MAYhem — May 16-18, 2014
World premiere 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.
Artistic Director John McFall is back with his first premiere in 6 years that highlights the athleticism and individual talents of the artists that he has so carefully brought together.
In 2007, Dance Magazine marked Helen Pickett as one of “25 to Watch,” and Atlanta Ballet named her its new resident choreographer in 2012. Pickett’s choreography creates connections between the dancers and audience that are palpable. The senses ignite, thus uniting the performers and viewers on a shared physical and emotional journey. For her first of three new works for Atlanta Ballet, Helen Pickett will present the world premiere of The Exiled, which she has created in Atlanta Ballet's studios this season.
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.”
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.
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.
Community and Corporate Group Tickets
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- Discounts of up to 30% for select performances and special access to tickets not available to the general public.
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- Flexible payment options.
- VIP opportunities such as backstage tours and dancer meet-and-greets (nominal fees apply).
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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 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.
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.