Choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Live with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra led byguest conductor Beatrice Jona Affron
Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette is back by popular demand for the 14|15 Season after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said “[a]udiences should pack a tissue or two and see this production.” A startlingly fresh take on the well-known Shakespearean masterpiece, Roméo et Juliette envelops you in the tantalizing power of young, forbidden love. An ideal way to spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone.
"Atlanta Ballet’s luminous ‘Roméo et Juliette’ defies analysis. Like first love, it is stirring at every level."
– The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 20-minute intermission between Acts I & II and a 3-minute pause between Acts II & III.
Program is subject to change.
Performance images: Atlanta Company dancers Alessa Rogers as Juliette, Rachel Van Buskirk as the Nurse, Christine Winkler as Lady Capulet, Alexandre Barros as Acolyte, Christian Clark as Roméo, Heath Gill as Mercutio, Jonah Hooper as Tybalt, Miguel Angel Montoya as Acolyte, Benjamin Stone as Benvolio, John Welker as Friar Laurence. Photos by Charlie McCullers.
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Atlanta Ballet’s Roméo et Juliette, choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, was not only the company’s best performance of the year, it was one of most visually stunning productions we’ve ever seen... Christian Clark and Alessa Rogers in the lead roles delivered grown-up chemistry with a hint of sweet adolescence, and Maillot’s choreography achieved emotional weight without relying on pantomime.
Cynthia Bond Perry, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 24, 2014
Not since “Dracula” has Atlanta Ballet produced a story ballet so right for its artists and audience. Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Shakespeare-inspired work demonstrated a dramatic rise in dancers’ technique, musicality and emotional nuance. Against the sweep of its luminous set, Maillot’s choreography entwined with Prokofiev’s score and charged it with raw physicality, innocent sexual curiosity and a stark sense of tragedy. Alessa Rogers’ interpretation of Juliette — bold yet fragile, passionate but in charge of her destiny — was a tour de force.
Cynthia Bond Perry, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In last Friday evening’s Southern premiere and in Sunday’s performance, this troupe’s dancers gave some of their most moving and skilled performances yet seen on the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre stage, including a tour-de-force by Alessa Rogers as Juliette. The production will run Thursday through Saturday.
The production’s minimalist elements allow freedom for character exploration, and Atlanta Ballet’s dancers rise to the challenge with mature, nuanced performances. Though nearly all of the roles are impeccably danced, it is Christian Clark and Alessa Rogers as Romeo and Juliette who shine the brightest. Rogers is wide-eyed and youthful, but her powerful dancing elevates her presence and commands attention. Clark, with his floppy hair and drunk-in-love grin, is the perfect counterpart. Together, they emerge as one character, intertwined and inseparable.
Andrew Alexander, Creative Loafing Atlanta, February 12, 2014
All in all, Roméo et Juliette begins what promises to be a great season for the ballet, and Prokofiev's score sounds great played by the Atlanta Ballet orchestra. Maillot offers up a contemporary take on the story in which the tangle of rage, passion, and action leads - not just to tragedy - but to tortured regret. Roméo and Juliette are still ardent and earnest, still full of youth and bloom as they should be, but there's also an icy polar vortex blowing throughout this tale of springtime. With timeless music and story, there's enough here to satisfy those who want a classic evening, but with Maillot's inventive choreography and the interpretive capabilities of the Atlanta Ballet dancers, there's also enough here to satisfy those seeking a new and surprising take on a familiar work.
The choreography is edgy and contemporary, with unexpected angles juxtaposed with flowing curves, but we are treated to flashes of traditional ballet pyrotechnics as well: four men in simultaneous pirouettes a la séconde, batterie at the speed of light, exquisite arabesques and developpés. The dancers move incredibly quickly: although the excitement ensnares the audience, this is also a dancers’ ballet; the dancers fling themselves through space and time, leaving the audience gasping for air. They fly like Blue Angels on a romp; the stage seems too small to contain them. Observers can tell they love dancing this piece; they own the movement. We are convinced that their characters are real, even when they are conveying intricately difficult passages. It is amazing that they can even remember the complex choreography, which is filled with subtle nuances delivered at speed, much less gift it to us so expertly.
While Welker’s Friar Lawrence is the center of the ballet, the focus is, of course, on the two principles, danced by Alessa Rogers and Christian Clark. Rogers in particular displays a girlish grace that gives way to a passionate love and equally passionate despair. Heath Gill as a mercurial Mercutio and Jonah Hooper as a dark and brooding Tybalt bring respectively sprightly and sinister energy to their roles, while Rachel Van Buskirk provides comic relief with a funny and charming Nurse.
