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Flyin' West author & choreographer speak about ballet's creation

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A huge crowd packed first Congregational Church in Downtown Savannah to hear from New York Times Best Selling Author Pearl Cleage and Choreographer Waverly Lucas II.  

They're here for part of the W.W. Law Lecture series, promoting the innovative hit ballet "Flyin' West". It is the story of six settlers in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas  founded by freed slaves during the "The Great Migration" in the 1870's.  

Cleage wrote the play that Lucas turned into a ballet. 

"People going to see this will see what it felt like to leave everything and just set out someplace where you want to be free that the idea of wanting to be free can drive you ... such a passionate place in your life that comes through strongly in the ballet." said Cleage.

"When I saw Flyin' West the play for the first time, I had been touched in a way like I had never been touched where I felt like Ms. Cleage said ancestors were speaking to me." said Lucas.

I had the honor of introducing Cleage and Lucas this evening. The Flyin' West Ballet will be performed tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Johnny Mercer Theater.


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