Review: Nashville Ballet and Nashville Symphony present a concert for all seasons at the Schermerhorn

Nashville Ballet has performed many times with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. But on March 24, the two ensembles celebrated a milestone, performing together for the first time inside the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. To mark the occasion, the groups presented an ambitious program that included Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Copland’s Appalachian […]

Dance Review: Magic abounds in Nashville Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

“You should know that I plan to scream my head off as soon as this show is over,” said the nice lady who sat next to me on Saturday afternoon at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center for the opening of Nashville Ballet’s annual production of the The Nutcracker. This lady, it turned out, was the […]

Martin Family provides Nashville Ballet with $1 million matching donation

Nashville Ballet has the opportunity to raise all the funds necessary to complete construction on its new building, with a pledge from The Martin Family to match up to $1 million in donations. From now until Jan. 6, all gifts made to Nashville Ballet’s ELEVATE campaign to build the future of Nashville Ballet will be […]

Dance Review: Nashville Ballet takes flight in ‘Swan Lake’

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake may well be the quintessential classical ballet. This sumptuous spectacle seemingly has everything a balletic bird watcher could want: beautiful ballerinas in snow white tutus; a fairy tale prince and heartless villain; and, of course, the famed Russian composer’s hyperemotional score. But what most recommends Nashville Ballet’s current production is […]

Belmont Hosts ‘Gene Kelly: The Legacy’ with Patricia Ward Kelly

The Belmont Theatre and Dance Department has arranged quite a treat for lovers of dance and movies: on Oct. 24 and 25 Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly’s wife and biographer, will take Troutt Theater guests behind the scenes to share an intimate portrait of the man that changed the look of dance on film forever and […]

Dance Review: Bandaloop defies gravity at Oz Arts Nashville

It stands to reason that a vertical dance company would know a lot about the heavens. So the dancers of Bandaloop no doubt had a keen sense that it was safe to start their Oz Arts Nashville performance outdoors on Friday night, despite the clear threat of rain. These terrific Oakland, Calif.-based dancers have been […]

Pictorial: BANDALOOP Gets Nashville To Look Up During Downtown Performance

For 15 magical minutes today the UBS Tower in downtown Nashville was the site of a remarkable vertical dance by the internationally renowned BANDALOOP. The troupe is in town to perform a new take on Harboring, their evening length work of sweeping drama and athletic grace, in three surprising locations at OZ Arts Nashville this Friday and Saturday […]

Look Up Nashville! BANDALOOP is Here (and at UBS Tower Monday)

BANDALOOP is coming to OZ Arts Nashville this week, and it’s announcing its arrival Monday with a very special performance that involves one of the city’s downtown buildings. The group’s dancers will present Look Up Nashville!, which takes place down the side of the 28-story UBS Tower (315 Deaderick St.). This unique “sneak peek” of BANDALOOP […]

Nashville Ballet invites local dance companies to join Emergence

Nashville Ballet has announced a new community-wide audition opportunity offering one Nashville performance group the opportunity to present a movement-based work before each performance of its cutting-edge Emergence series, May 14-16, 2015, at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet. In the spirit of the Emergence series and the current renovation and expansion of its Sylvan […]

Ben Folds’ photography will be on display at ballet fundraiser

Rocker Ben Folds has become one of the Nashville Ballet’s biggest boosters. Last spring, he joined the ballet for the Ben Folds Project, a performance of his new concerto with the ballet and Nashville Symphony. Later this month, he’ll be on hand to help the ballet raise money for a much-needed expansion of the company’s […]

Dance Review: New Dialect attracts record crowd to Oz Nashville

Oz Nashville bills its Thursday Night Things (TNT) series as a blank canvas, a clean slate that encourages local artists to experiment and try new things. Last night’s TNT, however, seemed more like the opening of a much anticipated new restaurant, one serving a cuisine that the population has long been craving. The featured item […]

Dance Preview: New Dialect premieres new works at Oz Nashville

Oz Nashville always presents explosively original programming, so naturally it calls its Thursday night performance series TNT (Thursday Night Things). This week’s adventurous program features the Oz debut of New Dialect, Nashville’s new contemporary dance collective. New Dialect founder and dancer Banning Bouldin and her troupe will present a multi-media, multicultural program consisting of original […]

Nashville Ballet’s Martin Center set for a long overdue expansion

The Nashville Ballet’s headquarters is about to get a much needed makeover. On Thursday morning, the ballet announced the public launch of its capital campaign “Elevate,” which will help pay for a major expansion of the company’s Sylvan Heights neighborhood facility. “We have run out of space,” says artistic director Paul Vasterling. “Our dance classes […]

OZ Second Season: Conversation, Contemplation and Connection

It’s an exciting time for Nashville’s contemporary arts center OZ. Artistic Director Lauren Snelling is very happy with the rapturous response such first-season offerings as Peter Brook’s The Suit and the music of Philip Glass and Tim Fain received, and she’s thrilled to talk about what’s coming up at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. “I don’t […]

Dance Review: Intimacy, humor and beauty converge in Nashville Ballet’s Emergence

This weekend, the Nashville Ballet presents Emergence: three new works for dance, accompanied by chamber music composed by Paul Moravec.  This series is one of the best things that has come out of the ballet since it moved into the Martin Center.  By owning a studio space that has room for an audience, artistic director […]

Dance Preview: Nashville Ballet, Alias Chamber Ensemble and Portara Ensemble join forces for this week’s cutting-edge Emergence series

How does Nashville Ballet cap a season that included the world premiere of the Ben Folds Project? It goes all out, ending with a program that features three new dances set to the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec. Ballet artistic director Paul Vasterling puts a premium on collaboration, so his dancers will perform […]

The Big Payback is Here and ArtsNash Needs Your Support!

(Editor’s Note on May 7, 2014: The Big Payback has ended and we thank those contributors that gave $430 to ArtsNash as well as nearly $1.5 million to more than 500 midstate charities. To make a tax-deductible contribution to ArtsNash through our secure form click here to visit out Donate page.) It’s here! The […]

Dance Review:  Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s season has a storybook ending, courtesy of ‘Hansel and Gretel’

Dance Theatre of Tennessee is ending its 2013-14 season with a double header. On Saturday at Father Ryan High School, the company presented the Middle Tennessee premiere of Alan Hineline’s Hansel and Gretel. The company also performed one of the great showpieces of the repertoire, Paquita Grand Pas Classique. This family-friendly show repeats Sunday, May […]

Dance Review: Nashville Ballet presents the world premiere of its Ben Folds Project

Ben Folds won’t be rocking the suburbs this weekend, since he’ll be too busy waltzing with the Nashville Ballet. The rocker-turned-classical-piano virtuoso will be at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Friday night to present the world premiere of his long-awaited “Ben Folds Project.” This remarkable collaborative venture features Folds performing his new Piano Concerto […]

Dance Review: Dance Theatre of Tennessee presents a visually striking ‘East Meets West’

Dance Theatre of Tennessee soared to new heights during its winter program on Saturday night. For the first time in its history, the company included live music in one of its performances.  The program, called “East Meets West,” also featured strikingly beautiful costumes and some remarkably adventurous dancing. The performance repeats at 2 p.m. Sunday, […]