The Man In Black — March 23-25, 2012

The Man in Black

Choreographed by James Kudelka
Music by Johnny Cash

James Kudelka's The Man in Black delivers imaginative choreography over hits and hidden gems by rockabilly legend Johnny Cash.

1st Flash

Choreographed by Jorma Elo
Music by Jean Sibelius

Jorma Elo's ultra-modern 1st Flash astonishes with speed and athleticism and demonstrates why he was singled out as a "talent to follow" in The New York Times' Year in Review.

Moments of Dis

Choreographed by Juel Lane
Music by Quentin "EQ" Johnson

In Moments of Dis, Atlanta-based choreographer Juel Lane examines the implications of the prefix "dis": Sometimes we become disillusioned, disrespectful, or dishonest with our personal choices in life. When we start to discern what is the truth, we can truly explore and manage our psyche.

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.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Atlanta Ballet explores three different worlds in "Man in Black"

Man in Black, the Atlanta Ballet's new mixed program of three contemporary works, takes the stage this weekend at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The program provides an engaging glimpse at three distinct and wildly diverse styles of movement, which the Atlanta Ballet takes on with commitment and energy.

Atlanta Ballet dares to walk the line with emotional, stark "The Man in Black"

Cowboy boots, sneakers and slippers. In Friday night's opening of Atlanta Ballet's contemporary triple bill, "The Man in Black," not a pointe shoe was seen in the house. It's the first time in Artistic Director John McFall's memory - and probably in the company's history - that Atlanta Ballet has produced a concert with all works off pointe.

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  • Jorma Elo's "1st Flash"

  • Johnny Cash’s "Hurt"

About the Choreographer

James Kudelka

James Kudelka is widely acknowledged as one of North America's most innovative choreographers. His mastery of both classical ballet and modern/contemporary dance has earned him commissions from companies - some 20 in all - as stylistically diverse as American Ballet Theatre, Chicago's Hubbard Street Dance and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. Even as a student at Canada's National Ballet School Kudelka demonstrated a choreographic interest in exploring innovative approaches. While adept in the classical ballet vocabulary he infuses it with a contemporary sensibility acquired from his intense interest in modern movement idioms. Kudelka's work covers an impressive range, from virtuoso pas de deux, through large-scale and always arresting adaptations of such classics as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Cinderella, to boldly innovative creative collaborations with dancers, designers and musicians. Kudelka has never been afraid to tackle psychologically challenging subject matter in his story ballets - he views dance as a primary medium of artistic discourse - and through his gift for movement metaphor infuses poetic, emotional meaning into his many non-narrative works. After nine distinguished years as artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada (1996-2005) James Kudelka continues to undertake collaborative projects that engage and challenge him as a choreographer.