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Tiffany Bessire

The new artistic director of OZ Arts comes to Nashville as a leader in his field.


Mark Murphy has run high-profile contemporary arts centers in Seattle and Los Angeles and has worked with the National Endowment for the Arts. WPLN's Natasha Senjanovic sat down with Murphy to talk about his vision for OZ, which turned five this year and just received its first NEA grant.

Photo Courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center

A world premiere Friday night at OZ Arts Nashville ends a trilogy about climate change and the environment. “Falling Out,” the latest show from a New York-based dance company, is also likely the first time audiences will see Brooklyn flex dancing, Japanese butoh and life-size puppets together on stage. 

Rejoice School of Ballet
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In its latest stage production, a multi-racial youth ballet company in Nashville has decided to tell the story of American slavery and racism.

Thomas Maupin buck dance
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A Tennessee master of a waning dance style has earned national recognition.

Thomas Maupin is a scrawny 78-year-old buck dancer from Eagleville. His elbows, hips and knees jangle like a country puppet while his black shoes clack out intricate rhythms across wooden dance floors. After years of local notoriety, he's been named as a National Heritage Fellow.