Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

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. 

August 3, 2011

James Kudelka: From Vivaldi to Cash

The Canadian Master of Complexity, James Kudelka translates the iconic melodies of two musical giants - Antonio Vivaldi and Johnny Cash - into two individual productions in Atlanta Ballet's 11-12 season that explore the trials of life and passion.THE FOUR SEASONS Music by Antonio Vivaldi October 21-23, 2011Whether you realize it or not, you've more than likely been listening to pieces of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons for years. Featured in car commercials, wedding ceremonies, and blockbuster films, Vivaldi’s beloved concertos are a major part of our musical history and culture. Learn more here.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQrHz4LBqf0]MAN IN BLACK Music by Johnny Cash March 23-25, 2012An homage to country music legend, Man in Black delivers imaginative choreography over some of Cash's beloved and iconic covers, including "Hurt," by Nine Inch Nails.  Constructed from an ensemble of three men and one woman, all outfitted in cowboy boots and Cash's characteristic black clothing, "Man in Black keeps the dancers in constant motion. It’s devoid of frills yet as stark and moving as Cash’s voice itself.” Columbus Alive, 2010.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clq01TXQR0s] Don't forget to join us at HOT SPOT 2: ROCK THE LINE as the Hard Rock Cafe's 40th Anniversary Tour arrives in Atlanta this Thursday, August 4. How does everyone's favorite "desperado" fit into our second Hot Spot?Click here for more details and ways to play. The most celebrated choreographers in the world are HERE. NOW. IN ATLANTA.