Wabi Sabi Choreographers

Wabi Sabi Choreographers 2015

Atlanta Ballet Choreographers

Heath Gill (Company artist)

A native of Illinois, Heath began his dance training at age four with jazz, tap, and gymnastics. He later began studying ballet under the direction of Deena Laska-Lewis. At Atlanta Ballet, he has performed in works by John McFall, Helen Pickett, Michael Pink, David Bintley, James Kudelka, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Val Caniparoli, Tara Lee, Lauri Stallings, Stephen Mills, Jorma Elo, Ohad Naharin, and Jean-Christophe Maillot.  Recently, he was featured as Harker in Dracula, the improv soloist in Minus 16, 1st Seminarian in Carmina Burana, Laertes in Hamlet, and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. In 2013, Heath was named one of ArtsATL’s “30 under 30,” and, in 2014, Dance Magazine named him one of the “25 to Watch.”  Heath’s other interests include playing piano and trumpet, watching movies, and camping. He would like to thank Clara Cravey for her guidance and his friends and family for their love and support.

Sarah Hillmer (Company Ballet Mistress)

An Atlanta native, Sarah Hillmer began her professional career with Atlanta Ballet. There she performed principal roles in classics such as Giselle, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake and originated roles in a variety of contemporary works. Sarah’s desire to further explore contemporary movement led her to become a founding member of gloATL, where she performed the original works of Lauri Stallings in both Atlanta and New York. Sarah’s love of coaching brought her back to Atlanta Ballet, where she has had the privilege of assisting and collaborating with world-class choreographers and extraordinary dancers. She has worked as a ballet mistress to choreographers including Twyla Tharp and Atlanta Ballet’s current resident choreographer, Helen Pickett. She has assisted in the restaging of works for Atlanta Ballet by choreographers such as Ohad Naharin and Wayne McGregor. Sarah is also committed to Atlanta Ballet having an impact in the community. This has led her to serve as rehearsal director for Staibdance and guest teach at various institutions, including Emory University and Spelman College. Sarah is thrilled to be part of the team at Atlanta Ballet, and the possibilities therein.

Tara Lee (Company artist)

Tara Lee made her choreographic debut with Sixteen String in 2003. Originally created for an Atlanta Ballet choreographers’ workshop, Sixteen String was handpicked by John McFall to be performed by the Company the following year. In 2004, McFall offered her another opportunity, which led to the creation of the duet Poem. After making its premiere with Atlanta Ballet, Poem was also performed by New Orleans Ballet Theatre. Subsequent works include two commissions for Emory Dance Company; a Margaret Mitchell inspired duet for Georgia Public Broadcasting; and three critically acclaimed works for Wabi Sabi - the Akara (assisted by Jesse Tyler), Mind Myself, and En Route. Her two most recent Atlanta Ballet premieres, Pavo (assisted by Jesse Tyler) and the authors (a collaboration with artist/filmmaker Joseph Guay), were commissioned respectively for the company’s 2012 and 2014 seasons. This past summer, Tara choreographed for Janet, a silent ballet film by Adam Stone.


Guest Choreographer

Robyn Mineko Williams

Robyn Mineko Williams is a dancer and choreographer from Chicago, Illinois. She was a member of River North Chicago Dance Company (now River North Dance Chicago) for four years before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2000. During her 12 years as a company member, Williams performed works by renowned dancemakers including Ohad Naharin, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe and Johan Inger, and originated roles in new choreography by Jorma Elo, Alejandro Cerrudo, Sharon Eyal, Aszure Barton, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch and others.

Williams created her first work in 2001 for Hubbard Street’s Inside/Out Choreographic Workshop, continuing to participate in subsequent seasons. In 2010, she and Hubbard Street 2 Director Terence Marling co-choreographed Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure, a full-length work premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and presented since in Chicago, Detroit, Tucson and other cities, as well as at the American Dance Festival. In January 2012, Williams created Recall, a new work for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's main company which premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, was adapted by Williams for a special performance on the Grand Staircase at the Art Institute of Chicago, and was commissioned by NYC's Joyce Theatre in 2013. Williams continues to make numerous works for the company and recently contributed to The Art of Falling, a full evening production by the artists of The Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2014.

Williams has made works for Grand Rapids Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and the Nexus Project. She was selected as an E-choreographer in 2013 for Springboard Danse Montreal, was one of two winners of Northwest Dance Project's International Choreography Competition, is the recipient of a 2013 Choreography Fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation–USA and a 2015 Princess Grace Works in Progress resident at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. 

 

Heath Gill, Sarah Hillmer, and Tara Lee. Photos by Charlie McCullers.
Robyn Mineko Williams. Photo by Cheryl Mann.