TPAC announces public performance of Arch 8’s acrobatic “Tetris+” for Feb. 18
Tickets on sale now at TPAC.org
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) announces a rare public performance of two physical, gravity-defying works by the Netherlands-based Arch 8, on Feb. 18, at 1:00 p.m. in the center’s James K. Polk Theater.
Arch 8 visits Nashville on Feb. 14-17 to perform for schoolchildren in grades two through six as part of TPAC Education’s annual Season for Young People. With an additional performance on Feb. 18, the public can experience the two awe-inspiring works – “No Man Is an Island” and “Tetris” – which feature a combination of acrobatics, extreme physicality, and movement.
Tickets for “Tetris+” are $12 and on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. A limited number of Pay-What-You-Can tickets are available at the box office based on an honor system of what audience members feel they can afford to pay (limit four tickets per family).
The first work in the program, “No Man Is an Island,” is a balancing act like you’ve never seen that pushes the limits of possibility as one dancer climbs, stretches, and shifts his weight atop another without touching the ground.
Then in “Tetris,” four dancers flip, slide, leapfrog, and tumble over each other to create interesting shapes, often with their legs or arms twisted together. Inspired by the movements of a Rubik’s Cube and the iconic, addictive video game, Tetris, the dancers create interlocking shapes that constantly change before inviting some audience members on stage to become an orchestrated world made up of many moving parts.
“Instead of making only the shapes, it is also about social architecture and how things fit with each other: Do you belong to the group? Are you left out and excluded? The way we do that is with a high degree of interactivity in the work. The performers run into the aisles, do all kinds of crazy things, and invite the audience to participate,” said Erik Kaiel, artistic director and choreographer for Arch 8.
Based in the Netherlands, Arch 8 seeks to create new forms from theatrical traditions that encourage uniquely energizing and uplifting experiences. For more information, visit http://www.arch8.nl/en/.
The performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. The only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.
If You Go:
Feb. 18, 2017
TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater
505 Deaderick Street
Pay-What-You-Can tickets available at the TPAC Box Office
Over three decades, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million students and educators with performances at TPAC, resources for teachers, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs for adults. Founded in 1980, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC season, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of the three resident artistic companies -- Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. For more information, visit TPAC.org.