• May 16-18, 2014

    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

MAYhem — May 16-18, 2014

World premiere of THREE by John McFall, Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director
The world premiere of The Exiled by Helen Pickett, Atlanta Ballet Choreographer in Residence
The return of 1st Flash by Jorma Elo

MAYhem is a no holds barred explosion of creativity and energy demonstrating the unparalleled talent of Atlanta Ballet. Revolutionary and spine-tingling, MAYhem proves that Atlanta Ballet is not just pushing, but catapulting over the boundaries of contemporary dance.

Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall is back with THREE, his first premiere in 6 years that highlights the athleticism and individual talents of the artists that he has so carefully brought together. The work travels into the sphere of the surreal and otherworldly by exploring dreams and astral travel that help to shutter a person from the chaos of the outside world and achieve a greater level of self-realization. Follow the Dreamer on this transcendental journey, and perhaps you will leave with a deeper sense of consciousness and purpose.

Dance critic Allan Ulrich wrote that Atlanta Ballet resident choreographer Helen Pickett was “[a] choreographer to remember.” Pickett’s internationally acclaimed choreography creates connections between the dancers and audience that are intimately palpable. The senses ignite, thus uniting the performers and viewers on a shared physical and emotional journey. Helen’s latest premiere, The Exiled, features music by famed American composer, John Corigliano. The new work is a departure from her past ballets, using text and dance to tell the story of five characters. Three must pay the price for their unwise decisions, and the two Reckoners make them pay… “Their work is never done."

Jorma Elo’s futuristic 1st Flash returns this season after its Atlanta debut in 2012. As the name suggests, the choreography astonishes with speed and athleticism and clearly demonstrates why The New York Times’ “Year in Review” named Elo a “talent to follow.”




Photos feature Atlanta Ballet dancers Peng-Yu Chen, Nadia Mara, Jackie Nash, Alessa Rogers, Christian Clark, and John Wekler; 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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Jorma Elo

Choreographer, 1st Flash

Finnish-born Jorma Elo has become one of the most sought-after choreographers in the USA and internationally. He was named resident choreographer of Boston Ballet in 2005 and was called a “talent to follow” by The New York Times in 2004. Mr. Elo trained with the Finnish National Ballet School and the Kirov Ballet School in Leningrad. Prior to joining Nederlands Dans Theater in 1990, he danced with Finnish National Ballet and Cullberg Ballet. Mr. Elo has received commissions from ballet companies around the world including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theatre. He choreographed and performed in the Finnish television film Nijinsky Invisible Power in 2007. Mr. Elo was awarded the 2011 Benois de la Danse prize and the Helsinki International Ballet Competition’s choreographic prize in 2005. He was the recipient of the Prince Charitable Trust Prize and the Choo-San Goh Choreographic Award in 2006.


John McFall

John studied dance with Ms. Tatiana Dokoudovska who not only taught him the art of dance, but also inspired him to pursue an adventurous life in theater. At sixteen, he was contracted to dance at Starlight Theater, one of the showcase summer stock venues in the country.  Following this, he performed with the San Francisco Ballet for two decades, working with distinguished choreographers and touring the world. John became recognized as a choreographer himself and was commissioned to create premieres for a variety of companies, including San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and National Ballet of Canada. Mikael Baryshnikov invited John to create two works for American Ballet Theater in which Mikael also performed. In 1986 John received an invitation from Robert Barnett, Artistic Director of Atlanta Ballet, to premiere a work titled Watchers. Eight years later John would become artistic director. John has continued to contribute to the Atlanta Ballet repertoire with family classics such as Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Firebird, and Don Quixote. Notably, he has expanded the range of the repertoire with invitations to many of the world’s most provocative and imaginative choreographers. These individuals include Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Ohad Naharin, David Bintley, Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, and Twyla Tharp. John is committed to continue leading Atlanta Ballet into the future with innovative and extraordinary works. By commissioning brilliant choreographers and nurturing the development of new talent, he will ensure that for generations to come Atlanta Ballet will present evenings of dance that touch the soul and engage the imagination. Simply put, to INSPIRE.


Helen Pickett

Born in San Diego, Helen Pickett danced with William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt for 11 years. In 2005, Helen received her first choreographic commission, Etesian, from Mikko Nissinen, Director of Boston Ballet. She was awarded the Fellowship Initiative Grant by New York Choreographic Institute in 2006. In the same year and through 2008, Helen choreographed for Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and Ballet X. In 2007, Dance Magazine named Helen one of “25 to Watch.” From 2009 through 2011, Helen created new ballets for Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet West, Boston Ballet (two premieres), Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. In 2012 and 2013, her commissions include Atlanta Ballet, Dresden Ballet, Vienna State Opera, and Smuin Ballet. In 2009, Helen was one of the first choreographers to receive the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works Grant. As an actress and choreographer, she has collaborated with The Wooster Group and with installation video artists and filmmakers who include Eve Sussman, Toni Dove, and Laurie Simmons. In 2011, Helen earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University. 2013 marked the beginning of Helen’s choreographer in residence position with Atlanta Ballet! Please visit helenpickett.com for more information on Helen Pickett and her work.