Collage Dance Collective kicks off its 13th season with a triple bill featuring some of the nation’s most iconic choreographers. Experience the Memphis premiere of Gnawa by acclaimed Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, the modern masterpiece Vespers, by the legendary Ulysses Dove, and the Memphis premiere of Prodigal Son, by the father of American ballet, George Balanchine.
Revered for its hallmark ballet, Kevin Thomas’s Rise, set to Dr. King’s final public speech, this program ascends even higher with the addition of revered choreographic voices. The program reflects the company’s classical sensibility coupled with its desire to push the boundaries of ballet. From George Balanchine’s captivating classical ballet Valse Fantaisie to contemporary powerhouses by Kevin Iega Jeff and Christopher Huggins, leading African American choreographers lauded as visionary, dance innovators – RISE has something for everyone. RISE also features Collage’s professional company performing alongside its dance stars of tomorrow.
THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
Noted as “a genius of the south,” author Zora Neale Hurston’s most iconic novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, gets reimagined as a ballet for 21st century audiences. This highly anticipated new ballet about one woman’s journey of finding her voice and true love, features a brand new score by Quinn Mason, one of the country’s most sought after young composers, and new choreography by Kevin Thomas and Amy Hall Garner. This world premiere ballet is joined by the Memphis premiere of Franciso Avina’s Letting Go To Let In and Joshua Manculich’s breathtaking contemporary ballet, A Time For.
THE POWER OF ONE ANNUAL GALA FUNDRAISER
Join us for an enriching affair benefiting the Collage Dance Conservatory with performances by Collage Dance Collective, our international touring company and students from the Collage Dance Conservatory. Live music experiences, delicious cuisine, thirst-quenching cocktails, a dance party and a fully experiential VIP event for all ticketed guests make this year’s gala one not-to-miss!
2ND ANNUAL MEMPHIS DANCE FESTIVAL
Free, family-friendly community event presenting some of the best dance makers in the nation, like international dance sensation Lil Buck and dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Enjoy a day of dance, food trucks, family fun plus lots of special guests including New Orleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band.
BRAZIL BY NIGHT
An unforgettable evening of international culture and art. This VIP experience includes an authentic Brazilian feast, live music, dance performances, a samba party and more. Tickets are just $75.
BRAZIL BY DAY
Get immersed in the rich culture of Brazil through fine art, live music, dance performances, cuisine and more! Free, family friendly and open to everyone!