Cynthia Bond Perry, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 30, 2014
Maillot’s cinematic vision is stripped of artifice and free of period costumes, sets and props. A strong and confident Juliette leads the love story, her character pulled out through Maillot’s lyricism and emotional tension. Juliette initiates the couple’s first kiss and leads Romeo through their scenes together, said Giovanna Lorenzoni and Asier Uriagereka, who are staging the work for Atlanta Ballet.
The action is less about two warring families and more about the psychology of adolescence. It’s told from the point of view of Friar Laurence (danced by John Welker) who, in seeking to do good, allows the worst to happen. The sets and costumes are simple, unrelated to any particular place or time; the choreography is naturalistic and deceptively challenging.
The performances of Clark and Rogers would carry the show because of the prominence of their characters and their performances but the wonderful aspect of the Atlanta Ballet’s production is that the other roles are wonderfully danced and the quality of those performances complements the title roles.
by Carmen Stephanie Mays on March 03, 2014
The program cover for this production featuring a lovely Romeo & Juliet embrace, was stunning. The promise of that cover never delivered. Instead of a love story, Romeo
seemed unable to connect with Juliet. The many performances of the male dancers
left me waiting for the grace and beauty of the female dancers. This seemed a male dominated choreography, featuring mostly male jerky athletic movement. I was bored
seeing the women sidelined at all levels.
The costumes seemed to hide the female form, looking more like potato sacks than costumes. Most people watching a ballet expect to see the grace and beauty of the
female dancers as well as male dancers. I did enjoy the talented Lady Capulet.
She shined in her beautiful costume,
her performance was the hightlight of the night.
The scenery was quite sterile and did nothing to help bring the story line together. If
the scenery was meant to stand in contrast to the performance, it fell short.
I would like to have seen more of Juliet whose dancing was great, but not featured
enough to have even told her story.
The orchestra was one of the best I have ever heard. We were kept riveted and
moved with their awesome performance.
It seems a lack of balance, too much yang and very little yin killed this
rendition of the great Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet
by Ashworth on February 24, 2014
Absolutely beautiful. People are shocked that even my husband loved the performance and was ready to purchase for the next ballet.
by Stephaniel on February 21, 2014
Fresh take on Romeo and Juliette! The dancing was superb, the costumes were beautiful, and it was just a wonderfully, enjoyable evening all around!
Romeo and Juliette
by Yuliana on February 21, 2014
It was really amazing performance. It is very well played, and even if you don't know the story you can easily understand the plot. I like the way the chronography was made. Great work. Definitely will come back
by Kim Coots on February 20, 2014
Such a beautiful ballet!! Wonderful job telling the story!!
by Katherine on February 20, 2014
I was very shocked at the beauty of this performance! I love how they made it comical at times, and tragic at others. I'm not a big fan of the original story but this ballet made everything seem so graceful and beautiful!
by Alicia Erick on February 20, 2014
Having attended many New York ballet performances, I was truly impressed with the talented cast, the gorgeous choreography and the minimalist scenography. What a treat!
by Bijal on February 20, 2014
This was my first ballet. I came with my best friend and we left incredibly pleased with the experience largely due to the performances. Dancers were absolutely beautiful!!! Costume designs down to the minimal set design were perfect. I'd definitely recommend to others!
Thank you Thank you!!!
by trisha dowling on February 20, 2014
My husband is a big burly tattooed sort of guy. So when he gave me tickets to the ballet, I was floored. He said, he knew i always wanted to go and even though he had no desire, it would be his pleasure to escort me!
It was so beautiful. It was a surreal experience and now my husband is a believer and wants to join me for more shows!! Thank you Thank you!!!
young and old dancers loved it
by Cindy Mia and Kasey on February 20, 2014
We were thrilled by this fantastic contemporary take on Romeo/Juliette. We laughed, we cried, and we held our breath hoping things would end differently...
by Claudette on February 20, 2014
We attended the show with our children and our nieces and it was wonderful! The younger children were able to follow the story from the remarkable dancing and show of emotions. The dancers made you feel like you were part of the story. My girls especially loved the humorous parts. We can't wait to see another show!
by Alison Mimms on February 20, 2014
My husband and I were just mesmerized by the ballet.
Christian and Alessa were outstanding, as was the entire
cast. Perhaps it can be staged again in a few years.
by Anne on February 20, 2014
I really enjoyed this pseudo-contemporary version of Romeo & Juliette. The white background and minimal costumes required that all the dancers tell the story through their movements and expressions. The dancing was outstanding and thoroughly enjoyable to watch. My husband, who hadn't been to the ballet in 20 years, even said it was enjoyable - knew the story, liked the humor and appreciated the athleticism of the dancers. We had a fun night at the ballet!
prefer an elaborate set design
by Ronald huet on February 20, 2014
First of all, the dancing was great. I would recommend this ballet to anyone. However, I am not a minimalist. I would of preferred a more elaborate set design for this particular ballet.
