Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet at City Springs

Atlanta Ballet at City Springs

Photo by Charlie McCullers.

April 12-13, 2019 City Springs

  • Return to a Strange Land Choreography by Jiří Kylián
  • The Premiere Choreography by Ricardo Amarante
  • Divertissement of short works

Atlanta Ballet is excited to take part in the inaugural season of performances at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs. Situated in the heart of downtown Sandy Springs, this state-of-the-art facility boasts stunning green spaces and a large selection of on-site dining options before and after the show.

The evening program will include one of dance visionary Jiří Kylián’s signature celebrations of dancers’ physical limits, Return to a Strange Land. Sinewy forms entwine in intimate embraces before spiraling across the stage in graceful lifts. They are physical bodies in space detached from place and time – travelers in a strange land. They move as counterpoints, exploring the limits of centrifugal force and, seemingly, gravity.

Rising Brazilian choreographer Ricardo Amarante, recognized for his emotionally-charged, purely neoclassical style, complements the program with The Premiere, an original work commissioned by Atlanta Ballet for the 2018|2019 Season.

Atlanta Ballet will also present a divertissement of short works, including excerpts from ballet classics from previous seasons.

  • Venue
    Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center's Byers Theatre

    The Byers Theatre is the primary performance space in the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. The theatre features excellent sight lines, with seating for 1,070 on three levels, including box seats. Superb acoustics, a full orchestra pit, and fly loft make the theatre an ideal venue for a variety of performance events. 

    Location & Parking
    The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center is located off of I-285 between Mount Vernon Highway and Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Ample parking is available with approximately 1,125 parking spaces on site, 750 of those in an underground parking deck. The parking garage entrance is off of Galambos Way at Mount Vernon and extends under the City Green. Click here for a list of restaurants and retail stores in the City Springs complex.

  • 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 25% on regular prices!

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

  • Seating Chart

    Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center's Byers Theatre

  • Video
  • Choreographers

    Jiří Kylián, Return to a Strange Land

    Jiří Kylián (Czechoslovakia, 1947) started his dance career at the age of nine at the School of the National Ballet in Prague. In 1962, he was accepted as a student at the Prague Conservatory. He left Prague when he received a scholarship for the Royal Ballet School in London in 1967.  After this, he left to join the Stuttgart Ballett led by John Cranko. Kylián made his debut as a choreographer here with Paradox for the Noverre Gesellschaft. After having made three ballets for Nederlands Dans Theater (Viewers, Stoolgame, and La Cathédrale Engloutie), he became artistic director of the company in 1975. In 1978 he put Nederlands Dans Theater on the international map with Sinfonietta. That same year, together with Carel Birnie, he founded Nederlands Dans Theater II, which served as a bridge between school and professional company life and was meant to give young dancers the opportunity to develop their skills and talents and to function as a breeding ground for young talent. He also initiated Nederlands Dans Theater III in 1991, the company for older dancers, above forty years of age. This three-dimensional structure was unique in the world of dance. After an extraordinary record of service, Kylián handed over the artistic leadership in 1999, but he remained associated with the dance company as house choreographer until December 2009.

    Jiří Kylián has created nearly 100 works of which many are performed all over the world. Kylián has not only made works for Nederlands Dans Theater, but also for the Stuttgart Ballet, the Paris Opéra Ballet, Bayerisches Staatsoper Münich, Swedish television, and the Tokyo Ballet. Kylián has worked with many creative personalities of international stature. Composers: Arne Nordheim (Ariadne 1979) and Toru Takemitsu (Dream Time 1983). Designers: Walter Nobbe (Sinfonietta 1978), Bill Katz (Symphony of Psalms 1978), John Macfarlane (Forgotten Land 1980), Michael Simon (Stepping Stones 1991), Atsushi Kitagawara (One of a Kind 1998), Susumu Shingu (Toss of a Dice 2005), and Yoshiki Hishinuma (Zugvögel 2009).

    In the summer of 2006, together with film director Boris Paval Conen, he created the film Car-Men. It was choreographed on location on the surface brown coal mines of the Czech Republic. In 2010, Kylián served as mentor in dance in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. In 2013, together with Boris Paval Conen and NTR, he created the film Between Entrance & Exit, which was nominated as one of the contestants for the “Gouden Kalf” award during the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht. For the Aichi Trienalle 2013 in Nagoya, Japan, he created the full-evening dance/film production East Shadow, which was dedicated to the victims of the Tsunami in Japan. Together with the Czech film director Jan Maliř, he made the films Schwarzfahrer (2014) and his newest film Scalamare (2017) that was filmed on the steps of the famous Monumento ai Caduti in Ancona, Italy.

    Over the course of his career, Kylián received many international awards, including Officer of the Orange Order (Netherlands); an honorary doctorate (Julliard School New York), three Nijinsky Awards for best choreographer, company, and work (Monte Carlo); Benoit de la Dance (Moscow and Berlin); Honorary Medal of the President of the Czech Republic; Commander of the Legion d'honneur (France); and, in 2008, he was distinguished with one of the highest royal honors, the Medal of the Order for Arts and Science of the House of Orange given to him by Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Kylián received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of dance and theater by the Czech Ministry of Culture in Prague, and, in this same year, the documentary Forgotten Memories received the Czech Television Award. During the Celebrating Kylian! Festival in 2017, Kylián received the prestigious gold penning as honorary citizen of The Hague, the Netherlands. In September 2017, Kylián was awarded with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Prize, the Positano Premia La Danza Léonide Massine Award.