He’s not an Olympian, but Brooklyn Mack continues to capture gold medals. After winning a gold medal in the senior male division of the Boston International Ballet Competition in mid-June, Mack, a Lugoff native, went on to win the grand prix at the Istanbul Ballet Competition later in the month.
Mack, 25, capped his gold-medal run with by winning first prize July 29 at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. According to The Washington Post, Mack shared the senior men’s gold medal with Ukrainian dancer Denys Cherevychko of the Vienna State Ballet.
Mack began his dance training at Pavlovich Dance School under Radenko Pavlovich, the artistic director of Columbia Classical Ballet. Mack, who was named one of 25 to watch earlier this year by Dance Magazine, was last seen on a Columbia stage in March when he performed his air-knifing role in “Le Corsaire.” Each of his leaps during the performance seemed to make the audience gasp, and Pavlovich hopes Mack will be able to return for the new season.
The South Carolina Arts Commission announced the awarding of the 2013 Individual Artist Fellows in the categories of poetry, prose and dance choreography. The artists: Nancy Ancrom, Columbia, poetry. Her work has been published in Rolling Stone and The Nation, among other magazines and journals; Kathryn Etters Lovatt, Camden, prose. Lovatt is the winner of the 2012 Press 53 Open Awards for short story and she’s a three-time winner of the South Carolina Writers Workshop’s Carrie McCray Memorial Award for fiction; and Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton, Irmo, dance choreography. Yonkey-Clayton is a full-time artist in residence at Columbia College, where she directs danceLAB Improvisation. She also choreographs and performs with the Power Company. Each artist receives $5,000. The S.C. Arts Commission board approved the fellowships based on recommendations made by out-of-state review panelists. According to a press release, the fellows were selected based solely on a review of anonymous work samples. Artists working in visual arts, craft, media production and media screenwriting may apply for the 2013-2014 fellowship awards. The deadline is Nov. 1. For more information, visit www.southcarolina arts.com or call (803) 734-8696.
“The Palace of the Moorish Kings,” a new play by South Carolina playwright Jon Tuttle, will premiere at 8 p.m. at Trustus Theatre. The play, directed by Dewey Scott-Wiley, is the final Trustus production under the leadership of Jim and Kay Thigpen. Tuttle, who has had several plays produced by the theater, based “The Palace of Moorish Kings” on an Evan S. Connell short story of the same title. The story begins on Thanksgiving Day 1970. A call from an old friend disrupts the tradition of turkey eating and football watching. “This show asks us to consider what we will accept in order to belong and what we must abandon in order to stay free,” according to a theater press release. The show runs through Aug. 18. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Trustus is at 520 Lady St. $17.50-$22.50; (803) 254-9732 or www.trustus.org
The Museum Shop at the Columbia Museum of Art is accepting entries for the annual juried Artisan Fair & Sale. For fine craft makers, this is your time to shine. And sell. Entrants must be 18 and older, and the work must be three-dimensional. Two-dimensional work won’t be accepted. Interested artists should mail a CD or USB with images of the work to Columbia Museum of Art Museum Shop, Attn: Artisan Fair Entry, PO Box 2068, Columbia, S.C., 29202. Images must be in JPEG format and larger than 72 dpi. Only 20 to 30 artisans will be juried. The deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 14.