Alternately Joyous and Heartbreaking
by Monica Henson on February 19, 2014
The starkness of the gorgeously glacial set was at times underscored (by the Friar's tortured movements) and at others, contrasted against the engagingly boyish choreography in the sequences depicting Romeo, Benvolio, and their friends. This was an event that depicted the gamut of human emotion against a stony backdrop--truly a modern setting for the timeless story, and it worked.
Beautiful and Emotional
by Dzenita Murtic on February 19, 2014
Beautiful and very emotional. Great work of Atlanta ballet, I read all of Shakespeare' s work and wanted to see this in the theater it seems like forever...I love it and can wait to see Hamlet. Thank you
Minimalist, modern, and moving
by Donna Whitesel on February 19, 2014
The stark set and contemporary choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot was such a brilliant balance to the ancient tale. Juliette was danced beautifully! The pas de deux were passionate and used unexpected movements. The priest's quiet intensity stood out as well. Lady Capulet, often a walk on role, was surprisingly difficult and well done. All in all, it was captivating and a fresh approach to Shakespeare's tragic love story.
by Robert on February 19, 2014
Fabulous dancing. Although I did miss the period costumes and sets. A thoroughly enjoyable Saturday afternoon!
Beautiful Interpretation of Shakespeare’s Iconic Story
by Tracy S. on February 19, 2014
I loved everything about this performance. The set and lighting design were brilliant in their simplicity. The performers were spectacular in their ability to compellingly communicate the story without any spoken words. Beautifully done!
by Lynn Fu on February 19, 2014
Although I do enjoy the choreography of the classical version much better the performance was amazing. All the dancers especially Juliet were absolutely amazing. This was a show that definitely did not disappoint I hope to see more shows.
by Dr. Sherry Weeks on February 19, 2014
I LOVE Atlanta Ballet performances! It is always a treat to take 1 or more of my grandchilden. And Romeo and Juliette was no exception! The talent was superb, the lighting excellent, and the backdrops contemporary and unique! The orchestra was amazing.
I took my 13 year old grand-daughter to the afternoon performance on the 9th, and she was mesmerized. She easily followed the story line. Her favorites were Mercutio and, of course, Juliette!
I have been taking her to Atlanta Ballet productions since she was 5, and she has never been disappointed. This is one of our traditions and contributes greatly to the special times we have together.
Beautiful in Every Detail
by Ariel Robelen on February 19, 2014
I have seen numerous productions by the Atlanta Ballet. Romeo et Juliette is, by far, my favorite. The choreographer's adaptation of the classic story brought about a new and mysterious twist with Friar Lawrence while still maintaining the ingredients that make this story so wonderful in the first place. The performers, as usual, were flawless in their technique. Their energy and acting on stage could hardly be contained in the expansive Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. There was not one doubt in my mind the passion behind each step. The orchestra also succeeded to transport us to the place where all the drama occurs. I felt as if I were walking amid the story. This show was an incredible experience!
The best I’ve seen in years!
by Cindi Smith on February 19, 2014
Honestly, I was blown away by the precision and grace of the dancers and the choreography. Spectacular! Adding in the humor (loved it!) and the passion - truly wonderful. This is one performance I will be talking about for years. Looking forward to the rest of the season. Thank you!
Romeo et Juliette
by Melodi on February 19, 2014
FAB-U-LOUS! I loved this production from beginning to end. Alessa Rogers, as Juliette was the best I have ever seen her. Rachel Van Buskirk rocked in her role as the Nurse. Heath Gill, as Mercutio is my fav of all the dancers. He continues to shine and confirms why he was named one of the 25 dancers to watch in the January issue of Dance Magazine, 2014.
The stark white set was simple, but so effective. The way the dancers blended their movements with the stage was brilliant. Kudos to the Atlanta Ballet staff and the dancers for having the guts to bring this production to the 2013/2014 season.
by R Smith on February 19, 2014
This was our first ballet to attend since moving to the area. Thank you for such a great and enjoyable event! The production was just as memorizing and engaging as the events we are accustomed to in New York. This gives us a great escape while not having to plan for an extended journey out of town. The production team and the orchestra were absolutely fantastic. At times the matinee performances are not on the same level as premiere performances, but this was not the case. Bravo! We look forward to future performances. Thank you Atlanta Ballet for giving me a reason not to be so disenchanted with the city!
by Susan on February 19, 2014
We were once again SO impressed by the Atlanta Ballet performance. The set design and live orchestra were an added bonus to a great show.
by Peggi Hayett on February 19, 2014
That was the description from an 8 year old budding ballerina. This was her first time seeing a professional performance. She really enjoyed it. I was lost a few times during the performance unable to identify the characters. But I caught up.
