Monday, October 4, 2004

Nashville Ballet expects long-term "win" from Argentina cultural exchange

Paul Vasterling, artistic director of the Nashville Ballet, recently returned from a three-month stay in Argentina.

"Vasterling, who traveled to the South American country on a Fulbright Scholarship, worked with a contemporary dance company in Buenos Aires, taught at a private school of movement called Arte y Cultura and worked with Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon, a more formal ballet academy."

"Vasterling was also able to recruit three young dancers who will come to Nashville next summer and formalize plans for a Nashville Ballet Argentinean tour next October. Any time Nashville organizations make international connections, he said, it's good for the image of the entire city."

"Vasterling also met a number of choreographers 'just dying to come up here and work,' he said. 'And that's the kind of thing that's happening. It's truly an exchange. There may not be immediate gratification for our audiences, but there will be long term. We all win.'"

The Tennessean

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