CCB Embraces Gullah Culture with William Starrett’s Original Repertoire Off the Wall and Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green!
Critics have acclaimed this production to be the greatest addition to Columbia City Ballet’s repertoire. The ballet, conceived and choreographed by Starrett, was created in 2005 as a tribute to the world-renowned award-winning artist 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 heritage constructing a new sense of place and an enhanced sense of purpose.”
About the Artist – Jonathan Green, Painter and Printmaker
Bold patterns and vivid 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 on South Carolina’s Lowcountry coast. Green learned the Gullah dialect and culture as a child growing up in the home of his maternal grandmother in the 1960’s. As the first known artist of Gullah heritage to receive formal training at a professional art school, the Art Institute of Chicago, Green has created more than 1,700 works of art 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 the Sea Island 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.”
Limited Edition Art Prints by Jonathan Green
The artist has generously donated a series of four original limited edition silkscreen prints in support of Columbia City Ballet! Each print measures 31 3/8 x 25 5/8. The prints in our collection of Jonathan Green’s art are signed and numbered by the artist. Of each print in the series, only 75 have been printed, signed and numbered. Individual prints are available starting at $2,500 unframed. For purchase information, please contact the CCB Office at 803.799.7605.
Township Auditorium – March 3rd
For Tickets: https://www.thetownship.org/