South Carolina's Largest Performing Arts Company

Off The Wall And Onto The Stage



Savannah Civic Center

5:30 PM Friday, February 17th


Koger Center For The Arts

7:30 PM Saturday, February XX


Sottile Theatre

5:30 PM Saturday, March 3rd

Limited Edition Prints

By Jonathan Green

In recognition of the role played by the Columbia City Ballet in the creation of these stunning image to the stage, the artist has generously donated select impressions of each of the four images you see below. These four original limited edition silk screen prints are 31 3/8″ by 25 5/8″.

Each print in our collection of the Jonathan Green images is signed and numbered by the artist. There have only been 75 printed, signed and numbered. Proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit the maintenance of this ballet during its touring season.

Individual prints are available starting at $2,500 unframed. For purchase information please contact the ballet offices (803) 799-7605.

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About the Artist

Jonathan Green
Painter & Printmaker
Bold patterns and starting solids in red, yellow or green play in a world of dance halls, beaches, schoolrooms, and churches. Jonathan Green’s vibrantly colorful art is the quintessential rendering of Gullah life in South Carolina’s Atlantic coast Lowcountry. Jonathan learned the Gullah dialect and culture as a child growing up in the home of his maternal grandmother in the 1960s. As the first known artist of Gullah heritage to receive formal training at a professional art school, the Art Institute of Chicago, Jonathan has created more than 1700 works that capture in one way or another the unique African-American culture he considers his own. While this body of work surely represents the most ambitious artistic expression of Sea Island’s culture ever successfully undertaken, to Jonathan, recalling on canvas the feel, texture, and color of a rapidly disappearing way of life is simply a labor of love—with just a hint of social responsibility. “I know I can’t save a whole culture,” he says with a sigh, “but I can help create greater awareness.”

About the Ballet

…A ballet that gives life to the magnificent images of Jonathan Green’s
art through the imaginative choreography of William Starrett will be
presented at Drayton Hall for two performances only. The production,
which media critics have forecast to be the greatest addition to
Columbia City Ballet’s repertoire is back by popular demand as a
preview to the company’s February 27th appearance at Chicago’s
Harris Theatre as part of the South Side Community Art Center’s 70th
Anniversary Celebration. The two performances at Drayton Hall will be
Thursday, February 18th, and Friday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m.
The ballet, conceived and choreographed by Starrett, was created in
2005 as a tribute to the world renowned award-winning Jonathan Green,
known for his vibrantly colorful art depicting Gullah life in South Carolina’s
Lowcountry coast.
When describing the inspiration for his art, Green says, “While the
southern soul is often portrayed as angst or peace, the southern spirit is
filled with creative healing energy, always evolving and growing in its
creativity and adaptability. While there are pains in life and survival, I
view the South today as appropriating the best of its cross-cultural
heritages constructing a new sense of place and an enhanced sense of
Green’s rich, vibrant colors infuse the stage through the backdrops and
scrims while the music — an exhilarating, inspiring combination of
traditional work songs, gospel music, Motown, and jazz — breathe life into
the paintings’ intriguing characters. The company’s outstanding troupe of
dancers depict the cultural heritage of the Gullah and Geechee
communities — a veritable treasure of friendship and family, work and
love, spirituality, and belonging.
The production opened in 2005 to outstanding critical reviews throughout
the southeast. The New York Times called the production “…fabulous…
an ingenious idea…striking…”, while the Tampa Tribune wrote “Columbia
City Ballets’ visually smashing Off the Wall & Onto the Stage…brought the
house down…This is a well thought-out slick production without inhibitions,
which makes it exhilarating in spirit and downright sexy in the flesh.”