Dance Preview: ‘East Meets West’ at Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s next program

Dance Theatre of Tennessee will mark another milestone this weekend: For the first time in its four-year history, the company will introduce some live music into one of its performances. Music City Baroque, Nashville’s premier period-instrument group, will perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach during DTT’s “East Meets West” program this weekend at Father Ryan […]

Dance Review: Love burns like a ‘Ring of Fire’ in Nashville Ballet’s tribute to Johnny Cash

You knew the Nashville Ballet’s tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash was going to be a love story almost from the outset. As the lights dimmed, a giant screen lowered to the stage, and suddenly we saw photos of the couple as they appeared throughout the years. There were pictures of the two on […]

Dance Review: The wonderful wizards of Oz Nashville inaugurate their new space with the far-reaching choreography of Wayne McGregor

Nashville is not exactly a mecca of modern dance. But you wouldn’t have guessed that on Thursday night, when the unapologetically modern Random Dance made its debut at Oz Nashville. The London-based company, which performs the works of its brilliantly adventurous founder and choreographer, Wayne McGregor, was in town for the official opening of the […]

Dance Preview: Nashville Ballet dances with “Attitude” to the music of Johnny Cash

It seems only fitting that Nashville Ballet dancers will perform to the music of Johnny Cash next weekend at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The company refers to its annual winter program – an adventurous mix of live music and cutting-edge dance – as “Attitude.” Johnny Cash knew a thing or two about attitude. Nashville […]

Nashville Ballet offers discounts for ‘Attitude’

Nashville Ballet’s annual Attitude program is always among the most strikingly original and entertaining shows of the year (here’s what ArtsNash thought of last year’s performance). This month, Nashville Ballet is offering a discount on Attitude tickets. Performances are Feb. 14 to 16 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Polk Theatre. The company has provided […]

London’s Royal Ballet, coming to a cinema near you

The Royal Ballet 2014 Cinema Season begins this month at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16, 3815 Green Hills Village Dr. With a new production of special one-night performances brought to the big screen monthly through March, this series of popular storybook and classic ballets will begin with the romantic “Giselle” on Monday, Jan. 27; followed […]

Time is running out …

The deadline to contribute to our end-of-the-year Indiegogo fundraiser was December 31 but has now been extended through New Year’s Day. We need your help, dear reader, to sustain ArtsNash. All funds raised will go to pay writers and staff – one of our board members has generously agreed to pay all of our administrative […]

Dance Review: ‘Nashville’s Nutcracker’ works its magic in a setting that’s close to home

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is without question the world’s most popular ballet. It has a ubiquitous presence in America, where some 800 productions occur seasonally in more than 120 cities. For children of all ages, The Nutcracker has become an annual rite of passage. Little girls in their bright holiday dresses and boys in their smart […]

Breaking News: Beloved Tennessean Journalist Clara Hieronymus is Dead

Clara Hieronymus, whose prose on arts graced the pages of The Tennessean for more than 40 years, died Saturday in Savannah, Tenn., according to her daughter-in-law Martha Hieronymus. “She went peacefully at home around 9:05 p.m.,” Martha Hieronymus tells ArtsNash. Per a 1982 agreement her remains have been donated to Vanderbilt University Medical Center; there are […]

Breaking News: ArtsNash Gains Tax-Exempt Status From IRS

It’s official: ArtsNash is now tax exempt. On Monday, the Nashville-based nonprofit arts journalism company received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating it has been approved for tax exemption under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. What does that mean? Among other things, it means contributions to ArtsNash like those […]

Dance Review: Dance Theatre of Tennessee presents an enchanting ‘Nutcracker’

It’s Nutcracker season in Middle Tennessee. Every year around Thanksgiving, Dance Theatre of Tennessee hits the road, taking its itinerant staging of The Nutcracker to various cities and counties across the region. The company is in Davidson County this weekend, and on Friday night it presented a Nutcracker at Ensworth High School that was chockfull […]

Nashville artists will perform a benefit concert for the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund

Dance Theatre of Tennessee artistic director Christopher Mohnani grew up in the Philippines, so naturally he was concerned when he first heard about Typhoon Haiyan bearing down on the country. “The Philippines get hit by about 20 typhoons a year, so people are used to them,” says Mohnani, who was on the phone earlier this […]

Philip Glass, Peter Brook, Wayne McGregor Headline 1st OZ Season

Renowned composer Philip Glass, Peter Brook’s theater troupe and Wayne McGregor’s dance company are among those visiting OZ Nashville during its inaugural season, OZ leaders announced today at a ribbon-cutting launch party attended by a capacity crowd. Their first series of performances, which will run Feb. 13 – June 21, will introduce audiences to OZ’s flexible and […]

Dance Preview: Dance Theatre of Tennessee brings its unapologetically traditional ‘Nutcracker’ to a city near you

“We don’t have the resources to put on a lavish production of The Nutcracker,” says Dance Theatre of Tennessee artistic director Christopher Mohnani. “Opulence cannot be our main focus.” Mohnani was making no attempt to tamp down expectations for his company’s popular touring production of The Nutcracker, which begins its fourth annual march across Middle […]

Pictorial: Truly a Wonderful World of Arts Awaits at OZ

A word that comes quickly to mind when viewing the incredible artistic showcase of OZ Nashville is passion. The Ozgener family’s passion for this community and the arts infuses every part of the impressive complex that sits next to John C. Tune Airport. “It is our family’s gift to the city of Nashville,” says Founder Cano […]

Dance Review: Nashville Ballet soars in ‘Peter Pan’

The world’s best-known symbol of perpetual youth is taking flight in Nashville. This weekend, Nashville Ballet is presenting the world premiere of artistic director Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan, and those of us who were lucky enough to see Thursday night’s final dress rehearsal at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center can attest that it is a […]

Dance Preview: Nashville Ballet travels to Neverland in world premiere of ‘Peter Pan’

When Nashville Ballet artistic director Paul Vasterling announced last spring his intentions of staging a new production of Peter Pan, he made a single promise to his dancers: “You will fly,” he said. On the outside, Vasterling’s dancers seemed a bit surprised – maybe even a little bit nervous – when they learned they would […]

Artober Nashville Celebration Provides Wide Range of Experiences

Happily the calendar is turning once again to Artober Nashville. It is, to quote the folks at the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, “for every Nashvillian to experience the arts where they live, work and play and includes everything from visual and performing arts, to music, crafts, film, pop-ups, and more.” In its third year, Artober Nashville has grown […]

Dance Review: ‘Giselle’ floats again, thanks to Dance Theatre of Tennessee

The ghosts were out in force at Centennial Park this weekend. For its second annual Ballet in the Park, Dance Theatre of Tennessee is staging Giselle, the French ballet best known for its Wilis – spirits of young women who died before marriage – who haunt the stage with hopping arabesques during the second act. […]

Despite a rainy cancellation, Ballet in the Park will go on

Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s artistic director Christopher Mohnani knew it was bound to happen. On Friday, rain forced Mohnani to cancel his company’s opening night performance of Giselle at Centennial Park. “We looked at the weather reports and there was every indication we’d have a thunderstorm at 8 o’clock, right in the middle of our […]