Nashville Ballet’s experimental series Emergence returns to close out the 2017-2018 season May 24-June 3, 2018 at Nashville Ballet’s Studio A. This season’s edition offers fresh new twists on the fan favorite series popularized for offering audience members a glimpse into the creative process.
Featuring a carefully curated lineup of Nashville premieres and a dynamic musical selection, Nashville Ballet will present Modern Masters, May 4-6, 2018 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.
Modern Masters is a new initiative designed to deliver the spectacular works of the world’s leading choreographers to Middle Tennessee residents and visitors each season. Highlighting the distinctly delightful styles of three internationally renowned choreographic geniuses, this year’s program features dance icon Jiří Kylián’s Six Dances, Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Western Symphony by George Balanchine, commonly known as the father of American ballet.
Nashville Ballet invites children to enter the magical world of ballet during the inaugural Family Day at the Ballet from 12 to 4 p.m. on April 15 at the Martin Center for Nashville Ballet.
Imaginations will run wild as Nashville Ballet treats children to a performance of Aesop’s Fables comprised of four of the wildly popular tales—The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Crow, The Wind and the Sun and The Ants and the Grasshopper. Four performances are scheduled throughout the event to provide optimal flexibility for busy families. The 30-minute performance is set to take place each hour beginning at 12:30 p.m. with the last showing at 3:30 p.m.
Groundbreaking repertory celebrates the past, looks to the future
Nashville Ballet celebrates Paul Vasterling’s 20th anniversary as Artistic Director with a groundbreaking 2018-2019 performance season. Touting musical collaborations that embrace the multitude of talents in Music City, the upcoming season ushers in a new era of artistry in Middle Tennessee. With fresh takes on fan favorites and the world premiere of Vasterling’s Lucy Negro Redux, the 2018-2019 season promises to deliver.
“As I enter into my 20th year as Artistic Director, I am in awe of the growth of our company and artists,” Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling said. “This season is truly revolutionary in subject matter and artistry; my hope is that we’ll challenge both dancers and audiences in a way that affords progress and growth. With such a spectacular repertory, our goal is to take what’s next and turn it into what’s now.”
Annual Gala Celebrates the Legacy of Johnny Cash
Ballet goes country (and a little rock and roll) when Nashville Ballet’s annual fundraising gala Ballet Ball pays homage to Johnny Cash through a collaboration with his son John Carter Cash and guest appearances by several internationally recognized artists at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on March 3.
The event, which raises funds to present educational dance programming to over 30,000 underserved youth and families throughout Middle Tennessee each year, will feature a set list of songs written or popularized by Johnny Cash curated by John Carter Cash and performed by some of Cash’s dear friends and/or favorite artists.
Nashville Ballet will premiere Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project this February, an internationally acclaimed contemporary ballet that journeys through one of history’s darkest hours to ultimately shine a spotlight on the triumph of the human spirit. Presented as part of Nashville Ballet’s annual Attitude series, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project comes to Music City from Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills February 9-11, 2018, at TPAC’s Polk Theater.
Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project unfolds as Naomi Warren, a real-life Holocaust survivor, reflects on her life. Following one person’s journey through the catastrophic events of the Holocaust, the work aims to spread a message of resiliency, courage and, most importantly, hope. Created and choreographed by Mills, Light has traveled to cities all over the world since its premiere in Austin, Texas, in 2005. The ballet is set to a contemporary score by renowned composers Philip Glass, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Pärt and Steve Reich.
Holiday Favorite Will Debut New Elements, Including Snow in the Audience
Nashville Ballet is celebrating 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker December 2-23, 2017, at TPAC’s Jackson Hall with all-new magical elements to mark the occasion. Since its world premiere in 2008, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s original spin on the classic has cemented its place as one of Music City’s most beloved holiday traditions.
Nashville Ballet premiered The Nutcracker in 1989, but the production was reinvented as Nashville’s Nutcracker in 2008 with a unique concept incorporating Nashville’s vibrant past along with new choreography, sets, costumes and on-stage magic tricks. Now entering its 10th year, Nashville’s Nutcracker will debut additional elements to celebrate the milestone.
Lizzie Borden Paired with World Premiere of The Raven
Nashville Ballet will present a haunting double feature of original works just in time for Halloween—the long-awaited return of Lizzie Borden based on the infamous double murder and the world premiere of The Raven inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem—October 26-28, 2017, at TPAC’s Polk Theater.
Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s Lizzie Borden examines the real-life double murder case of 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden was famously accused, tried and acquitted for the brutal ax murders of her father and stepmother in a case that remains one of the most controversial and sensationalized in American history.
Dancer Talent in Spotlight During One of Ballet’s Most Physically Challenging Works
Nashville Ballet will open its performance season with one of the most beloved ballets of all time, The Sleeping Beauty, September 23-24, 2017, at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. The Sleeping Beauty features some of the most challenging classical choreography ever created, an iconic score performed live by the Nashville Symphony, and sets and costumes never before seen in Music City.
The Sleeping Beauty ballet, based on the famous fairytale by Charles Perrault, debuted in 1890 featuring choreography by Marius Petipa (known as the "father of classical ballet”) and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Even today, The Sleeping Beauty is regarded as the epitome of classical ballet.
Nashville Ballet will celebrate National Dance Day for the seventh consecutive year on Saturday, July 29 by offering free sample classes and choreography provided by the Fox hit reality show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD).
The day will feature a sample of Nashville Ballet's regularly programmed Community Division Adult Classes (ages 18+) and Community Division Youth Classes (ages 8-18), but all ages are encouraged to participate on July 29 in honor of this annual nationwide celebration of dance. National Dance Day will take place at Nashville Ballet’s Nashville location (3630 Redmon Street Nashville, TN 37209).
Nashville’s Nutcracker Tickets $5 off During Month of July
Nashville Ballet is celebrating 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker early with Christmas in July! For the entire month of July, Nashville Ballet is offering a special $5 off ticket* discount to Nashville’s Nutcracker with promo code XMASJULY, which provides the best single ticket prices all year.
Celebrating 10 years of awe-inspiring magic and dazzling holiday cheer, Nashville’s Nutcracker will ring in the season with 16 performances December 2-23, 2017, at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. In honor of its 10th year in Nashville, the production will debut additional characters and all-new magical elements. Nashville’s Nutcracker follows the classic adventure of young Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker with clever nods to Music City’s notable history, landmarks and characters.
Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling has been selected as one of the Fellows in residence for the 2017-2018 academic year at The Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) at New York University, the first international institute devoted to the creation and academic study of ballet.
Entering its fourth year, the CBA Fellows program invites scholars and artists from the field of ballet and its related arts and sciences to work at the Center on their own scholarly and artistic projects. The program provides fellows with a stipend, access to studio and office space, an apartment in some cases and time away from daily life to focus on their specified project—a ballet, book, film, digital lecture series or other work of their imagining related in some way to ballet. It exists to inspire new ideas and ballets, to expand the understanding of ballet and to bring new vitality to its history, practice and performance in the 21st century.