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dancers performing on stage

How Alvin Ailey started the world’s largest modern dance company

Sometimes, bodies say more than words ever could; and nobody understood this better than Alvin Ailey — whose legendary dance company graces TPAC for two unique performances Feb. 28 and 29.

a cellist and a dancer on stage

Q&A with cellist Maya Beiser and dancer Wendy Whelan about blending two art forms for ‘The Day’

TPAC News Center recently talked with Beiser and Whelan about how being masters of their respective crafts blends together on stage before sharing one together at TPAC’s Polk Theater on Jan. 18.

Aaron LaVigne and the company of the North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar

Reimagined ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ comes to TPAC March 3-8

Following critically acclaimed engagements, the reimagined 50th Anniversary tour of  Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar comes to TPAC March 3-8.

a man in a hat and a woman in a crown

Maren Morris and Rayland Baxter to perform at Nashville Ballet’s ‘Ballet Ball 2020’

Two Nashville Country Music icons sharing the stage with Nashville Ballet at its annual fundraising gala.

a dancer and a cellist on stage

Renowned cellist Maya Beiser, dance icon Wendy Whelan perform in rare collaboration inspired by 9/11

“We started working on the piece on September 11”, says renowned Cellist Maya Beiser says. “We were there, in New York City when it happened. The piece became inspired by those events.”

dancers and choir on stage

Mark the winter solstice with OZ Arts’ ‘The Longest Night,’ featuring the Portara Ensemble and over 40 Nashville performers

In celebration of the winter solstice, ‘The Longest Night,’ takes place on the actual longest nights of the year — Dec. 20 and 21, bringing together over 40 Nashville-based artists.

man and woman on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ is now a ballet, and Nashville will be the first US-based company to perform it

Some of us were lucky enough to read ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in high school. Others remember the riveting 1951 film with Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh and Kim Hunter. But anyone who knows anything about the 1947 play by Tennessee Williams is wondering the same thing: “How do you translate the beautiful narrative into a ballet, where no words are uttered?”

men playing drums on stage

A dazzling display of Japanese artistry, TAO: Drum Heart comes to Nashville Jan. 28

When they’re not on international tour, Drum Tao performers are usually practicing on top of the isolated mountain in Japan where the group is based. “All day we practice, rehearse, and train. Japanese drum is very loud, [so] we can’t train in town,” said Taro Harasaki.