Ballet in the park - 2013
presents Giselle

Special Artober Performance and Celebration


Dance Theatre of Tennessee's season will commence with the annual “Ballet in the Park." In partnership with the Metro Parks. Dance Theatre of Tennessee ushers in Artober, Nashville’s citywide and month long art celebration with a presentation of classical ballet outdoors. Having the Centennial Park as the background, DTT hopes to further enrich the community’s appreciation for dance and ballet by making it accessible and up-close.

For this year, Dance Theatre of Tennessee will present a brand new staging of "Giselle." Considered as the quintessential romantic ballet, Giselle tells the story of a lovely peasant girl named Giselle who has a passion for dancing, and when she finds out the man she loves is engaged to someone else she dies of a broken heart.

A story of love, betrayal and redemption. Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s “Giselle” for Ballet in the Park will offer an enchanting evening for all.

Performance begins at 7:30pm Pre-show entertainment starts at 6:30pm Kids Tent, Concessions and Merchandise Boutique, Food Trucks available on site.

Special Artober performance on September 30, Monday.

Centennial Park Bandshell
2600 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

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PRE-SHOW ENTERTAINMENT (starts at 6:30pm)

Friday, September 20:   RAINED OUT

Singer-Songwriter Annie Mosher

Saturday, September 21:

Magician Jason Michaels

Sunday, September 22:

Community Advocates and Jugglers Playing By Air

Thursday, September 26:

*Rain date in lieu of rained out Friday, Sept 20 performance

Friday, September 27:

Music City Youth Orchestra

Saturday, September 28:

Singer-Songwriter Robert Gay

Sunday, September 29:

Singer-Songwriter Robert Gay

Monday, September 30:

Metro Parks Jam Band

Food Trucks

**First Week**

Friday, September 20: Deg Thai, JonBalaya

Saturday, September 21: JonBalaya, Wrapper's Delight

Sunday, September 22: JonBalaya, Wrapper's Delight

**Second Week**

Friday, September 27: Deg Thai, Lil' Choo Choo

Saturday, September 28: Lil' Choo Choo, Savory Crepes

Sunday, September 29: Sunday: Lil' Choo Choo, Pucketts

Monday, September 30: Monday: Lil' Choo Choo, Pucketts


• How do we get to the performance

There will be only two controlled entrances into the seating area this year. There will be plenty of volunteers on hand to help you find the best seating and to help you with any questions. Please arrive early to avoid the lines. Please also give what you can to support Ballet in the Park as you enter and at the concession stand. Cash, check or credit card are welcome.

• When Should I arrive?

Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30pm. The performance begins at 7:30pm. For best seating, arrive at least an hour before curtain, and bring a blanket or lawn chair. Blankets are allowed closest to the stage. Lawn chairs are allowed behind the blanket area, and benches and bleacher seating are available in the rear.

• Where do I park?

The closest parking to the Centennial Park Bandshell is on 25th Ave., but there is parking available throughout the Park, including special event parking in the center of the park and parking lots next to the Parthenon and along the main drive. In accordance with Metro Parks policy, there is no parking on the grass except in the posted “Special Event Parking” area. Parking is also available at Centennial Sportsplex across 25th Avenue.

• What should I bring?

Ballet in the Park is a lovely way for family and friends to enjoy Centennial Park together. Bleacher seating is set-up up for guests at the Bandshell, but many people prefer to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs. There will also be food, cold drinks, and snacks available to purchase when you arrive. Be sure to bring a little cash for food, and your $10 suggested donation (please).

• Where should I set up my picnic when I arrive?

In order to ensure the best view for everyone in the audience, we have designated the section of grass immediately in front of the stage for people wishing to sit on blankets; the next area back is for lawn and beach chairs; and finally bleachers are available toward the back of the Bandshell. Please be mindful when picking your seat to prevent blocking the view of those sitting behind you. Food and Drink will be available on site for purchase.

• How much does it cost to see the show?

Ballet in the Park is offered with no cover charge to the public. In line with Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s mission of bringing “ballet to the people” we are offering world class, professional ballet production in a welcoming, less intimidating setting. This we believe allows the community to appreciate this classical art form in a more accessible way. In order to provide a high quality, professional production that we you will experience in any other theater, Dance Theatre of Tennessee must raise $25,000 for just a weekend of performance, and contributions by individual are vitally important. Therefore there is a suggested donation of $10 per person. Please GIVE WHAT YOU CAN.

• What about rain?

Weather in Nashville can be quite unpredictable, and a late afternoon rain can lead to a cool evening performance, so we will not cancel a show on account of rain until the last possible minute. Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s staff will make the decision to cancel a show when they see that the weather threatens the safety of our dancers, audience, or crew. Please call the Dance Theatre of Tennessee office (615-391-5500) on the day of the show for rain-out information. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute reports.

• What if I need assistance with seating, parking or have other special needs?

The Dance Theatre of Tennessee is committed to making all of its productions accessible to everyone in the community. Reserved parking and seating is available for audience members in wheelchairs; and printed synopsis are available for the hard of hearing. Synopsis and study guides are also available online for you to print before you arrive. Please see the House Manager for help with these or other special needs you may have.