Behind the Scenes with Project: Motion

Marianne Bell
Come behind the scenes to see what we’re about.

Mixology October 5-7, 12-14 2012

by Joan Biddle


Meet Project: Motion. Your local modern dance company. We’ve been entertaining Memphis for 26 years, and our goal is to foster artistic collaborations and provide a forum for local dance artists to experiment, develop skills and hone artistic vision in a nurturing and challenging environment. In this vein, we offer dance classes to the community on Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons at Theatreworks. We are heading into a new realm with our upcoming show, Mixology. Join us as we test the boundaries of the human body, dance and the arts in Memphis with a perfectly-balanced blend of all-new dances. It will be an adventure sure to stir the senses.

Project: Motion veteran Wayne M. Smith will present a work in which Project: Motion dancers collaborate with members of Company d, a nationally-recognized dance company of young adults with Down syndrome.  Sarah Ledbetter presents a trio called “RONDO,” inspired by the idea of “the aging process as a nonlinear experience, and how all the dances we’ve ever done linger in our bodies and occasionally jut out of the background of our lives.”

Jamie Broadaway stages a jazzy, exuberant dance based on her own life experiences, set to “Feeling Good” by My Brightest Diamond. Al Jarvar explores Australia’s history as a British penal colony with his modern, contemplative piece set to the beautiful song “Wide is His Blow” by Jenny M. Thomas. Marianne Bell blends tango and modern in her entertaining story-based dance featuring members of Memphis Tango. “Hymn to the Illinois Prairie,” choreographed by Bethany Bak, is a solo devoted to Bak’s late grandparents.

Special guest artist Juliet Waller Pruzan mixes theatre and dance with “Words Like Rain,” in which dance is set to a play performed by two stationary actors. The Seattle-based playwright, choreographer and teaching artist is inspired by her “fascination with those surprising rides that take you, emotionally, far from where you started in only a few minutes. It’s like the exhale that happens when you didn’t realize you’d been holding your breath.”

HERE’S WHAT some of the choreographers have to say about working with Project: Motion:

“Working with Project: Motion is rewarding—being with like-minded artists with a common goal, and given the opportunity and the freedom to work ‘outside the lines’ is truly a rare gift.” – Jamie Broadaway

“Nothing thrills me more than a happy accident in rehearsals, or finally figuring out what works for my dancers.” – Marianne Bell

“I can’t wait to get into the studio with the performers! I am thrilled to get to work with Project: Motion in this way.” –Juliet Waller Pruzan

“I like the community of Project: Motion; working within a circle that has allowed each of us to grow in a variety of roles over the years. It has a certain richness.” – Sarah Ledbetter

“When you have a child, you lose a little piece of yourself. You put their needs before yours, without question. For me, Project: Motion is so special because it is a part of my life where I get to put myself first. It is all about me and feeding my creative spirit. In the end, it makes me a better mother and wife. It fills me up so I have more to give.”  –Bethany Bak

JOIN US for a one-of-a-kind show that will enrich all ages with its blend of dance and theatre. Take advantage of this wonderful chance to engage in the arts in Memphis and come see us the first two weekends of October at the Evergreen Theatre.


Show Information

Dates: October 5-7 and 12-14, 2012 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.)

Prices: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; $10 students/seniors; $5 for 12 and under

Pay What You Can on Sunday, October 7

Location: Evergreen Theatre, 1705 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38104


To Purchase Tickets:

Call 901-214-LEAP



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 Photo by Amber Reagan.

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