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Charleston Ballet to Perform New Orleans Through the Years on September 22

A Musical Response to the Gibbes Exhibition In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre–Civil War New Orleans

(August 16, 2011 - Charleston, South Carolina) - Charleston Ballet Theatre will perform a series of New Orleans-themed dance vignettes at the Gibbes Museum of Art on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 6:30pm. Inspired by the current museum exhibition In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre–Civil War New Orleans, the performance will include selections from A Streetcar Named Desire as well as other New Orleans-inspired dances.

Organized by Worcester Art Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection, In Search of Julien Hudson is the first retrospective of the brief—but important—career of the portraitist who was one of the earliest-documented free artists of color working during the 19th century in New Orleans. In a nod to the New Orleans-based artist, the Charleston Ballet Theatre will present a dance performance that celebrates the unique character of New Orleans.

Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr and the dance company of Charleston Ballet Theatre will bring the flavor of the New Orleans music scene to life at the Gibbes Museum with selections from their upcoming ballet A Streetcar Named Desire. Exploring the haunting reminders of a time gone by when Blanche duBois arrived in the Big Easy, the performance will be filled with the memories of such New Orleans greats as Marie Laveau, Wynton Marsalis, Allan Toussaint, and Bessie Smith.

Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr expressed the company’s enthusiasm for this unique collaboration, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with our friends at the Gibbes on what is certain to be a tremendous event that recognizes the art and influence of New Orleans. We feel very lucky to be able to participate!”

Tickets for New Orleans Through the Years are $15 for members of the Gibbes Museum of Art and members of the CBT Connoisseur Society and Dance Partners. Tickets for Non-Members are $25. This price includes both the dance performance and museum admission. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 843-722-2706 x22, or in person at the Gibbes Museum of Art Store. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged as this event is likely to sell out.

Celebrating their 25th season as a professional dance company, Charleston Ballet Theatre has been called “the primary jewel in Charleston’s artistic crown.” With a full time Resident Choreographer and professional company of world class dancers, CBT has consistently received national accolades for is vitality and professionalism. The company also boasts an extensive dance education program, placing students in prominent ballet companies throughout the country. Charleston Ballet Theatre is an integral part of Charleston\'s cultural life—sharing the art of dance with the community’s school children, with dancers-in-training, and with local, regional and national audiences.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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