2017-2018 Performance Season

Nashville Ballet is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 performance season. Season tickets are available now. Single tickets go on sale to the public July 1.

The Sleeping Beauty

September 23-24, 2017
TPAC's Jackson Hall

Choreography after Marius Petipa
Adaption and Additional Choreography by Paul Vasterling
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Live Music Performed by the Nashville Symphony

Brimming with enchantment, romance and charm, Nashville Ballet’s season opener ushers in the triumphant return of beloved fairytale The Sleeping Beauty. Considered to be the most technically challenging piece of classical choreography for the ballerina since its debut in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty appeals to connoisseurs and novices alike. All ages will be swept away by the timeless tale of how the villainous Carabosse and noble Lilac Fairy cast dueling spells over Princess Aurora, which can only be broken by a dashing prince’s kiss.

“With its lavish sets, costumes and storybook romance, The Sleeping Beauty delivers all the precision and artistry you might expect of a classical ballet. But you may be surprised by the level of strength, stamina and athleticism currently on display in Nashville Ballet’s dreamy revival.” – Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean (2012)


Lizzie Borden
with The Raven

October 26-28, 2017
TPAC's Polk Theater

Lizzie Borden Choreography by Paul Vasterling
Based on the True Infamous Murder Trial from the 1890s

The Raven Choreography by Christopher Stuart
Based on the Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Did she or didn’t she? Viewers will judge for themselves when Lizzie Borden’s real-life double homicide case of 1892 hauntingly unfolds on stage this Halloween. Acquitted for the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother, Lizzie Borden’s notorious courtroom trial remains one of the most controversial and sensationalized in American history. Nashville Ballet’s gripping interpretation takes audiences into the mind of the woman embroiled in the scandal to show that there may be more to the story than previously thought. The world premiere of The Raven explores Edgar Allan Poe’s dark poem by blending movement with a classical score and elements of spoken word.

This production contains mature content.


Nashville's Nutcracker: Celebrating 10 Years!

December 2-23, 2017
TPAC's Jackson Hall

Concept, Story Treatment and Choreography by Paul Vasterling
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Live Music Performed by the Nashville Symphony

Celebrating 10 years of awe-inspiring magic and dazzling holiday cheer, Nashville’s Nutcracker will ring in the season with additional characters and all-new magical elements. A truly local production through and through with clever nods to the city’s sparkly past, Nashville’s Nutcracker epitomizes the holiday season in Music City.

“Vasterling's epic work is a joyous and colorful greeting card to the people of Music City…a holiday-scented love letter to his adopted hometown.” – Jeffrey Ellis, Broadway World (2016)


Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project

February 9-11, 2018
TPAC's Polk Theater

Choreography by Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills
Music by Steve Reich, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass

Pushing the boundaries of Nashville Ballet’s acclaimed Attitude series, Light / The Holocaust and Humanity Project offers a groundbreaking exploration of devastating loss, resiliency and, ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit. Following one Holocaust survivor’s journey as told through music and dance, Light offers a unique opportunity that only art can—to feel, better understand and reflect upon a piece of history that defies comprehension. The ballet illuminates the past to promote compassion, understanding and hope to issues relevant in today's society. Community talk-back sessions will accompany this Nashville Ballet premiere, including Light choreographer Stephen Mills of Ballet Austin.


Family Day at the Ballet

April 15, 2018
Nashville Ballet Studio A

Imaginations run wild at Family Day at the Ballet! Make a day of it with an engaging afternoon created with families in mind, including a children’s ballet performance of Aesop’s Fables, movement activities, arts and crafts, and more. Aesop’s Fables weaves together four wildly popular fables (The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Crow, The Wind and the Sun and The Ants and the Grasshopper) to impart a little wisdom to little ones. Families can experience everything that Nashville Ballet has to offer with just one ticket.


Modern Masters
Kylián, Wheeldon & Balanchine

May 4-6, 2018
TPAC's Jackson Hall

Six Dances Choreography by Jiří Kylián
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ghosts Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
Music by Grammy-nominated composer C.F. Kip Winger

Western Symphony Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Hershy Kay

Live Music Performed by the Nashville Symphony

Modern Masters brings the work of three internationally renowned choreographers together for a hand-selected program that shines a spotlight on some of the most innovative, spectacularly grand dance that’s come out of the ballet world. Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts draws inspiration from a lyrical score by Grammy-nominated composer and Nashville resident C.F. Kip Winger (of American rock band Winger), while wit and charisma take center stage in Jiří Kylián’s Six Dances set to Mozart’s Six German Dances. George Balanchine’s masterwork Western Symphony caps off the evening with a rollicking journey to the rugged Old West. An enormous cast of cowboys and dance hall girls showcase Balanchine’s blend of highly demanding, spirited and playful choreography, illustrating why he’s known as the father of American ballet.



May 24 - June 3, 2018
Nashville Ballet Studio A

Music Curated in Creative Collaboration with The Bluebird Cafe

Nashville Ballet lifts the curtain on the creative process with its popular Emergence series, inviting the public into its studio to experience a piece of art only weeks in the making. See what happens when up-and-coming choreographers are free to create with only a blank notebook in hand and no rules to follow—other than embracing their creative instincts. This season’s edition will feature a musical collaboration with The Bluebird Cafe, recreating the intimacy of the world-renowned listening room at Nashville Ballet. The Bluebird Cafe celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and Emergence serves as the finale event of its yearlong celebration.

“All that is required from artists and audience members alike is an unbridled sense of adventure.” – John Pitcher, Nashville Scene (2015)