Modern Masters with Ben Folds
Modern Masters with Ben Folds

Nashville Ballet presents

Modern Masters with Ben Folds

Modern Masters with Ben Folds

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April 26-28, 2019

LOCATION: Andrew Jackson Hall


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Modern Masters with Ben Folds
Featuring the Nashville Symphony

The Ben Folds Project choreography by Paul Vasterling
Music by Ben Folds
Live music performed by Ben Folds and the Nashville Symphony

Duo Concertant choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Igor Stravinsky
Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

The Lottery based on Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”
Presented by special arrangement with the children of Shirley Jackson and literary media
Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Music by Robert Moran
Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

Bloom choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music by Philip Glass
Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

April 26-28, 2019
TPAC’s Jackson Hall

Highlighting innovation and artistry, this season’s Modern Masters showcases choreographers that have challenged the bounds of the art form through big ideas and intriguing collaborations. The Ben Folds Project makes its triumphant homecoming after Nashville Ballet’s critically acclaimed Kennedy Center debut in 2017. George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant delivers a rare look at the breadth of the father of American ballet’s magnificent repertory, while The Lottery keeps audiences and dancers both on edge with the promise of a thrilling climax—the ballet’s final soloist will be selected by a real lottery live on stage. Inspired by the beauty of Eastern rituals, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom rounds out the program.

“[In The Ben Folds Project] the company moves as one with absolute precision through complicated formations, weaving between the principal dancers. It’s a true display of virtuosity.” – Hannah Landsberger, Broadway World (2017)

“Throughout Ballet Across America, the greatest moments were the simplest. It was lovely to encounter [Kayla] Rowser in Nashville Ballet’s [The Ben Folds Project], created by Paul Vasterling, the artistic director. Rowser was the standout…with her calm, ease of movement and understated charm.” – Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post (2017)