Ben Folds with Nashville Ballet
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Ben Folds with Nashville Ballet

Highlighting innovation and artistry, this season’s Modern Masters series 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.

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FREE: Degas & the Little Dancer
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

FREE: Degas & the Little Dancer

Performances at 10 and 11:30 a.m.
No reservations necessary.

Based on the children’s book of the same name by Laurence Anholt, Degas & The Little Dancer follows the story of young Marie, who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina, but cannot afford to take dance lessons. She gives up her dreams to support her family as an artist’s model and, in an ironic turn of events, becomes one of the most famous dancers in the world as the subject of French artist Degas’ bronze statue La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans.

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Carmina Burana
May
31
to Jun 3

Carmina Burana

  • The Schermerhorn Symphony Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Experience Carmina Burana as never before in this multimedia sensation featuring updated choreography from Nashville Ballet and an original film that will bring this bawdy medieval text vividly to life. With its epic score for full orchestra, adult chorus and children’s chorus, Carmina Burana is a feast for the senses, and this is your chance to witness the debut of Nashville Ballet and Nashville Symphony’s exciting new production.

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Romeo & Juliet
Sep
20
to Sep 22

Romeo & Juliet

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers return to the stage to open Nashville Ballet’s season. The most iconic love story ever told, Romeo & Juliet sweeps audiences away in a whirlwind of forbidden passion and swoon-worthy romance. Featuring action-packed fight scenes and authentic period costumes, this timeless and theatrical production whisks audiences to the streets of fair Verona as the Bard’s famous tragedy unfolds.

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A Streetcar Named Desire
Nov
1
to Nov 3

A Streetcar Named Desire

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Nashville Ballet brings an award-winning production stateside. Sultry and seductive, the balletic adaptation of this Tennessee Williams classic brings aging Southern belle Blanche DuBois’s devastating demise centerstage in a beguiling performance meant to mesmerize.

Season tickets on sale now.

Photo courtesy of Scottish Ballet, 2015

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Nashville's Nutcracker
Dec
7
to Dec 23

Nashville's Nutcracker

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“A joyous celebration from start to finish, Nashville’s Nutcracker captures all the wonder of the holiday season. Don’t miss it!” – Amy Stumpfl, Tennessean (2017)

Usher in the most wonderful time of the year with Music City’s favorite holiday tradition – Nashville’s Nutcracker returns to delight both the young and young-at-heart. Join Clara and her magical friends on a journey through a spectacular dreamland.

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Attitude: Other Voices
Feb
14
to Feb 16

Attitude: Other Voices

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A collection of choreographers known for pushing the envelope explore gender identity and stereotypes in a series of groundbreaking new works. These artists take ballet beyond the boundary of what is traditionally expected as they reflect on what it means to be a man or woman, how gender affects one’s existence and more.

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Modern Masters
Apr
24
to Apr 26

Modern Masters

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A little bit ballet, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll – Christopher Bruce’s Rooster brings a haughty edge and rock star rebellion to the ballet with eight exhilarating numbers set to the iconic music of the Rolling Stones. This buffet of artistry also boasts works by world-renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and Nashville Ballet’s artistic director, Paul Vasterling.

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Emergence
May
14
to May 17

Emergence

“Emergence exudes artistic expression and individuality.” – Cillea Houghton, Broadway World (2017)

Emergence is back to deliver new works only hours in the making from up-and-coming, innovative artists. Get a front row seat to the creative process with this intimate and inventive series.

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Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn
Apr
9
to Apr 18

Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn

$40 FOR FOUR-CLASS SERIES
$15 FOR SINGLE CLASS

Join Mitchell Korn, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music senior lecturer, for a lecture series that takes participants behind-the-scenes of this season’s Modern Masters series. Each class will focus on a different aspect of the production and includes a rehearsal viewing followed by an engaging discussion. Enroll now.

