Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Director's Choice

Director's Choice

Jessica He & Anderson Souza. Photo by Rachel Neville.

May 10-12, 2019 Director's Choice

  • Catch (World Premiere) Choreography by Liam Scarlett
  • Music: Violin Concerto No 1 by Philip Glass
  • ©1987 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.
  • With the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra Led by Tara Simoncic
  • Sum Stravinsky Choreography by Kiyon Ross
  • Music: Concerto in E-flat “Dumbarton Oaks" by Igor Stravinsky
  • With the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra Led by Tara Simoncic
  • Denouement Choreography by Gemma Bond
  • Music: Sonata in C, Op. 65 by Benjamin Britten
  • Shirley Irek, Piano, and Charae Krueger,Cello

To close out the season, Atlanta Ballet will present the Atlanta premiere of Sum Stravinsky by Kiyon Ross, Ballet Arkansas resident choreographer and a retired Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist. It is an effervescent work that The Boston Globe says, “bubbles constantly with engaging movement and overlapping groupings.”

May will include the return of Denouement, an original work created on Atlanta Ballet for the 16|17 Season by American Ballet Theatre’s Gemma Bond. A transcendent work brought to life by piano and cello accompaniment on stage, Denouement explores the passage of time and how a different choice at a pivotal moment in our life can set us on a trajectory that we never imagined.

Liam Scarlett, one of the biggest stars in ballet today and sought the world over, will also come back to Atlanta Ballet to create a new commission- Catch. The Company premiere of his ballet Vespertine in 2017 was an intoxicating and sensual powerhouse production that incited audible gasps of delight from the audience. His latest creation is set to Violin concerto No 1 by Philip Glass, which will be performed by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Be among the first to witness the unveiling of his next creation, which is sure to become a tour de force, signature work for Atlanta Ballet.

Run time is approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes, including 2 20-minute intermissions.

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  • 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.  Pre-paid parking is available for $12.00 through Parking Panda and AAA Parking for performances. Please note: the pre-paid parking option allows you a parking spot in the parking deck, not necessarily an assigned space. Day of parking will still be available for $10.00 (cash or credit). Valet parking is available for The Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet only for $15.00 (cash or credit card). Please do not park in the LA Fitness 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.

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    Special Needs
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  • Reviews

    Atlanta Ballet closes season with premiere of rising star’s ‘Catch’

    Cynthia Bond Perry, The Atlanta Journal-Constitutuion, 2019.04.25

    For his final spring project, Scarlett decided to let loose and make “Catch” a plotless ballet, focusing on pure movement and music, highlighting the brilliance of ballet’s athleticism. It’s a freeing choice that opens up worlds of possibilities and allows him to draw more inspiration from the music and dancers’ individual talents and personalities.


    7 reasons to see Atlanta Ballet's 'Director's Choice' this spring

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2019.04.15

    Atlanta Ballet has pushed the boundaries of dance for the past 89 years, a tradition exemplified by the upcoming "Director's Choice" production. Featuring three modern pieces by young choreographers, including a world premiere, the performance will feature live music and provide a stunning conclusion to the 2019 season.

  • Video

    Kiyon Ross' "Sum Stravinsky"

    Sum Stravinsky 10 Sec In-Studio

    Denouement 15 Sec

    Gemma Bond's "Denouement"

    An Onstage Look at Gemma Bond's "Denouement"

    Gemma Bond's "Denouement" featuring onstage footage

    Denouement 15 Sec In-Studio

    Liam Scarlett's "Catch"

    Atlanta Ballet's Director's Choice 2019

  • Catch Artistic & Design Team

    Liam Scarlett, Choreographer & Costume Designer

    English choreographer Liam Scarlett is The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence. His works for The Royal Ballet include Despite, Vayamos al Diablo, Consolations and Liebestraum (nominated for a Critics’ Circle Award), Asphodel Meadows (nominated for a South Bank Award and an Olivier Award, and winner of a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award), Sweet Violets, ‘Diana and Actaeon’ in Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, Hansel and Gretel, Jubilee pas de deux (in celebration of HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee), The Age of Anxiety, Summertime, Frankenstein (a co-production with San Francisco Ballet) and Symphonic Dances. In the 2017/18 Season he produces a new production of Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet.

