Learning to Fly: Ballet Memphis Uses Critic to Test Rigging for Peter Pan

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Im a bird... Im a plane...
  • I'm a bird... I'm a plane...

We've all seen stage versions of Peter Pan where the little boy who wouldn't grow up has flown erratically on some version of a rope and pulley system. That just wouldn't do for Ballet Memphis, so the company is using a computerized, joystick-operated system that insures a smooth flight, and a soft landing. But why risk your top notch dancers on a test flight when there's a critic around?

This doesn't seem too bad...
  • This doesn't seem too bad...

On the other hand, it doesn't seem so good either...
  • On the other hand, it doesn't seem so good either...

This just got real.
  • This just got real.

And away we go...

To learn more about how the fly system works you can click the video I shot below, or drop in for one of Ballet Memphis' pre-opening events. If you happen to be Downtown Thursday, April 3 you can drop by the Cook Convention Center Northwest Hall during lunch (11a-1p) to see flying rehearsals live.

If you want to know more Choreographer Steven McMahon, Rhodes Professor Charles Hughes, and local artist Beth Edwards will be at Crosstown Arts at 6:30 p.m. for a Pan-related SPARK talk about the "loss of innocence."

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