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In partnership with Metro Parks Cultural Arts Division, Blue Moves Modern Dance Company presents Myths:  Connecting Universal Experiences, Saturday, May 12, 2018.

This multi-media performance explores myths from many cultures, as well as drawing inspiration from structures in Centennial Park such as the Rose Garden Pergola, The Woman’s Suffrage Monument, and The Parthenon. This two-part production includes a free, site-specific walk through experience at three locations in Centennial Park, followed by a ticketed performance within Centennial Performing Arts Studios. All works were inspired from our exploration of myths, mythological themes and characters, and our daily lives and backgrounds. Walk-through experience begins at 6:30 p.m., Indoor show at 7:30 p.m.

Blue Moves is a democratically-structured company with all dancers contributing to the artistic direction of the group. Our spring show highlights the diverse creative processes of our company choreographers. Set in expansive and diverse atmosphere of Nashville’s own Centennial Park, Myths will immerse the audience in the unique and manifold experiences that make the work of Blue Moves distinct.

In addition, Blue Moves will offer a dance theatre performance in a more traditional setting of audience/performer separation at 7:30 pm in Centennial Park Studios. This ticketed performance will transcend the definition of myths in the history of America and beyond, and will include contemporary dance as well as original monologues by author and playwright F. Lynne Bachleda.

As a transition between the ticketed performance and the site-specific outdoor experience, in Blue Moves’ collaborative fashion, we will host a visual art experience that will allow audience members the space to reflect, share and connect with the personal relevance of myths in their now. 

Tickets for indoor performance:  $10, available through Eventbrite link above. There will be a limited number of $5 floor seating tickets available at the door. The outdoor portion of the show, with self-guided tours starting between 6:30 p.m. and 6:50 p.m., is free.

Blue Moves’ community partners include fiscal sponsor abrasiveMedia, under which the company enjoys non-profit status. Our rehearsal home is DancEast. This performance is made possible in part by sustaining donors, sponsors, community partners, and Metro Parks Cultural Arts Division.

To inquire about purchasing an ad in our program or becoming a sponsor of the Mythology show, email [email protected]

Site-Specific Outdoor Experiences:

Myth Corridor

Director: Amanda Cantrell Roche


The myth corridor is a walk-through performance experience along the south-facing side of the Parthenon, taking the audience through a brief evolution of myth from the era of hunter and gatherers to present-day through dance, music, and storytelling. Guest artists who are contemporary dancers and musicians of diverse backgrounds will create their own vignettes, using the lens of different cultures.


Guest artists for the Evolution of Myth Corridor:


Massood Taj, musician, Sufi

Jen Jen Lin, contemporary and traditional Chinese dancer and choreographer, Asian myth

Marcelis Barrett, contemporary, African myth

DancEast Ensemble, youth modern/improvisation, mythology of the Farmers

Moon Bishop, storytelling/prose, Native American myth

Angela and Paco Ramos, contemporary and Latin dance/spoken word, Latin American myth



Pergola Experience

Director: Holly Cannon Hesse with film collaborations by Carrie Gant


Audience will be invited to walk through a hanging visual art installation on the Pergola in the Rose Garden which uses fabric and beads to create an immersive space to experience short films projected on the fabric, as well as silhouetted dance movement. A live accapela vocal group will provide music.


Bell Tower Experience

Director: Kevana West


This contact improvisation will take its inspiration from the tripod bell tower structure between the Rose Garden and the playground, with the additional lens of the myth of Janus. Audience members who wish may be able to participate in the improvisational score. Following this experience, audience members will be directed to Centennial Performing Arts Studios, where they will be invited to walk through an interactive, 40-foot mural installation to consider their life within the context of The Hero’s Journey, and add their own reflections through words or drawings.



Centennial Park Studios Performance, Dances:


Working title: The Fine Line

Music: Separate Ways Forever by Yppah

Choreographer: Ashlyn Cianciolo


A religion’s stories are considered myths if and only if one does not belong to the religion in question. There is a fine line between religion and mythology – this piece explores that fine line.


The Proliferation of Lore (working Title)

Music: Straumnes by: Sigur Ros

Alejandros Song by: Johann Johannsson

ChoreographyHolly Cannon-Hesse


Myths are often tales told about a shared human experience and the resolution to the conflict. Similar tales are retold over and over again across different countries and cultures. The elements of the tale are universal; conflict, revelation, quest to resolve conflict, challenges to test along the way, and resolution. We learn, share, and adapt these tales to gain insight on how to beat our own “demons.”


Title: Iterations

Choreography: Valerie Hackworth

Music: Casablanca and Kurt Vile

Description: Inspired by the Phoenix. Dedicated to my Mother. Every time the Phoenix is reborn from the ashes of itself it is born into a new reality. (With a renewed purpose, a new function, and new goals.)


Title: Latency

Music: Electric Octopus Orchestra

Choreography: Kevana West


Latency was inspired by Janus, the ancient Roman god of beginnings, transitions, and endings. The piece explores the complexity of human perspective in search of the relationship between past occurrence and future decision making.


Guest Artist F. Lynne Bachleda, local playwright and author, will create two monologues that frame the show as well as the relevance of myth in our lives.