Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Heart/Beat

Heart/Beat

Gospel, Brubeck & Rhythms of the City

Juliana Missano and Jonathan Philbert. Photo by Gene Schiavone.

February 7-15, 2020 Heart/Beat

  • Tuplet Choreography by Alexander Ekman
  • Music by Mikael Karlsson & Victor Feldman ("Fly Me to the Moon")
  • Elemental Brubeck Choreography by Lar Lubovitch
  • Music by Dave Brubeck
  • World Premiere Choreography by Dwight Rhoden
  • Arrangement and Original Music by Kevin Johnson
  • Special Musical Guests Members of the Spelman College Glee Club, Golden Gate Quartet, Lydia Pace, and more

The sweeping rhythms and infectious energy of jazz music intertwine the three works making their Atlanta Ballet debuts in February.

Alexander Ekman returns with Tuplet, an explosive and inventive work. Using the dancers bodies as percussion instruments, they create their own driving tempos that, when intermixed with popular jazz standards and an original electronic track, create an immersive, multi-sensory experience.


Lar Lubovitch’s Elemental Brubeck - Swaying hips, and breathtaking leaps and turns channel the iconic style of Dave Brubeck's rhythmically complex music. "A toe tapping good time, provides “a festive, knockout display, joyously evoking some of the greatest moments of American dance on film…” (The San Francisco Chronicle).

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A World Premiere by Dwight Rhoden -  This world premiere contemporary ballet is set to beloved Negro spirituals, gospel songs, and newly composed music. Themes of faith, devotion, love and loss power the movement as the ballet explores a universal message of humanity and compassion. A collaborative new work set to music that expresses the heart and soul of the African-American experience. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • 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.

    Emergency Phone Number
    The 24-hour public safety number for the Cobb Energy Centre is 770.916.2911. 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

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  • Seating Chart

    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

  • Tuplet Choreographer & Designers

    Photo by Ann Ray.

    ALEXANDER EKMAN (Choreographer) is an international choreographer and director creating pieces for opera houses, theatres and museums. He also directs films and music videos, as well as live performances in pop-up locations. Ekman is known for his fast-paced timing, witty humor and clever transitions. He aims to create work with which the majority can relate and connect. Since 2006, he has devoted his time to creating pieces that both entertain and question the observer. He aims to transform the atmosphere in the audience and to always surprise and entertain the audience. Around 50 dance companies worldwide have performed pieces by Ekman, such as Royal Swedish Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, Goteborg Ballet, Iceland Dance Company, Bern Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, Ballet de l’Opera du Rhin, The Norwegian National Ballet, Boston Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Sydney Dance Company, The Royal Ballet of Denmark and Vienna Ballet. He has also created for festivals such as the French Europa Danse and the Athens International Dance Festival.
    To learn more about Ekman’s work, follow him on Instagram (@Ekman) or visit alexekman.com.

    “A master of comic timing” - Financial Times

    “Playful and humane…humor, style, and charm” - The

    Village Voice

    “Silly, clever and knowing” - The Guardian

    “Brilliant!” – The New York Times

    “Witty, effervescent, playful, surreal and joyously physical” -

    The Australian

    ANA MARIA LUCACIU (Stager) was born in Bucharest, Romania. After graduating from the National Ballet School of Canada, she joined Canada’s National Ballet and went on to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet, Augsburg Ballet (Germany), The Portuguese Contemporary Dance Company (Lisbon) and, most recently, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York, where she danced for seven years. Lucaciu has performed and created works with contemporary dance’s foremost choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiři Kylian, Alexander Ekman, Jo Stromgren, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and many others. Holder of a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from Empire State College, she collaborates and performs with a wide range of artists and companies, and she freelances as a dancer and choreographer in her own right. Lucaciu teaches ballet, contemporary and improvisation workshops at professional programs and dance companies across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Lucaciu assisted Crystal Pite on the Polaris Project at New York City Center. She currently assists Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman with new creations and stages his work around the world.

  • Elemental Brubeck Choreographer

    Photo by New York City Dance Project.

