Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Love Fear Loss

Love Fear Loss

Airi Igarashi & Keaton Leier. Photo by Charlie McCullers.

September 20-22, 2019 Love Fear Loss

  • Love Fear Loss Choreography by Ricardo Amarante
  • Music by Édith Piaf, Charles Dumont & Jacques Brel in the treatment of N. Chepurenko
  • Lighting Set by Joseph R. Walls
  • Piano by Shirley Irek
  • Vespertine Choreography by Liam Scarlett
  • Music by Bjarte Eike, John Dowland, Arcangelo Corelli, Francesco Geminiani
  • Costume Design by Liam Scarlett
  • Lighting Design by Michael Hulls
  • First Impulse Choreography by Claudia Schreier
  • A world premiere
  • Music by Eino Tamberg
  • Costume Design by Sylvie Rood
  • Lighting Design by Nicole Pearce
  • WOKE (excerpts) Choreography by Dwight Rhoden
  • Music by Various Artists
  • Costume Design by Christine Darch
  • Special Guest Performance by Complexions Contemporary Dance Ballet

To kick off the 90th anniversary season, Atlanta Ballet has assembled a program of emotionally-charged and intoxicatingly beautiful works.

Inspired by the poignant personal life of French singer Édith Piaf and her music, Brazilian choreographer Ricardo Amarante’s Love Fear Loss follows the love story of the late songstress through her classic works. Exploring the arc from the high of new love, through the fear of waning intimacy, to the ultimate tragic loss of her great love, Amarante’s work is a touching tribute that is both dazzling and heartbreaking. Ultimately, it is a celebration of the human condition and the beauty that arises from even the darkest moments in life.

After its 2017 North American debut in Atlanta, famed British choreographer Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine returns. This sensual powerhouse production incited audible gasps of delight from the audience from the moment the curtain rose on the arresting tableau. Hypnotic and alluring, it will thrill once again this fall.

Accompanying the fall lineup is the world premiere of First Impulse from rising, New York-based choreographer Claudia Schreier. A recent Princess Grace Award recipient for choreography, Schreier’s neoclassical style is rooted in contemporary ballet concepts with her work offering a grounded intimacy. The couple’s bodies yield to one another, morphing them into one form as limbs lock in sinuous embrace. This work was commissioned by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

The program will also include a special guest performance by Complexions Contemporary Ballet before the company’s founding artistic director, Dwight Rhoden, returns in February to create a world premiere on Atlanta Ballet. Complexions will be performing a compilation of excerpts from last year's premiere of WOKE. The music uses some original and sampled symphonic textures.

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.

    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. Click here for parking, dining, hotel, and additional venue information.

    Emergency Phone Number
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  • Seating Chart

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  • Video

    Liam Scarlett's "Vespertine" - Love Fear Loss Program 2019 | Atlanta Ballet

    Ricardo Amarante's "Love Fear Loss" | Atlanta Ballet

    Claudia Schreier's "First Impulse" - A Contemporary Ballet | Atlanta Ballet

  • Program
  • Casting
  • Program Notes

    Music by Bjarte Eike, John Dowland, Arcangelo Corelli, Francesco Geminiani
    Choreography by Liam Scarlett

    “Sometimes the most fruitful, innovative pieces that you create are the ones [where] the guidelines are more specific, and you’re asked to create something…that has a thematic response to an inspirational device that you’ve been given, not chosen.”

    -Liam Scarlett speaking about Vespertine in 2019

    In 2013, the Norwegian National Ballet commissioned Liam Scarlett to create Vespertine for Barokk Bevegelse, a contemporary Baroque music and dance festival. As Scarlett mentions above, by being given a structure within to work rather than relying on himself for the impetus, he was set free to create one of his most opulent and elegant works.

    Scarlett not only choreographed Vespertine, but he also designed the costumes and the lighting for the ballet. Each element supports and enhances the others to pull the audience into this contemporary ballet that calls to the Baroque period from around1600 to 1750.

