Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the New Ballet Ensemble visits schools in Orange Mound to 1. educate and expose children to dance performance, encapsulating conflict resolution, linear story telling, and lessons in empathy. 2. highlight five distinct dance genres (Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Character and Jazz). 3. build a relationship before returning for experiential learning workshops leading to 4. selected children entering a Residency program at New Ballet, only 2 miles from the school and 5. evenual scholarships to the CORE program at New Ballet.
New Ballet Ensemble presents the young audience of first and second graders at Hanley Elementary in Memphis, Tn with an example of dance that illustrates the connection between dance genres. Is it ballet. Is it Hip Hop? Does it matter? The improvisation is inspired by the music. Whether performed by Anna Pavlova or Shamar Rooks of Memphis, TN., it is the movement that illuminates the music. Or is it the other way around? The student audience can decide during and after this first exposure to dance and music informed by classical, romantic and baroque compositional techniques.
Created by Chris Roberts for New Ballet Ensemble, Memphis, TN and premiered at FreeFall 2009 - Roberts is a former company member of New Ballet. Now a full time college student, he donated this work and has returned to New Ballet part time as he works towards his degree.
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Surreal ballet film - Hack Your Own Leg (1988). Latvia, in Swedish version...
The destiny of this film is worth a crime story and it has happened so that 24 years since it has been filmed you are its first audience -- congratulations!