrim Ramey

Say It Premiere Oct. 8

Virginia Pilgrim Ramey

Emilia Sandoval

Say It Premiere Oct. 15

Emilia Sandoval

Brandon Ramey

Say It Premiere Oct. 22

Brandon Ramey

Julie Marie Niekrasz

Say it Premiere Feb. 18

Julie Marie Niekrasz

Jonathan David Dummar

Say it Premiere Feb. 11

Jonathan David Dummar

Iori Araya

Say it Premiere Feb. 4

Iori Araya
Virginia Pilgrim Ramey

Say It Premiere Oct. 8

Virginia Pilgrim Ramey

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Emilia Sandoval

Say It Premiere Oct. 15

Emilia Sandoval

Brandon Ramey

Say It Premiere Oct. 22

Brandon Ramey

Julie Marie Niekrasz

Say it Premiere Feb. 18

Julie Marie Niekrasz

Jonathan David Dummar

Say it Premiere Feb. 11

Jonathan David Dummar

Iori Araya

Say it Premiere Feb. 4

Iori Araya

Together there are no limits.


Spring Series:

Each performance will be shared here on our website, distributed to our newsletter subscribers, and shared on Facebook.

ˈmo͞ovmənt, by Iori Araya

Premieres Thursday, February 4th

Choreographer: Iori Araya

Cast: Dylan McIntyre, Cecily Khuner

Music: Cinderella, op 87: Cinderella’s Waltz - Midnight by Sergei Prokofiev, Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York, Leopoldo Stokowki

Costume: Bruce Bui


SONGS OF ARTFUL RESISTANCE, BY JONATHAN DAVID DUMMAR:

Premieres Thursday, February 11th

Choreographer: Jonathan David Dummar

Composer: Daniel Ward

Vocalist: Donavon Hughes

Cast: Pablo Sanchez, Brandon Ramey, Oscar Fernandez
Anwen David, Alexis Nicole Rodgers

Videographer: Brandon Lau, Photojournalist WMC

Video Editor: Walter Murphy, Multi-Media Journalist WMC


BOUND, BY JULIE MARIE NIEKRASZ:

Premieres Thursday, February 18th

Choreographer: Julie Marie Niekrasz

Music : Joseph Bologne, de Chevalier de St. Georges; Symphony No.1 in G Major, Op.11, No.1

Cast: Iori Araya & Eileen Frazer
Mei Kotani, Alexis Rodgers, Jimena Sanchez Flores, Emilia Sandoval

Big thank you to Bruce Bui for his assistance during the filming of this work.


Fall Series:

Each performance will be shared here on our website, distributed to our newsletter subscribers, and shared on Facebook.

Essential, by Virginia Pilgrim Ramey

Premieres Thursday, October 8

Choreographer: Virginia Pilgrim Ramey

Cast: Oscar Fernandez, Mei Kotani, Emilia Sandoval, Pablo Sanchez, Brandon Ramey, Eileen Frazer

Music: Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli

Costume Designer: Bruce Bui and dancers

Lighting Designer: none

Editor: Brandon Ramey

Read Virginia's Choreographer Q&A here.


Aura, by Emilia Sandoval

Premieres Thursday, October 15

Choreographer: Emilia Sandoval

Cast: Iori Araya, Ashley Hannah Davis, Jonathan David Dummar, Cecily Khuner, Dylan McIntyre, Pablo Sanchez

Music: Frederic Chopin

Costume Designer: Bruce Bui

Lighting Designer: Sheric Hull

Special thanks to Steven McMahon, Julie Marie Niekrasz, Kristen Fisher, & my parents, Ken and Rachel Sandoval.

Read Emilia's Choreographer Q&A here.


They Said Be Cool, by Brandon Ramey

Premieres Thursday, October 22

Choreographer: Brandon Ramey

Cast: Anwen David, Ashley Hannah Davis, Jimena Flores Sánchez, Jonathan Dummar, Dylan McIntyre

Music: The City Fathers - They Said Be Cool
Zach Pretzer - Vocals/Guitar Gage Markey - Guitar/Vocals Jeff Forbes - Bass Brad Davis - Drums

Costume Designer: Bruce Bui

Read Brandon's Choreographer Q&A here.