Press Alert: The Marietta Daily Journal Previews MAYhem & Interviews Dancer Pedro Gamino

Click here to read The Marietta Daily Journal's preview for the 14|15 Season finale, MAYhem: All Premieres, which "delivers artistry, athleticism, the avant-garde."

“‘Cacti,’ which is very modern, is one of the most visually amazing pieces I’ve seen,” said Gamino, 32. “The work consists of 16 dancers – eight men and eight women – who are all on and interacting with these large boxes/platforms throughout the piece. It’s unlike anything we’ve done before. There are four string players performing live onstage during the show, but the dancers also contribute to the sound. We actually create the rhythm with our breathing and bodies, hitting and slapping our arms and the boxes. I know speaking with Ana Marie (Lucaciu), who’s staging the ballet, that ‘Cacti’ is very popular in Europe; everyone has seen it. It’s just hitting the U.S. but that’s what makes getting a chance to rehearse it and perform that much more special.”

This explosive program features the Atlanta debuts of Alexander Ekman's Cacti and Yuri Possokhov's Classical Symphony and the main stage premiere of John Heginbotham's Angels' Share that he created for Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi last summer. This will also be your last chance to see Atlanta Ballet dancer Pedro Gamino before he retires after 20 years of dancing and 5 seasons with Atlanta Ballet. MAYhem runs May 15-17 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

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Boston Ballet artists Whitney Jensen and Jeffrey Cirio in Alexander Ekman’s Cacti ©Rosalie O’Connor