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OZ Arts 2017-18 Season Includes Renée Fleming, Bassem Youssef, Elizabeth Streb, Brandon Donahue and More

OZ Arts Nashville's 2017-18 season, its fifth since opening in West Nashville, includes a concert by internationally recognized singer Renée Fleming, the return of renowned DJ and music producer Kid Koala, interactive installations by Brandon Donahue with pop-up…

OZ Arts Nashville’s 2017-18 season, its fifth since opening in West Nashville, includes a concert by internationally recognized singer Renée Fleming, the return of renowned DJ and music producer Kid Koala, interactive installations by Brandon Donahue with pop-up skate park and a BMX stunt show, a multimedia documentary theater piece by En Garde Arts, an immersive a capella music and dance piece by Seattle-Based dance and visual design team zoe | juniper, a performance by Nashville’s own Tracy Silverman with the Blair School of Music and much more.

Season Subscriptions will be on sale May 14, 2017 through July 19, 2017 and tickets for all events can be purchased online throughout the year at ozartsnashville.org. The full season should be up on OZ’s website by Friday, May 12. Ticket prices are TBA.

The full season breakdown is below, with more extensive info available through the links to our events listings. 

Sea Wall
Part of OZ Arts Nashville’s TNT Local Spotlight Series
Written by Simon Stephens / Directed by Jaclynn Jutting
Performed by Nat McIntyre
July 20, 2017 at 7 p.m.

For the first theater production within its TNT local spotlight series, OZ Arts presents a new production of Simon Stephens’ acclaimed monologue Sea Wall, directed by Belmont University professor Jaclynn Jutting. Jutting curates the evening’s presentations and “sets the stage” with an installation of photography by Tina Gionis.

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Family Day at OZ  
Brandon Donahue and BMX and Skate Shows
August 19, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Family Day is OZ Arts’ annual festival of indoor and outdoor arts activities for young people and families, designed to spark creativity, activity and interaction. Dispersed among the grounds of OZ Arts, a dozen local artists and community organizations set up activity stations enabling kids to tap into their imaginations while having fun with friends and family members. This year’s Family Day at OZ focuses on the theme of sports and art, featuring sports-themed art-making stations and performance presentations by creative athletes. Visual artist Brandon Donahue will create multiple interactive art installations, including an outdoor volleyball court and an indoor basketball court. OZ Arts will also display a selection of Donahue’s work on the warehouse venue’s gallery walls, including pieces made from using scavenged sports equipment and found urban artifacts that otherwise would have been thrown away. Moving the Family Day mainstage outdoors this year, OZ Arts transforms its front parking lot into a park with BMX and skateboard ramps for two stunt performances.

Clear & Sweet
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September 14 & 15, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Clear & Sweet is a multi-disciplinary performance incorporating dance and live vocals. Based on an inquiry into the raw and uniquely American tradition of Sacred Harp singing, a rousing tradition of sacred choral music originating in the American South, the piece is performed in the round with singers integrated into the audience, creating an immersive visual and sonic experience. Scofield’s angular, intense choreography and Shuey’s cutting-edge visual design embody a search for redemption, shifting points of perspective for the audience. Clear & Sweet highlights the strength that can be found in community and the redemption that can be achieved through physical exertion.

Tracy Silverman and Robin Fountain with Blair School of Music
Part of OZ Arts Nashville’s TNT Local Spotlight Series
October 5, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Redefining the role of the violin in contemporary music, Nashville-based composer-musician Tracy Silverman has contributed significantly to the development and repertoire for the electric six-string violin and what he calls “21st century violin playing.” He composed and performs Love Song to the Sun, a new, evening-length, multimedia performance for solo six-string electric violin and electronics, with constructed media design, alongside 75 undergraduate musicians from Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. The performance utilizes interactive projections to tell a dramatic story of survival and triumph. It is a fusion of audio and visual technologies containing symphonic breadth and cinematic dimension, where the performer himself morphs into the abstract. In a departure from traditional concert surrounds, Tracy Silverman and the Blair School of Music orchestra, led by Robin Fountain, reimagine the 21st century classical concert for both performers and audience inside OZ Arts’ non-traditional warehouse space.

