Explore Memphis’ dynamic arts and culture scene with WKNO’s PERFORMANCE CLUB, a group of arts enthusiasts who want the inside track on how art is made in our community.
Our “curators,” Christopher Blank and Charlene Honeycutt, select a half-dozen or so events each year that we attend as a group. Typically, we meet an hour before the event. The artists – from choreographers to directors to visual artists – share their unique insights into their creations.
Our past events have included operas, musicals, plays, ballets and “happenings.” The only cost is buying your ticket to the event, and our club members often get special discounts. You can attend as frequently as you like.
This season, we are keeping things flexible so we can pick up the most interesting new events in our community.
Our next event: Ballet Memphis’ “World Wonders” on Friday, February 21 at Playhouse on the Square.
For our first event of the year, we will attend Ballet Memphis’ “World Wonders," a mixed-rep of four different dances:
“Manifold” – Gabrielle Lamb’s work is the Grand Prize Winner in the Genesis International Choreographic Competition hosted by Milwaukee Ballet.
“Water of the Flowery Mill” – Matthew Neenan’s work was inspired by an impressionist painting by Arshile Gorky.
“Politics” – This new work by company dancer Rafael Ferreras combines classic and modern dance with a bit of theatrics from the Hattiloo Theatre and dancers from the Memphis jookin’ community.
“Napoli” – Kendall Britt and Hideko Karasawa perform the duet from Bournonville’s 1842 ballet. The pair performed the piece last summer in Japan.
Ballet Memphis is hosting a pre-show discussion with the choreographers starting at 7 p.m. in Playhouse on the Square’s café, so come join us for free wine and snacks before the show.
Call 737-7322 and ask for the Performance Club discount (20%) on seats that regularly cost $10, $22, $43 and $72.