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Inspired by Nashville Artists

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Blue Moves Modern Dance Company is proud to present, with the support of our patrons, Muse: Inspired by Nashville Artists, a night of original dance and music inspired by and infused with the visions of local fine artists and their works.

This Nashville-based multi-media artistic collaboration uses images of the natural world as a metaphor for the resilience of the human spirit. It plays on themes of creativity and depression, balance and imbalance, and the interconnectedness of our community.

The main event will be staged in the historic Looby Theater on Saturday, March 11th 2017, featuring three live dances, a short film, and live music. One week prior, on Saturday, March 4th, three of the visual artists whose work inspired the dances will be featured at abrasiveMedia as part of the city-wide First Saturday Art Crawl. The abrasiveMedia Art Crawl event will also feature live excerpts from the dances, music, and prose from the performance.

The four dance works of art in Muse are:


Batik by Roberta Winjum

Blank Canvas colorfully explores the juxtaposition between inner struggles with mental illness and being a ‘normal,’ functioning member of society.

Choreography: Katherine Tyler and Lakota Jernigan

Nashville Inspiration: Visual art by Roberta Winjum, Music/spoken word by Colleen Phelps, Music by Adrian Belew




“Sara” by Ben Griffith

Somewhere In Between is an exploration in searching for balance despite the push and pull.

Choreography: Valerie Hackworth

Nashville Inspiration: Prose by Elizabeth Howell, Visual Art by Ben Griffith, Music by The Ascent of Everest




Photo by Holly Cannon Hesse

The Ties That Bind Us (working title)

Branches stretch away from a tree trunk while staying linked to it; the family tree is a metaphor for a dysfunctional family.

Choreography: Holly Cannon Hesse

Nashville Inspiration: Dar Maleki




Still shot from underwater footage


Set in a surreal underwater world, this short dance film speaks to disconnection, refuge, and hope.

Film: Ashlyn Cianciolo and Amanda Cantrell Roche

Nashville Inspiration: Prose by Carolyn German, Original score by Kyle Baker, Visual art by Ben Griffith



Paintings by Bryant Lamont are representational of the overarching theme of celebrating being part of the Nashville Artistic Community.


Painting by Bryant Lamont


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