To ‘kick-off’ this year’s African American Heritage Festival celebration, the Charlotte Museum of History, Charlotte Ballet, and Arts & Science Council present: As we Journey Through: An Evening with the Charlotte Ballet.’ Choreographed by Ashley Lindsey, this special performance from Charlotte Ballet II was based on the Smithsonian exhibition: Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. currently on view at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture and the Levine Museum of the New South.
The performance will be approximately 30 minutes in length with a Q&A segment at the end. Beverages and refreshments will be available for purchase. Visitors must be age 21+ with a valid I.D. to purchase alcoholic beverages.
About the Exhibition
The exhibit profiles the revolutionary men of color whose journeys have altered the history and culture of the country. The achievements of the men are woven within the legacy and traditions of the African American journey -achievements of excellence in spite of society's barriers.
About the Choreographer
Ashley Lindsey is a choreographer, director and educator. He is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Ashley’s professional career began in 2007 when Artistic Director Carla Maxwell invited him to join the Limón Dance Company. During his time with the company, he performed in theaters across five continents and was in featured roles in works by José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Clay Taliaferro, Jonathan Fredrickson and Donald McKayle. He joined the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in 2011 and later worked with choreographers Helen Simoneau, Celia Rowlson-Hall and three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle.
As a choreographer, his work has been commissioned by Limón II, Houston Met Too Dance Co, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Elon University and four commissions for UNCSA. His work has been presented at Reverb International Dance Festival, Capezio Ace Awards and the White Wave International Dance Festival. Other choreography credits include Greensboro Opera's “Porgy and Bess.” The Miss North Carolina Pageant, movement direction for supermodel Miranda Kerr and the dance films, "NEXT," "Volant Matter," “Better” and "Triune."
He is currently on faculty at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a visiting guest professor and the artistic director of UNCSA's Summer Dance Intensive and Professional Studies Workshop.
The Charlotte Museum of History saves and shares the Charlotte region’s history, connecting the past to current issues and opportunities. We believe a shared understanding of the past can enrich the community’s future, and we work to tell the stories of all parts of our community and all those who have inhabited our area.
The museum sits on an eight-acre wooded campus in fast-changing East Charlotte. It’s the site of the oldest surviving house in Mecklenburg County, the Rock House built circa 1774 for the Hezekiah Alexander household. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated local landmark, the house is Charlotte’s only remaining structure from the days of the Revolutionary period. Nearby are a relocated barn dating to the era, a reproduction log kitchen, and a reconstructed two-story springhouse. Tours of the site and museum programs highlight how people lived during that era and tell of the many cultures that came together to build Charlotte, including the stories of Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities.
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