This spring’s Modern Masters series from Nashville Ballet, premiering April 26 – 28, spotlights ballets that have challenged the bounds of the art form through unique ideas and intriguing collaborations. This production features four striking works: ‘The Ben Folds Project: Concerto’, with music from pianist and singer-songwriter Ben Folds and choreography by Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, ‘Bloom’, with music from composer Philip Glass and choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, ‘Duo Concertant’, with music from Igor Stravinsky and choreography from George Balanchine, and ‘The Lottery’, inspired by the Shirley Jackson short story with music by Robert Moran and choreography from Val Caniparoli.
To top it all off, Nashville Symphony will be performing alongside these amazing dancers, and Ben Folds will appear as a soloist for the ‘The Ben Folds Project’ ballet!
In this production, Nashville Ballet dancer Julia Eisen will appear as the Mayor’s wife in ‘The Lottery’, the female dancer in ‘Duo Concertant’, as well as in the cast of ‘The Ben Folds Project’ ballet. We had the chance to catch up with her to learn more about her experiences in touring the ‘The Ben Folds Project’ ballet, the element of onstage surprise in ‘The Lottery’, as well as her daunting role in Balanchine’s classic ‘Duo Concertant’.