• May 15-17, 2015

    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

MAYhem — May 15-17, 2015

Tickets for MAYhem go on sale September 2, 2014.

Featuring the Atlanta premiere of Alexander Ekman’s Cacti
& the highly anticipated return of Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas

MAYhem is an explosive program that brings together contemporary works showcasing the dexterity and grace of Atlanta Ballet’s Company artists. From the exquisitely challenging and impeccable Seven Sonatas by ballet great Alexei Ratmansky to the avant-garde Cacti by Alexander Ekman, one of today’s most exciting and surprising choreographers, MAYhem presents the future directions of dance propelled by the extraordinary talents and artistic vision of Atlanta Ballet.




Photos feature Atlanta Ballet dancers Peng-Yu Chen, Nadia Mara, Jackie Nash, Alessa Rogers, Christian Clark, Heath Gill, and John Wekler; Atlanta Ballet apprentice Kiara Felder, Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall; and Atlanta Ballet choreographer in residence Helen Pickett. Photos by Charlie McCullers.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is the first major performing arts facility built in metro Atlanta in four decades.

Location and Parking
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located in northwest Atlanta near the junction of I-75 and I-285, at the intersection of Cobb Galleria Parkway and Akers Mill Road.  Self parking is available on site for a $6 fee, and valet parking is available for select performances for a $10 fee.

Emergency Phone Number
(770) 916-2911 is the 24-hour public safety number for the Cobb Energy Centre.  Please leave your seat location with your babysitter or answering service so that the house manager may find you in case of an emergency.

Special Needs
The venue is ADA compliant.  Designated seats in various locations are available for guests with disabilities and those needing special assistance.  The venue is equipped with wheelchair accessible courtesy phones, elevators, plaza ramps, wheelchair accessible ticket windows, and wheelchair accessible drinking fountains.  For more information, please call (770) 916-2800.

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Daring new work takes center stage

There is electricity in the air in one of Atlanta Ballet’s West-side studios as Helen Pickett, in her second year as choreographer in residence, rehearses “The Exiled” with a handful of dancers. The sparks are firing because these
artists are working with the choreographer to build a ballet unlike anything they’ve danced before. Pickett, whose works are increasingly being presented by international companies, is choreographing her first
narrative ballet. It’s a piece of significant dramatic heft and a departure from more lyrical works. And in another first, and perhaps most courageous, Pickett has developed a script...

Review: Atlanta Ballet takes a bold dance on the high wire with season ending “MAYhem”

MAYhem, beyond a clever play on the month, is a fitting description for last weekend’s Atlanta Ballet season closer. The title calls to mind a kind of lawlessness that could be fertile ground for risky, innovative ideas. And indeed the three works on the bill — John McFall’s “Three,” Helen Pickett’s “The Exiled,” and Jorma Elo’s “1st Flash” — are ambitious. But the word also evokes chaos and disorder, the results of an experiment gone off track. - See more at: http://www.artsatl.com/2014/05/review-atlanta-ballet-dances-high-wire-season-mayhem/#sthash.DSnSvVzx.dpuf

Great 1st Ballet Experience!

This was a great first Ballet experience I got to see through my internship with The Atlanta Ballet's PR department Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and it seriously got better each time. These are true artists across all departments that contribute to the final performances.

Need more variety

Atlanta Ballet always delivers superb dancing, and the MAYhem program was no exception. However, must the choreography and music selection of all three dances be so grim and tortured? I felt that the dances were choreographed more for the dancers'' fulfillment than for the audience's enjoyment. Perhaps the challenge for the choreographer will be to create a dance for next year's MAYhem which has a positive theme and more melodic music. Low attendance for the Sunday performance despite extensive publicity should signal a review of the dance selections.

Mayhem Rocks!

The May 17 production of Mayhem was wonderful! We are truly blessed to have such imaginative productions and talented dancers here in Atlanta. Very well done!

Where’s the Windex?

The Exiled was a lesson in perseverance, both for the audience and dancers. It was pretentious, tedious, and finally just plain embarrassing as the dancers had to finish their paces in their undies. It struggled for meaning behind a plexiglas scrim which fulfilled its purpose of distancing the action through the accumulation of bodily oils deposited by the dancers. Its reasoning was so corny and trite, the dancers flailed in vain to invest the piece with some depth. Ms Pinkett is entitled to failures, but please don't inflict them on an audience in the future. The company as always was strong. They were just required to so the impossible - make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

provacative then preachy

Overall, I found the performances impeccably performed but conceptually a bit boring. John McFall's piece was the most sophisticated and provocative of the repertoire trio, eliciting many deep emotional reactions throughout and inspiring me to want to have a second viewing. The second piece I found to be contrived and -- quite frankly -- annoyingly preachy (although I did like the set design). I felt sorry for the mother in the row behind me who had to explain to her 3-year-old daughter, "Mommy, why are they all taking their clothes off?" The final piece showcased AB's dancers' athleticism, but just felt "ho hum" emotionally / conceptually. I kept wondering when that giant hanging bed would fall down and awake me from my semi-slumber with a "thud".

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  • Helen Pickett's "The Exiled"

  • Jorma Elo talks about "1st Flash"

  • Inside John McFall's "THREE"

  • Collaboration: John McFall's "THREE"

  • John McFall's "THREE" in the studio

  • Farewell To Atlanta Ballet's Christine Winkler

  • MAYhem 10 sec spot

Alexei Ratmansky

Choreographer, Seven Sonatas

Alexei Ratmansky was born in St. Petersburg and trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. His performing career included positions as principal dancer with Ukrainian National Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Royal Danish Ballet. He has choreographed ballets for the Dutch National Ballet, Kirov Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and the State Ballet of Georgia, under the artistic direction of ABT principal dancer Nina Ananiashvili. His 1998 work, Dreams of Japan, choreographed for Ananiashvili, earned a prestigious Golden Mask Award by the Theatre Union of Russia. In 2005, he was awarded the Benois de la Danse prize for his choreography of Anna Karenina for the Royal Danish Ballet. He was made Knight of Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in 2001. Ratmansky was named artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet in January 2004. For the Bolshoi Ballet, he choreographed full-length productions of The Bright Stream (2003) and  The Bolt (2005) and re-staged Le Corsaire (2007) and the Soviet-era Flames of Paris (2008). Under Ratmansky’s direction, the Bolshoi Ballet was named “Best Foreign Company” in 2005 and 2007 by The Critics’ Circle in London, and he received a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for The Bright Stream in 2006. In 2007, he won a Golden Mask Award for Best Choreographer for his production of Jeu de Cartes for the Bolshoi Ballet. In 2009, Ratmansky choreographed new dances for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Aida. Ratmansky joined American Ballet Theatre as artist in residence in January 2009. Seven Sonatas was Ratmansky’s third work for American Ballet Theatre since On the Dnieper, his first work for the Company, and Waltz Masquerade, a ballet honoring Nina Ananiashvili’s final season. The Nutcracker was his first full-length ballet for the Company.