Ballet Memphis is launching “spark: conversations with Ballet Memphis” – a monthly series in collaboration with Crosstown Arts.
The inaugural event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Crosstown Arts, 427 N. Watkins, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Ballet Memphis’ partnership manager Lauren Kennedy designed spark to make Ballet Memphis more engaged in the Memphis community beyond its scheduled performances. Crosstown Arts will contribute space and also collaborate on programming ideas and curatorial choices for the series.
As an interdisciplinary program, spark will have a changing format and not necessarily focus on dance. Panel discussions on relevant topics, lectures and film screenings are on the roster and more options illustrating the connections among creative genres will develop as the series evolves.
The first spark will be a panel discussion about the complex facets of family dynamics, roles and interpersonal relationships. It also will examine how family history can be used to spur artistic works, like Ballet Memphis’ forthcoming main stage show, Family Matters, opening at Playhouse on the Square on Feb. 22.