“Ballet made utterly, gorgeously human.”
Reminding the world that ballet comes in all colors, this acclaimed company seeks to connect the African American community to ballet, telling its stories in dance. Their photo of five female dancers of color, posted on social media last year, went viral, and encapsulated one of their most powerful messages: classical dance as an art form knows no boundaries, and artists of color have no limits. Based in Memphis, Collage Dance Collective attracts world class dancers to its mission, and focuses on community outreach and education, estimating that about half its audience has never seen ballet before. Virginia Arts Festival audiences have seen members of this brilliant company when they joined Dance Theatre of Harlem for spectacular performances of Dougla in the 2019 spring season; now you can see them in their own compelling repertoire.
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Supported in part by the Karen and Jim Sparks Dance Residency Fund of the Virginia Arts Festival Endowment