New Twists Revitalize Popular Experimental Series

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.

Emergence was introduced as a way of giving artists the opportunity to explore new creative concepts without the pressure of putting on a full length, polished production,” Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling said. “This year I made a few changes to the series’ traditional format to further encourage artists to reject the pressure of perfectionism and embrace the creative freedom of a less formal production process.”

In this season’s edition, fourteen up-and-coming artists will each collaborate with musicians from The Bluebird Cafe to create works with only twelve hours in the studio prior to presenting. The choreographers include many Nashville-based artists: FALL Executive & Artistic Director Rebekah Hampton Barger, FALL company dancer Dorse Brown, New Dialect company members David Flores and Rebecca Steinberg, Nashville Ballet faculty members Shabaz Ujima and Erin Kouwe, and Nashville Ballet company dancers Julia Eisen, Gerald Watson, Judson Veach and Christopher Stuart. New York-based choreographer Darrell Moultrie, Heather Britt Dance Collective Founder Heather Britt, Kansas City Dance Festival Co-Artistic Director and Executive Director of Sacramento Ballet Anthony Krutzkamp, and Chicago-based choreographer Stephanie Martinez round out the talent rich program. 

“Nashville has such a thriving arts scene that when selecting choreographers for this series, it was very important to me to highlight the wealth of talent right here in our community,” Vasterling said. “While curating this year’s Emergence, I was also careful to select a very diverse group of artists in terms of identity, background and style so that we provide audience members with an accurate portrait of the boundless inclusivity inherent to art.”

The Bluebird Cafe singer-songwriters slated to accompany the choreographers of Emergence are: Kelly Archer, Rick Brantley, Morgan Bosman, Kate Cosentino, Britton Deuel, Kara Frazier, Fred Knobloch, Tony Memmel, Taylor Noelle, Mo Pittney, Shannon Sanders, Lucie Silvas, Karleen Watt and Louis York.

The fourteen works make up three different lineups featured over the course of the five performances, offering audiences a festival-like experience. Nashville Ballet’s collaboration with The Bluebird Cafe serves as the finale event of The Bluebird’s 35th anniversary celebration. Each musician will perform live during the performance thereby recreating the intimacy of the world-renowned listening room in Nashville Ballet’s Studio A.

Nashville Public Television is the media sponsor for Emergence. Audience members are encouraged to consider a festival pass to experience all three impressive lineups. Festival pass tickets start at $28 per performance; a minimum of two performances must be purchased. Single performance tickets start at $35. Audiences can purchase tickets online, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found online.

About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 70,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based Community Engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.

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