Nashville Ballet has announced its performance line-up for the 2012-2013 season, which includes a new contemporary work featuring Nashville music and the return of several classic story ballets showcasing the versatility of Nashville Ballet dancers.
“This performance roster offers audiences a variety of stories, contemporary works and children’s ballets, which illustrates how talented our dancers are in spinning tales with their bodies and switching between such different styles of dance,” Nashville Ballet Artistic Director and CEO Paul Vasterling said.
Nashville Ballet’s 2012-2013 performance season will include:
The Sleeping Beauty
Lush costumes and sets place the classic story of The Sleeping Beauty in 16th Century France, when the lovely Princess Aurora is born. Though often regarded as a love story, The Sleeping Beauty is also a struggle between the two conflicting forces of good and evil, represented by the good Lilac Fairy and the evil fairy Carabosse. Angry at not being invited to the baby Aurora’s christening celebration, Carabosse curses the princess to die on her 18th birthday. The Lilac Fairy uses her power to lessen the curse so that Aurora and her entire kingdom will only sleep instead of die. The fate of Aurora’s kingdom hinges on a handsome prince whose kiss awakens Aurora and her entire kingdom after 100 years of slumber.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote the score and Marius Petipa created the choreography in 1890 when dancing on pointe was still fairly new to the art of ballet. An infatuation with this new form of dance led Petipa to create choreography with an emphasis on pointe work – choreography considered to be very challenging by many dancers and directors today.
Created the year before The Nutcracker, Petipa’s original version of The Sleeping Beauty was the first combination of classical music, dance and fairy tale to take the stage, making it one of the most significant works in the world of ballet.
The Sleeping Beauty will feature several young dancers from the School of Nashville Ballet.
It will be held at TPAC’s Jackson Hall for three performances tonight, October 19 – 21, 2012.
Set in 1897 Nashville, with local historic characters, this year’s performance of Nashville’s Nutcracker includes an expanded youth cast to accompany Nashville Ballet company and second company members. The Nashville Symphony performs Tchaikovsky’s famous score for Nashville Ballet’s fifth anniversary of its Nashville’s Nutcracker production.
More than 200 dancers tell the story of young Clara and her Nutcracker. Her visit to the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 is only the beginning of her magical journey with her Nutcracker to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Welcoming young members of the community to take part in the holiday tradition, Nashville Ballet will host open auditions for the children’s roles in Nashville’s Nutcracker Sept. 9 and 19 at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet.
Nashville’s Nutcracker will be held at TPAC’s Jackson Hall for 11 performances December 9 – 23, 2012.
A night of contemporary dance, Attitude offers Nashville a mixed bill of live music and relevant, contemporary works from some of the country’s most unique, cutting edge choreographers including Ploughing the Dark from Sarah Slipper, The Whistling from Dominic Walsh and a brand new yet-to-be-named world premiere from Gina Patterson.
A duet, Ploughing the Dark is inspired by the life of Anton Chekhov and his wife Olga Knipper, who lived in different cities pursuing their individual careers during the last six years of Chekhov’s life. Their relationship remained alive through love letters, which inspired Slipper’s choreography, set to music written by Vanderbilt University Associate Professor of Composition Michael Kurek. Nashville Ballet last performed Ploughing the Dark in 2007.
The Whistling, set to Cuban music from the 1940’s and choreographed by internationally in-demand choreographer Dominic Walsh, is an ensemble piece with dancers using fluid, yet athletic movements. The Whistling was voted as the audience favorite at the American Idol-style 2010 New American Talent/Dance choreographic competition hosted by Ballet Austin.
Frequent Nashville Ballet collaborator and winner of the prestigious Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, Gina Patterson will create a new work specifically for Nashville Ballet inspired by the sounds of Music City and highlighting Nashville. Patterson’s credentials as a choreographer extend across the globe, including two recent collaborations with Nashville Ballet -- Cryin’ Out set to the music of Gary Nicholson, and Anne Frank, part of the repertory of Outreach performances designed to expose young people to the art of ballet.
Attitude will be held at TPAC’s Polk Theater for three performances February 15 – 17, 2013.
The Singing Tortoise
Based on a West African folk tale, The Singing Tortoise teaches children the value of keeping your word and respecting others, though dance, music and narration. This children’s ballet tells the story of a hunter named Ama who meets a magical singing tortoise in the forest. Ama promises not to tell anyone about the tortoise’s talent, but breaks his word and suffers the consequences. Children can learn what it takes to dance like Ama and the tortoise in an interactive demonstration following the performance.