Conversations at OZ Virtual Fundraiser Tickets on sale February 1

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson noted author and Vanderbilt Professor will be a host for 2021 Conversations at OZ.

Conversations at OZ is an annual evening event celebrating the art of conversation with community leaders and vibrant personalities. All proceeds support OZ Arts Nashville’s mission to create innovative and accessible artistic opportunities for artists, audiences, and students in Middle Tennessee and beyond. This year the event goes virtual, with the fundraiser benefitting Oz Arts Nashville to be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, beginning at 7:00 PM CST. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, February 1. The full slate of conversation hosts and topics will be announced when tickets go on sale February 1.

One of the most dynamic annual benefits in Nashville, Conversations at OZ invites guests to engage in insightful dialogue on a range of contemporary topics with prominent civic and cultural leaders. 2021 conversation hosts include notable figures like author and scholar Michael Eric Dyson with activist and writer Marcia Dyson, Oscar-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri with legendary musician and producer T-Bone Burnett, host of WPLN’s The Promise podcast Meribah Knight with Warner Elementary Principal Ricki Gibbs, and chair of Metro Nashville’s Coronavirus Task Force Alex Jahangir.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, OZ Arts has had to modify its schedule, canceling and postponing various presentations. New dates for postponed performances will be announced soon. Join their mailing list online for news. For assistance, please email them at info@ozartsnashville.org or call their temporary phone number at 615-669-4528. There are two upcoming events of note, one virtual and another in-person event at OZ Arts Nashville, located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, TN 37209.

PRISM is a performance installation experience for a socially-distanced audience, conceived and choreographed by David Flores, featuring Kira Fargas, Lenin Fernandez, David Flores, Becca Hoback, Emma Morrison, Joi Ware; with original music composed by Alicia Enstrom, Adam Lochemes and George Miller. Performances begin Friday, March 12, 2021; Fridays through Sundays, March 12-14 and 19-21; Tickets are $15.

OZ Arts’ expansive warehouse is transformed for this performance installation experience created for a physically distanced world. Small audience groups journey through a visual environment featuring striking installations with rich lighting and sound design to explore aspects of voyeurism, our changing relationship to physical intimacy, and the role of chance in determining ultimate outcomes.

A series of provocative movement episodes unfolds in 30-minute cycles featuring different combinations of dancers chosen at random. With choreography by Nashville-based artist David Flores and an original score by George Miller, PRISM invites audiences to examine personally held societal expectations and the ways we interact with one another at a time when relationships both private and public have been redefined.

Audiences are standing or moving throughout this event, but seating is available by request.Please note: Each performance cycle is for a limited audience of less than 20 guests at a time. Audiences are standing or moving throughout this event, but seating is available by request. Health and safety protocols, including required masks and social distancing among parties, will be enforced at all times.

Fast/Forward: Nashville Artists Look to Our Future is a lively evening of filmed performances, with Nashville-based dancers, poets, musicians, and theatre-makers reflecting on the revelations, revolutions, and resiliency of the day. The event features short-form works from 8 different projects, many from OZ past and present, that explore personal vulnerability, civic responsibility, and the sheer madness of the unexpected. Together, these inspiring artists share a vision of the world we hope to build together and spark the hope that will fuel us into the future. Rent On-Demand on Vimeo. See the OZ Arts website for details and a link, at: ozartsnashville.org

Performances and artists include the following: Poet Ciona Rouse as emcee; A moving performance of the title song from the upcoming Steal Away, conceived and composed by Dave Ragland with choreography from Shabaz Ujima; A riveting, self-choreographed solo performance by dancer Becca Hoback; Special excerpts of the This Holding performance film, introduced by visual artist Jana Harper and choreographer Rebecca Steinberg; A powerful spoken word performance by local poets Cameron Mitchell and Jems Destine; A stripped-down, acoustic selection from ghoulish rockers Fable Cry; An emotionally stirring multimedia-music presentation by Gardening, Not Architecture; and An original solo dance piece created by dancer Joi Ware.

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