by Chris Cooper on February 19, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed the performance, it has been a while since I've read the book so it was exciting to see the characters come to life through dance. The minimalist but exquisite set and awesome costumes aligned with the artistry and technical talents of the dancers making the production indeed exhilarating! Two thumbs up and my wife and I are looking forward to future performances by this extraordinary dance company!
by Nina Marx on February 19, 2014
Simple. Emotional. Perfect.
by William Lee, Jr on February 19, 2014
Being an Atlanta Ballet subscriber, I didn't think that any other ballet could come close to the previous performances of 'Dracula' over the Valentines Day weekend; I was wrong. 'Romeo et Juliette' was a thoroughly entertaining performance. It was very romantic, dramatic, and the dancers did an excellent job of portraying the story (and the minimal sets allowed the audience to focus on the dance).
Could have been better
by Tabitha G. on February 19, 2014
This was my fourth Atlanta Ballet experience and definitely my least favorite. While the minimalist set design appealed to others, I found it boring. The dancers were excellent as was the music but a ballet without a "real" set left me wanting. I felt like they could do so much more if a different direction had been taken. I found without any visual cues it was hard to keep track of the story, regardless of how well known it is and constantly wanted to check my program to figure out "where we were".
Beautiful & Enjoyable
by barbini on February 19, 2014
This was a date night for my husband and I....honestly, we didnt expect such a great performance. We would highly recommend it to anyone. There were no dull moments, it always kept us wondering...and the humour was great too!
by Penny Hendry on February 19, 2014
I brought my best friend with me to the performance of Romeo et Juliette for her birthday. While I have been attending Atlanta Ballet performances for the past few years this was the first performance outside of The Nutcracker that she has seen. Her response at the first intermission was simply "Wow" and I agree. I love how the troop pulls in the modern with classic ballet and keeps it fresh. I am always amazed at how the use of a minimal motion can convey such emotion. Kudos to the dancers. Although I could have used a bit more color in the costumes they were not distracting. The set, too, was a bit stark for my taste but really the dancing is what it's about and that was wonderful.
by Rebecca Geiger on February 19, 2014
As an artist myself I am deeply moved and inspired by beholding works of art that are bold and thought provoking and I found the Atlanta Ballet's performance of Romeo and Juliet to be just that. I loved the focus on the friar as the true tragic hero and was inspired to deeper thought about the classic love story. Thank you for presenting this phenomenal performance with passion and energy. From set design, to lighting, to costuming, to the superb and energetic dancing, I enjoyed the performance immensely.
by Scott A. McCue on February 19, 2014
WOW!! My wife and I came to the Cobb Energy Center expecting to see a great ballet performance, but this was... how can I say it ..... Hmmmm ... How about, “It was SIMPLY AMAZING!!!" It catered to my wife who knew the story inside and out, but it was more, a lot more. Personally I know the basic story plot; it’s West Side Story in the ancient days, right? The dancers, stage scenes, the changing of the scenes, the orchestra, etc. all came together and painted such a vivid picture, that even a person like me could get it!!!! WOW!!!! Sorry to repeat I but it was really amazing!!!
Surprising but just okay
by MEM on February 19, 2014
After my first encounter with the ballet last year, specifically with Dracula, which was phenomenal and an unforgettable first experience, I was a little disappointed with Romea et Juliette. I can appreciate the attempt at modernization of the classic ballet, but I suppose I prefer more tradiitonal renditions of the love story. Much of the choreography was startling to me, with many of the jerky movements seeming out of place with the story. But the dancers were beautiful and impressive, and I still enjoyed the ballet immensely.
by Donna Barrett on February 19, 2014
What a magical performance! The leads were breathtaking, but I really loved John Welker's performance as Friar Laurence. The color palette of the costumes and the stark set designs were a welcome change from the original. The Prokofiev score is always a delight as well.
by Rachel on February 19, 2014
This was my second ballet with Atlanta Ballet (I saw Dracula last year) and it was fantastic. The choreography was modern and surprisingly playful, but really displayed the tragedy of te story well at the end. I also appreciate how different Romeo et Juliette was from Dracula; it did not feel like I was seeing the same ballet twice.
Great performance! I'm excited to see what you do next year!
Bare bones presentation
by Julie Shelton on February 19, 2014
The first Romeo and Juliet I ever saw was the Royal Ballet's version with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. It had everything one would expect from a story set during the Italian Renaissance-- sumptuous sets, sumptuous Renaissance costumes, a shimmeringly beautiful score, choreography that afforded a rich view into the full panoply of life during the Italian Renaisance. That didn't have the corps de ballet standing around and watching, but actually interacting with each other in a realistic way, actual sword fighting, love, death, anguish, passion. To me, it is the quintessential Romeo and Juliet.
