Christine Rennie News

BWW Reviews: Sansone and Stuart Lay Claim to Ownership of Nashville Ballet's RITE OF SPRING
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 28, 2012

Inspired by the original work choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky and performed to the glorious music composed by Igor Stravinsky for the original Ballets Russes production, Nashville Ballet's rendition of Rite of Spring further underscores the company's artistic range and the depth of artistic director Paul Vasterling's bench, which is exemplified by Kayla Rowser and Jon Upleger in his thrilling, stirring Firebird that opens the evening's twin-bill of ballets. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Nashville Ballet's Lush and Romantic CINDERELLA Opens Its 26th Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 29, 2011

With new and expressive choreography by Paul Vasterling - set to Prokofiev's timelessly beautiful 1944 score - Nashville Ballet opens its 26th season with a sumptuous remounting of Cinderella which captures, once more, the sheer artistry of the company's dancers while giving audiences exactly what they want when they go to the ballet: flights of fancy wrapped up in a gorgeously adorned, artistically crafted package. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Nashville Ballet's EDDIE MIKRUT, This Dancer's Life
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 28, 2011

Eddie Mikrut is one of the leading lights of Nashville Ballet's professional company of dancers, taking on some of the most challenging roles in the dancer's repertory and consistently delivering awe-inspiring performances. Paired with some of the exceptional women in the company, Mikrut shows a superb command of his talent and his abilities, in so doing lifting (both literally and figuratively) the women to greater heights and showing off the various choreographic challenges cast upon him. (more...)

Nashville Ballet Brings Tennessee Centennial to Life in Nashville's Nutcracker 12/10-19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2010

Nashville Ballet will reprise its beloved local take on the classic Christmas tale when Nashville's Nutcracker returns to TPAC's Jackson Hall December 10-19 with exciting new visual elements and the return of critically acclaimed dancer and actor Eric Harris as Drosselmeyer. (more...)

Nashville Ballet Brings Tennessee Centennial to Life in Nashville's Nutcracker 12/10-19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2010

Nashville Ballet will reprise its beloved local take on the classic Christmas tale when Nashville's Nutcracker returns to TPAC's Jackson Hall December 10-19 with exciting new visual elements and the return of critically acclaimed dancer and actor Eric Harris as Drosselmeyer. (more...)

Nashville Ballet Brings Tennessee Centennial to Life in Nashville's Nutcracker 12/10-19
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2010

Nashville Ballet will reprise its beloved local take on the classic Christmas tale when Nashville's Nutcracker returns to TPAC's Jackson Hall December 10-19 with exciting new visual elements and the return of critically acclaimed dancer and actor Eric Harris as Drosselmeyer. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Nashville Ballet's World Premiere of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 24, 2010

The resulting production that comes from Vasterling's unerringly skillful choreography and his clearly developed vision for the piece - exquisitely expressed through Baird's costume and scenic design, Scott Leathers' stunningly evocative lighting design and the beautiful music of Felix Mendelssohn performed by members of the Nashville Symphony under the baton of Nashville Ballet music director Paul Gambill - is a rousing and fitting conclusion to the company's 24th season, clearly paving the way to a stellar silver anniversary season that will open next fall with a full production of Swan Lake. (more...)

BWW Blog: Nashville Theatre's 'Top Ten of 2009'
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 31, 2009

With the strains of 'Auld Lang Syne' mere moments away, minds are apt to be caught up in reflection, remembering the year now ending as a new one awaits just over the horizon. Certainly that's what I've been doing lately, looking back over the past year in Nashville theatre as I pencil in dates in my new 2010 (Here's a question to ponder: Is it 'two thousand ten' or 'twenty ten'...think about it and get back to me) calendar for the shows set to open in the months ahead. (more...)

REVIEW: 'Nashville's Nutcracker' from Nashville Ballet
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 13, 2009

Nashville Ballet ushers in the holiday season in glorious style with its revival of artistic director Paul Vasterling's visionary re-interpretation of The Nutcracker, onstage at TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall through December 20. More accurately referred to as Nashville's Nutcracker, Vasterling's epic work is a joyous, colorful Christmas card to the people of Music City who have embraced it with their customary warmth and rewarded it with their own glowing accolades. (more...)

REVIEW: Nashville Ballet's 'Giselle'
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 24, 2009

Since its preeminence among the city's artistic entities became de facto, Nashville Ballet has consistently launched the real artistic season in Music City each year -- and with the return of Giselle to the company's program after a seven-year hiatus, the 2009-2010 season is off to a rousing start. One of the most beloved works from the classical repertoire, Giselle is a challenging undertaking for any company, but thanks to the vision of artistic director Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet's production is a visual feast, featuring stunning costumes, evocative lighting and gorgeous scenery. (more...)

Nashville Ballet Presents GISELLE 10/23-25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2009

Nashville Ballet will present Giselle October 23-25, 2009. The romantic yet tragic story of Giselle has been one of the most popular ballets for over 150 years. (more...)

Nashville Ballet Presents GISELLE 10/23-25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 06, 2009

Nashville Ballet will present Giselle October 23-25, 2009. The romantic yet tragic story of Giselle has been one of the most popular ballets for over 150 years. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Nashville Ballet's 2009-2010 Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 13, 2009

Single tickets for the upcoming works included in Nashville Ballet's 2009-2010 season will go on sale Monday, September 7. (more...)