February 15 - February 17, 2013
Nashville Ballet displays its Attitude with works from three of the country’s most dynamic, cutting-edge choreographers combine to create a performance full of entertaining and inspiring contemporary dance.
Ploughing the Dark
A hauntingly romantic 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 intensely passionate choreography, set to music by American composer Michael Kurek, who currently serves on the faculty of Vanderbilt University as Associate Professor of Composition. Ploughing the Dark was created in 2004 in collaboration with the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University as part of Nashville Ballet’s Emergence series, which profiles new works from emerging artists in dance and music.
The Whistling, set to Cuban music from the 1940’s and 1950’s, was voted as the audience favorite at the American Idol-style 2010 New American Talent/Dance choreographic competition hosted by Ballet Austin. Choreographed by internationally in-demand choreographer Dominic Walsh, it calls on the spirit and joy of the people and their traditions from that era, while avoiding the obvious social dancing usually associated with the sounds.
...But the Flowers Have Yet to Come
A World Premiere from Gina Patterson and Matthew Perryman Jones
An original member of the collaborative group of individual artists, Ten out of Tenn, Jones is one of the most sought-after songwriters in Nashville. With music featured on favorite TV programs One Tree Hill, Bones and Grey’s Anatomy, Jones’ popularity has fueled the success of his literary-inspired album Land of the Living released in June, 2012.
Jones will collaborate with frequent Nashville Ballet guest choreographer Patterson to create an original dance work titled …But the Flowers Have Yet to Come set mostly to music from Land of the Living, plus his break-out hit “Save You” from the 2008 album Swallow the Sea. Jones will perform his music live at Attitude and during a preview of the work on Feb. 1, 2013, at Nashville Ballet’s annual fundraiser gala Ballet Ball.
“More than a story, I want to create a canvas of movement, imagery, and emotional touch points to which viewers can attach their own personal story and interpretation,” Patterson said about the work. “It reflects a journey in which we may not have all the answers but know we are moving in the right direction.”
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.
Inspired by the music and dance from Jones and Patterson, Leonard will create one new large (7 ½ ft x 22 ½ ft) painting live during the three performances of Attitude. Leonard is currently represented by Rymer Gallery in Downtown Nashville, where she has several pieces on display currently.