Ballet Memphis (Memphis, TN)
Ballet Memphis was founded 17 years ago by artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh. It is currently one of the fastest-growing and most respected arts groups in Memphis, and tours both nationally and regionally. Past performances have included classics such as Swan Lake and Giselle in addition to original, innovative programming based on the region's cultural heritage.
In FY 2003, Ballet Memphis received an NEA Creativity grant of $10,000 to produce
Twenty-four Ballet Memphis professional dancers, 13 children, three choreographers—along with a 40-member gospel choir, a five-person band, and singer Kate Campbell—performed together to create the three pieces. The first segment, Mystical Divinity, depicted the life of choreographer and dancer Damien Patterson who grew up in the Baltimore public housing projects. In the second piece, South of Everywhere, choreographer Karl Condon told stories about growing up white in the rural South during the civil rights era. In the closing piece, Grace, world-renowned choreographer Trey McIntyre depicted the struggle of two human beings who discover a happier way of being human.
(From the 2003 NEA Annual Report)
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