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Nashville Ballet to Highlight Music City’s Past

'Anthology' on Feb. 10 - 12 will feature choreography by award-winning creators and live music by MORGXN.

Nashville Ballet continues their 2022 – 2023 season with the world premiere of Anthology at TPAC’s Polk Theater February 10 – 12. Conceptualized by Emmy Award-winning Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, Anthology highlights unexplored stories of Music City’s past. In addition, this performance marks Vasterling’s final world premiere as Artistic Director of the company.

“In my 34 years with Nashville Ballet, I’ve always been mesmerized by the city around us,” shared Vasterling. “It is full of artists, creators, musicians, and visionaries; new ideas, collaborations, and voices. But it’s important to remember that there are people that came before us that made all of this, and so much more, possible. My hope with Anthology is that it would give names, faces, and recognition to those whose influence, accomplishments, and sacrifices, are so often forgotten. Everyone’s story deserves to be told.”

About Anthology by Nashville Ballet

Anthology explores the stories of well-known locals and everyday people. Vasterling has enlisted a variety of choreographers, musicians, and composers to contribute to the project, including multi-award winner Sidra Bell, newly appointed Resident Choreographer Mollie Sansone, longtime Nashville Ballet Teaching Artist Shabaz Ujima, Windship Boyd, Company Dancer Aeron Buchanan, MORGXN, Jordan Lehning and local composer Larissa Maestro.

Similar in style to his nationally-acclaimed ballet, Lucy Negro Redux, which recently premiered on PBS’ Great Performances series as Black Lucy and the Bard, Anthology will highlight a variety of art forms on stage in addition to dance, including original songs, musical scores, and live projection.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.