A breakdown of Nashville Ballet’s 2019-20 season

Nashville Ballet will open its performance season with the return of Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s Romeo and Juliet, on September 20–22, at TPAC’s Jackson Hall to tell the impassioned tale of a love so powerful not even life can contain it.

With Romeo and Juliet right around the corner for Nashville’s premier ballet company, it’s good to stay on your toes.

To help, here’s a breakdown of Nashville Ballet’s upcoming 2019-20 season.

On the heels of an astonishing and revolutionary mounting of Attitude: Lucy Negro Redux, this season is a collection of new works and poignant classics. this season raises a mirror to society in an exploration of perceptions, standards and stereotypes.

Nashville Ballet's Kayla Rowser and artistic director Paul Vasterling work on "Lucy Negro Redux."

Nashville Ballet’s Kayla Rowser and artistic director Paul Vasterling work on “Lucy Negro Redux.” Photo by Heather Thorne.

Kicking off the season is Romeo and Juliet, followed by Peter and the Wolf and Nashville’s Nutcracker.

In addition to family day at the ballet on March 29, the Nashville Ballet will continue its Attitude series in 2020, this time exploring gender identity and stereotyping.

Season highlights also include Nashville Ballet premieres of Christopher Bruce’s Rolling Stones-inspired ballet Rooster and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s A Streetcar Named Desire – the latter of which Nashville Ballet will be the first American company to perform.

“As in years past, this season illustrates the diversity of our community — we program to address the many facets of the individuals within our audience and Nashville as a whole,” said Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling.

“Art exists in order to help us see ourselves and others more fully, building empathy and understanding between us. That’s the driving force behind everything we do at Nashville Ballet, and this year we are particularly focused on our audiences being able to see and reflect themselves in the works that we perform.”

Nashville Ballet’s 2019-2020 season tickets are on sale to the public and can be purchased at www.nashvilleballet.com or by calling (615) 297-2966 x710.

Nashville Ballet’s complete 2019-20 season includes:

Romeo & Juliet
September 20-22, 2019
TPAC’s Jackson Hall

Choreography and direction by Paul Vasterling
Fight direction and choreography by Tim Klotz
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers return to the stage to open Nashville Ballet’s season. The most iconic love story ever told, Romeo & Juliet sweeps audiences away in a whirlwind of forbidden passion and swoon-worthy romance. Featuring action-packed fight scenes and authentic period costumes, this timeless and theatrical production delivers audiences to the streets of fair Verona as the Bard’s famous tragedy unfolds.

Peter & the Wolf
October 11-13, 2019
Nashville Ballet

Choreography by Paul Vasterling
Music by Sergei Prokofiev

Imaginative, engaging and educational – this family-friendly production transports audiences into the pages of a life-size storybook as they embark on an unforgettable adventure with Peter and his fun-loving animal friends.

A Streetcar Named Desire
November 1-3, 2019
TPAC’s Polk Theater

Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Direction and dramaturgy by Nancy Meckler
Music by Peter Salem

Nashville Ballet brings an award-winning production stateside. Sultry and seductive, the balletic adaptation of this Tennessee Williams classic brings aging Southern belle Blanche DuBois’s devastating demise centerstage in a beguiling performance meant to mesmerize.

Nashville’s Nutcracker
December 7-23, 2019
TPAC’s Jackson Hall

Concept, story treatment and choreography by Paul Vasterling
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

Usher in the most wonderful time of the year with Music City’s favorite holiday tradition – Nashville’s Nutcracker returns to delight both the young and young-at-heart. Join Clara and her magical friends on a journey through a spectacular dreamland.

“A joyous celebration from start to finish, Nashville’s Nutcracker captures all the wonder of the holiday season. Don’t miss it!” – Amy Stumpfl, Tennessean (2017)

Attitude: Other Voices
February 14-16, 2020
TPAC’s Polk Theater

Choreography by Jennifer Archibald, Carlos Pons Guerra, Erin Kouwe and Matthew Neenan Music composed and performed by Louis York and Cristina Spinei

A collection of choreographers known for pushing the envelope explore gender identity and stereotypes in a series of groundbreaking new works. These artists take ballet beyond the boundary of what is traditionally expected as they reflect on what it means to be a man or woman, how gender affects one’s existence and more.

Family Day at the Ballet
March 29, 2020
Nashville Ballet

Carnival of the Animals choreography by Paul Vasterling
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns

A festival of fun – this year’s annual Family Day at the Ballet celebrates all that Nashville Ballet has to offer in one delightful day; enjoy movement activities, games, arts and crafts and a performance of cherished children’s ballet, Carnival of the Animals.

Modern Masters
April 24-26, 2020
TPAC’s Jackson Hall

Seasons choreography by Paul Vasterling
Music: Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons recomposed by Max Richter
Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

After the Rain choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
Music by Arvo Pärt
Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony

Rooster choreography by Christopher Bruce
Music by the Rolling Stones

A little bit ballet, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll – Christopher Bruce’s Rooster brings a haughty edge and rock star rebellion to the ballet with eight exhilarating numbers set to the iconic music of the Rolling Stones. This buffet of artistry also boasts works by world-renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and Nashville Ballet’s Artistic Director Paul Vasterling.

May 14-17, 2020
Nashville Ballet

Emergence is back to deliver new works only hours in the making from up-and-coming, innovative artists. Get a front row seat to the creative process with this intimate and inventive series.

“Emergence exudes artistic expression and individuality.” – Cillea Houghton, Broadway World (2017)

View behind the scenes fight choreography below: