ALIAS, Nashville Ballet Announce Collaboration, “Emergence”


ALIAS Chamber Ensemble will join forces with the Nashville Ballet and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on May 17-19, 2012 to present “Emergence,” the Ballet’s annual showcase of new and emerging talent from across artistic genres.

The collaboration will include a composition by ALIAS cellist, Matt Walker.

To be held in the intimate studios of The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, Emergence will include original dances set to music, film and other interactive elements.

“ALIAS has been wanting to collaborate with the Nashville Ballet for years,” says ALIAS Artistic Director Zeneba Bowers. “This collaboration is particularly exciting because it’s so much more than just playing – we will also be working closely with the choreographers, as they create these new works. It’s an interesting and unusual twist that we are looking forward to.”

Matt Walker, cello

“The Nashville Ballet has asked me to compose a new work for this Emergence series,” says ALIAS cellist Matt Walker. “This a very exciting commission for me as a composer. I’ve already started working on the piece, and meeting with Paul Vasterling (Artistic Director of the Nashville Ballet), who will be creating choreography for my new piece.

“I am honored to work with such an accomplished choreographer and artist.”


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Paul Vasterling B&WNashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. As the second largest producing arts organization in the Middle Tennessee area, Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director 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.

Nashville-based Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers a studio-based curriculum, supported by a strong academic foundation. The faculty and staff are committed to a learning-centered environment that challenges students to engage the mind, train the eye and cultivate talent and skill into an active realization of creative potential. The college is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and nationally accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.