2012-2013 Performance Season
Nashville Ballet's performance line-up for the 2012-2013 season includes a new contemporary work featuring Nashville music and the return of several classic story ballets showcasing the versatility of Nashville Ballet dancers.
The Sleeping Beauty, with The Nashville Symphony
October 19 – 21, 2012
With all the makings of a magical fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Aurora who is cursed to sleep for 100 years by an evil witch and can only be awoken by the kiss of a handsome prince.
With lush costumes, colorful sets and a large cast of dancers, this full-length classical story ballet set in 16th Century France offers a beautiful presentation with a happy ending.
A corps of graceful dancers and an emphasis on pointe work make The Sleeping Beauty a quintessential element of classical ballet.
Nashville’s Nutcracker, with The Nashville Symphony
December 9 – 23, 2012
The beloved holiday tradition of Nashville’s Nutcracker returns to the stage with even more dancers and magical characters.
Set in Nashville, with local historic characters, Nashville’s Nutcracker takes young Clara on an enchanted adventure with her Nutcracker. Her visit to the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 is only the beginning of her magical journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.
The Nashville Symphony performs Tchaikovsky’s famous score for Nashville Ballet’s fifth anniversary of its Nashville’s Nutcracker production.
February 15 – 17, 2013
Three of the country’s most dynamic, cutting-edge choreographers combine to create a performance full of entertaining and inspiring contemporary dance.
A hauntingly romantic duet, Ploughing the Dark is inspired by the life of Anton Chekhov and his wife Olga Knipper, who lived in different cities pursuing their individual careers and kept their relationship alive through deeply personal and poetic love letters.
Set to Cuban music from the 1940’s, The Whistling choreographed by Dominic Walsh, is a fun, light-hearted ensemble performance. With its fluid, yet athletic movements, The Whistling was voted as the audience favorite at the American Idol-style 2010 New American Talent/Dance choreographic competition hosted by Ballet Austin.
Frequent Nashville Ballet collaborator and winner of the prestigious Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, Gina Patterson will create a new work specifically for Nashville Ballet inspired by the sounds of Music City and highlighting the immense talent permeating Nashville.
The Singing Tortoise
February 16, 2013
Based on a West African folk tale, The Singing Tortoise teaches children the value of keeping your word and respecting others. This fun-for-all-ages children’s ballet tells the story of a hunter named Ama who meets a magical singing tortoise in the forest. Ama promises not to tell anyone about the tortoise’s talent, but breaks his word and suffers the consequences.
Narration, whimsical costumes and a short performance time make The Singing Tortoise a great way to introduce dance to children of all ages.
Learn to dance like the Ama, the tortoise and all of their animal friends during an interactive portion immediately following the performance!
Romeo and Juliet, with The Nashville Symphony
April 26 – 28, 2013
Described by The Tennessean as “enthralling” when it debuted in 2004, Vasterling’s Romeo and Juliet expresses the emotion of Shakespeare’s 400-year-old play through dance and music.
This familiar story about animosity between two families, revenge and fatal love is set to a timeless score by Sergei Prokofiev.
Señoritas y Toros
May 11 – 19, 2013
Two ballets with Spanish flair -- Paquita and Ferdinand the Bull -- introduce young children to the world of movement and music.
Children will learn about Paquita, a Spanish girl born to nobles and raised by gypsies, who learns of her origin through a twist of fate and becomes a princess.
With bright, colorful costumes inspired by cubist Pablo Picasso, Ferdinand the Bull tells the story of a peaceful bull who only wants to smell the flowers in the meadow, making him unfit for the bullfighting rings in Spain.
Narration, whimsical costumes and a short performance time make Señoritas y Toros a great way to introduce dance to children of all ages.
Children and families can learn to dance like Ferdinand and Paquita during an interactive portion after the performance.
May 16 – 18, 2013
Shakespeare’s tragedy about fate, greed, power and consequence will be staged for an audience of only 200 per performance in this intimate, workshop-style setting.
This collaboration between Vasterling and Vanderbilt University School of Music Associate Professor Michael Kurek explores the psychology behind the relationships in the play, particularly the role of the witches in Macbeth’s story. This story-telling poses the question of whether the witches predict the inevitable future or manipulate Macbeth to do their bidding.
Multi-Performance ticket packages for Nashville Ballet’s 2012-2013 performance season go on sale to the public June 1 through www.nashvilleballet.com. For season ticket information, contact Logan Heinsch at (615) 297-2966 x10 OR Heather Cramsie at (615) 297-2966 x23. Tickets to individual performances go on sale July 2, and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or online at www.nashvilleballet.com.