Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

September 7, 2011

Don’t Miss the Last Hot Spot of the Summer!

Ballet in Bloom Thursday, September 8 from 6-9 pm Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Featuring the debut of Wabi Sabi*   This is your last chance to be eligible for our amazing prizes:  An Atlanta Ballet Season Pass Prizes from our featured Hot Spots and sponsors, including: Hard Rock Cafe’s 40th Anniversary Tour Collector’s Book “Night on the Town” prize pack sponsored by Best Western PLUS Inn at the Peachtrees, including complimentary weekend stay, breakfast, parking, and $50 gift certificate to Max Lager’s.Visit atlantaballetblog.com/hotspots for more info. WABI SABI: Bringing dance out of the theater and into the gardens. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGwLuVoP4Xk] The Wabi Sabi performance series combines our city’s own emerging choreographers with beautiful and engaging venues. Join us Thursday, September 8th for the inaugural performance featuring seven world premieres by seven budding choreographers. Be a part of a new movement in dance – one that reveals some of nature’s basic truths in our constantly evolving and growing world. Where: Atlanta Botanical Gardens, during Cocktails in the Garden* When: Thursday, September 8 from 6-9pm  Featuring new choreographic works by:  Juel D. Lane Tara Lee Jonah Hooper and Jesse Tyler Christian Clark Nicole Jones Peng-Yu Chen*regular Garden admission applies

August 16, 2011

On the Silver Screen

Whether on stage or behind a camera, these choreographers have taken dance to powerful new levels. From choreographing full dance sequences to supervising the movements and interactions of young actors, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, and Twyla Tharp have each been instrumental in bringing the beauty and power of dance to the masses. Click here to learn more about HOT SPOT 3: When Dance Meets the Silver Screen. CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON + CENTER STAGE Center Stage (2000) follows three young dancers as they study at the American Ballet Company.  Christopher Wheeldon, who was a soloist and resident choreographer at the New York City Ballet, must have found this film hitting close to home and is the creative mind behind the film’s well known final scene.  Taking Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” and Jamiroqui’s “Canned Heat,” Wheeldon combines pointe and pop for an exciting finale. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo3_U4jquTk]   WAYNE MCGREGOR + HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE World-renowned British choreographer, Wayne McGregor CBE, was the man behind the movement in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (2005).  This mega movie franchise set in the magical world of witches and wizards needed a similarly out-of-this-world choreographic talent to match.  Trading seasoned dancers for children with little or no formal training, McGregor sought an authentic feel that characterized the period of adolescence in Harry, Ron and Hermione’s lives. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGLzaVx-hUE] “I felt that it was very important to have rough, raw, original talent, to have people who had an absolute passion to move but hadn’t inherited a lot of the physical mannerisms that some stage schools provide. I’m not saying those stage schools are bad, at all – just that it’s a very different type of child that goes through a stage school, compared to a child who has gone to school in east London, with very limited opportunities to dance.” – The Independent, 2006   TWYLA THARP + TELEVISION AND FILM Dubbed the queen of the cross over ballet, Twyla Tharp was a pioneer in bringing dance to the silver screen. From her collaboration on films like Hair (1978), Ragtime (1980), and Amadeus (1984) to her television programming like the PBS inaugural program of Dance in America (1976) and Emmy Award-winning Baryshnikov by Tharp (1985), Twyla Tharp continues to be a master of performance mediums. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W-oTQnyJis] The most celebrated choreographers in the world are HERE. NOW. IN ATLANTA.