February 21, 2013
Click here to get your tickets for the program, which runs March 22-24 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre! Join us March 22 and enjoy a talk back with Gina Patterson, choreographer of I AM, immediately following the show.
Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin
Set to music ranging from Dean Martin to traditional Israeli songs, Minus 16 is representative of a global culture. The success of the piece depends on the dancers’ committing completely to the process as they improvise components. Naharin is hailed as one of the world’s preeminent choreographers and garnered the attention of many ballet greats, including Martha Graham. As the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company in Israel, he received numerous honors and developed an innovative dance language known as ‘Gaga.’ Focusing on establishing a mind-body connection, ‘Gaga’ has emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.
I AM by Gina Patterson - A world premiere!
After giving us 2011’s Quietly Walking, Gina Patterson is back creating another world premiere in the Atlanta Ballet studios. After 25 years of performing with companies such as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Ballet Austin, Patterson is now exploring her own choreographic voice. She is considered a choreographer of “startling originality” (Back Stage) and “a standout on the soulful front” (Sun-Sentinel). She has created original works for a variety of American ballet companies and festivals across the globe, which have garnered her international acclaim and honors that include the Choo San Goh Award for Choreography and the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Choreography.
Rush by Christopher Wheeldon
Originally commissioned by San Francisco Ballet in 2003, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush is a wistful, neo-classical homage to the conventional pas de deux. Making its Atlanta debut last season, “Rush splatters and explodes symmetry and order” (The DanceReview Times). The piece utilizes six couples whose movements ebb and flow as the dancers rush forward and soar back across the stage in energetic, but controlled arrangements. The couples intertwine with their partners and then separate before coming back together in graceful lifts and formations.
*Program contains nudity. Parental discretion advised.