The College of Visual and Performing Arts and Nashville Ballet hosted a free performance of Aesop’s Fables in the Massey Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Jan. 29. The event brought hundreds of children and their parents to campus for the interactive show.
“The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Fox and the Crow,” “The Wind and the Sun” and “The Ants and the Grasshopper” tales were woven together with an original narrative. These stories creatively depict Aesop winning his freedom from slavery through his cautionary storytelling.
The children’s ballet was performed by the Nashville Ballet’s pre-professional company to live music composed by Belmont University School of Music Professor Emeritus Paul Godwin. The music was performed by School of Music students and faculty.
“This is great for kids to learn about music, to learn about dance at an early age,” explained Nashville Ballet’s Jan Morrison to NewsChannel5. “These performances that we do for children are perfect because they’re narrated, so they can really learn what’s happening. They can really learn to associate movement, dance, body coordination and music.”