    As was clear in Catch, the world premiere Scarlett created for Atlanta Ballet last May, duets feature prominently in his non-narrative works.  In 2013, Scarlett spoke with Wendy Perron of Dance Magazine about why he is so drawn to the duet:

    “The love story is one that can be understood universally…You place a couple on stage, and they look into one another’s eyes. And everyone suddenly connects with what they might be feeling.”

    Premiere:  November 15, 2013, Norwegian National Ballet, Oslo Opera House, Oslo, Norway.

    Love Fear Loss
    Music to the songs of Édith Piaf
    Arrangement by Nataliya Chepurenko
    Choreography by Ricardo Amarante

    Édith Piaf had one of the most recognizable voices in recorded music. Inspired by the intensity of Piaf’s life and the emotion she injected into each of her recordings, choreographer Ricardo Amarante created Love Fear Loss to piano arrangements of three of her most recognizable songs.

    Amarante transposed the feeling in Piaf’s voice, the love in “Hymne a l'amour,” the fear in “Ne me quitte pas,” and the loss in “Mon Dieu,” onto the dancers, who carry the emotional weight of the ballet.

    Amarante spoke about the creation process as he set Love Fear Loss on Atlanta Ballet:

    “I started with the simple idea that each pas de deux takes you through the experiences of a relationship, and I tried to showcase each feeling. It's all about feeling. I would close my eyes and feel the love[, fear, or loss] and then try to show it in a duet through movement. I would hear the songs and try to transport the lyrics to the movement along with the feeling.”

    Amarante retired from the stage in 2016 and now serves as resident choreographer and artistic associate for Astana Ballet in Kazakhstan. His works have been performed in theaters around the world, including New York, Paris, St Petersburg, Tokyo, Brussels, and Warsaw, among others.

    Premiere:  2012, Royal Ballet Flanders, Theater ’t Eilandje, Antwerp, Belgium.

    WOKE (excerpts)
    Choreography by Dwight Rhoden
    Guest performance by Complexions Contemporary Ballet

    Atlanta Ballet is thrilled to share the stage with Complexions Contemporary Ballet this September. Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Complexions began as a one-performance project for Founding Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson and has since flourished into a company whose mission is to, “bring unity to the world one dance at a time.”

    Speaking to Wendy Perron of Dance Magazine in 2016, Complexions Principle Choreographer Dwight Rhoden described the movement quality of a Complexion’s company dancer:

    “Complexions is about that counterpoint, about that contrast…where the legs are very classical, but the torso is pouring and falling and collapsing and liquid.”

    Rhoden also spoke with Haley Hilton of Dance Spirit magazine shortly before his ballet WOKE premiered earlier this year:

    “WOKE…is a physical reaction to the daily news. It's about awareness. It looks at social justice and all the different things we are dealing with in our changing world, from gun violence, to immigration, to LGBTQ rights, to women's rights. It doesn't make hard determinations on each subject, but it's a reaction to what we are dealing with.”

    Premiere:  February 26, 2019, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Joyce Theater, New York, New York.

    First Impulse
    A World Premiere
    Music by Eino Tamberg
    Choreography by Claudia Schreier

    Claudia Schreier has accomplished a great deal since embarking on her choreographic career just a few short years ago. She has choreographed on world-famous dancers like former New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan and current American Ballet Theatre soloist Calvin Royal III, she received the 2017 Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship at New York University, and she created ballets for Dance Theatre of Harlem and American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, among others.

    Her choreographic style fuses neoclassical technique with a contemporary vocabulary. Brian Seibert of The New York Times described her as:

    “[a] skilled and sophisticated choreographer who [is] attentive to music and musical form.”

    Atlanta Ballet is committed to moving the art form forward by commissioning new ballets, and we look forward to what Schreier has created on the Company.

    Premiere:  September 20, 2019, Atlanta Ballet, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, Georgia.

    This work was commissioned by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

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