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Collage Dance Collective Performs at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head, SC

“To watch the company is to see hope take human form” —High Ground News

 

February 2, 2024 (Hilton Head, SC)Collage Dance – recently named one of the 50 largest ballet companies in the nation by Dance Data Project – makes its debut at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head, SC on Friday, March 1, 2024, at 7:30 PM. A student field trip performance for grades K-12 is also scheduled for 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 29.

 

The exciting program features Dawn by Kevin Iega Jeff, Trust Me by Joshua Manculich, Letting Go to Let In by Francisco Aviña, and Bluff City Blues by Amy Hall Garner.

 

Artistic Director Kevin Thomas says, “We’re looking forward to bringing exciting works to those beyond our Memphis community. Touring the nation is a thrilling journey for us and the Collage company artists, providing a special opportunity to share our collective love for the art form with avid dance lovers and new audiences alike. We’re incredibly intentional with the repertoire we present each touring season and this one is no different. It’s full of diverse, thoughtful programming that is sure to touch hearts and create incredibly memorable evenings in the community.”

 

Collage Dance Collective is one of the largest performing arts organizations in the South and one of the few professional ballet companies in the world with a roster of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) dancers. This year marks their fourteenth full-length season in Memphis as well as national and international tours presenting a diverse range of relevant classical and contemporary choreography from George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Ulysses Dove, Joshua Manculich, Amy Hall Garner, Kevin Iega Jeff, and more.

 

In light of their work to dramatically change the landscape of dance in the American South, Collage was recently named a “Southern Cultural Treasure” by SouthArts and Ford Foundation.

 

Concluding its 23-24 touring schedule is a performance in Norfolk, VA at the Virginia Arts Festival on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 7:30 PM.

 

Collage Dance’s fourteenth season is made possible through generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, James R. & Anita Horne Jenkins Family Foundation, SouthArts, Ford Foundation, Alice L. Walton Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission, the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Hyde Family Foundation, Bank of America, ArtsMemphis, the Shubert Foundation, Orion Bank, and Buckman Laboratories.

 

Event Information

Collage Dance Collective

Presented by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:30 PM

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina | 14 Shelter Cove Lane | Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Tickets: $68

Link: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35023/production/1179870?performanceId=11362983 

 

Dawn – Kevin Iega Jeff

Trust Me – Joshua Manculich

Letting Go to Let In – Francisco Aviña

Bluff City Blues – Amy Hall Garner

 

 

About Collage Dance 

 

Collage Dance, recently named a “Southern Cultural Treasure” by South Arts and the Ford Foundation, and listed among the 50 largest ballet companies in the nation by Dance Data Project, is one of the largest Black-led performing arts organizations in the South and one of just a few professional ballet companies in the world with a roster of BIPOC dancers.

Working to inspire the growth and diversity of ballet, Collage Dance Collective showcases a repertoire of relevant choreography and world-class dancers representative of the communities we serve. The professional company has presented thirteen full-length seasons in Memphis, plus national and international touring presenting a diverse range of classical and contemporary choreography from George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Ulysses Dove, Joshua Manculich, Amy Hall Garner, Kevin Iega Jeff, and more.

The work of Collage Dance Collective has been featured in media outlets including Huffington Post, Allure, Yahoo!, The Commercial Appeal, Afropunk, Dance Magazine and Pointe Magazine.

 

Learn more at https://collagedance.org/performances/

Image at top of release by Treb’bor Jones, depicting Collage Dance Collective in Kevin Thomas’s “Rise”

 

 

 

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Contact: Mallory McFarland | Morahan Arts and Media

mallory@morahanartsandmedia.com | (646) 241-0899