Sunday, December 26, 2004

Soul ballet inspired by Gullah paintings

Jonathan Green's vivid paintings of the Gullah coast are about to come alive. Dubbed a Southern soul ballet, a production of the Columbia City Ballet, Off the Wall and Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green, will tour three states in 2005 with hopes of mounting a national or worldwide tour. Gullah is a South Carolina native who now lives in Naples, Fla.

The dances are based on 18 of Green's stylized paintings depicting life on the sea islands along the Southeastern coast. The ballet is choreographed by William Starrett. The music will be drawn from various sources, including original composition hymns, Motown and Gullah work songs, all arranged by Trevor Watson, who teaches at the College of Charleston. The ballet will be performed by an integrated troupe of black, white and Hispanic dancers.


Blogger Kickball Superstar said...

Came across your post on JG's Dancing the Art performances. Great site! I'm actually heading to a sneak preview of the piece at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston on Jan 14th. There's going to be two brief performances during the two hour event, and I'm pretty excited to see how it's all going to play out!

Just in case anyone's interested, the site for the production is

Keep on posting!

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