Seven Deadly Sins, Nashville Ballet’s popular contemporary collaboration with singer-songwriter collective Ten Out of Tenn returns to TPAC’s Polk Theater October 18-20 to usher in the Halloween season. An original score is played live while the ballet’s company artists perform a captivating narrative alongside them.
Nashville Ballet Resident Choreographer Christopher Stuart’s production returns to take viewers on a chilling journey through purgatory. As the protagonist encounters each of the cardinal sins, a live performance by the highly acclaimed artists of Ten Out of Tenn – Butterfly Boucher, Trent Dabbs, Gabe Dixon, Katie Herzig, Jeremy Lister, Erin McCarley and k.s. Rhoads – transports the audience to a realm where only the most sinister survive. Will the protagonist find a way to defeat his inner demons or will the temptations he encounters lead to depravity?
Originating in 2005, Ten Out of Tenn is a collective of musicians that was created to highlight Nashville’s diverse music scene beyond the country genre for which it’s traditionally known. The musicians team up to produce compilation albums and tour as one band, taking turns both in the spotlight and collaborating all together on stage to display the breadth of musical talent Nashville has to offer in one evening.
During this unique Ten Out of Tenn show, the artists will perform original music inspired by Stuart’s concept through each of the seven deadly sins explored in the ballet.
“This collaboration is a snapshot of what is happening now in the local arts scene,” Rhoads said. “Ours is a city that celebrates and thrives on creativity, and this show is such a beautiful culmination of that. There will be dance, theatre, 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.”
Choreographer Jennifer Archibald’s Superstitions opens the provocative evening. Archibald’s work blends the precision, technicality and athleticism of tradition with contemporary dance styles in a look at the supernatural legends that have captivated countless generations. Superstitions illuminates the vast wealth of talent in Music City with an innovative score by Nashville-based composer Cristina Spinei.