Orpheus Reimagined: Featuring Portara and Duncan Dance South
Presented by Friends of Metro Dance & Centennial Park Conservancy
- Date: Saturday, March 28 or Sunday, March 29
- Time: 6:30 PM (both days) - Cocktails: 6:30 PM, Program: 7:30 PM
- Location: Parthenon (2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203)
- PURCHASE MARCH 28 TICKETS
- PURCHASE MARCH 29 TICKETS
ECHO and Friends of Metro Dance are excited partner with the artists Duncan Dance South and Portara Ensemble to present Orpheus Reimagined, an original program of new and reconstructed dance and music works created for the unique space of Nashville’s Parthenon. Isadora Duncan, an early 20th century modern dance pioneer, created many dance works using Greek mythology as inspiration and famously danced at the original Parthenon in Greece. Her trailblazing and rebellious spirit will be embodied by the dancers and reflected in the magnificence of the 42’ Athena statue behind them as they perform classically reconstructed Duncan work as well as newly created pieces in her style. Portara Ensemble will collaborate with Duncan Dance South to provide live musical accompaniment for the dancing as well as create new work for the program, taking advantage of the unique sound qualities of the Parthenon (a hallmark of the ECHO series). This new take on the classic, tragic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice will be performed March 28-29, 2020, at the Parthenon and be open to the public. This program will bring together and celebrate the culture of collaboration and creativity that makes Nashville a vibrant place to live.
About Duncan Dance South: Duncan Dance South is a regional dance company focused on preserving and passing on the works of Isadora Duncan and Florence Fleming Noyes and on creating new works rooted in these early modern dance techniques. Activities include masterclasses, workshops, residencies, and performances. Duncan Dance South is directed by Meg Brooker, who also serves as an Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Dance at Middle Tennessee State University.
About Portara Ensemble: Founded in 2010, Portara Ensemble uses choral music to elevate and inspire audiences through the transformative power of artistic collaboration and community engagement. Portara, like so many other Nashville artists, recognizes the need for a broad sound palette, and is known for its ability to reinvent the character of the ensemble not only from concert to concert, but from moment to moment during a performance. Portara utilizes the singular power of the human voice to open doors to all kinds of cultural and artistic possibilities. Whether it's an intimate performance of choral classics, or backing up country music's biggest stars on national television, Portara prides itself on being vocal chameleons - able to become whatever the moment calls for, in service to the spirit of creativity.
Presenters: Centennial Park Conservancy + Friends of Metro Dance
Friends of Metro Dance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1995 to support the financial and volunteer needs of the Metro Parks Dance Division beyond the scope of government funding. Friends of Metro Dance funds performances including Centennial Youth Ballet’s Mini-Nutcracker and spring performances, free community programs, professional development for faculty, guest teaching artists, student scholarships, costumes, set pieces, state-of-the-art studio equipment and specialty instructors for programs such as Dancing with Parkinson’s and the annual Summer Intensive. Friends of Metro Dance encourages those who believe in the value of dance in Nashville to join in support of Metro Dance by making a contribution, volunteering, attending performances and promoting the program and its benefits throughout the community.