Lecture Schedule:
Tuesday, April 9, 1:30-3 p.m. | Special Guest: Artistic Director Paul Vasterling
Thursday, April 11, 1:30-3 p.m. | Special Guest: Duo Concertant pianist Alessandra Volpi
Tuesday, April 16, 1:30-3 p.m. | Special Guests: The Lottery choreographer Val Caniparoli and stager Maiqui Manosa
Thursday, April 18, 1:30-3 p.m. | Special Guest: Duo Concertant stager Victoria Simon

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Academy Auditions
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Academy Auditions

Audition for placement in Nashville Ballet’s Academy Division or Young Men’s Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 school year.

Ladies (Ages 8-18)
1-1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30-3 p.m. Audition

Young Men’s Scholarship Program (Ages 6-18)
2:30-3 p.m. Registration
3-4 p.m. Audition

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Questions? Please contact School of Nashville Ballet at (615) 297-2966 x910 or school@nashvilleballet.com.

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FREE: 72 Steps in Murfreesboro
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

FREE: 72 Steps in Murfreesboro

Commissioned by the League of Women Voters of Nashville and their "Perfect 36 Sponsors,” Gina Patterson’s 72 Steps takes an empowering and celebratory look at the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the vital role Tennessee played in it.

This event is free and open to the public. No ticket necessary. Please direct questions to lwvtenn@gmail.com.

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Family Day at the Ballet
Mar
31
12:00 PM12:00

Family Day at the Ballet

At Nashville Ballet, every day is full of magic! Family Day at the Ballet invites the entire family to spend an engaging afternoon in Nashville Ballet’s extraordinary world. The day brings children’s book favorites to life with a wildly entertaining performance of Degas and the Little Dancer and a Dragons Love Tacos storytime. Interactive movement activities give little ones a chance to show off their moves, while arts and crafts allow kiddos to unleash their creative side.

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Lucy Negro Redux On Tour
Mar
20
to Mar 21

Lucy Negro Redux On Tour

Lucy Negro Redux heads to Knoxville for two special performances:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee Theatre
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Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee Theatre | Big Ears Festival Performance
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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.

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DEMATERIALIZATION at the Frist
Mar
9
1:30 PM13:30

DEMATERIALIZATION at the Frist

FREE EVENT
Performances at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Members of NB2, Nashville Ballet’s official second company, will perform a pas de deux created by Christopher Stuart, Nashville Ballet’s resident choreographer at the Frist Art Museum. Spend time with the Claudio Parmiggiani exhibition before and after the performance with museum admission; the Frist offers docent-guided tours almost every day at 1:30 p.m. (no reservation required).

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FREE DANCE ME A STORY: Degas and the Little Dancer
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

FREE DANCE ME A STORY: Degas and the Little Dancer

Based on the children’s book of the same name by Laurence Anholt, Degas + The Little Dancer follows the story of young Marie, who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina, but cannot afford to take dance lessons. She gives up her dreams to support her family as an artist’s model and, in an ironic turn of events, becomes one of the most famous dancers in the world as the subject of French artist Degas’ bronze statue La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans.

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Sensory Friendly Performance: Jump, Frog, Jump
Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Sensory Friendly Performance: Jump, Frog, Jump

FREE EVENT

Based on the popular children's book of the same name by Robert Kalan, this exciting tale of a frog and friends retraces from the beginning each time a new character is added: "This is the snake that dropped from a branch and swallowed the fish that swam after the frog that was under the fly that climbed out of the water- How did the frog get away? Jump Frog Jump!"  This energetic and humorous ballet is completely narrated and incorporates children from the audience as they instruct the frog to jump for his safety! The repetitive dialogue of the story helps to build important memory skills, while the art of dance, drama and visual art "bring science to life" with lessons on bugs, reptiles and other pond creatures.

This Sensory Friendly performance is designed to create an inclusive and welcoming experience for all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities with sensitivity concerns.

Reservations are encouraged due to limited capacity. RSVP and learn more.

