"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
“The ache and darkness Ballet Memphis put onstage
was more than a dance, it was an echo of human experience.”
Sarah Kaufmann, The Washington
"'[Ballet Memphis] reflects their communities, and they reflect
Christopher Blank, The
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
Dorothy Gunther Pugh–Founding
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
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
The company also performs story ballets, including Ballet Memphis’ Choreographic Associate Steven McMahon’s Wizard of Oz (decription below), Peter Pan, and Cinderella and a production of Nutcracker.
Wizard of Oz
>View Wizard of Oz Educational Resource here.(PDF)
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.
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