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 the following details:
Nashville Ballet’s annual production, Attitude, combines contemporary dance from three cutting-edge choreographers with live music from respected, local artists to create an evening of innovative art. And for the month of January only, get $5 off your tickets to Attitude using the code ATTWEB!
This year’s Attitude includes an original ballet by company dancer Christopher Stuart, set to the iconic music of Johnny Cash performed by Sugar and the Hi Lows; the revival of Brian Enos’ 2012 piece And Legions Will Rise set to music by Kevin Puts; and Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s piece Time/Return/Memory set to a solo piano score adapted from Philip Glass’ Orphée Suite. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
This unique presentation begins with choreography by current Nashville Ballet company dancer, Christopher Stuart, set to the iconic music of Johnny Cash. Nashville-based band Sugar and the Hi Lows (comprised of singer/songwriters Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup) will perform their renditions of classic Cash songs.” The Americana-meets-soul duo will sing live, infusing their neo-rockabilly sound into the classic works of The Man in Black while incorporating their own works into this daring combination of Nashville music with dance.
Choreographer Brian Enos, who was recently named “Best Up and Coming Choreographer” by the Houston Press, will revive his piece And Legions Will Rise, which originally premiered at Nashville Ballet’s 2012 Emergence performance. ALIAS Chamber Ensemble will perform the music, composed by recent Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts.
The final piece of the production comes from Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO, Paul Vasterling. Last performed by Nashville Ballet in February 2008, Time/Return/Memory is an adaption of the Greek myth about Orpheus and Eurydice. Using a solo piano score adapted from Philip Glass’ Orphée Suite, Vasterling’s choreography examines the concept of death, and the letting go of fears and self-doubt, allowing us to live more freely. When it was performed as part of a mixed bill of contemporary dance in 2008, The Tennessean called Time/Return/Memory “best of show and testament to Vasterling’s ability to turn a story into spectacular movement.”