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Annex Dance interacts with musicians, visual art

By Shradha Rao Special to The Post and Courier, Jun 1, 2017 Three dancers. Three composers. Three musicians. “Trinity,” an evening-length work staged against the backdrop of Charleston Harbor and inspired by the “sights and sounds of the Holy City,” comes by its title honestly. Kristin Alexander, the artistic director of Annex Dance Company, recalled coming up with a phrase for one section of the dance after walking down local …Read More

Review: Annex Dance’s ‘Trinity’ references city’s sacred symbolism

By Carmen Harris Special to The Post and Courier, Jun 3, 2017 Charleston has become a popular destination for visitors from around the world. Many are inspired to stay, perhaps because of the city’s charm and beauty. But the force that draws people in is derived from its complexity. The city has a soul. And Annex Dance Company’s “Trinity,” presented at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, gives its audience …Read More

Laura Ball

Story in Charleston Scene Five years ago, Laura Ball started UNED!TED Artists, a nonprofit organization that aims to integrate different arts, cultures and communities through collaborative concerts and events. She will perform “Just Du-ET” with the Charleston-based, Brazillian jazz artist Duda Lucena at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for the debut of the organization’s sixth season, and its first series in residence at Woolfe Street Playhouse. The “Just Du-ET” series continues with …Read More

Ballet Evolution starts with collaboration

By Eliza Ingle, Charleston City Paper Feb. 25, 2015 What do you get when you combine a driven, neoclassical choreographer with a business-savvy impresaria and an Irish feminist composer? You get the newly formed Ballet Evolution, a collective of artists led by choreographer Jonathan Tabbert, Chamber Music Charleston director Sandra Nikolajevs, and composer and performer Laura Ball. Ballet Evolution plans to offer original dance and live music performances to Lowcountry …Read More

Ballet Evolution embraces ‘Latin Rhythms’

BY ADAM PARKER aparker@postandcourier.com, Oct 22, 2016 A talented young piano student of Laura Ball’s wanted to play something a little different, not the typical Chopin etude or Beethoven sonata. “So I gave him a set of Ginastera pieces,” Ball said. Alberto Ginastera was an important 20th-century composer from Argentina. “And he was just nuts about them.” Little wonder. Ginastera’s music is lively, danceable, innovative, deeply informed by the European …Read More

Laura Ball plays with tradition in her UNED!TED series

By Courtney Davis O’Leary Charleston City Paper Read it here The second it gets quiet, you feel a tickle in the back of your throat. Or you’re supposed to sit still, but your foot is asleep. It’s this cringe-worthy restlessness that inspired Laura Ball to create contemporary chamber performances that don’t punish the audience. “You’re not going to get into trouble for coughing, for shifting in your seats. We want …Read More

Artist Profile: Laura Ball

Written By: Kinsey Gidick Charleston Magazine Read it here Charleston native channels her creative energy into a genre-defying performing arts series If she had to pick a favorite from the UNED!TED concerts she’s produced at the Charleston Library Society (CLS), Laura Ball says she’d choose “Beatles, Bach, and Beer.” For this blend of Baroque and British Invasion, five musicians rocked the stacks of the 99-year-old building before the crowd toasted …Read More

Local performer Laura Ball flexes her musical muscle with series, collaborations

By Adam Parker Post and Courier Read the article here. In Charleston, where isn’t Laura Ball and her music? The chanteuse, equally at home in a club, library, playhouse or concert hall, has run the UNED!TED series for four years, ramping up its eclectic programming and establishing a niche for herself and her fellow performers. She’s working with Brad and Jennifer Moranz on the couple’s summer and fall revues, and …Read More