JUNE 1-3, 2017
NASHVILLE BALLET STUDIO A (3630 REDMON STREET)
Emergence will be at Nashville Ballet Studio A for four (4) performances:
- Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. | Limited Availability
- Friday, June 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. | ONLY A FEW SEATS REMAIN!
- Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 7 p.m. | ONLY A FEW SEATS REMAIN!
- Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 9 p.m.
Please join us in the lobby to meet the artists and discuss their works in a special salon:
Immediately after the Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 p.m. performances
1 hour before the Saturday 9 p.m. performance
Performance: 45 minutes
Artist Salon: 45 minutes
Choreography by Susan Shields
Music by Jonny P
Choreography by Jennifer Archibald
Music by Cristina Spinei
Choreography by Shabaz Ujima
Music by Kirby Shelstad
Emergence offers a first glimpse into the creative works of some of today’s most fearless artists. An experimental lab in the black-box theater setting of Nashville Ballet’s intimate studio, choreographers and musicians boldly create without inhibition to showcase the beginning of raw, unfiltered works. Watch new art unfold before you, then hear from the artists themselves about what inspired their works.
Winner of Best Ballet Series in Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville Awards 2015
About the Artists
Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives. She is a graduate of The Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied Meisner Technique. Archibald has choreographed for Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet II and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, NIKE and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed singers and actors. She was recently appointed as the first female resident choreographer in Cincinnati Ballet’s 40-year history. Next season, new works will be created for Wylliams/Henry, MADCO, Tulsa Ballet and Stockholm’s Ballettakademien. Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including New York’s City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Jacob’s Pillow Inside|Out Stage and Central Park’s Summerstage Mainstage. In 2013, Archibald was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She is Joffrey Ballet’s 2015 Choreographic Winnings recipient. She also choreographed Seven, a biographical work about Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, commissioned by St. Louis-based MADCO Dance Company. Her new work, Delilah, is currently touring Scandinavia. In 2015, she was appointed as guest faculty lecturer to develop the hip-hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College and is currently on faculty at the Yale School of Drama. Archibald is a guest artist at several universities: Fordham/Ailey, Purchase College, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of South Florida, Goucher College, Columbia College Chicago and Bates College. This spring, she premiered a new work for Miami New World School of the Arts, South Carolina’s Governor’s School of the Arts and Jacksonville University.
Jonny P is a soul artist and fashion designer born in New York City, now living in Nashville. With a sound reminiscent of the greats of Motown, Jonny P is poised to carve his modern soul mark in the landscape of R&B. His vocals are nothing but refreshing and his style is inspiring to many that crave true artistry. Jonny P’s tunes are rooted in the sounds of the past but anchored firmly and irrevocably in the present, defined by disarmingly direct arrangements, a superlatively smooth vocal style and an undying belief in the power of soul. In his four years in Nashville, he released Right to You, a six-track EP, and recently released Good To You in April 2017.
Kirby Shelstad majored in percussion performance, theory and composition at the University of Minnesota, studying with members of the Minnesota Orchestra. In 1979, he moved to Nashville where he became known as a respected studio musician and dynamic performer. As a composer, drummer, mallet player, percussionist and synthesist, he is known for his diverse musical capabilities in rock, jazz, blues, classical and world music. Shelstad has performed and recorded with such notables as Leon Russell, Jerry Douglas, Mark O’Conner, Bela Fleck, Gatemouth Brown, Richard Bennet, Charlie Rich, Dobie Gray, The New Grass Revival, Kathy Mattea, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kongdor Ondul, Jill Sobule, Aashid Himons, Giles Reaves, The Nashville Symphony, The Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Tennessee Repertory Theatre and many more. He was also a founding member of the acclaimed rock band The Nerve, who dominated the Nashville club scene during the '80s.
Susan Shields is a choreographer and teacher. She has been commissioned by numerous ballet companies throughout the country, including Ballet West, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Washington Ballet and Boston Ballet II. Most recently, an evening of her work was produced at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. She has performed internationally with many modern and ballet companies. She was a member of Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project and an eight-year member of the Lar Lubivitch Dance Company, where she danced principal roles. She has also performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Eliot Feld and The Washington Ballet.
Cristina Spinei was born in Connecticut and graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with Christopher Rouse. She has been called “one of the most talented young composers in America” by Grammy Award-winning composer/conductor José Serebrier. Spinei's ballets and other compositions have been performed throughout the United States and internationally. She is co-founder of Blind Ear Music, a New York-based group that combines new music with cutting-edge technology. Blind Ear has been featured at the World Technology Awards and on YouTube's weekly "Spotlight on Music" section.
Shabaz Ujima first studied dance at Nashville School of the Arts (1995-1996) and Nashville Ballet (1996-1999). He continued his training at New World School of the Arts (1999-2001) in Miami, Fla. and went on to dance in Nashville Ballet’s Second Company (2002-2003) before enjoying a successful career in contemporary dance with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (2003-2007) and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (2008-2014) under his stage name, Hershel Deondre Horner III. Ujima has performed works by choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle, Milton Myers, Matt Maddox, Susanna Linke, Jose Limon and Christopher Huggins. Upon his professional dance retirement in 2014, Ujima returned to Nashville Ballet. He is currently a full-time faculty member in modern and contemporary dance at School of Nashville Ballet. Ujima is also a teaching artist for Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement Program, which introduces the art of dance to 40,000 community members each year through visits to schools, libraries and more. Outside of his work at Nashville Ballet, he teaches mindfulness and yoga to local youth and in the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center.