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Aerial and Contemporary Ballet Company FALL and chatterbird to Present the Latest Installation of a Work Exploring Chronic Pain

Aerial and Contemporary Ballet Company FALL and chatterbird to Present the Latest Installation of a Work Exploring Chronic Pain

A Bending of Its Own Kind: Aspiration to take place May 19 at Emerson Hall

NASHVILLE, TN – April 22, 2024 – chatterbird, a Nashville-based chamber ensemble, is excited to partner with aerial and contemporary ballet company FALL for their latest collaborative performance. A Bending of Its Own Kind: Aspiration will take place May 19 at Emerson Hall, and tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can scale now (here).

A Bending of Its Own Kind is a dance performance piece created by FALL Artistic Director Rebekah Hampton Barger about her experience with severe scoliosis and chronic pain. Since 2017, Bending has expanded to include the stories of other individuals living with chronic pain, seeking ways to provide resources and community connection.

chatterbird has partnered with FALL on a new expansion of this project entitled Aspiration, which explores the connections between hope and breath, and what each of those means in the face of living with a chronic condition.

“We were thrilled when chatterbird invited us to develop a collaborative concert and honored that they were interested in partnering with us in the work we’ve been doing within the chronic pain community,” said Rebekah Hampton Barger, Founder and Artistic Director of FALL. “It’s always a treat to perform with live musicians, especially ones as brilliant as those in chatterbird’s ensemble, and we are so excited to share the stage with them again for this unique concert experience.”

The music and movement for this piece have been developed separately, with both choreographer and composers drawing inspiration from a discussion between five individuals who each live with a form of hypermobility disorder, along with several other comorbidities. During this performance, the composers will perform a structured improvisation alongside the dancers, and the performance will be captured and incorporated into a full-length performance of A Bending Of Its Own Kind on June 1 and 2 in Knoxville, TN, hosted by Dragonfly Aerial Arts and Circus Studio.

“We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with FALL and to be a part of the innovative work they are doing in Nashville,” said Celine Thackston, Founder and Artistic Director of chatterbird. “FALL was a part of our very first chatterbird show in 2014, so we’re excited to share collaboration with audiences as a part of our 10th year of programming.”

A Bending of Its Own Kind: Aspiration

Sunday, May 19 – 7:30 PM

Emerson Hall, 2512 Gallatin Avenue

Ticket Price: Pay Your Wage

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About FALL: Founded in 2010, FALL is a Nashville-based nonprofit aerial and contemporary ballet company that moves on the ground, in the air, and all the spaces in between. Combining the spectacle of aerial arts with powerful contemporary artistry, FALL creates work that draws on personal experience, deep connection to community, and collaboration across genres to articulate the experience of those living with chronic pain and illness.

About chatterbird: chatterbird is a chamber music ensemble that explores alternative instrumentation, stylistic diversity, and interdisciplinary collaboration in order to create thoughtful, intimate, and inventive musical experiences. Formed in 2014, chatterbird performs classical music that skirts traditional boundaries, sliding between classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, avant-garde, and country, creating a thoughtful and inventive way to discover and experience modern classical music. chatterbird brings cutting-edge chamber music repertoire into spaces where you wouldn’t usually find it, like bars, galleries, breweries, basements, and everywhere in between.

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