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Dancers combine poetry, motion, and Pink Floyd


An entirely original and highly unusual work of ballet is blooming over two performances in Gadsden.

Echoes in the Amphitheatre is slated to be like none you’ve likely experienced.

On October 25th and 27th, Mort Glosser Amphitheatre will rumble and light up with a neo-classical piece created to be performed in the historic space. The eerie ballet is set to the entirety of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes”, a progressive rock composition released in 1970 that includes lengthy instrumental passages, sound effects, and musical improvisation.

The narrative to the twenty-four minute composition is choreographed to tell a strange tale based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s major poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” from a very unique point of view.
The supernatural poem, published in 1798, marked the signal of the new era of British Romantic Literature and is the precursor to many of the strange sea tales we hear today. Narrated from the memory of an old mariner, the story recalls the story of a fantastic sea voyage through the veil of reality and time itself.

Performing in the show are the current Downtown Dance Artists and apprentices, along with the Level II Upper School dancers of the Downtown Dance Conservatory.

Echoes in the Amphitheatre was created, choreographed and costumed by JSU Senior Krystin Baird and Linze Rickles McRae, both of whom are instructors with the Downtown Dance Artists. The performance will also feature JSU student Laura Cornwell.

“I’m nervous,” Krystin told The Chanticleer, “this is my Senior Practicum, but I’m also really excited because we are all so proud of it. It’s going to be a great performance.”

Fans of ballet, and even skeptical first-timers, are encouraged to come enjoy this beautiful piece of neo-classical work. Those appreciative of Pink Floyd’s stranger side are also in for an entrancing evening.

This is not the Downtown Dance Artists’ first rock-based show. They have previously performed to music from such popular acts as The Beatles.

Both performances are set under the stars in the historic Amphitheatre with guests encouraged to bring dinner and drinks for show.

“We’re hoping for beautiful weather and a beautiful, starry sky for everyone to enjoy,” Krystin stated “it’s going to be magical”

The doors will open at 6PM each night, and the performance will begin at 7 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for student with a current student ID. They can be purchased at the door, from the Conservatory, or in advance from the Downtown Dance Artists. For more information:

256-543-2787 ext. 41

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