Moravec: An Act of Love


On May 29, the Nashville Ballet premieres Paul Moravec’s new work Amorisms. Created for the company’s “Emergence” series which features new dance pieces, Amorisms was co-commissioned by the ballet along with ALIAS Chamber Ensemble and the choral group Portara Ensemble. The new ballet featurMoravec Amorisms Nashville Ballet logoes choreography by Gina Patterson. (On May 7, ALIAS and Portara presented Amorisms’ instrumental premiere at VanderbiltUniversity, along with the first performance of Moravec’s new choral work Sacred Love Songs.)

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Portara Ensemble

“Emergence is always fun for us,” notes Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling, “because it allows us to experiment, expand our understanding of dance and to celebrate the creative process. This year’s program is extraordinary because it’s the third time we will collaborate with ALIAS, we are welcoming Portara into the Nashville Ballet family, and we are presenting brand new music from the talented Paul Moravec!”

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Gina Patterson, choreographer

Choreographer Gina Patterson offers some insight into Amorisms. “It has been an honor and a challenge working on Paul’s new composition. Getting to know this music has been an act of love. It is almost an analogy to the emotion that inspired the music and adds rich texture to the choreography. The music and I just met, kind of like a blind date, but I see that what started as an introduction of strangers is growing into a greatly respected relationship and beautiful friendship. And I’m quickly falling in love with it.”

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ALIAS Chamber Ensemble

“I am proud of this collaboration,” observes Zeneba Bowers, ALIAS’ Artistic Director. “Our three organizations understand the value of creating and performing new works for the Nashville community. We collaborated, then introduced even more talent when we commissioned this work from Paul Moravec, [who is] one of the most exciting composers of our time.” Subsequent performances take place on May 30 and 31.

More Moravec news: on May 24, the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo will perform Moravec’s Raritan Triptych at the Raritan River Music Festival in Clinton, NJ.