That being said, I enjoyed the Atlanta Ballet's version for what it was, but, to me, it was somehow lacking. Prokofiev's music is way too...GRAND...for such a bare-bones presentation, at times simply overwhelming the action on the stage. And it completely overwhelmed the minimalism of the sets. This presentation skewed the story and placed way too much emphasis on Friar Lawrence by telling it from his point of view. The focus became his anguish over his meddling rather than the love affair between Romeo and Juliet. It was an interesting twist, but I found his character intrusive and annoying. And, when it comes to ballet, I am a classicist. I'm not fond of the introduction of angular and herky-jerky modern dance moves into classical ballet moves. And, although I expected them based on the publicity surrounding this presentation of Romeo and Juliet, and was fully prepared to enjoy it for what it was, I still found it off-putting. As a whole, the Atlanta Ballet's presentation of Romeo and Juliet was interesting and had its enjoyable moments. The expertise and talent of the dancers is unquestioned. But overall, the various components, sets, costumes, music, choreography, lighting, were, for me, an ill fit. . .
by Brandon W.D. on February 19, 2014
Based on my experience and travel throughout the World, I have seen/heard great ballets and orchestras. My very first ballet was 'Jewels' performed by the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. This ballet took my breathe away and I didn't think a performance would come close to giving me this same feeling.
This past Valentine's Day 2014, I took my girlfriend to see Romeo et Juliette at the Cobb Energy Centre and we were just thrilled to see the simplistic, yet artistic set; along with the tremendous professionalism of the performers. Based on this performance, I have confirmed my passion for ballet and look forward to future Atlanta Ballet performances. Further, I recommend anyone that has not been to this play; must go.
Thank you for making our Valentine's Day so wonderful.
by Dr Lana Kuykendoll on February 19, 2014
My cheeks were getting sore from smiling. How amazingly beautiful and well executed. I truly enjoy attending the ballet but this was one of the most entertaining and fulfilling performances I've seen. The dancers made me feel as if I was on stage with them. Absolutely astonishing! Can't wait to come back.
Great performance, no doubt
by Nina Marx on February 19, 2014
Simple. Emotional. Perfect.
by Anita Tovar on February 19, 2014
I never experienced modern ballet and was kind of skeptic but as soon as the simplicity combined with the lights and the dance started to being one we loved. I went with my 6 year old girl (I read to her the story the day before) and she was fascinated. The only thing she said... She didn't like the ending with the deads, sweet girl. Great performance!
A modern twist to a classic
by Adeline P. on February 19, 2014
It was a beautiful performance in a very simplistic and minimalists set. The dancers were phenomenal. The bit of comedy and humor incorporated through out was very nice. I did not however, go on that emotional ride I would expect from the story of Romeo et Juliette. The passion never swelled, the pain and loss never hit home for me. But again, overall a beautiful, almost modern take on classic.
by Anne on February 19, 2014
I loved it. It was a lot more interpretive than I thought it would be, but it was a beautiful show.
by WONDERFUL on February 19, 2014
I also was surprised at the stage being so plain; however, the way they did the lighting was incredible. The dancers were absolutely beautiful. The first half actually had quite a bit of humor and the costumes were very nice; however, my favorite part was the 2nd half.....passionate, graceful and moving. It brought me to tears. I loved it.
by Sara G on February 19, 2014
The performance was beautiful! Left my two friends in tears. As a dancer myself for many year, It left me wanting to dig out my pointe shoes and do pirouettes in my living room as soon as I got home. Thank you and I can't wait to return for Hamlet!
by Christine Lurie on February 19, 2014
I loved this performance. The minimal set and simple, elegant costuming worked well together to enhance the movement of these extremely talented performers. I love watching the Atlanta Ballet when the dancers are given the opportunity to perform wonderful, contemporary choreography that showcases the artistry and athleticism inherent in dance. Beautifully done. I look forward to the company's next show!
Romeo et Juliette- a stunning and modern performance!
by Sarah on February 19, 2014
Romeo et Juliette- a stunning and modern performance! Choreography fluid, expressing the complexity of emotion- dancers performances were breathtaking and elegant. The aesthetic of set and sound emphasized the performance to a unified state. Lighting was an essential element embedding symbolism and a complementary push and pull of contrast. Dancers radiated in this thrilling and charged interpretation of a renowned Shakespearean masterpiece. Bravo!
First time at the Ballet
by Carla Bailey-Brooks on February 19, 2014
This was my first time at a Ballet and I loved this performance of Romeo & Juliet. My daughter and I went to the Ballet because one of her 9th grade Literature projects was to see this Ballet. I enjoyed the action in the fight sequence and the drama at the end.
by Brandon WD on February 19, 2014
Based on my experience and travel throughout the World, I have seen/heard great ballets and orchestras. My very first ballet was ‘Jewels’ performed by the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. This ballet took my breathe away and I didn’t think a performance would come close to giving me this same feeling.
