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"I have been photographing Project: Motion for years, observing their movement, their language, and their process," says Memphis photographer Robin Salant, who praises Memphis' innovative modern dance troupe for "taking risks" and "challenging boundaries." On Friday, May 16th, from 5 to 7 p.m., immediately prior to the opening of Muscle Memory, Project: Motion's 20th anniversary extravaganza, Salant will unveil a new collection of photographs, featuring several of Project: Motion's dancers performing under water.

Salant knew she wanted to try something unique when asked to create a promotional image for Muscle Memory because of the dance troupe's reputation for doing things differently.

"It would be a celebration of 20 years, so there would be some reflection, some looking back and drawing from the past," Salant says. "I immediately thought it would be a perfect [opportunity] for this dream of an underwater shoot.

"It was an incredible opportunity with magical results," Salant adds, crediting Randy Wright from the Dive Shop for his assistance in making the shoot happen. "I'm told the posters are being stolen all over town," she adds.

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Muscle Memory, an evening of original dance works featuring past and present members of Project: Motion, opens at TheatreWorks on Friday, May 16th, and continues through May 25th.

"Muscle Memory" performed by Project: Motion at TheatreWorks, May 16th through May 25th, 8 p.m. Call 766-9366 for information.

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