Memphis Renaissance: Going on from Here
Sept. 22 – Levitt Shell 7 pm (FREE)
This unique presentation continues the creative alliance between New Ballet Ensemble & School, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Levitt Shell that began in 2015 with Memphis Renaissance + Harlem, performed to a packed audience of 4,500. This year, New Ballet Ensemble dances a narrative of the human experience through the eyes of a young black girl and boy – its highs, lows, and hopes for the future – accompanied by spoken word passages and music from legendary artists, including rarely-performed works by pioneering classical composer William Grant Still and Duke Ellington, with a finale from Marvin Gaye. It answers Dr. King’s question – “Where do we go from here” – with an optimistic community pledge: “We’re going on together.”
Memphis Renaissance: Going on from Here is a Collaborating Partner of the National Civil Rights Museum’s MLK50 commemoration.