This past Valentine’s Day 2014, I took my girlfriend to see Romeo et Juliette at the Cobb Energy Centre and we were just thrilled to see the simplistic, yet artistic set; along with the tremendous professionalism of the performers. Based on this performance, I have confirmed my passion for ballet and look forward to future Atlanta Ballet performances. Further, I recommend anyone that has not been to this play; must go.
Thank you for making our Valentine’s Day so wonderful.
Worst Ballet experience of our lives!
by Trevor Baird on February 19, 2014
I will start off by saying that the performance itself was phenomenal, and the orchestra was the saving grace of the evening. The minimalist set was something i would expect to see in a corner coffee shop performance, not onstage at the cobb center, and kept the emotion of the performance at arms length. My biggest issue is with the ticket staff. Our tickets were not what we had selected online, and when I went to get it straightened out, I was put aside while they continued to sell tickets. By the time they took time to straighten out our issues, they had sold all of the seats on the grand tier, and we had to pay an extra $100 just to have seats together. My wife and I are avid ballet and orchestra attendees, the cobb center is where I proposed to her, and never in our lives have we been so upset and frustrated with how we were treated. This will be the last time we will be attending a performance at the cobb center.
A Perfect Valentines Day performance
by Jenny on February 19, 2014
The dancers were simply amazing and it was such a stellar production that anyone - from dancer lovers to new audiences - could enjoy it! IT was a fantastic experience! Thanks!
I loved it
by Toni Davis on February 17, 2014
At first I was surprised by the starkness of the set designs but then I realized that the set design allow you're to really focus on the story and dancers. The performance was really good and had many moments of humor. I loved it.
This was the Atlanta Ballet at its BEST
by Hillary Alberta on February 17, 2014
This was the Atlanta Ballet at its BEST! You were all absolutely wonderful and truly breath taking! The minimalist set, beautiful yet simple costumes, inspired choreography, and really spectacular dancing was just fantastic! Congratulations and thank you for a memorable performance!
by Hillary Alberta on February 17, 2014
Most Amazing Work!!! The Atlanta Balletdoes it Again!! Thank U !for Most Memorable Times ! Being able to Go There in the CEC Surrounded by Your Followers Powerful Memories !! U ROCK!
by Ryan S. Lekan on February 16, 2014
Since seeing my first ballet, ironically Romeo and Juliet February 2008, I fell in love with the ballet - much emotion expressed, yet no words. I've tried other expressions of high culture and nothing fully compares. Romeo and Juliet '08 and Dracula '09 & '13 are the most memorable. I thought last night would be as well. While it was a good performance - the dancers did bring emotion on stage through their use of dance, it was a bit lackluster to me. The last few scenes really did a wonderful job of putting everything together and put me on the verge of an emotional ride but I never hit a peak, whereas Romeo and Juliet '08 brought tears to my eyes at the end of the production. Simplicity was nice. The characters were shown in their best, but perhaps it was the minimalist production that did not bring the final pizzazz needed, or maybe something else. Altogether, it was good, but not great. Thank you for the wonderful night.
by Kathleen Casses on February 15, 2014
Valentine's and Romeo and Juliet - what could be more romantic and beautiful .... A superb production! Juliet was performed by Alessa Rogers - young innocent stirring and a powerful dancer - Darlene, those ballet slippers I once gave you were hers.... wonderful to see her in a leading role! We had front row seats - right behind the conductor - the musical score was outstanding and perfectly in tune with the choreography! The Dancing, the Story move us into the realm of deep passions, the Lighting and minimalist sets show how Less is More. Thank you Atlanta Ballet!
by Anne on February 13, 2014
This was by far my favorite ballet production. The minimalist set showed the true talent of the dancers and the orchestra fantastic. I was enchanted during the performance and swept away by the beauty of the magical story. Truly a great performance and how privileged I am to live in a city with such a wonderful ballet company.
Stunning, Lyrical Performance
by Bethanne Black on February 13, 2014
Romeo et Juliette by The Atlanta Ballet was an amazing success. John Welker's pantomime and acting stole the show as he portrayed the sinister yet sympathetic Friar Laurence. Perhaps the best part of the show, Welker towers over the lovers at their death, riddled with guilt and sadness.
Alessa Rogers as Juliette was playful, lovestruck, and her dancing was unforgettable. And VanBuskirk was fabulous as Juliette's loving, attentive Nurse. Heath Gill's version of Mercutio was absolutely amazing. A gorgeous, stunning performance. Go see it.
by Kenneth Mardenborough on February 11, 2014
A Great Time
by Sacha Lima Webb on February 11, 2014
Had a great time last night with my friend Debora Ardis! Kelly from the Marketing Department was AMAZING and made us feel super welcomed!!!!
by Caleb Miller on February 11, 2014
It was pretty mesmerizing. Atlanta ballet always delivers
by Angelica Bacon on February 11, 2014
Amazing show! Just beautiful!!
