"Steal Away"

“Steal Away” promises a blend of art forms.

Nashvillians looking to “Steal Away” from the world and surround themselves with the arts this season will have a chance to do that with just one production next month.

In an eclectic collaboration of disparate locally sourced talents, OZ Arts will host the premiere of the original production “Steal Away” on Dec. 2-5.

The production will feature the compositions of twice Emmy-nominated Nashville composer Dave Ragland, carried out by Inversion Vocal Ensemble and Diaspora Orchestra.

That music will receive a visual component through the choreography of Shabaz Ujima, which in turn will be performed by shackled feet DANCE, Friends Life Community and Rejoice School of Ballet.

“Pushing the boundaries of conventional opera narratives, Ragland reimagines traditional African American spirituals to explore universal themes of hardship, hope, and renewal,” reads a release from OZ Arts Nashville describing the holistic arts experience.

Ragland’s work has been seen in “Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville,” and he has worked with the Nashville Opera, the Nashville Ballet, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and others.

Similarly, Ujima has worked with the Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Opera, Shades of Black Festival and Kindling Arts Festival.

Tickets run $20. Guests 12 or older will be asked to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours to gain entry. Masks are required when guests are not actively drinking.

To purchase tickets, visit ozartsnashville.org.

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