    Scarlett was born in Ipswich and trained at the Linda Shipton School of Dancing before joining The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. While at the School he won both the Kenneth MacMillan and Ursula Moreton Choreographic Awards, and was the first recipient of the De Valois Trust Fund Choreographers’ Award. He graduated into The Royal Ballet in 2005, promoted to First Artist in 2008. He retired as a dancer in 2012, that year becoming The Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence.

    Scarlett’s work for other companies includes No Man’s Land (English National Ballet), Gargoyles and Funérailles (New York City Ballet), With a Chance of Rain (American Ballet Theatre), Vespertine, The Firebird and Carmen (Norweign National Ballet), A Misummer Night’s Dream (Royal New Zealand Ballet and Queensland Ballet), Viscera and Euphotic (Miami City Ballet), Hummingbird (San Francisco Ballet), Promenade Sentimentale (K-Ballet), Serpent (BalletBoyz: The Talent) and Hinterland and Indigo Children (Ballet Black). In 2016 he was appointed Artistic Associate at Queensland Ballet.

    Biography courtesy of Royal Opera House.

    Philip Glass, Composer, Violin concerto No 1

    Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.

    The operas – “Einstein on the Beach,” “Satyagraha,” “Akhnaten,” and “The Voyage,” among many others – play throughout the world’s leading houses, and rarely to an empty seat. Glass has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as “The Hours” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun,” while “Koyaanisqatsi,” his initial filmic landscape with Godfrey Reggio and the Philip Glass Ensemble, may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since “Fantasia.” His associations, personal and professional, with leading rock, pop and world music artists date back to the 1960s, including the beginning of his collaborative relationship with artist Robert Wilson. Indeed, Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music – simultaneously.

    He was born in 1937 and grew up in Baltimore. He studied at the University of Chicago, the Juilliard School and in Aspen with Darius Milhaud. Finding himself dissatisfied with much of what then passed for modern music, he moved to Europe, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger (who also taught Aaron Copland , Virgil Thomson and Quincy Jones) and worked closely with the sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar. He returned to New York in 1967 and formed the Philip Glass Ensemble – seven musicians playing keyboards and a variety of woodwinds, amplified and fed through a mixer.

    The new musical style that Glass was evolving was eventually dubbed “minimalism.” Glass himself never liked the term and preferred to speak of himself as a composer of “music with repetitive structures.” Much of his early work was based on the extended reiteration of brief, elegant melodic fragments that wove in and out of an aural tapestry. Or, to put it another way, it immersed a listener in a sort of sonic weather that twists, turns, surrounds, develops.

    There has been nothing “minimalist” about his output. In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty five operas, large and small; twelve symphonies; three piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris’s documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.

    Biography courtesy of philipglass.com.

    David Finn, Lighting Designer

    Finn began his professional career as a lighting designer at age 16 working for the puppeteer Burr Tillstrom and Kukla, Fran & Ollie. David's previous work with Atlanta Ballet includes The Four SeasonsThe Exiled, and Camino Real (for which he also completed his first professional scenic design). His design credits for dance include The Nutcracker and Cinderella (Birmingham Royal Ballet), Romeo & Juliette for Sasha Waltz (Paris Opera Ballet), Swan Lake (Bayerisches Staatsballett), and works for renowned choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, James Kudelka, José Limón, Helgi Tomasson, Liam Scarlett, Yuri Possokhov, and Dana Reitz, as well as for leading international companies. David was the resident lighting designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project from 1993-2000. His opera work includes projects for the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala Milan, Salzburg Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper, La Monnaie (Brussels), Opera de Lyon, Opera Communale (Florence), Het Muziektheater (Amsterdam), Stuttgart Opera, Opera Australia, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and San Francisco Opera. For film, Finn’s work includes stage lighting for Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence and producer/director of the PBS documentary The Green Monster. David has designed two shows for Cirque du Soleil: ZED in Tokyo and MICHAEL JACKSON ONE in Las Vegas. Future plans include Les Troyens for The Lyric Opera of Chicago,Cosi fan Tutti for Opera Australia, a world premiere of The Little Prince for The National Ballet of Canada, and a world premiere of Frankenstein for The Royal Ballet.

