Nashville Ballet / Ten Out of Tenn
“I’m always interested in working with musicians and organizations that inspire and push us creatively—especially ones with a Nashville tie,” Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO, responded when asked about the Ballet’s collaborative efforts. The Ballet’s latest production, the World Premiere of Seven Deadly Sins at TPAC’s Jackson Hall May 5-7, is a perfect example: it’s set to brand new music written and performed by the local singer-songwriter collective Ten Out of Tenn, and includes a collaboration with the Nashville Symphony. Choreographed by Ballet company dancer, Christopher Stuart, Seven Deadly Sins will be paired with another ballet featuring Aaron Copland’s iconic Appalachian Spring.
“Being in Music City, there’s an endless amount of collaborations waiting to be explored, adds Vasterling. “One of our goals is to reflect our city’s current artistic community, and teaming up with Nashville musicians from different genres allows us to do that. We’ve explored classical, country, rock, R&B, spiritual and much more over the years. It’s when we step outside of our box that creative magic is born. I’m always going to be looking for unexpected collaborations that continue to push the boundaries of what we do as a company and how our audience thinks about ballet.”
During Seven Deadly Sins, which is doubling as a reunion show for Ten Out of Tenn, Butterfly Boucher, Trent Dabbs, Gabe Dixon, Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones, Erin McCarley, K.S. Rhoads and Amy Stroup will perform all-new, original music inspired by the concept of one of the seven deadly sins. Jones has collaborated previously with the Ballet. Rhoads acts as producer on the project.
Exclusive Song Premiere – “Lust (All That I Want)”
Thanks to an exclusive offering from the Nashville Ballet, you can hear an all-new track from Nashville Ballet’s world premiere of Seven Deadly Sins with Ten Out of Tenn, right here, before it hits the stage at TPAC. This is the only place where you can listen to ‘Lust (All That I Want)” written by Matthew Perryman Jones and K.S. Rhoads before the artists debut it at Seven Deadly Sins. Listen below.
“Ours is a city that celebrates and thrives on creativity, and this show is such a beautiful culmination of that, ” Rhoads said in a release announcing the show. “There will be dance, theatre, full orchestration, songwriting, musicianship and storytelling all in one. That’s really what Ten Out of Tenn was striving for when it began 12 years ago—to highlight the magic that is happening in this little town in the middle of Tennessee.”
The full Seven Deadly Sins set list features:
- Pride (Can’t Bury My Weakness) by Butterfly Boucher
- Greed (This Isn’t What I Got Into It For) by Trent Dabbs and K.S. Rhoads
- Envy (If Every Wish Came True) by Katie Herzig, Amy Stroup and K.S. Rhoads
- Sloth (I Feel It Too Much) by Erin McCarley and K.S. Rhoads
- Gluttony (I Can’t Get Enough Of Everything) by Jeremy Lister, Gabe Dixon and K.S. Rhoads
- Lust (All That I Want) by Matthew Perryman Jones and K.S. Rhoads
- Wrath (Like Thunder) by K.S. Rhoads
The Nashville Ballet has previously collaborated with an array of Nashville artists and organizations, including The Bluebird Cafe, Ben Folds, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Kellie Pickler, John Oates, Clare Bowen, Matthew Perryman Jones, The Civil Wars, The Band Perry and Sugar + The Hi-Lows.
The Nashville Ballet’s Seven Deadly Sins with Appalachian Spring makes its World Premiere at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, May 5-7. Tickets are on sale now.