Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Ballet Memphis Rehearsal Open to Public The Ballet Memphis appearance at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at the University of West Georgia on Saturday, Jan. 26, will include more than the spectacular evening performance.
Two unique opportunities for dance lovers will be offered that day. A Master Class for local dancers and an open technical rehearsal will bring the community face to face with the cast.
The technical dress rehearsal will be a behind the scenes look at the world of modern ballet in a professional setting. From 2-5 p.m., the public can experience the intricacies of lighting, staging, costumes and dance as the company makes final preparations for the evening. Admission for the dress rehearsal is $5 for all ages and tickets can be purchased at the door.
According to Michelle Morgan, co-chair for the Live Art at the Townsend Center series, the Master Class is already full and will provide 20 young dancers the opportunity of a lifetime.
“This is a chance for serious dancers to have an intense session in floor and bar techniques with professionals,” she noted. “Usually participants selected for master classes are considering a career as professional dancers themselves.”
Founded in 1986, the Ballet Memphis explores classical and contemporary dance forms with groundbreaking innovative presentations set to the music of Memphis-area recording artists such as B.B. King, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. Ballet Memphis has performed in Paris, New York, Houston and Quebec, and the event offers a rare opportunity to enjoy an outstanding ballet in Carrollton.
Ballet Memphis is the first event of a new cultural series, Live Art at the Townsend Center, made possible by community sponsors. The second presentation in the series will be Seussical the Musical in March.
A limited number of seats remain available for the 7:30 p.m. production for Ballet Memphis at a cost of $35 each. Tickets may be purchased at the Townsend Center Box Office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.