Nashville Ballet displays its Attitude with works from three of the country’s most dynamic, cutting-edge choreographers for a performance full of compelling and inspiring contemporary dance.
Ploughing the Dark
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. Their relationship remained alive through love letters, which inspired Slipper’s intensely passionate choreography, set to music written by American Composer and Vanderbilt University Associate Professor of Composition Michael Kurek. Ploughing the Dark was created in 2004 in collaboration with the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University as part of Nashville Ballet’s Emergence series, which profiles new works from emerging artists in dance and music.
The Whistling, set to Cuban music from the 1940’s and 1950’s, was voted as the audience favorite at the American Idol-style 2010 New American Talent/Dance choreographic competition hosted by Ballet Austin. Choreographed by internationally in-demand choreographer Dominic Walsh, it calls on the spirit and joy of the people and their traditions from that era, while avoiding the obvious social dancing usually associated with the sounds.
...but the flowers have yet to come
A World Premiere from Gina Patterson and Matthew Perryman Jones
Created specifically for Attitude, frequent Nashville Ballet collaborator Gina Patterson will create a new work inspired by the sounds of Music City set to the music of cerebral singer/songwriter Matthew Perryman Jones.
An original member of the collaborative group of individual artists, Ten out of Tenn, Jones is one of the most sought-after songwriters in Nashville. With music featured on favorite TV programs One Tree Hill, Bones and Grey’s Anatomy, Jones’ popularity has fueled the success of his literary-inspired album Land of the Living released in June 2012. He will promote his new album in an upcoming U.S. tour, during which he will stop in Nashville on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3rd and Lindsley.
Jones will collaborate with frequent Nashville Ballet guest choreographer Gina Patterson to create an original dance work set mostly to music from Land of the Livingand his break-out hit “Save You” from the 2008 album Swallow the Sea. The entire work will be performed during Nashville Ballet’s performance of Attitude, but an excerpt of the piece will be featured during Ballet Ball.
Patterson’s credentials as a choreographer extend across the globe, including two recent collaborations with Nashville Ballet – Cryin’ Out set to the music of Gary Nicholson, and Anne Frank, part of the repertory of Outreach performances designed to expose young people to the art of ballet.
Inspired by the music and dance from Jones and Patterson, Leonard will create one new large (7 ½ ftx 22 ½ ft) painting live during the three performances of Attitude. Leonard is currently represented by Rymer Gallery in Downtown Nashville, where she has several pieces on display currently.
Attitude will be held at TPAC’s Polk Theater for three performances:
Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 at 2 p.m.