  • Sum Stravinsky Artistic & Design Team

    Kiyon Ross, Choreographer

    Kiyon Ross is from Baltimore, Maryland. He trained at Baltimore School of the Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2001 and retired as a soloist in 2015.

    Mr. Ross has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Coppélia, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck, Bottom), Symphony in C and Symphony in Three Movements; Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge and Torque; Sonia Dawkins’ Ripple Mechanics; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels and Serious Pleasures; Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat and Rassemblement; William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced; Paul Gibson’s Sense of Doubt; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze (Six Dances); Mark Morris’ A Garden; Victor Quijada’s Suspension of Disbelief; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, Fancy Free and Glass Pieces; Kent Stowell’s Cinderella (Harlequin) and Silver Lining; and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs and Waterbaby Bagatelles. He originated leading roles in Gibson’s The Piano Dance, Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE … More or Less and Tharp’s Opus 111, and he originated a featured role in Dominique Dumais’ Time and other Matter. He has also been featured in Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, La Sonnambula and La Valse; Nicolo Fonte’s Within/Without; Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty; Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries; Stowell’s Firebird, Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet; and Paul Taylor’s Roses.

    Mr. Ross is also an established American choreographer. Since creating his first work in 2001, he has made ballets for PNB, PNB School, New York Choreographic Institute, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts and Spectrum Dance Theater.

    He currently teaches on the faculty of PNB School, works with PNB’s DanceChance program to bring classical dance training to the students of Seattle Public Schools, and he has been program manager of PNB’s annual NEXT STEP choreographers’ showcase since 2012. Mr. Ross is also an established American choreographer. Since creating his first work in 2001, he has made ballets for PNB, PNB School, New York Choreographic Institute, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts and Spectrum Dance Theater. Mr. Ross has been resident choreographer at Ballet Arkansas since 2015.

  • Denouement Artistic & Design Team

    Gemma Bond, Choreographer

    Gemma Bond got her first taste of choreography at the young age of 13 when she competed in The Royal Ballet’s Sir Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic Competition. She later returned to choreography when she joined American Ballet Theatre in 2008. From 2010 to the present, Ms. Bond has created three new ballets for ABT’s Choreographic Institute and various new works for New York Theatre Ballet, Intermezzo Ballet Company, the Hartt School, and the Columbia Collaborative. She choreographed a pas de deux that was performed at the prestigious Eric Bruhn Prize and a ballet that was performed at the Youth America Grand Prix Gala in 2014 Ms. Bond has also worked on commercial projects with 1stAveMachine. Bond was awarded a fellowship grant from The New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of New York City Ballet) in 2014. With this grant, Bond was able to create a new work titled The Giving. In 2016, Bond had her first solo show in New York City with Danspace Project called HARVEST. She also created a new ballet for American Ballet Theatre Studio Company.

    Joseph R. Walls, Lighting Designer

    Joseph Walls has designed several pieces for Atlanta Ballet, including Yury Yanowsky’s AON <All or Nothing>, Ricardo Amarante’s The PremiereLa Sylphide, Gemma Bond’s Denouement, Tara Lee’s blink and Andrea Miller’s Push. He has also designed for STEPS Panama, Staibdance, Ballet West, Inland Pacific Ballet, Charlotte Ballet and The Washington Ballet at the Kennedy Center. This past summer, Walls designed for Sundance Mountain Resort’s Summer Theatre.