So totally perfect in every way
by James Weis on February 11, 2014
So totally perfect in every way ..... !!! Stunning does not even clome close to doing this astounding performance justice!!!! Christian Clark has always been a brilliant dancer but this performance showed him at his very absolute best. His Romeo was sexy, vulnerable and heart wrenching.!!!!! Jonah Hooper's Tibault was powerful, masuline and athletic with heart nd soul. John Welker .... well, what can i say ? His sinister portrayal of the priest who orchestrates it all is so far beyond. Heath Gill came to Atlanta Ballet as a boy and has grown into such an amazing man and his comedic timing is unlike anything I have seen. He lifts off the ground as if he may not come back down!!! Alessa Rogers perfomance as Juliet defys description!!! Her movements were passionate, moving and perfect. Christine Welker is lithe, elegant and gorgeous!!! I can never get enough of her!!! Nadia Mara is as light as air with enormous charisma, appearing to fly rather than dance. Benjamin Stone is new to me and i loved his performance. With Heath Gill he brought the comedic aspect into this performance and I can feel he will be a great addition to Atlanta Ballet. Missing was JesseTyler whom I always need to see!!! Backstage he shared his injuries with me and it has to be that he gets well soon so we can all see him on stage over and over. There were many new performers since i left Atlanta for New York and i can see that John Mc Fall has once again chosen very well and will continue keeping Atlanta Ballet at the top!!! As for Mr. McFall, he has always taken risks and chances that other companies are too conservative to take and it always shines. Arturo Jacobus, from The Pacific Northwest Ballet has done an amazing job in seeing to it that Atlanta Ballet can move forward fiscally and creatively. Thank you Brian Wallenberg for inviting me last night and a special big and loving thank you to Lisa Dabney for making the arrangements for my seat and the invitation to the doner's lounge and for getting me backstage once again!!! My big surprise was seeing Nathan Griswald and Kelly Tipton backstage. All in all, a perfect night for me!!!
I neglected to mention two more of my favorite dancers who performed in Romeo et Juliet in Atlanta on Friday night's opening. Thom Panto is the tallest dancer in the company and so graceful and wonderful to watch as Paris who was vying for the hand of Juliet. and Rachel Van Buskirk whom I have watched perform for pretty many years was once again wonderful as the nurse ... a funny and pivotal role in the ill-fated love story. She made me laugh over and over!!! Wonderful, everyone!!!
Bravo to all
by Doreen M. Lewis on February 11, 2014
Bravo to all. As a long time subscriber I know and love the Atlanta Ballet's R & J of the past. But this new version is stunning. The spare design puts all the focus on the dancers and the music.
by Teresa Avant on February 11, 2014
Beautiful show. Was blown away by the performance, so full of emotion!
Thanks AB for an awesome experience with my little girl!
by Brenna Woodbury Williams on February 11, 2014
I took my six year old daughter Saturday afternoon, and she LOVED it! That sweet child was in tears at the end and said to me, "sometimes I just feel like I'm that character!" Later she was over the moon at the chance to meet Juliet and ask her a question (how do you feel when you dance?) and give her a hug! We've seen the nutcracker three years in a row now, sand I was nervous that she might not like this because it was so different and pretty mature storyline. But she understood it, felt it, and loved it! Thanks AB for an awesome experience with my little girl!
by Carol on February 09, 2014
Everything about this ballet was superb - choreography, music, dancing, scenery, costumes - They couldn't have improved on anything. I was spellbound from the first note of music till the final curtain call.
by Janet Rogers on February 08, 2014
I went to the 2PM performance today and I LOVED it!!!
Atlanta Ballet's Romeo et Juliette by AtlantaPlanIt
Born in 1960, Jean-Christophe Maillot studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire National de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes until winning the Prix de Lausanne in 1977. He was then hired by John Neumeier at the Hamburg Ballet, where he danced in principal roles as a soloist for five years. An accident brought his dancing career to an abrupt end.
In 1983, he was appointed choreographer and director of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Tours, which later became a National Centre of Choreography. He created around twenty ballets for this company and, in 1985, founded the dance festival "Le Chorégraphique". In 1987, he created Le Mandarin Merveilleux for the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, which was a great success. He became the company's artistic advisor for the 1992-1993 season and was then appointed director-choreographer by H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover in September 1993.
