Dance to remember, dance to heal
Among the local events marking the anniversary of the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston is a new ballet from Columbia City Ballet.
Columbia City Ballet will produce and perform “Emanuel 9” during its 2017 season as “an homage to the indomitable human spirit.” Emanuel 9 refers to the nine church members who were killed at the historic church during a Bible study June 17 last year.
“Through dance and specific music, the lives the Emanuel 9 will help us see how we are more alike than different,” executive and artistic director William Starrett said.
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The ballet will be performed March 31 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and April 7-8 at the Koger Center for the Arts. columbiacityballet.com
On June 17, the South Carolina State Museum is opening its doors to anyone wishing to pause and reflect on the events of that night and the year since. The public also is invited to come talk about the museum’s new exhibit “Race: Are We So Different?” and race issues in general on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer.
The museum is at 301 Gervais St. www.scmuseum.org.
OTHER ARTS EVENTS AROUND THE MIDLANDS
Jazz concert at if ART Gallery
There will be an improv jazz show at if ART Gallery featuring Universal Indians with Joe McPhee and the Josh Berman/Keefe Jackson Duo.
8:30 p.m. Saturday at 1223 Lincoln St. $15. ifartgallery.blogspot.com/
Trustus Presents ‘The Testament of Mary’
Years after her son’s death, Mary, mother of Jesus, is visited by Gospel writers seeking the truth. In a moving first-person narrative, Mary recounts her son’s final days. The play is based on the novella by author and playwright Colm Tóibín, stars Trustus Ensemble member Elena Martínez-Vidal and is directed by Paul Kaufmann. All shows take place at the Columbia Museum of Art behind the main gallery upstairs and include a gallery tour that begins 30 minutes before each show.
Shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at 1515 Main St. $30; $20 for CMA or Trustus members. www.trustus.org
‘Captured 2: The Photography of Seven’
Gallery West is hosting a new version of the photography exhibition that was cut short due to flood damage at the gallery’s former space.
“Captured 2: The Photography of Seven” features seven photographers whose work covers a diverse range of subject matter, style and process.
The exhibition will be up until July 23 at 134 State St., West Columbia. www.gallerywestcolumbia.com