September 20, 2023 / Modified sep 22, 2023 4:21 p.m.

Ballet Tucson kicks off a new season at the Fox Tucson Theatre.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: "The Hidden Battle" co-director Anne Dalton on overcoming the stigma around mental illness, and artist Beth Surdut on the mechanics of listening and "Uncommon Knowledge".

nutcracker snow scene spot The Snow Scene in the Ballet Tucson production of 'The Nutcracker.'
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Arizona Spotlight

September 21, 2023

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Featured on the September 21st, 2023 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • Ballet Tucson is preparing to launch a new season, and Tony Paniagua talks with artistic director Margaret Mullin. A former dancer who loves inspiring others, Mullins’ goal is to make a significant contribution to the local arts scene while providing top-notch entertainment to ballet lovers in Southern Arizona.

Ballet Tucson kicks off their 2023-24 season with "Footprints at the Fox" on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Click here for tickets.

ballet Tucson 1 Margaret Mullen is the Artistic Director at Ballet Tucson.
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ballet Tucson 4 VIEW LARGER Madeleine Kuebler & Edward Oyarce-Solomon in The Piano Dance (Spring Concert 2024)
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Nutcracker spot 2 Francesca Poznanski dancing The Waltz of the Flowers in Ballet Tucson's production of The Nutcracker.
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  • And, a conversation with artist and writer Beth Surdut about a current exhibition called “Uncommon Knowledge.” It is a collaboration between Roche, the world’s largest company providing pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, and SAACA, the Southern Arizona Arts & Culture Alliance.

Surdut, who contributed an audio essay as well as a visual piece, is one of twelve artists, writers, and musicians who explore and interpret the individual stories offered by twenty-one Roche employees who are each living with one or more disease conditions. The goal is to change the way we take notice of and manage our physical health.

"Uncommon Knowledge" will be running through Dec. 31 at the Ventana Gallery on the Roche Tissue Diagnostics Campus. You can experience the exhibit virtually here. For more information, click here.

Beth surdut portrait unsized VIEW LARGER Artist and Writer Beth Surdut.
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Beth surdut scarf spot The Hebrew words r'fuah shleimah translate as complete healing or restoration of body and spirit. They are the essence of the Jewish Misheberach prayer said aloud in direct recognition of those in need, in pain, in suffering.
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