The ballet will be reprised two times on February 5, before it goes on a Southern-city tour to Charleston, South Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Tallahassee, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Naples, Florida; Tampa, Florida; and Greenville, South Carolina.
Starrett's ballet is based on Green's popular and colorful paintings of life among the Gullah people, descendents of West African slaves who live on the coast: known as "lowcountry": and islands of Georgia and South Carolina. Green grew up in the lowcountry of South Carolina in the 1960s.
The choreographer has interpreted Green's images and set them to a mix of music that includes African-American gospel, jazz, field-work songs, and popular music as well as: according to the South Carolina newspaper The State: a recording of a sermon by Gullah preacher Sam Stoney.
According to the paper, Starrett hopes to arrange a national and an international tour for Off the Wall.
The Columbia Museum of Art has arranged a concurrent retrospective of Green's work, called Rhythms of Life: The Art of Jonathan Green. The exhibition runs through February 13.
Starrett, a former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, has been artistic director of Columbia City Ballet since 1985.