OZ ARTS NASHVILLE TO PRESENT ‘MUSICIRCUS’ ON MAY 17
Award-Winning Local Percussionist Invites Artists to Participate in Simultaneous Performance On the Grounds of Nashville’s Contemporary Arts Center
NASHVILLE, TENN. – March 8, 2018 – In its final “TNT” program of the 2017/2018 artistic season, OZ Arts Nashville presents “MusiCircus” on May 17, 2018, curated by award-winning percussionist Colleen Phelps. Inspired by “community happenings” popularized by John Cage in the 1960s and 1970s, “MusiCircus” will bring together more than 35 Nashville artists, including musicians, composers, soloists, ensembles, writers, poets, dancers, visual artists, DJs, aerialists, performance artists, and culinary artists. Celebrating the diversity of the city’s creative community, audiences of all ages will be able to “choose their own adventure,” navigating a journey through OZ Arts’ warehouse and surrounding five acres, enjoying overlapping performances and timed interactions.
“At OZ Arts there are no rules,” says OZ Arts Artistic Director Lauren Snelling. “By inviting artists to introduce music, poetry, movement and digital art into every corner of this facility, it becomes more and more of a true center for contemporary art ... the kind of place I think John Cage would really have enjoyed.”
Participating artists, ranging in age from 14 to 65, whose performances and installations have been curated by Phelps, include A Few Silence, Ben Andrews, Laura Bouffard, Box O’Theater, Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, Alexis Colbert, Joshua Dent, Ted Drozdowski, Deidre Emerson, Alicia Engstrom, Epiphany Dance Partners, Frame Drum Wisdom, Xandra Lee, Lord Goldie aka Karizma, Kyle Numann, Graci Phillips, Poetry On Demand, Lorne Quarles, Taylor Raboin, Beth Reitmeyer, Bayard Saunders, Jane Saunders, Strings of Saturn, Suspended Gravity Circus, Tank615, The Gray Area, The Porch Writers’ Collective, The Weird Sisters, This Holding, Emily Tyndall, David Weinel, Whites Creek High School Percussion Ensemble and more.
“The most pleasant surprise when I moved to Nashville several years ago was the incredible fine arts scene,” says curator Colleen Phelps. “From music, theatre, and visual art, to fashion and food - Nashville is truly vibrant and world-class. So more than anything, I wanted to put as many great performers and artists next to each other as possible. The format of ‘MusiCircus,’ originally created by John Cage, provides a perfect structure, or lack thereof, to allow amazing combinations to occur. Chaos and cacophony should give way to new collaborations and connections - all by chance.”
Admission to the popular local spotlight series on May 17, 2018 is ticketed at $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale on April 17 can be purchased at www.ozartsnashville.org. OZ Arts is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle in Nashville, Tenn.
About OZ Arts Nashville
Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts, under the artistic leadership of Lauren Snelling, brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences. OZ Arts is supported in part by the Metro Arts – Nashville Office of Arts + Culture. The TNT series is additionally supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Danner Foundation and The Washington Foundation.
For more information, please visit www.ozartsnashville.org.