Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Strike Your Fancy

Strike Your Fancy

May 13-15, 2022 Strike Your Fancy

Strike Your Fancy Casting
Saturday | May 14 | 2pm

Saturday | May 14 | 8pm

Sunday | May 15 | 2pm

Friday | May 13 | 8pm

Masks Now Optional at all Performances
COVID-19 Safety Policy

  • Paquita
  • Choreography by Marius Petipa
  • Music by Ludwig Minkus

A famed nineteenth-century classic celebrated for its demanding and intricate choreography, Paquita is a lavish feast for the eyes.

  • Schubertiada A World Premiere
  • Choreography by Sergio Masero
  • Costume Design by Abby Parker
  • Music by Franz Schubert

Called “...a beautiful musical dance maker” by ArtsATL, Company dancer Sergio Masero brings an all-new work to the stage, featuring a rarely-seen all-male corps de ballet.

  • Pleiades Dances
  • Choreography by Claudia Schreier
  • Music by Takashi Yoshimatsu
  • Excerpts from "Pleiades Dances" and "Vignettes"
  • Lighting Design by Joseph R. Walls
  • Costume Design by Atlanta Ballet Costume Shop

Following its triumphant premiere in Atlanta Ballet’s reimagined season of Silver Linings, Claudia Schreier’s Pleiades Dances makes its way to the theatre stage. “Speed and dynamic changes in direction are what bring the music, and the viewer alive.” —ArtsATL

  • 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
    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.

  • Seating Chart

    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

  • Video
  • Choreographers

    MARIUS PETIPA (Choreographer, Paquita) “The Father of Classical Ballet” (March 11, 1818—July 14, 1910), was from Marseilles, France and son of a fam-ily of artists. His father, Jean, was a ballet master, and his brother, Lucien, was a principal dancer and later a choreographer at the Paris Opéra. After many years of dancing throughout Europe, Petipa was offered a position as principal dancer in St. Petersburg in 1847. There he apprenticed under ballet masters Jules Perrot and then Arthur Saint-Léon. In 1870, Saint-Léon left Russia, and Petipa was named chief ballet master. Petipa was the architect of greatness at the Imperial Ballet during the last thirty years of the 19th century; he developed the opulent, multi-act evening-length spectacle, which was to set the pattern for the entertainments so loved by the court audience. It was this grand classical style of controlled emotion (stressing the formal values of clarity, harmony, symmetry, and order) that produced such successes as Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Raymonda, and the ultimate — Sleeping Beauty. One of Petipa’s greatest contributions to classical ballet was the crystallization of the pas de deux, which always has a well-defined structure in his ballets consisting of the opening adagio for the ballerina and her partner followed by variations for each dancer. The two dancers again join in the concluding coda, which usually contains a display of pyrotechnics. Contributed by Nathan Hites, 2017.

    CLAUDIA SCHREIER (Choreographer-in-Residence) has directed and produced for dance, opera and film across the U.S. and internationally. She has been commissioned by Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Vail Dance Festival and Juilliard Opera, among others. Pleiades Dances (2021) is the second of three ballets Schreier has created for Atlanta Ballet. Her first, First Impulse, was named a 2019 Standout Performance by Pointe Magazine, and her third, Fauna, premiered in February 2022. In 2021, she released Force of Habit, a film commissioned by Guggenheim Works & Process and co-presented by Atlanta Ballet. She has contributed to programs at the White House, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, including the Kennedy Center Honors. Her work is the subject of two documentaries, most recently PBS’s Emmy Award-winning “Dancing on the Shoulders of Giants” (Capital Region). She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, Toulmin Fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, Lotos Prize, and Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize.

    SERGIO MASERO (Choreographer, Schubertiada) is originally from Madrid, Spain. He received his ballet training from Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza “Mariemma” and San Franciso Ballet School. Since early in his career, the world of choreography has always appealed to Masero and he has seized every opportunity that has presented itself. His works include, La Follia and At the Ballet for Ballet Memphis; Annie, a full-length ballet commissioned by the Dance Academy of Bartlett; Forced Perspective and Tintinare, for galas with Northwest Florida Ballet; and most recently, his original work, Teneo Integrum for Atlanta Ballet. Masero is looking forward to growing his career as a choreographer and is thrilled to be able to create another new work for Atlanta Ballet.

