THE BELL WITCH, created by choreographer Ann Marie DeAngelo, had its world premiere on the Nashville Ballet on October 17, 2003, and the one-act story ballet brought the audience to its feet.
The BELL WITCH, a ghost story, is the most documented supernatural phenomenon in American history. First cited in the early 1800's, the ghost terrorized the family of John Bell, subsequently causing his death. Many accounts of her visitations, pranks and preachings, have been recorded, including one by General Andrew Jackson just before his presidency.
THE BELL WITCH was performed to original music and songs written by Conni Ellisor, resident composer of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. There were special 3-D scenic design effects created by Gerald Marks, and costumes designed by Emmy Award winner Charles Schoonmacher. The BELL WITCH was nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse Award in 2004, and a segment o fit was performed at the Bolshoi Theater, in Moscow.
Video: 2008 Revival on The Nashville Ballet