Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

A Ballet Based on Camino Real by Tennessee Williams

May 12-14, 2017

A Ballet Based on Camino Real by Tennessee Williams

Tara Lee & Heath Gill. Photo by Charlie McCullers.

May 12-14, 2017 Camino Real

Called “an extraordinary creative achievement” (ArtsATL), Camino Real is a rousing fusion of dance, theater, and live music.

  • Choreography by Helen Pickett
  • Music & Sound Design by Peter Salem
  • Live with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra
  • Costume Design by Sandra Woodall
  • Lighting Design by David Finn
  • Set Design by David Finn & Emma Kingsbury

Gutman, the wicked hotelier, rules the Camino Real with an iron fist, and the residents of this dead-end town live in fear of him and his band of thugs. Trapped and disillusioned, they have all but given up when the arrival of our hero and former light heavyweight boxing champ, Kilroy, brings renewed hope to these lost souls and reignites their wills to live. Called “an extraordinary creative achievement” (ArtsATL), Camino Real is a rousing tale of survival and good versus evil that fuses dance, theater, and live music into one unforgettable experience.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.  

*Please be aware that there will be no late seating in the orchestra at all performances of Camino Real. Latecomers will be seated in the rear of the mezzanine or grand tier and can relocate to their ticketed seats at intermission. We appreciate your understanding.

Run time is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Performance Photos

  • Venue
    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

    The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is the first major performing arts facility built in metro Atlanta in four decades.

    Location and Parking
    The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located in northwest Atlanta near the junction of I-75 and I-285, at the intersection of Cobb Galleria Parkway and Akers Mill Road.  Self parking is available on site for a $6 fee, and valet parking is available for select performances for a $10 fee. You can also pay for paking in advance online - click here for more information. Please do not park in the Toys"R"Us lot on Akers Mill Rd. This is not approved parking for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, so your car may be booted or towed if left there. Click here for dining, hotel, and additional venue information.

    Emergency Phone Number
    770.916.2911 is the 24-hour public safety number for the Cobb Energy Centre.  Please leave your seat location with your babysitter or answering service so that the house manager may find you in case of an emergency.

    Special Needs
    The venue is ADA compliant.  Designated seats in various locations are available for guests with disabilities and those needing special assistance.  The venue is equipped with wheelchair accessible courtesy phones, elevators, plaza ramps, wheelchair accessible ticket windows, and wheelchair accessible drinking fountains.  For more information, please call 770.916.2800.

  • Group Discounts

    Community and Corporate Group Tickets

    It only takes 10 people to benefit from Atlanta Ballet's Group Sales program.  With our fast, friendly and convenient service, you can secure the best seats in the house in no time at all. Groups save up to 40% off regular prices!

    Click here for details and to submit a request to Myredith Gonzales, Group Sales Manager.

    Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education's Kids In Step for School Groups

    The Centre for Dance Education's Kids In Step program is designed to bring dance to the school-age child.  For more information on weekday performances for accredited school groups and registered home schools, please visit our Kids In Step page.

  • Seating Chart
    Seating chart for Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
  • Choreographer

    Helen Pickett

    Helen Pickett, born in San Diego, California, studied dance in her hometown and at The San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Lew Christensen and Michael Smuin, and Helgi Tomasson. 

    Since 2012, Helen has been resident choreographer for Atlanta Ballet. In 2014, for her ballet, The Exiled, she was named Best Choreographer in Atlanta. And in 2015, Helen premieres her fist full-length ballet, Camino Real by Tennessee Williams. The commission includes a new score by Peter Salem, set by David Finn and Emma Kingsbury, costumes by Sandra Woodall, and lighting design by David Finn.

    Photo by Tatiana Wills.

    In 2005, Mikko Nissinen, director of the Boston Ballet, offered Helen her first choreographic commission entitled Etesian. The New York Choreographic Institute awarded her a Fellowship Initiative Grant in 2006. In the same year and through 2008, Helen choreographed for Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and Ballet X. In 2007, Dance Magazine named Helen one of "25 to Watch." She received a choreographic residency from Jacob’s Pillow in 2008. Helen was one of the first choreographers to receive the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works Grant. From 2009 through 2011, Helen created new ballets for Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. In the 2012/2013 season, her commissions included Semper Oper/Dresden Ballet, Vienna State Opera, Scottish Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Smuin Ballet. Future commissions include: Les Troyens, Opera by Hector Berlioz, Chicago Lyric, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet West, Kansas City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Scottish Ballet, and Boston Ballet.

    Helen has collaborated, as an actress and choreographer, with installation video artists and filmmakers including Eve Sussman, Toni Dove, and Laurie Simmons. Helen, a founding member of Eve Sussman’s The Rufus Corporation, created the role of the Queen in 89 Seconds at Alcazar, which was shown at the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and now is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2007, Helen acted in Sussman’s feature length film, The Rape of the Sabine Women. She choreographed the bubble dance and played Sally Rand in Toni Dove's video installation and feature film, Spectropia.  Helen choreographed the dance sequences for Laurie Simmons’ The Music of Regret, which had its world premiere in 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    For over a decade Helen performed with William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. During her last season with Ballet Frankfurt, Helen simultaneously performed with The Wooster Group and director Elizabeth Le Compte. She acted with the group for five non-consecutive years in the OBIE award-winning House/Lights and North Atlantic. In 2005, Helen returned to the speaking role, Agnes, as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet of Flanders in William Forsythe’s Impressing the Czar. In 2009, Impressing the Czar received the Laurence Olivier Award, and in 2012, the Prix de la Critique award for outstanding performance of the year. In spring 2015, Dresden Semper Oper will revive Impressing the Czar.

    Helen teaches Forsythe Improvisation Technologies throughout Europe and the United States. In addition, she has created a motivational creative workshop, entitled "The Expansive Artist," and a choreographic intensive for college-aged choreographers titled, "Choreographic Essentials."

    In 2006, Dance Europe published Helen’s article, "Considering Cezanne." In 2012, Emory University published her writing for the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, director Martha Fineman, that appeared on the Emory University School of Law website.

    In 2011, Helen earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University. For her Master’s thesis, she collaborated with Christopher Janney, sound and light architect.

    Please visit helenpickett.com for more information on Helen Pickett and her work.

  • Special Offers & Events

    Dinner & Show Package
    Friday, May 12 – 8:00pm or Saturday, May 13 – 8:00pm
    Package: $172.00

    Use promo code: STEAK

    *Must purchase 2 tickets only. Valid on select performances only. Subject to applicable taxes & fees. Not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with other offers. Available in price level 1 seating only. Sales cut-off Wednesday at 10am prior to first Friday performance.

    Book Package

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