Wabi Sabi

Taking Dance Off the Stage & Into the Community

Created by Atlanta Ballet Company dancer John Welker in 2011, Wabi Sabi challenges new audiences, fosters the next generation of choreographic talent, and pushes the boundaries of ballet through the creation of new works. By seeking a collaboration of art forms, Atlanta Ballet furthers its commitment to educating audiences and inspiring the community.

Wabi Sabi takes its name from a Japanese worldview that finds beauty in the sincerity, simplicity, and integrity of the natural world. As one of the newest dance initiatives in Atlanta, Wabi Sabi combines our city's own emerging choreographers with beautiful and engaging venues for amazing outdoor performances that bring art to the people.

Upcoming Performances

Event Date & Time Location Details

PRELUDE to too

Friday, May 29 at 8pm and Saturday, May 30 at 6pm & 9pm Historic Rhodes Theatre

Set within the walls of Midtown Atlanta’s historic Rhodes Theatre, Backside of the Tent Productions, in partnership with Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi, will present an hour-long contemporary performance that will merge dance, theater, and circus in a unique, interactive experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to observe the artists’ creative process as they prepare for the grand premiere of “too,” set to debut August 2015.

Click here to purchase tickets. General seating: $37.22, Standing room: $16.52

Wabi Sabi in the Garden Thursday, June 18 Atlanta Botanical Garden Click here for information on the venue. Performance is included with admission to the Garden.
Wabi Sabi at the High Friday, August 21 High Museum of Art's Sifley Plaza This event is free. Click here for directions.
Wabi Sabi at Serenbe Sunday, August 23 at 5pm Serenbe Playhouse Ticket information and additional details coming soon!




Wabi Sabi is generously supported by



Kiara Felder, Jackie Nash, and Brandon Nguyen. Photo by Jonah Hooper. Costume design by Tamara Cobus.