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Popular Children’s Ballet Returns to Stage for One Performance

2012-01-11

Narration, Interactive Elements Introduce New Audiences to Classical Music and Dance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 11, 2012)  – Nashville Ballet will present Peter and the Wolf to an all-ages crowd for a one-time engagement Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. in TPAC’s Polk Theater,after performingthe beloved narrated fable to a sold-outaudience in February 2011.

In the classic tale, brave young Peter mistakenly leaves his grandfather’s garden gate open, unleashing a memorable adventure for Peter and a cast of animal characters. While trying to save an escaped duck from an unlucky encounter with a wolf, Peter dances his way through encounters with a cat, a bird, a group of hunters and his chiding grandfather.

“Because each character is illustrated by one particular instrument and one costumed dancer, Peter and the Wolf is the perfect way to introduce even very young children to the relationship between dance and music,” Nashville Ballet CEO and Artistic Director Paul Vasterling said. “Children learn the relationship between movement and rhythm, and can begin to appreciate new forms of art while listening to the narrator explain a story that they can understand.”

Paul Vasterling choreographed the familiar story, and iconic Tennessee artist and illustrator Norris Hall designed all sets and costumes for the performance.

Hall is well-known across the state for his colorful, whimsical illustrations of animals and people on every type of medium from framed prints and clocks to wall-sized murals. He also designed two specialty Tennessee license plates that raise funds for the Tennessee Arts Commission—a cartoon catfish with a large mouthy grin and a sunglass-wearing cat playing the saxophone.

Tickets for this hour-long, family-friendly ballet are $23 for adults and $16 for children 12 years old and younger. Immediately following the performance, audience members will have an opportunity to participate in an interactive component and learn portions of the choreography themselves.

Ticket Information

Season tickets for Nashville Ballet’s 2011-2012 performance season on sale now at www.nashvilleballet.com. Contact Logan Heinsch at (615) 297-2966 x10 for season ticket information or to receive a discount for 10 or more tickets in a group. Tickets to individual performances are available in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 oronline at www.nashvilleballet.com.

About Nashville Ballet

Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company NB2 (a pre-professional training company) serve nearly 70,000 adults and children annually through performances and our outreach and community engagement programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. The School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance for dancers of all ages.

Nashville Ballet is funded in part from grants made available through the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Ingram Charitable Fund. Additional funding is also provided by Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Caterpillar Financial, ELAN, The Memorial Foundation and Publix Super Markets Charities.

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