  • Designers

    JOSEPH R. WALLS (Lighting Designer, Pleiades Dances) recently designed world premieres for Sophie Laplane and Juliano Nunes at Ballet West. In addition, designed Ethan Stiefel’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at American Repertory Ballet and a new lighting design for Orlando Ballet’s Nutcracker and Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet. Walls designed Dana Genshaft’s Orpheus for The Washington Ballet exclusively created for Marquee TV. He has designed the lighting for numerous original works with choreographers who include Jessica Lang, Trey McIntyre, Ethan Stiefel, John Heginbotham, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Dana Genshaft, Andrea Miller, Yury Yanowsky, Ricardo Amarante, Gemma Bond and Dwight Rhoden. Internationally, Walls works with STEPS of Panama and recently designed Marlyn Attie’s Crush at the National Theatre of Panamá with support from the United States Embassy. Walls was nominated for the prestigious Premios Escena award for best lighting design for his lighting and scenic design of Rent in Panama. Walls also designed the weeklong celebration with Pope Francis – The World Youth Day. Other design collaborations include those with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, The Washington Ballet, Utah Metropolitan Ballet, staibdance, Inland Pacific Ballet, Chautauqua Dance, Ballet Spartanburg, The Charlotte Ballet, Roswell Dance Theatre, Komasnsé Dance Theater, as well as Sundance Summer Theatre productions.

    ATLANTA BALLET COSTUME SHOP (Costume Designer, Pleiades Dances) is currently comprised of five people: Colleen McGonegle – costume director; Susan Carter – costume technician and construction supervisor; Chloé Gervais – costume technician; Abby Parker – costume technician and shoe manager; and Abby Dupree Polston – costume technician and patternmaker. Collectively they bring over 70 years of costuming experience to Atlanta Ballet, with each person bringing their own unique and valuable skill set. During Gennadi Nedvigin’s tenure with Atlanta Ballet, the Costume Shop has supervised costumes for 35 ballets for the Company, building 14 of those shows from scratch. Given Nedvigin’s vision to bring new works to Atlanta, the Costume Shop has also constructed costumes from brand new designs for three to four world premieres a season. Last March, when the season was suspended, the Costume Shop saw that there was an urgent need for people who could sew. Within a week, they switched from making tutus to making masks, beginning their months-long production of personal protective equipment (PPE). During the spring and early summer, the Costume Shop provided 3290 masks, 250 scrub caps and 1457 gowns to 26 local hospitals, including Grady, Emory, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Wellstar. The Costume Shop has recently designed the costumes for Bruce Wells’ Atlanta Ballet 2 presents Beauty and the Beast and The Swan Princess and have been working on refreshing Snow White. Having had the opportunity to work with Claudia Schreier on the build of the costumes for First Impulse the Costume Shop was excited to get the opportunity to collaborate with her on not only the build, but also the design of her new piece Pleiades Dances.

    ABBY PARKER (Costume Designer, Schubertiada) has been a theatrical costume designer in the Atlanta area for over 15 years, and she has been conceptualizing and custom building dance costumes for private individ-uals and studios since 2018. She is the Company Shoe Manager, Wardrobe Supervisor, and a Costume Technician for Atlanta Ballet, as well as the unofficial “Therapy Mom” for many of the dancers. This will be her first official design for Atlanta Ballet, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to work with Sergio Masero as a choreographer and to crack her creative knuckles at this project.

    BEN RAWSON (Lighting Designer, Paquita and Schubertiada) is an At-lanta-based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance, member USA 829. Theatrical/Opera design work can be seen at The Alliance Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Atlanta Opera, Glimmer-glass Opera, Theatrical Outfit, Actors Express, Aurora Theatre, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, 7 Stages and Synchronicity Theatre. Dance design work includes collaborations with choreographers Ana Maria Lucaciu, Troy Schumacher and Danielle Agami, as well as with Atlanta Ballet, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, Fly on a Wall, staibdance, Bluebird Uncaged, Proia Dance Project and Emily Cargill and Dancers. Ben has also worked across the country as an associate and assistant lighting designer for San Diego Opera (CA), The Alliance Theatre (GA), Berkshire Theatre Festival (MA), Atlanta Opera (GA), Utah Opera (UT), Atlanta Ballet (GA) and Playmakers Repertory Company (NC).

    WESTERN-LI SUMMERTON (Accompanist, Pleiades Dances) is a pianist based in Atlanta Georgia. Born in Bellingham, Washington, Summerton has studied with renowned pianists throughout the Pacific Northwest including Judith Widrig, Ralph Markham, Kenneth Broadway, Anita King, Jean-David Coen, and Hwakyu Lee; as well as compositional studies with Renee Favand-See and Kenji Bunch. Summerton has performed in various solo, chamber, choral, and orchestral settings, including Mendelsohn’s two piano arrangement of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Bodyvox, and The Portland Ballet’s production of Stravinsky’s The Firebird. Summerton has an extensive history in collaboration between music and dance. He has played for many companies across the country, including The Portland Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, NW Dance Project, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and United Ballet Theatre. In 2021, Summerton was invited to play classes for Royal Danish Ballet and Hungarian National Ballet. He currently serves as the Company Accompanist/Music Administration Coordinator for Atlanta Ballet. Summerton holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance with a minor in business from Portland State University.

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