Fourth Valentine’s Day Evening Performance Added by Popular Demand
Nashville Ballet’s acclaimed Attitude series shakes up its annual performance by collaborating with the world-famous Bluebird Cafe. A Valentine’s Day evening performance has been added to the original schedule due to popular demand, with a total of four performances February 12-14, 2016, at TPAC’s Polk Theater.
Nashville Ballet’s first collaboration with The Bluebird Cafe since 2007, the ballet will convey the look and feel of one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms. Songwriters Victoria Banks, J.T. Harding and Georgia Middleman will perform a selection of their biggest hits in typical Bluebird fashion, a writers’ round featuring a stripped down sound, the stories behind their songs and spontaneous collaboration.
“As songwriters, we’re always thinking about how we’re making people feel and how to use words and melodies in a way that will make people connect with our music,” Banks said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the choreographers use their own interpretations of the songs to add an extra visual element to the performance to make people connect in an even deeper way.”
Hit songs made famous by country superstars like Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Sara Evans will provide the soundtrack to new choreography by Nashville Ballet’s Christopher Stuart, New Dialect’s Banning Bouldin, Brian Enos and Gina Patterson. The piece, entitled City of Dreams, is named after Banks’ song that was recorded by more than 40 artists to support Tennessee flood relief in 2010.
“The overarching theme is City of Dreams, because Nashville is that,” Erika Wollam Nichols, The Bluebird Cafe Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, said. “Nashville is the place where people come with dreams, even if you’re not a songwriter or musician. The energy of chasing your dreams is here.”
Attitude will also feature Petite Mort by famed Czech/Dutch choreographer Jiří Kylián set to music by Mozart. The athletic but sensual work for six couples imbues contemporary movement with a classical sensibility and a bold, modern elegance. James Sewell’s Chopin Tributes rounds out the program with a piece that was created to honor the Polish composer’s 200th birthday. The ballet, accompanied by pianist Robert Marler, juxtaposes Chopin’s classical sound with playful, athletic movement in an unexpected way.
Attitude is presented by SunTrust. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at www.nashvilleballet.com. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found here.
About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 75,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Outreach & Education programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70.
Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional private support provided by Ingram Charitable Trust, The Shubert Foundation, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Caterpillar Financial, The HCA Foundation, The Memorial Foundation, Publix Super Market Charities, Dollar General, Nashville Predators Foundation, SunTrust Bank and hundreds of generous individuals who contribute to the Annual Fund.
About The Bluebird Cafe
The Bluebird Cafe is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms gaining worldwide recognition for over 33 years as a songwriter’s performance space where the “heroes behind the hits” perform their own songs; songs that have been recorded by chart-topping artists in all genres of music. For more information visit www.BluebirdCafe.com.
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