    LAR LUBOVITCH (Choreographer) is one of America’s most versatile, popular, and widely seen choreographers. He founded the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in 1968. Over the past 50 years, the company has gained an international reputation as one of America’s top dance companies. Celebrated for both its choreographic excellence and its unsurpassed dancing, the company has created more than 120 new dances and performed before millions throughout the United States and in more than 40 foreign countries. The company’s dances have also been performed by many other major companies throughout the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, and many others.  For ice-dancing, Lubovitch has created works for Olympians, including John Curry, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Brian Orser, JoJo Starbuck, and Paul Wylie, and he has created feature-length ice-dance specials for television: “The Planets” for A&E (nominated for an International Emmy Award, a Cable Ace Award, and a Grammy Award) and “The Sleeping Beauty” for PBS and Anglia TV, Great Britain.  His work for theater and film includes Sondheim/ Lapine’s Into the Woods (Tony Award nomination), The Red Shoes (Astaire Award), the Tony Award-winning revival of The King and I on Broadway and in London’s West End, Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin, and Robert Altman’s movie The Company (American Choreography Award). In 2016, he premiered a new dance based on the Pushkin poem, “The Bronze Horseman,” for the Mikhailovsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. Together with Jay Franke, in 2007 Lubovitch created and curated the Chicago Dancing Festival, launched in collaboration with the City of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art.  For 10 seasons, the festival presented five days of performances taking place in four major theatres in downtown Chicago, and featured a national roster of leading American dance companies. The festival was seen every August by an audience of 20,000 people and was presented entirely free to the public. In 2007, he was named Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, and in 2008 he was similarly named by Chicago Magazine. In 2011, he was designated a Ford Fellow by United States Artists and also received the Dance/USA Honors Award. In 2012, his dance “Crisis Variations” was awarded the Prix Benois de la Danse for outstanding choreography at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. In 2013, the American Dance Guild honored him for lifetime achievement, and in 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by The Juilliard School in New York City. In 2016, he received the Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement and the Dance Magazine Award; he was named one of America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures by the Dance Heritage Coalition; and he was appointed a Distinguished Professor of Dance at UC/Irvine. In honor of his company's 50th anniversary, in 2018 he was presented with the Martha Graham Award for lifetime achievement.

  • Dwight Rhoden World Premiere Choreographer & Designers

    DWIGHT RHODEN (Choreographer) established a remarkably wide-ranging career, earning distinction from The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.” In 1994, Rhoden co-founded Complexions Contemporary Ballet with legendary dancer Desmond Richardson. Rhoden has created over 80 ballets for Complexions, as well as pieces for numerous other companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Arizona, The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, BalletMet, The Dance Theater of Harlem, Colorado Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet, Ballet Nice, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet Principals, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Rome Opera Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, The Washington Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, among others. In addition, Rhoden has also directed and choreographed performances for shows across a range of media, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” E! Entertainment’s “Tribute to Style,” Amici Dance Theatre Company, and Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity, “The Great Gatsby,” and various feature films. He has collaborated with and created works for a number of celebrated artists, including Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson, ELEW, David Rozenblatt, Nicholas Payton, The Drifters, Paul Simon, Billy Strayhorn, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, U2, David Bowie and Stevie Wonder. Rhoden is a recipient of various honors and awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Award, and induction into the NYFA Hall of Fame, The Choo San Goh Award for Choreography and The Ailey School’s Apex Award. Rhoden recently received an honorary doctorate degree from the Boston Conservatory in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of dance.

    CHRISTINE DARCH (Costume Designer) has designed for Complexions Contemporary Ballet since 2006. She has designed and built costumes and sets for choreographers Julia Adam, Jennifer Archibald, Marc Brew, Val Caniparoli, Alison Cook Beatty, Robert Dekkers, Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, Jodie Gates, Adam Hougland, Jae Man Joo, James Kudelka, Gabrielle Lamb, Edwaard Liang, Stephen McMahon, Matthew Neenan, David Palmer, Gina Patterson, Brian Reeder, Amy Seiwert, Merian Soto and Septime Webre. Ms. Darch has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey, Astana Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Axis, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Hawaii, Ballet Memphis, Charlotte Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Houston Ballet, Imagery, Israel Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Madco, Marin Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Le Ballet Nice Mediterranee, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Post:Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, The Washington Ballet and BalletX. She lives in East Northport, N.Y., with acclaimed classical American ballet composer Matthew Pierce.