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Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in MotionBristol, VA/TN -- Back by popular demand! Bristol Ballet presents Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion on March 13 at the Paramount Center for the Arts at 3:00pm. And, for the first time, Bristol Ballet will perform at Heritage Hall in Mountain City, TN on March 19 at 7:00pm. Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion challenges the imagination through the lyrical poetry of our region’s music and the ethereal beauty of classical dance. The imaginative combination of ballet with the music of our region, including several Bristol Sessions recordings, honors Bristol’s music legacy with innovation and originality by marrying two forms of creative expression in an unexpected way.

The visionary behind the project, Bristol Ballet’s Artistic Director Michele Plescia, cleverly inflects the show with imaginative details and nuance. Dancers from Bristol Ballet’s Senior and Apprentice Companies will perform Plescia’s original choreography.

“Everyone who saw this production last year absolutely loved it, including a member of the Tennessee Arts Commission”, said Plescia. “We were asked several times to perform it again this year. People who weren’t necessarily dedicated Old Time Music fans came, and were amazed at how much they enjoyed all of it. And music fans who attended were mesmerized by the dances and the performers. It definitely is different, and worth attending. I’m convinced you’ll enjoy it if you come!”

Both recorded and live music selections have been chosen for the performances including “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” “Pretty Polly,” “Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow Tree,” and “The Longest Train I Ever Saw.” There will be a dance to “Sixteen Tons” and a worship section featuring a medley of “Moonlight Sonata/Amazing Grace/Bound for the Promised Land” and “Down To the River to Pray.”

The Empty Bottle String Band, composed of former and current members of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music studies, will perform a variety of music including “Coat Of Many Colors” and the finale, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

“Our goal at Bristol Ballet is to broaden the horizons of balletomanes and country music fans,” said Plescia. “We would love to see both of these audiences come together for this production and develop an appreciation for each art form.”

Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion is sponsored in part by the, Mountain Lakes Community Federal Credit Union, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

For more information about other Bristol Ballet programming, visit www.BristolBallet.org.

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