Steven McMahon, Artistic Director
We begin 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 - Spring

Julie Marie Niekrasz

Jonathan David Dummar

Say it Premiere - Spring

Jonathan David Dummar

Iori Araya

Say it Premiere - Spring

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 - Spring

Julie Marie Niekrasz

Jonathan David Dummar

Say it Premiere - Spring

Jonathan David Dummar

Iori Araya

Say it Premiere - Spring

Iori Araya

Together there are no limits.

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.