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Featured Works Include the Mid-Southern Premiere of Multi-award-winning Choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, the Memphis Premiere of Luminescent by Miami-based Choreographer Durante Verzola, Plus Amy Hall Garner’s Bluff City Blues

Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 2:30 pm



March 13, 2024 (Memphis, TN)Collage Dance – recently named one of the 50 largest ballet companies in the nation by Dance Data Project – continues its 2023-24 season with its spring performance, ELEVATE, on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 21, 2024, at 2:30 pm at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. ELEVATE marks the company’s final home season performance of its 14th professional season.


Featured works include Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, performed for the first time in the Mid-South. Chroma explores the drama of the human body and its ability to communicate extremes of thought and emotion. The one-act ballet is set to original music by Joby Talbot and his arrangements of music by The White Stripes, and was heralded by the London Times as “ravishing on all fronts.” It premiered in 2006 at The Royal Opera House and in 2007 received an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.


Wayne McGregor says, “It is with great pleasure that Collage Dance Collective will be dancing Chroma this season and audiences in the mid-West will finally get to see this visceral work live. Chroma is a very special piece to me, danced by some of the world’s greatest dance companies including The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and many others. Collage joins a list of luminaries that bring their own fresh and individual signature to this challenging work. We can’t wait to see them fly.”


The performance also includes a dynamic commission by Miami-based choreographer Durante Verzola, who has choreographed multiple works for Miami City Ballet. Collage Dance recently programmed the world premiere of Verzola’s Luminescent, a vibrant new ballet inspired and set to the music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Bologne is said to have inspired Mozart’s musical style. As Durante Verzola explains, “Luminescent is set to the music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a Black 18th-Century composer of classical music who predated Mozart. It comprises four movements that demonstrate the technical and artistic abilities of the dancers, pushing them to connect deeply with the music and show its intricacies and nuances. ‘Luminescent’ is a word used to describe light that is not produced by heat. Throughout the work, the sparkling, light, bright, and dynamic personalities of the dancers shine through.”


Amy Hall Garner’s Bluff City Blues rounds out the program. The jubilant work is an ode to the music of Memphis and a tribute to the city’s vibrant culture, set to the brilliance of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Koko Taylor.


Founding Artistic Director Kevin Thomas says, “Audiences will be captivated by this electrifying performance. Wayne McGregor’s masterful Chroma, Durante Verzola’s compelling Luminescent, and Amy Hall Garner’s enthralling Bluff City Blues add to this year’s elevated programming with their innovative styles and contemporary themes. We are especially honored to join an esteemed list of leading ballet companies who perform Chroma. We’re humbled to be entrusted with this beautiful work and excited for Memphians to experience it and our amazingly gifted dance artists, who have never looked better.”


Collage Dance’s fourteenth season is made possible through generous support from the Mellon Foundation, The Hyde Family Foundation, SouthArts, ArtsMemphis, Tennessee Arts Commission, Shubert Foundation, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance.


Performance Information


Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 7:30 pm

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts | 255 N Main St | Memphis, TN 38103

Tickets: Starting at $28.50



Sunday, April 21, 2024, at 2:30 pm

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts | 255 N Main St | Memphis, TN 38103

Tickets: Starting at $28.50



Wayne McGregor: Chroma (Mid-Southern Premiere)

Durante Verzola: Luminescent (Memphis Premiere, Collage Dance commission)

Amy Hall Garner: Bluff City Blues



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 was founded in 2009, providing Memphis annual seasons of performances, and presents national and international tours featuring 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.

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About Wayne McGregor, CBE

Wayne McGregor CBE is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance in the modern era. McGregor’s multi-dimensional works resulting from interactions with an array of artistic forms, scientific disciplines, and technological interventions have ensured his position at the cutting edge of contemporary arts for almost 3 decades.  


He is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, encompassing creative collaborations in dance, film, music, visual art, technology, and science; learning and research programs; and a touring company of dancers Company Wayne McGregor, the first resident company at Sadler’s Wells which celebrated its 30-year anniversary in 2023. 


McGregor is also Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, Director of Dance for the Venice Biennale, and is regularly commissioned by and has works in the repertories of the most important dance companies around the world including Paris Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Bolshoi Ballet.  


He is also in demand as a choreographer for theatre, opera, film, fashion, and music videos. McGregor choreographed the highly anticipated ABBA Voyage concert which premiered in London in May 2022.  


In 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE for Services to Dance.  


Images at top of release: Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, The Royal Ballet (Samantha Raine, Rupert Pennefather), Royal Opera House, London, Photo credit © ROH & Bill Cooper, 2010; Francisco Aviña’s Letting Go to Let In, Collage Dance Collective (Nia Lyons, Rickey Flagg II), Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Memphis, Photo credit © CDC & Jermel Tucker, 2023




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