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Jump, Frog, Jump at Plaza Mariachi
Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

Jump, Frog, Jump at Plaza Mariachi

FREE EVENT

Based on the popular children's book of the same name by Robert Kalan, this exciting tale of a frog and friends retraces from the beginning each time a new character is added: "This is the snake that dropped from a branch and swallowed the fish that swam after the frog that was under the fly that climbed out of the water- How did the frog get away? Jump Frog Jump!"  This energetic and humorous ballet is completely narrated and incorporates children from the audience as they instruct the frog to jump for his safety! The repetitive dialogue of the story helps to build important memory skills, while the art of dance, drama and visual art "bring science to life" with lessons on bugs, reptiles and other pond creatures.

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World Premiere: Lucy Negro Redux
Feb
8
to Feb 10

World Premiere: Lucy Negro Redux

Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2 p.m.
TPAC’s Polk Theater (3630 Redmon St., Nashville, TN 37217)

TICKETS START AT $30

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. Purchase tickets.

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First Call
Feb
8
5:30 PM17:30

First Call

You are invited to First Call, our fundraiser benefiting Friends of Nashville Ballet. Join us for this pre-performance cocktail party featuring delicious cocktails, light bites and an exciting silent auction. First Call guests are encouraged to continue the evening at the 7:30 p.m. performance of Lucy Negro ReduxFriends of Nashville Ballet members receive discounted pricing. This is a 21+ event.

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Interactive Media Opening
Feb
2
11:40 AM11:40

Interactive Media Opening

Performances at 11:40 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Attend the Adventure Science Center’s opening of Interactive Media for a special performance by artists of NB2, Nashville Ballet’s official second company.

About Interactive Media
Step into a world where technology and the real world join together in an immersive environment. In this creative, digital space, you can interact and control the world around you with different games and interactive art pieces.

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Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux 4
Jan
31
1:30 PM13:30

Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux 4

Admission $15

Special guest: Doug Fitch, Production Designer

Join Mitchell Korn, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music senior lecturer, for a lecture series that takes participants inside the creation of Lucy Negro Redux. Korn will lead engaging discussions with the artists behind this world premiere. Enroll now.

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Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux 3
Jan
29
1:30 PM13:30

Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux 3

Admission $15

Special Guest: Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director

Join Mitchell Korn, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music senior lecturer, for a lecture series that takes participants inside the creation of Lucy Negro Redux. Korn will lead engaging discussions with the artists behind this world premiere. Enroll now.

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Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux
Jan
22
1:30 PM13:30

Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn: Lucy Negro Redux

$40 FOR FOUR-CLASS SERIES
$15 FOR SINGLE CLASS

Special guest: Caroline Randall Williams, Author of Lucy Negro Redux

Join Mitchell Korn, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music senior lecturer, for a lecture series that takes participants inside the creation of Lucy Negro Redux. Korn will lead engaging discussions with the artists behind this world premiere. Enroll now.

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Lucy Negro Redux: Reimagining the Dark Lady
Jan
21
5:00 PM17:00

Lucy Negro Redux: Reimagining the Dark Lady

FREE EVENT

Join the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and Nashville Ballet for a panel discussion and rehearsal viewing of Lucy Negro Redux. Panelists include NMAAM curator Dr. Steven Lewis, Nashville Ballet artistic director and ballet choreographer Paul Vasterling, co-composer Francesco Turrisi, and Grammy Award-winning lead singer of country and blues band Carolina Chocolate Drops Rhiannon Giddens. WMOT senior producer Craig Havighurst will serve as the panel moderator. Panelists will discuss themes from the performance, including equity, beauty and otherness.

