The Nashville Ballet is offering a celebration of Nashville's creative side this weekend. Dance, music and visual art will all be on stage for the rare performances.
The folks in charge at the Nashville Ballet know what you're thinking, and they want to change that. If you think the ballet means tutus, Swan Lake and a snobbish crowd, then think again.
When it comes to ballet, if you think you just don't get it, you are probably thinking too much.
"There's nothing to get. It's like watching a film, reading a poem, a short story. You just let it happen to you, and if you like it you like it, and if you don't you don't. And that's really what it's all about," said Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet's CEO and artistic director.
Vasterling has been part of the Nashville Ballet for nearly 25 years. As artistic director he has helped shape the company into one of the nation's finest, always looking to deliver more.
This weekend's performances will include live music from a four-piece string quartet and big screen images from Nashville's visual arts scene, all creatively choreographed with the dance.
"It's all in the moment. That's the wonderful thing about the experience of live performance," Vasterling said.
Athleticism is on full display, too. Much like football, keys to this profession include strength, agility, speed and great physical shape.
"They're pretty tough. These guys really can do amazing things," Vasterling said. "I'd put them up against a Titan anytime, some of my women, too. They're strong, and you can see they're really athletic looking."
The performers will take to their field this weekend for the program Emergence at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet near Sylvan Park.