Lift Every Voice: Madison Ballet’s First-Ever Dance Film Series
Madison Ballet is taking ballet beyond the stage to create their first dance film series, Lift Every Voice. This project among invited artists from our community brings three new dance works to life in the form of three short films. Choreographers Rachelle Fochs, Kia Smith and Jacob Ashley are paired respectively with filmmakers Dave Alcorn, Jordan Biagomala and John Urban. Each choreographer and filmmaker collaborate with Madison Ballet’s dancers to form a new ballet. The three ballets in Lift Every Voice provide choreographers of color, filmmakers and dancers the opportunity to create, collaborate and share their experiences with one another — forging pathways for those artists who follow.
Grounded in classical dance, these works only hint at the visions of Sugar Plums most of us think of when we hear the word “ballet.” The film medium gives the choreographers and dancers a wonderful collaborative tool, allowing them to bring imagination to life in a reality that, until now, could only be dreamed. These thought-provoking ballets remind us that dance – and the joy it brings – remain essential to our community. Following the release of the films, Madison Ballet hopes to present in-person “triple bill” viewings of the three films and facilitate conversations about the project’s goals for community growth.
The films will be released for free viewing on Madison Ballet’s YouTube with the dates as follows: April 15, 2021; April 22, 2021; April 29, 2021. All films will close for viewing on May 16, 2021.
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