“Not only will the expansion allow us to adopt a robust array of world-class repertoire,” Jacobus said, “but it will also contribute to a transformational change that will help establish Atlanta Ballet as a cornerstone organization of the highest quality and stature.”
This fall, Atlanta Ballet will add six new positions to its main company and four to its second company, Atlanta Ballet 2. Nedvigin hopes that the company expansion will “extend our platforms and audience, not just in metro Atlanta, but beyond to neighboring states and nationally.” In this way, Nedvigin hopes to attract more students to the school as well as funds to sustain the larger company into the future.
Next season’s repertoire ranges from “La Sylphide,” one of the oldest surviving ballets from the Romantic era, to three new commissions (in addition to “The Nutcracker”), including a world premiere by Liam Scarlett, one of today’s most sought-after ballet choreographers.
The season will begin in September, the company’s first fall mainstage production since 2011. The mixed bill will feature Jiri Kylian’s 1975 masterwork “Return to a Strange Land,” a new piece by Ricardo Amarante, and Mauro Bigonzetti’s “Vertigo,” a stark contemporary duet performed by members of the Czech National Ballet.
Next March, Atlanta Ballet will reprise Alexander Ekman’s “Cacti,” shown here in its 2015 Atlanta Ballet premiere. CONTRIBUTED BY CHARLIE MCCULLERS / ATLANTA BALLET
Spring repertory highlights include a revival of Alexander Ekman's "Cacti," a humorous poke at high-brow conceptual art, and the company premiere of Mark Morris' large-cast "Sandpaper Ballet," which the San Francisco Chronicle described as "a light and slight, delightfully loopy sprawl of a pop dance."
Mark Morris’ “Sandpaper Ballet,” shown here in a Pittsburgh Ballet production, will receive its Atlanta Ballet premiere next March. CONTRIBUTED BY RICH SOFRANKO
ATLANTA BALLET’S 2018-19 LINEUP
Sept. 14-16: Jiri Kylian's "Return to a Strange Land," world premiere by Ricardo Amarante, Mauro Bigonzetti's "Vertigo" performed by members of the Czech National Ballet
Dec. 8-24: Yuri Possokhov's "The Nutcracker" (with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra)
Feb. 15-23, 2019: "La Sylphide" (with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra)
Feb. 21-24, 2019: "Beauty and the Beast" one-hour family ballet
March 22-24, 2019: "Cacti" by Alexander Ekman, "Sandpaper Ballet" by Mark Morris, world premiere by Yury Yanowsky (with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra)
April (dates TBD): Program at Byers Theatre, Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center
Next season, Atlanta Ballet will reprise “Denouement,” by rising choreographer Gemma Bond. CONTRIBUTED BY KIM KENNEY / ATLANTA BALLET
May 10-12, 2019: "Denouement" by Gemma Bond, "Sum Stravinsky" by Kiyon Gaines, world premiere by Liam Scarlett (with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra)
All performances will be at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, except "Nutcracker" at the Fox Theatre and April's production at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. Subscription packages are on sale, with single tickets available in late summer. 404-892-3303, atlantaballet.com.
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