Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ferdinand the Bull charges into Nashville

The immortalized story of Ferdinand the Bull, which is rooted in the 1936 children's tale The Story of Ferdinand, is Nashville Ballet's latest Learning Curves education and outreach effort for area school kids and families.

Read more from the Nashville ballet website.

Premiere of Ferdinand the Bull
Nashville Ballet announces the premiere of a brand-new children’s ballet, Ferdinand the Bull. Sunday, January 25, 2009, the public is invited to attend the premiere of this new ballet. The 2:00 pm matinee at Massey Hall will include live music and narration. Nashville Ballet has collaborated with Belmont University for over a decade to create original children’s ballets.

This event is free to the public, (No tickets required) although attendees are encouraged to bring a new or “gently-read” children’s book to donate to Book Em!.

Meet Ferdinand, the mild mannered star of our newest children's ballet, which is based on The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. As the story unfolds you will be charmed by a lovable bull that would much rather sit and smell the flowers of the field than fight and fuss like all the others. Through Ferdinand's gentle spirit, we humorously learn to appreciate and embrace what truly makes each of us special and realize that, sometimes, "stopping to smell the flowers" can be far more beneficial than "putting up a fight"!

This production was choreographed by Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, with original music by Belmont professor Mario DaSilva. This performance will be narrated by Brian Hull. The original costuming and set design is by Nashville Ballet dancer and designer, Eric Harris. His designs were inspired by the Cubist paintings of renowned Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso.

Nashville Ballet’s Children’s Ballets and Ballet Story-times are presented free of charge. Promoting literacy through the art of dance, the Children’s Ballets are based upon cultural folk tales and fairy tales enabling the Ballet to bring books to life, stimulate children’s creativity and curiosity, and encourage them to seek out books of this nature on their own. Each year Nashville Ballet works with Book ‘Em to target public schools and deserving service organizations with customized programs combining both literacy and dance.

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