His arrival at the Ballets de Monte-Carlo set the company on a new path that quickly developed the level of maturity and excellence for which this company of 50 dancers has been renowned for 20 years. He has created almost 30 ballets for the company, some of which, such as Vers un pays sage (1995), Romeo and Juliet (1996), Cinderella (1999), La Belle (2001), Le Songe (2005), Altro Canto (2006), Faust (2007), and LAC (2011), have forged the reputation of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo across the world. Several of these works are now included in the repertoires of major international ballet companies such as the Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Korean National Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Béjart Ballet Lausanne.
Also aware of the work of other artists, Jean-Christophe Maillot is known for his spirit of openness and his commitment to inviting choreographers with a different style to create for the company. In 2000, this same desire to present the choreographic art in all its many forms led him to create the Monaco Dance Forum, an international showcase for dance which presents an eclectic proliferation of shows, exhibitions, workshops, and conferences.
In 2007, he produced his first stage opera, Faust, for the Hessisches Staatstheater and, in 2009, Norma for the Monte-Carlo Opera. In 2007, he created his first choreographic film with Cinderella then Le Songe in 2008. In 2009, he developed the content and coordinated the Centenary of the Ballets Russes in Monaco, which would see over 50 companies and choreographers pass through the Principality in one year, providing entertainment for 60,000 audience members. In 2011, dance in Monaco underwent a major and historical change. Under the presidency of H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo now incorporates the Ballets de Monte-Carlo Company, the Monaco Dance Forum, and the Princess Grace Academy of Dance under a single organization. Jean-Christophe Maillot was appointed head of this organization, which now unites the excellence of an international company, the benefits of a multi-format festival, and the potential of a high-level school.
Jean-Christophe Maillot is an Officer in the Ordre du Mérite Culturel of the Principality of Monaco, Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres, and Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in France. On 17th November 2005, he was appointed Chevalier of the Ordre de Saint Charles by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. In 2010, in Moscow, he received the Prix Benois de la Danse for the Best Choreographer along with the Premio Dansa Valencia 2010.
Biography and photo courtesy of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, www.balletsdemontecarlo.com.
Beatrice Jona Affron
Beatrice Jona Affron was born and raised in New York City. She joined Pennsylvania Ballet in 1993 as the assistant conductor and was promoted to music director and conductor in 1997. A graduate of Yale University, Beatrice studied conducting with Robert Spano and at New England Conservatory. At Pennsylvania Ballet, Beatrice has conducted many Balanchine ballets, contemporary works, and full-length story ballets. In 2004, she conducted the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake. Outside of dance, Beatrice is heard in a large and varied repertoire that encompasses works from Handel to Donizetti to Philip Glass. In 2002, she received international attention when she led the world premiere performances of Philip Glass and Mary Zimmerman’s Galileo Galilei at Chicago’s Goodman Theater and subsequently on a tour to London’s Barbican Theatre. In 2005, Beatrice made her debut with the Glimmerglass Opera conducting Donizetti’s Lucie de Lammermoor. Other guest conducting appearances include Opera Theatre St. Louis, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and New England Conservatory. This is Beatrice’s third appearance with Atlanta Ballet.
Photo courtesy of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston (www.bu.edu/proarte).
Post-Show Talk Back
Friday, February 6 In the theatre immediately following the 8pm performance
Remain in the theatre after the performance of Roméo et Juliette for a conversation with Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director John McFall and Asier Uriagereka, stager for Jean-Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliette from Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. They will discuss what went in to remounting this production in Atlanta this season and answer any audience questions. Access to the talk back is included with the performance ticket. (Picture: Asier Uriagereka rehearses with Atlanta Ballet's Alessa Rogers. Photo by Charlie McCullers.)
LGBT Nite OUT Friday, February 6 Pre-show Party: 7-8pm in Nite OUT lounge at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Performance: 8pm Post-show Talk Back: 10:30pm
For $40, get exclusive access to the NiteOUT lounge hosted by Fenuxe Magazine, a ticket to the 8pm opening night performance of Roméo et Juliette, and enjoy a post-show talk back with Atlanta Ballet's artistic staff.
Pre-show festivities start at 7pm at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and include a complimentary cocktail & pre-show entertainment from DJ Quasi Mandisco.
*Tickets are in price level 2. Choice of cocktail, beer, or wine. Must be 21 to consume alcohol.
Girls' Night Out Thursday, February 12 Booze with Us: 6:30-7:30pm at Cinco Mexican Cantina Ballet with Us: 8pm at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
For just $35, enjoy a pre-show party at Cinco (just around the corner from Cobb Energy Centre), including a complimentary drink* and hors d'oeuvres, and a specially discounted ticket to that evening's performance of Roméo et Juliette. All attendees will also be entered to win a Spa Sydell gift certificate.
*Choice of Cinco house margarita, Absolut martini, or house wine. Must be 21 to consume alcohol.
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Valid from February 6-16, 2015 Packages start at $420
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