    He has been nominated for the prestigious Premios Escena award for best lighting design in Panama City, Panama. In January, Mr. Walls designed the lighting for the weeklong World Youth Day 2019 celebration with Pope Francis in Panama. Mr. Walls recently designed The Washington Ballet’s evening of Three World Premieres with Trey McIntyre, Dana Genshaft and Ethan Stiefel. www.jwallsdesign.com

    James Whiteside, Costume Designer

    Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, James Whiteside began his training at age nine at the D'Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre, where guest faculty included Charles Kelley, Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens. He continued his training at the Virginia School of the Arts for one year under the direction of Petrus Bosman and David Keener. In 2002, Whiteside joined Boston Ballet II, where he continued to train under the tutelage of its director Raymond Lukens, now director of ABT's National Training Curriculum. Whiteside joined the corps de ballet of Boston Ballet in 2003 and became a second soloist in 2006. He was promoted to first soloist in 2008 and to principal dancer with Boston Ballet in 2009.

    Whiteside's repertoire with Boston Ballet included principal roles in George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Coppélia, Ballo della Regina, Rubies, The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic), Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares?, Serenade, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Symphony in 3 and La Valse; Maina Gielgud's Giselle; Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker and Swan Lake; John Cranko's Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet; Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda Act III; Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies; Jiří Kylián's Bella Figura, Sarabande, Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze; Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room; and Mark Morris' Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. He created roles in Jorma Elo's Brake the Eyes, Plan to B, Carmen, Slice to Sharper and In On Blue; Helen Pickett's Eventide and Etesian; and Mark Morris' Up & Down.

    Whiteside joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist in September 2012 and was named a principal dancer in October 2013. His repertoire with the Company includes Solor in La Bayadère; the Prince in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella; Conrad and Ali the Slave in Le Corsaire; Bryaxis in Daphnis and Chloe; Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote; Oberon in The Dream; the third sailor in Fancy Free; Colas in La Fille mal gardée; Albrecht in Giselle; Astrologer in The Golden Cockerel; Lescaut in Manon; the Nutcracker Prince in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker; Iago in Othello; Romeo in Romeo and Juliet; Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty; Prince Siegfried and von Rothbart (Ballroom) in Swan Lake; Orion in Sylvia; Caliban in The Tempest; Prince Coffee in Whipped Cream; leading roles in Bach Partita, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Duo Concertant, Chamber Symphony, Her Notes, Raymonda Divertissements, Symphonic Variations, Symphony in C, Theme and Variations and Valse Fantaisie; and featured roles in Gong, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, In the Upper Room and Sinfonietta. He created role of The Man in AfterEffect and leading roles in Serenade after Plato's Symposium and With a Chance of Rain.

    James Whiteside is also known for his theatrical personas JbDubs, pop-dance artist, and Ühu Betch, part of the hilarious drag posse The Dairy Queens.

  • Music

    World Premiere
    Violin concerto No 1 by Philip Glass
    ©1987 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.
    Performed by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, under the direction of Tara Simoncic

    Sum Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky
    Concerto in E-flat; “Dumbarton Oaks 8-v-1938,” 1937-1938; and Octet, 1923
    Performed by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, under the direction of Tara Simoncic

    Denouement
    Benjamin Britten
    Sonata in C, Op. 65
    Performed by Shirley Irek on piano and Charae Krueger on cello

  • Program Notes

    Sum Stravinsky

    Music by Igor Stravinsky
    Choreography by Kiyon Ross

    In 2012, Kiyon Ross was asked by Peter Boal, artistic director of Pacific Northwest Ballet, to create a ballet to music by Igor Stravinsky. Stravinsky rose to fame composing for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the same artistic maelstrom that brought together George Balanchine, Léon Bakst, Coco Chanel, and Pablo Picasso, among others.

    Thus, Stravinsky might appear an obvious choice for a ballet, but Ross had not connected with Stravinsky’s music in the past. Ross saw the challenge as a positive and set off to find a Stravinsky score that felt “danceable” to him.

