There is no shortage of talent in and around the Triad area. We are blessed in many ways by the artistic nature of our fellow citizens whether it be in design, creation or performance. The Arts at Ardmore Series is described as the place where community, faith and the arts come together. For three years, Diane Guthrie, committee member of Arts at Ardmore and member of Ardmore Baptist Church, has been working on Ballet Magnificat!, a performance she is excited and proud to bring to an audience of all ages!
Ballet Magnificat! is known as America’s Premier Christian Ballet Company and was founded in 1986. In a relatively short time, this company has performed original productions for 12 million people in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. With more than 200 programs performed around the world annually, Ballet Magnificat! is a remarkable success and a true honor to host here in Winston-Salem.
According to the event’s website, attendees will “Experience the Exodus from Egypt in a whole new way with Ballet Magnificat!’s popular performance, ‘Deliver Us!’ Under the blazing Egyptian sun, the enslaved Jewish people cry out for a deliverer. One man, Moses, challenges Pharaoh and leads the people to freedom. Set to the soundtrack from DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt, this riveting true story from Exodus will jump off the stage and into your life! Ballet Magnificat!’s high energy and powerful performance shatters the stereotypical image of ballet and guarantees to captivate audiences of all ages with a kaleidoscope of movement, costumes, lights and sound.”
It is important to note and emphasize the difference between Ballet Magnificat! and a stereotypical ballet performance. The talent and expertise of the dancers is second to none, but the evangelical mission of the company is what truly leads to the experience of a lifetime. It is the hope of all involved that the performance reaches those of all ages, those interested in dance now and in the future, those of all backgrounds, as well as those with diverse interests and experiences. Even though this event is held at Ardmore Baptist Church, it is not meant only for churchgoers. Everyone is welcome!
Ballet Magnificat! “Deliver Us” hosted by Arts at Ardmore is on March 20th from 7-9:30pm at Ardmore Baptist Church located at 501 Miller Street in Winston-Salem. There is only one performance with limited seating, so reserve your tickets as soon as possible. There is no cost to attend the performance but a love offering will be accepted to help with cost. Tickets are available online at tinyurl.com/deliverusatardmore or www.ardmorebaptist.org.
“There’s no denying the emotional power of this company… These dancers have the kind of lit-from-within presence rarely seen outside the premier companies…” -Sarah Kaufman, Washington Post
“…sublime beauty…height of professionalism” -Dallas Morning News