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Lucy Negro Redux: Exploring Otherness
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Lucy Negro Redux: Exploring Otherness

Thursday, January 10, 2019
6-7 p.m.
Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon St., Nashville, TN 37217)

FREE EVENT

Moderated by Tennessee Human Rights Commission Executive Director Beverly Watts, this conversation in connection with the world premiere of Artistic Director Paul Vasterling's Lucy Negro Redux will explore concepts such as otherness and belonging as they apply to the ballet and society. Panelists include Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, author of the book Lucy Negro, Redux, Caroline Randall Williams and leaders of the social justice movement in the Nashville community.  

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Paul Vasterling's 20th Anniversary Gala Performance
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Paul Vasterling's 20th Anniversary Gala Performance

Honor Nashville Ballet’s extraordinary past, exceptional present and groundbreaking future. Join Nashville Ballet for the ultimate evening of celebration commemorating Paul Vasterling’s 20th anniversary as Artistic Director. Curating a collection of classical and contemporary works never before seen at Nashville Ballet with a few familiar favorites, Vasterling sets the tone for the company’s next 20 years of athleticism, artistry, imagination and innovation—all culminating in a truly grand finale featuring a procession of Nashville Ballet artists from School of Nashville Ballet students to the professional company.

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Nashville's Nutcracker
Dec
1
to Dec 23

Nashville's Nutcracker

Nashville’s Nutcracker heralds the return of the holiday season in Music City as young Clara takes audiences on a journey through a spectacular dreamland with her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer. Weaving the awe-inspiring wonder of the classic tale with the city’s glittering past, Nashville’s Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to delight the young and young-at-heart.

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FREE: STORYTIME: Nashville's Nutcracker
Nov
29
10:30 AM10:30

FREE: STORYTIME: Nashville's Nutcracker

Nashville's own version of this timeless holiday classic tells the tale of Clara, a young girl who travels on a fantastic journey with the help of her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer. This special holiday tradition introduces young audiences to Nashville Ballet's unique version of the traditional story by taking them on a short trip through the Land of the Sweets.

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FREE: STORYTIME: HONK! The Story of a Prima Swanerina
Nov
13
10:30 AM10:30

FREE: STORYTIME: HONK! The Story of a Prima Swanerina

Based on the lighthearted children’s book of the same name by Pamela Duncan Edwards, this interactive story engages all ages with a humorous tale about a ballet-smitten swan who has an unexpected moment to shine onstage with a group of prima ballerinas who, in Mimi's mind, are simply pretending to be her!

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FREE: 72 Steps
Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

FREE: 72 Steps

Commissioned by the League of Women Voters of Nashville and their "Perfect 36 Sponsors,” Gina Patterson’s 72 Steps takes an empowering and celebratory look at the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the vital role Tennessee played in it.

This event is free to the public. Due to limited capacity, advance reservations are recommended. Online reservations end two hours prior to the performance.

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FREE: STORYTIME: Nashville's Nutcracker
Nov
7
10:30 AM10:30

FREE: STORYTIME: Nashville's Nutcracker

Nashville's own version of this timeless holiday classic tells the tale of Clara, a young girl who travels on a fantastic journey with the help of her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer. This special holiday tradition introduces young audiences to Nashville Ballet's unique version of the traditional story by taking them on a short trip through the Land of the Sweets.

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FREE: STORYTIME: Nashville's Nutcracker
Nov
6
10:00 AM10:00

FREE: STORYTIME: Nashville's Nutcracker

Nashville's own version of this timeless holiday classic tells the tale of Clara, a young girl who travels on a fantastic journey with the help of her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer. This special holiday tradition introduces young audiences to Nashville Ballet's unique version of the traditional story by taking them on a short trip through the Land of the Sweets.

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Fall Showcase
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Fall Showcase

Fall Showcase features the young artists of our Professional Training Division and NB2, Nashville Ballet's official second company. These future professionals will go on to join the ranks of companies like Nashville Ballet; in fact, over 60% of our current company is made up of artists who were once in NB2. This showcase is your chance to see the promise and talent of Nashville Ballet’s students, trainees, and second company members! If you would like to reserve tickets in advance, you may do so by clicking this button.

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