April 30, 2006

Here is a news article about an upcoming ballet based on The Marionette and the Music Box:

JACKSON, MS April 24, 2006 – Living Water Dance Company and local record label, Esperanza Plantation will team up this spring for a family friendly event filled with live music, dance and theatre. This exciting production, put on in part by Fondren Renaissance and Graphic Anthem, will benefit the after-school arts programs of local non-profit, Neighborhood Christian Center. The event will be held May 11 at 7pm in the Duling School Auditorium in Fondren and will feature live music by Wooden Finger and El Obo. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. Seating is limited.
The evening will premiere “The Marionette and the Music Box”, a full-length children’s ballet choreographed by local dancer Stephanie Miracle. Miracle’s work is based on the instrumental storybook/album by Unwed Sailor and Jamie Hunt which as been described by Stephen Thompson of The Onion as “sublime and endlessly rewarding.” Uniquely blending contemporary dance and elements from mime and theatre, “Marionette” tells a story of love, adventure, despair and forgiveness. Combining the talents of professional dancers from Living Water Dance Company and children from the Neighborhood Christian Center after-school program, Miracle’s ballet is one that can be enjoyed by both young and old. The evening will also include “The Night Angels Came to Visit” also choreographed by Miracle with set design by sculptor Richard McKey.

LIVING WATER DANCE COMPANY – was founded in 2004 by Amy Roark-McIntosh. The professional dance company has performed various original dance works around school, parks, and theatre venues in the community. Stephanie Miracle previous works include “Synchronized”, “Doodlings” and the children’s opera “Robinson” staring Lester Senter-Wilson. She teaches dance at Belhaven College, Ballet Magnificat!, and Neighborhood Christian Centers.

ESPERANZA PLANTATION – was formed in 2002.Taking its title from an antebellum Mississippi Delta farm of the same name, the members of Esperanza Plantation decided on the moniker based on the definitions and literal interpretation of each individual word. Billing itself as a “new settlement for hope”, the significance rang true to all the individuals involved. The logo concept was borrowed as well, taking the bowed “E” brand, which exemplifies hope, always pushing upward.

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