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Ballet Memphis

A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Join us for a captivating evening of dance that touches the heart of the human experience. In elegant and soulful works, Ballet Memphis combines artistic innovation with an unwavering commitment to community, imbuing the classical tradition of ballet with contemporary relevance.

Ballet Memphis

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 09/09/2014 19:30:00 09/09/2014 21:00:59 6 Ballet MemphisJoin us for a captivating evening of dance that touches the heart of the human experience. In elegant and soulful works, Ballet Memphis combines artistic innovation with an unwavering commitment to community, imbuing the classical tradition of ballet with contemporary relevance.University Park Campus
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
University Park Campus
Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Tuesday, August 12, at 9 a.m.

USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
General Public: To RSVP, click here.

“The ache and darkness Ballet Memphis put onstage was more than a dance, it was an echo of human experience.”—Washington Post

Join us for a captivating evening of dance that touches the heart of the human experience. In elegant and soulful works, Ballet Memphis combines artistic innovation with an unwavering commitment to community. Founded in 1986 by native Memphian Dorothy Gunther Pugh, the company is deeply rooted in its home region’s rich musical and literary heritage. In an evening of mixed repertory, they will perform Julia Adam's Devil's Fruit, Trey McIntyre's In Dreams and Matthew Neenan's Party of the Year.

Ballet Memphis’s thematic programming embodies and explores concerns that are at the core of what it means to be human. The company’s acclaimed AbunDANCE series celebrates new ways to look at the world around us. For instance, in the 2010–2011 season, AbunDANCE celebrated the influential roles women play in society with four works inspired or created by women. The Connections series pairs the art of dance with the essential elements of life that surround us, support us and engage us every day. From architecture to fashion to food to the sky, Ballet Memphis demonstrates how these integral parts of life are intrinsically artistic expressions as well. In addition to its mixed repertory programs, Ballet Memphis presents story ballets, often retold and choreographed anew with reflections of modern-day themes.

Devil's Fruit by Julia Adam is a stunning multimedia ballet in which beautiful, psychedelic images are projected onto large umbrellas, evoking an elfin/fairy world. 

Trey McIntyre’s In Dreams, performed to the expressive voice of Roy Orbison, is a sometimes dark, always passionate journey through six of the legendary artist's most popular songs.

Party of the Year by Matthew Neenan is inspired by the New York Times–best-selling book, The Warmth of Other Suns, about struggle, defeat and triumph during the heart of the “Great Migration,” an era between 1910 and 1970 when more than six million African Americans moved out of the rural South to other parts of the United States.

Heralded as one of the most exciting dance companies in the United States today, Ballet Memphis imbues the classical tradition of ballet with contemporary relevance, creating art that moves and that matters.

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Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Co-sponsored by the USC Kaufman School of Dance, USC Spectrum and USC Program Board Performing Arts Committee. The presentation of Devil's Fruit by Ballet Memphis was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo: Ari Denison