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March 03, 2024

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Nashville Ballet Presents “Attitude,” Digitally

Celebrating the musical legacy of Johnny Cash and his beloved June, while honoring one of musicā€™s great love stories.

Following the success of the televised premiere ofĀ Nashvilleā€™s Nutcracker, Nashville Ballet presents its next installment of virtual content withĀ Attitude, a two-part series set to release digitally March 5 through 7 and April 2 through 4. Featuring three unique works in a two-part virtual series,Ā Attitude Part IĀ andĀ Part IIĀ will focus on presenting audience favorites that highlight the wealth of artistry native to Nashville.

Premiering March 5 through 7, 2021,Ā Attitude Part IĀ will feature two fan-favorite works: the smash-hit Johnny Cash ballet,Ā Under the Lights,Ā and Jennifer Archibaldā€™sĀ Superstitions. Originally choreographed in 2014 by former Nashville Ballet Company Dancer and Resident Choreographer Christopher Stuart,Ā Under the LightsĀ gives viewers a unique glimpse into the life and legacy ofā€Æthe infamous ā€œMan in Blackā€. A uniquely Nashville collaboration, the ballet is set to iconic Cash tunes such as ā€œFolsom,ā€ ā€œI Walk the Line,ā€ and ā€œGodā€™sĀ GonnaĀ Cut You Down,ā€ recorded by Nashville-based duo Sugar + The Hi-Lows with their signature rockabilly twist.

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Joining this crowd favorite isĀ Superstitions, choreographed by award-winning and highly sought-after choreographer Jennifer Archibald. Known for her unique style of movement that blends the precision and technicality of classical ballet with contemporary dance styles like hip-hop, Archibaldā€™s workĀ challenges the viewerā€™s perception of ballet.Ā This innovative piece is accompanied by an original scoreĀ from local musician CristinaĀ Spinei.

ā€œAmidst these challenging times, weā€™ve been honored to continue to make Nashville Ballet performances and programming available to the community in new and innovative ways,ā€ said NashvilleĀ Ballet Artistic Director PaulĀ Vasterling. ā€œMuch like the unique arts and culture scene of Nashville,Ā AttitudeĀ offers a little something for everyone and is rooted in local talent. While experiencing these fresh and popular pieces, we hope that patrons will be reminded of what makes our community so distinctively creative.ā€

Concluding the seriesĀ April 2 through 4, 2021,Ā Attitude Part IIĀ will featureĀ Seasons, choreographed by Artistic Director PaulĀ VasterlingĀ and set to the timeless music of Vivaldiā€™sĀ Four SeasonsĀ recomposed by Max Richter. Embodying elegance, this beloved ballet offers a fresh and uplifting view on the elements of classical ballet.

Under continued consultation with a team of trusted medical advisors, close collaboration with the Metro Nashville Public Health Department, and in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville Ballet has instituted numerous policies to ensure that rehearsals and filming forĀ Attitude PartĀ IĀ andĀ Part IIĀ are completed in the safest way possible.ā€ÆThese include weekly COVID-19 tests, daily temperature and symptom checks, a mandatory mask requirement at all times while in the facility, daily rapid tests for dancers actively filming without a mask, enhanced filtration measures to upgrade the existing HVAC system, social distancing, cleanings, hand sanitizing, and more. Nashville Ballet has also instituted assigned pods during all rehearsals.

Tickets forĀ Attitude Part IĀ andĀ Attitude Part IIĀ are available now and can be purchasedĀ here. Please note,Ā you must purchase tickets for both performances to receive both links.

About the Author

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.