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Nashville Ballet Presents Live in Studio A: Five Short Stories

Nashville Ballet Presents Live in Studio A: Five Short Stories

May 17-19 & 22-23, 2024, at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 10, 2024 – Nashville Ballet invites the community to experience five amazing stories with Live in Studio A: Five Short Stories. These performances will take place at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet from May 17-19 and May 22-23, 2024.

Featuring five brand-new works, this series will take audiences through amazing stories, feelings and perspectives within the beauty and athleticism of dance. From a personal journey of life, a haunting tale of madness, a connection of kindred spirits, to finding dance in your heart, each story will find a place in your soul.

“Five Short Stories is the opportunity for our audiences to see the true nature of Nashville Ballet on display,” said Nick Mullikin, Artistic Director and CEO, Nashville Ballet. “We are excited to continue the tradition of telling stories, while providing a space for fostering creativity from within.”

The series will include music and new works by Julia Eisen, Aeron Buchanan, Anneliese Guerin and Imani Sailers, plus a world premiere by Artistic Director and CEO, Nick Mullikin.

Special thanks to Amazon and Erie Insurance for sponsoring this production.

Tickets, on sale now, include an open bar and parking.

Live in Studio A: 5 Short Stories Recap

Story 1: Where We Were Supposed to Be

*World Premiere

Choreography by Artistic Director and CEO Nick Mullikin

Music by Johannes Brahms, Cristina Spinei, Robert Schumann, Madi Diaz

Costume Design by Mycah Kennedy and Nick Mullikin

Lighting Design by Christopher Mount

Choreographer’s Note: The relationship we have with our partner can at times be a good metaphor for our approach to life. Where We Were Supposed to Be is as much about the relationship we see on stage between the two couples, as it is about ourselves and the choices we make when we are not able to admit what we truly want in life for fear of what we are supposed to be doing.

Story 2:  The Yellow Wallpaper

*World Premiere

Choreography by Julia Eisen

Music by Florence Beatrice Price

Costume Design by Mycah Kennedy and Julia Eisen

Lighting Design by Christopher Mount

Scenic Design by Eric Gamez and Julia Eisen

Choreographer’s Note: The Yellow Wallpaper is a haunting tale of a woman’s descent into madness, described by author Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Narrated through the journal entries of the protagonist, it follows her struggle against societal constraints and her husband’s oppressive control. Confined to a room with yellow wallpaper, she becomes obsessed with its pattern, seeing figures trapped within its intricate design. As her mental state deteriorates, the wallpaper becomes a symbol of her own entrapment and eventual liberation. Through vivid imagery and psychological insight, Gilman’s story explores themes of female autonomy and mental health.

Story 3: A Moment In Time

*World Premiere

Choreography by Anneliese Guerin

Music by Devin Farrell

Costume Design by Mycah Kennedy and Anneliese Guerin

Lighting Design by Christopher Mount

Choreographer’s Note: A Moment in Time was created with the inspiration of an instantaneous connection. It plays off the phrase “right person, wrong time” or the idea of kindred spirits. It portrays the possibility of speaking to that one person you pass on the way to work every day. How the relationship could grow if only one of you took the chance. I collaborated with my dear friend, musician and composer, Devin Farrell, on the music for this work and she created three beautiful pieces.

Story 4: Distinguishing Features 

*World Premiere

Choreography by Aeron Buchanan

Music by David Lang, Marcelo Zarvos, Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm

Costume Design by Mycah Kennedy and Aeron Buchanan

Lighting Design by Christopher Mount

Choreographer’s Note:  When the season had started, I already had a concept in my mind for what I wanted to do for this program. A couple weeks had passed, and I was seeing such amazing and different kinds of qualities from the people that I get to dance with. I then decided to scrap my idea and make a piece that shows the dancers in their own unique way.

Story 5: The Red Shoes

*World Premiere

Choreography by Imani Sailers

Music by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Jennifer Higdon

Costume Design by Mycah Kennedy and Imani Sailers

Lighting Design by Christopher Mount

Choreographer’s Note: This piece is dedicated to those for whom dance is like a fever. Best said by Hans Christian Anderson: “Dance you shall,” said he, “dance in your red shoes till you are pale and cold, till your skin shrivels up and you are a skeleton! Dance you shall, from door to door, and where proud and wicked children live you shall knock, so that they may hear you and fear you! Dance you shall, dance!”


Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Live in Studio A: Five Short Stories performances will be held at Studio A at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet located at 3630 Redmon Street, Nashville, TN, 37209. With the purchase of a ticket, patrons will receive complimentary parking and access to an open bar. To find out more about Nashville Ballet or to purchase tickets to one of the performances, visit

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Nashville Ballet, the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee, presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director and CEO Nick Mullikin and other guest artists.

Nashville Ballet has announced its 2024-25 season lineup that includes the beloved classics like Dracula with George Balanchine’s Serenade, Nashville’s Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, all choreographed by Artistic Director Emeritus Paul Vasterling. Season ticket holders’ support helps to sustain Nashville Ballet’s artistic and educational excellence, accessible arts education to children and adults throughout the Nashville area and beyond, contributing to the city’s vibrant arts and cultural landscape. Season tickets and packages including select performances are on sale now for purchase, with single ticket sales for Nashville’s Nutcracker beginning in July and all other shows August 5. Tickets are available through or by calling 615-297-2966 ext. 710.

Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2, provides more than 55,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through virtual and in-person season performances and Community Engagement programming. Nashville Ballet curriculum-based Community Engagement and Education Programs bring dance education to over 12,000 students in over 25 schools across 21 council districts in Middle Tennessee. School of Nashville Ballet provides exceptional dance training to students ages two and up.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metro Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional, and national institutional funders, community partners and hundreds of generous individuals provide ongoing support for Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.