En Garde Arts
Written by Anne Hamburger and Seth Bockley / Directed by Seth Bockley
October 20 & 21, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Wilderness is a pulsating new multimedia documentary theatre piece that speaks to our collective search for connection and hope, as families survive the extraordinary pressures and complexities that accompany coming of age in 21st Century America. It is anchored by six real families’ stories that explore issues of mental health and addiction as well as gender and sexual identity. Performances suitable for ages 14 and up

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Bassem Youssef

Bassem Youssef
November 18, 2017 8 p.m.

Dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, Bassem Youssef was the creator and host of the wildly popular TV show “Al-Bernameg,” the first political satire show in the Middle East and, with 30 million viewers every week, the most watched program in the region from 2011 through 2014.

Renée Fleming
December 1, 2017 at 8 p.m.

One of the most beloved and celebrated American singers of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. For the inaugural Chairman’s Choice event at OZ Arts—a performance selected by Board Chairman Cano Ozgener—Fleming will perform an evening-length concert featuring French and Italian classics as well as some American contemporary works.

SEA (Singular Extreme Actions)

January 27, 2018 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. and January 28, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Elizabeth Streb’s SEA is a thrilling and death-defying work in which daredevil performers interact with mechanics and hardware specifically created for the show. In this edge-of-your-seat, adrenalinized spectacle, the real-life action heroes of Streb’s company STREB Extreme Action redefine physics with unique “PopAction” choreography that intertwines dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, circus and stunt work. The result is pure daring combined with the strictest precision. The SEA experience includes a soundtrack created by STREB’s resident DJ and emcee, Zaire Baptista.


The Pigeoning

The Pigeoning
Robin Frohardt
February 15 at 10 a.m.; February 16 at 10am and 7pm; and February 17 at 7pm

Hailed by The New York Times as “a tender, fantastical symphony of the imagination,” Robin Frohardt’s The Pigeoning is a Bunraku-style puppetry theater production performed by five puppeteers with an original score. In The Pigeoning, Frank is an office worker living in New York in the early 1980s who is obsessed with cleanliness and order. Plagued by pigeons in the park, Frank starts to believe they are plotting against him. A darkly comedic yet heartfelt adventure, The Pigeoning spins articulate puppetry, live music, video and lo-fi special effects into an epic tale about obsessive compulsion and the illusion of safety and control in the context of the end of the world. Appropriate for ages 8+.

Michael Gordon’s Rushes, Performed by Rushes Ensemble, and Timber, Performed by Mantra Percussion
Part of OZ Arts Nashville’s TNT Local Spotlight Series
March 22, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30pm)

This concert curated by Nashville-based musician Maya Stone pairs Rushes and Timber, two works by Michael Gordon, composer and co-founder of the iconic Bang on a Can collective. Rushes features one of the most unorthodox groups imaginable, Rushes Ensemble, which consists of seven bassoons (and of which Stone is a member). Timber includes six simantra (simple two-by-four slabs of wood, amplified and yielding trance-like sonic textures), performed by Mantra Percussion.

Kid Koala
Dates TBA

OZ Arts welcomes back world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer and graphic novelist Kid Koala with his newest, interactive work, Satellite. In Satellite, the follow-up to the his Nufonia Must Fall Live—presented by OZ Arts in 2016—the audience is seated, four per table, and equipped with a turntable, an effects box and a small crate of color-coded vinyl records. Through subtle colored lighting changes in the room, the audience is cued to play along, becoming an “ambient vinyl orchestra” accompanying Kid Koala, melding their individual strains into a fluid body of sound. Together, these harmonized turntables create a unique, uplifting and dynamic evening of light and music.

Curated by Colleen Phelps
Part of OZ Arts Nashville’s TNT Local Spotlight Series
May 17, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Inspired by John Cage’s anarchic concerts of the 1960’s, a “Music Circus” is defined as a series of simultaneous performances, spanning a variety of styles, by both soloists and ensembles. It is a community event with no score and no rules, bar a set of loose guidelines that include: the event should be fun, there should be food and drink, and it should include the greatest possible variety of participants. In celebration of the diversity of artistic endeavors thriving in Nashville, the campus of OZ Arts, both indoors and outdoors, will team with artists presenting works.