Dance, City Picks

Off the Wall and Onto the Stage

When: Sat., Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. 2015

Ever since Bert’s sidewalk paintings came to life in Mary Poppins, we’ve been hoping that we’d be able to witness something just like that. And now we can, thanks to Columbia City Ballet’s production Off The Wall and Onto The Stage. The troupe’s executive and artistic director William Starrett brings Jonathan Green’s vibrant-colored Gullah paintings to life in a sensual, spiritual, and sometimes sultry ballet. “The show addresses issues like humanity, dignity, freedom, and rights through symbols seen in the paintings and movement of [Green’s] art,” Starrett says. “It shows love and unity, with glimpses into the Gullah community that show the power in Green’s paintings.” Marlena Smalls and Daryl Izzard will be directing the musical accompaniment for the show. “[Izzard] has assembled the who’s who of the prominent churches in the Charleston area for the whole ending part of the show,” says Starrett. Smalls also stars as Bessie Mae, a character in the ballet and the namesake of one of Green’s paintings, and she and the rest of the cast will dance to Motown, classical music, and some work songs that tell Gullah tales and traditions.

Michaela Michienzi

Price: $26-$46

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