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.