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OZ Arts Presents Fable Cry’s Festival of Ghouls and Rome & Jewels by Rennie Harris

by Cass Teague
Rennie Harris Rome & Jewels courtesy Oz Arts. (Credit: OZ Arts Nashville)

As the year progresses, OZ Arts Nashville has plenty of cool performances on tap to enthrall you. For Halloween, OZ celebrates all things ghoulish with the theatrical noir rockers Fable Cry and their annual Festival of Ghouls, an immersive costume party and an over-the-top cabaret embracing the sensual delights of Dante’s Inferno on October 28. And, returning to OZ Arts after his stunning 2021 Nashville debut, award-winning choreographer Rennie Harris and his company Puremovement present Rome & Jewels, a Hip-hop retelling of Romeo & Juliet unlike any version you’ve seen before.

Fable Cry’s Festival of Ghouls: Halloween Inferno is October 28. Come embark on a fiendishly fun descent into the underworld with Nashville’s favorite dashing devils, Fable Cry. Embracing the sensual delights of Dante’s Inferno, the theatrical noir rockers crank up the heat for their ninth annual Festival of Ghouls. Come in costume for this immersive Halloween bash and over-the-top cabaret featuring wickedly good live music, tantalizing burlesque, eye-popping circus performances, and more. The nine circles of hell never looked and sounded quite so tempting.

Rennie Harris Presents Rome & Jewels November 9-11, featuring dueling DJs and a large company of virtuosic dancers, the story of fear, love and triumph is set in the streets of Philadelphia and deeply rooted in the traditions of Hip-Hop and street dance. Performances run from November 9 to 11. Showcasing the talents of more than a dozen dynamic Hip-hop dancers, this is a Romeo & Juliet unlike any version you’ve seen before. Dueling DJs lay the beats for the Bessie Award-winning production Rome & Jewels — a story of fear, love, and triumph set in the streets of Philadelphia and deeply rooted in the traditions of Hip-Hop, popping, break dance, and more. Rennie Harris returns to OZ Arts following his electrifying Nuttin’ But a Word in 2021 with this radical reinvention of the timeless tale, embodying the diverse African-Diasporic traditions of the past and paving the way for innovative storytelling through dance. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the explosive talents of Rennie Harris Puremovement in action.

If Thanksgiving doesn’t leave you feeling stuffed, take a seat at a giant, 500-square-foot table at OZ for Geoff Sobelle’s internationally acclaimed Food, November 30 to December 10 (there’s no actual eating at this dinner party, so don’t come hungry).

2024 brings new dynamic performances on the OZ Arts stage, starting with visionary choreographer Shamel Pitts and a trio of Black performers in Black Hole: Trilogy & Triathlon, February 2 and 3. Through projection techniques and spellbinding movement, the audience is transported into an Afrofuturist dimension for an otherworldly experience. February 29 to March 2, game-changing French dance company Mazelfreten takes audiences on a thrilling journey infused with electro music and dance in Rave Lucid. Nashville audiences get to experience the U.S. debut tour of their “visceral, original, and hard-hitting” (SceneWeb France) choreography.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ozartsnashville.org.

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