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Ballet Memphis


"Ballet Memphis is something of a little engine that could, to sum up the imaginative grit of Dorothy Gunther Pugh, who has presided over the group with equal dashes of elegance and temerity for 20 years."

Gia Kourlas, The New York Times
>full article (PDF)

“The ache and darkness Ballet Memphis put onstage was more than a dance, it was an echo of human experience.”

Sarah Kaufmann, The Washington Post
>full article (PDF)

"'[Ballet Memphis] reflects their communities, and they reflect them well"

Christopher Blank, The Commercial Appeal
>full article (PDF)


Ballet Memphis, founded in 1986 by artistic director and CEO Dorothy Gunther Pugh, is recognized for its close ties to the region’s rich musical and literary heritage. It has been heralded for its innovations as a ballet company committed to creating and commissioning relevant work, nurturing young choreographers, and expanding the roles of dancers within the company and the community.... >more info


Dorothy Gunther PughFounding Artistic Director and CEO. In 1986, Pugh founded a company with two professional dancers and a budget of $75,000. Today, Ballet Memphis employs 18 professional dancers, operates with a $3.4 million budget and is regularly lauded for its artistic innovation and excellence. Pugh is one of only five female artistic directors of American dance companies of similar size and budget.... >more info


Mixed Rep evening
Julia Adam’s ballet, Devil's Fruit will be toured with an NDP subsidy for engagements in the 14/15 season in an evening that will also include Trey McIntyre’s In Dreams and Matthew Neenan’s (Ballet X) Party of the Year. Julia Adam’s ballet, Devil's Fruit makes use of large white, photographic umbrellas - onto which stunning mushroom images are projected. .>more info

Story Ballets
The company also performs story ballets, including Ballet Memphis’ Choreographic Associate Steven McMahon’s Wizard of Oz (description below), Peter Pan, and Cinderella and a production of Nutcracker.

Wizard of Oz
Red shoes and witches, poppies and munchkins, and all of Dorothy's friends are here for this beloved story. Wizard of Oz, choreographed bySteven McMahon, is a two-act performance danced by 23 performers which has an option to incorporate up to 20 local children into the performance.

>View Wizard of Oz Educational Resource here.(PDF)

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Ballet Memphis' The River Project (2013)

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2014/2015 Tour Dates

Fri-Sun, July 18-20, 2014

River Project Moving Currents

Baltimore, MD

Sat, Sept 6

Memphis Botanic Gardens
Midsummer Night's Dream

Memphis, TN

Tues, Sept 9

USC Vision and Voices
River Project Moving Currents

Los Angeles, CA

Th, Sept 11

Laguna Dance Festival
River Project Moving Currents

Laguna, CA

Sun, Oct 5

Red River Revel
River Project Moving Currents

Shreveport, LA

Sat & Sun, Oct 17&18 and
Fri-Sun, Oct 24-26

Playhouse on the Square
River Project Moving Currents

Memphis, TN

Fri-Sun, Dec 12-14

The Orpheum

Memphis, TN

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Acadiana Center for the Arts
River Project Moving Currents

Lafayette, LA

Sat , April 25

Culture Shock
River Project Moving Currents

South Miami Dade, FL
Check back soon for more dates to be announced !
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