    He landed on Concerto in E-flat “Dumbarton Oaks.” Composed during Stravinsky’s neoclassical period and influenced by Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos," Ross was drawn to the unique characteristics of each of the three movements in the score. Ross describes each movement as bright, sensuous, and driving, respectively.

    Ross received a large portion of his training at the School of American Ballet, founded in part by George Balanchine. You will likely notice the influence of Balanchine’s neoclassical aesthetic in Ross’ Sum Stravinsky. Specifically, watch for the athleticism, how quickly the dancers must attack phrases while also stretching each position to its physical limit.

    Premiere: November 3, 2012, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Center, Seattle, Wash.

    Sum Stravinsky music by Igor Stravinsky, Concerto in E-flat “Dumbarton Oaks.” By arrangement with G. Schirmer, INC. publisher and copyright owner.


    Denouement
    Music by Benjamin Britten
    Choreography by Gemma Bond

    Atlanta Ballet was proud to provide Gemma Bond with her first commission from a professional company for the creation of Denouement during the 2016|2017 Season.

    Shortly after the world premiere of Denouement, Bond spoke to Dance Magazine about what “drives” her choreography:

    "For me it's about the intent behind the steps—Why are you running to the corner? What are you saying when you run to the corner? How fast are you running? I want the audience to get the feeling behind the steps without having to look at a synopsis. I think it's because when I was younger I was watching Kenneth MacMillan's ballets, and I loved that way of telling a story."

    In creating Denouement, Bond found inspiration from two muses, author Adam Phillips and composer Benjamin Britten.

    The idea for the ballet emerged for Bond after she read Adam Phillip’s book Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life. Bond made a major life change early in her career when she chose to leave London and The Royal Ballet to move to the United States and join American Ballet Theatre. As we all do, Bond would reflect from time to time on the “what if?” What if she had stayed in London? Where would she be now?

    After finding the germinating idea for her piece, she went in search of a score and found Benjamin Britten’s Sonata in C, Op. 65. Bond has described Britten’s score as “gorgeously seductive and extremely complex,” and she connected with the parallel between herself creating Denouement, her first ballet for a professional ballet company, and Britten composing Sonata in C, Op. 65, one of his first commissioned works.

    Premiere: March 17, 2017, Atlanta Ballet, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, Ga.

    Denouement music by Benjamin Britten, Sonata in C, Op. 65. By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.


    Catch
    World Premiere

    Music by Philip Glass
    Choreography by Liam Scarlett

    Due to the success of his choreographic career, Liam Scarlett made the decision at the young age of 26 to retire from performing. Less than 10 years later, Scarlett is regarded as one of the greatest choreographers working today.

    Coming off the creation of four narrative ballets, including a full-length Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet, Scarlett was intrigued and excited to create a ballet without a story line. Titled Catch, this world premiere is focused on the movement. The costumes, which Scarlett designed himself, are pared down and simple to better reveal every precise detail of his choreography.

    In speaking to Cynthia Bond Perry for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Scarlett enthused:

    "It’s quite liberating after doing intense narrative works to just completely ‘let rip.’ It’s nice to kind of feel that abandonment, and once we do that, all I’m going to be saying to [the dancers] is more, more, more."

    For the music, Scarlett selected one of Philip Glass’ most iconic works, Violin Concerto No 1. Commissioned in 1987 by the American Composers Orchestra, the work was Glass’ first non-theatrical orchestral composition. He wrote the piece for his father and his father’s ear. He wanted it to be approachable. Glass’ work is so beloved that there may be those in the Director’s Choice audience who attend just to hear his score performed live.

    Speaking in 2012 with The Independent, Scarlett described his relationship with music as follows:

    There should always be a connection with the music. Even if it's something minimal, there has to be a relationship between what's happening in the pit and what's happening on stage – and it has to be visually acknowledged. That's my stamp that I like to put on a piece: that it somehow translates the music into real life.

    Premiere: May 10, 2019, Atlanta Ballet, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, Ga.

    Catch music: Violin Concerto No 1 by Philip Glass. ©1987 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.

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