Nashville Ballet’s Artistic Director and CEO Paul Vasterling has been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia. Vasterling will be among approximately 25 Fellows focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers.
The VCCA is one of world's most prestigious artist communities. VCCA Fellows have received worldwide attention through publications, exhibitions, compositions, performances, and major awards and accolades, including MacArthur grants, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts awards, Rome Prizes, Pollock-Krasner grants, National Book Awards, Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and Academy Award nominations. A wellspring of artistry in the United States, the VCCA focuses on providing residencies for artists during the most important phase of their work: the creative phase.
“Fellowships like this are often critical to creating new works as they eliminate so many of the day to day distractions that inhibit artists like myself from allowing themselves to think freely to bring ideas and artistic visions to life,” Vasterling said. “It’s very refreshing to have that time and space to focus solely on my work, and being in the company of so many other impressive artists creates an energy that can’t be replicated elsewhere.”
Vasterling has created more than 40 works, ranging from classical, full-length story ballets to contemporary one-acts set to the music of local artists. Many of these works are the result of national and international residencies like the VCCA fellowship, including the upcoming world premiere of Vasterling’s Lucy Negro Redux, which will debut as part of a yearlong celebration in honor of Vasterling’s 20th year as Nashville Ballet’s Artistic Director.
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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