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Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn

Join Mitchell Korn, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music senior lecturer, for a lecture series that takes participants behind the scenes of one of Nashville Ballet’s upcoming performances. Korn will lead engaging discussions with the creative experts that make a ballet possible to illustrate how a concept becomes a reality. This series is perfect for ballet beginners or for those who want to build upon their dance education.

Participants will gain:

  • Appreciation for the work of art

  • Insight into the creative process

  • Access to artists

  • Increased literacy in the art

To purchase a lecture series or a drop-in class, select an option below.

To register by phone, call (615) 297-2966 x710.


Inside the Ballet: lucy negro Redux

Lecture Schedule:
Tuesday, January 22, 1:30-3 p.m.
Thursday, January 24, 1:30-3 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29, 1:30-3 p.m.
Thursday, January 31, 1:30-3 p.m.

Each lecture will explore a different topic related to the production. Class will begin with a rehearsal viewing at 1:30 p.m. followed by the lecture from 2-3 p.m.

Location:
Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon Street Nashville, TN 37209)

Description:
A world premiere by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, Lucy Negro Redux explores the mysterious love life of literary great William Shakespeare through the perspective of the illustrious “Dark Lady” for whom many of his famed sonnets were written. Based on the book by Nashville poet Caroline Randall Williams, the contemporary ballet explores themes of love, otherness, equality and beauty as the narrator embarks on a journey to discover her own power and worth. Featuring an original score by GRAMMY Award-winning artist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Rhiannon Giddens with spoken word performed by Williams, Lucy is an imaginative drama brimming with wit and relevancy.

 Participants will:

  • Learn what it takes to create a brand-new ballet

  • Examine the literary influences that inspired this work

  • Explore the original score composed by Rhiannon Giddens

  • Get a sneak peek into the rehearsal process

  • Engage with artistic staff members and guests who have made this production possible

  • Receive 15% off a ticket to the performance (restrictions apply; discounts cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets)

This lecture series will take place before Attitude: Lucy Negro Redux premieres at TPAC’s Polk Theater February 8-10, 2019. Click here to learn more about the performance.


Inside the Ballet: Modern Masters with Ben Folds

Lecture Schedule:
Tuesday, April 9, 1:30-3 p.m.
Thursday, April 11, 1:30-3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16, 1:30-3 p.m.
Thursday, April 18, 1:30-3 p.m.

Each lecture will explore a different topic related to the production. Class will begin with a rehearsal viewing at 1:30 p.m. followed by the lecture from 2-3 p.m.

Location:
Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon Street Nashville, TN 37209)

Description:
Highlighting innovation and artistry, this season’s Modern Masters showcases choreographers that have challenged the bounds of the art form through big ideas and intriguing collaborations. The Ben Folds Project: Concerto makes its triumphant homecoming after Nashville Ballet’s critically acclaimed Kennedy Center debut in 2017. George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant delivers a rare look at the breadth of the father of American ballet’s magnificent repertory, while The Lottery keeps audiences and dancers both on edge with the promise of a thrilling climax—the ballet’s final soloist will be selected by a real lottery live on stage. Inspired by the beauty of Eastern rituals, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom rounds out the program.

Participants will:

  • Learn the significance and history of each of the ballets featured on the program

  • Get a sneak peek into the rehearsal process

  • Engage with artistic staff members and guests who have made this production possible

  • Receive 15% off a ticket to the performance (restrictions apply; discounts cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets)

This lecture series will take place before Modern Masters with Ben Folds is performed at TPAC’s Jackson Hall April 26-28, 2019. Click here to learn more about the performance.