Possokhov’s Spanish-flavored “Don Quixote,” based lightly on Cervantes’ novel, will debut in Atlanta next February.
March 2018 will bring Marius Petipa’s Act III from “Swan Lake,” a timeless story of love, treachery and forgiveness. As with “Don Quixote,” the piece will include various styles of character dancing, a classical tradition that Atlanta Ballet has rarely performed in recent years, Nedvigin said. Also featuring the famous Black Swan pas de deux, this work will likely appeal to audiences ranging from ballet aficionados to fans of the Natalie Portman film “Black Swan.”
The March program will also feature a world premiere by Craig Davidson, a relatively young Australian-born choreographer. Nedvigin singled out his work from among many submissions. He respected Davidson’s training and repertory experience, as well as the artist’s musical taste and original style filled with boldly thrust lines, kinetic flow and bright musicality. Davidson’s style blends well with classical works, Nedvigin said, and he aims to commission a large company work that will link the season’s classical works with more contemporary ballets.
The Atlanta Ballet’s newly announced 2017-2018 season is the first fully curated lineup from artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Credit: Hyosub Shin
Credit: Hyosub Shin
In April 2018, the company will revive Naharin’s “Minus 16” and will present a new work by Atlanta Ballet company member Tara Lee. Also on the April bill, Welch’s “Tu Tu,” set to Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for Piano in G Major, subtly recalls George Gershwin’s music, and this will point to May’s concert, featuring George Balanchine’s “Who Cares?”
Inspired by Balanchine’s early collaborations with Gershwin, “Who Cares?” blends neoclassical ballet with 1930s-era Broadway glitz. It will offer a strong counterpart to a new work by Max Petrov of the Mariinsky Theatre and Helgi Tomasson’s “7 for Eight,” set to seven movements of four Bach concerti and built for eight dancers. The ballet is one of Tomasson’s most enduring works.
“It has a very romantic feel to it,” Nedvigin said of his former director’s ballet. At the same time, different couples, trios and solos interweave to create layered emotional texture and flair, Nedvigin said.
In the future, Nedvigin hopes to increase company ranks and expand its repertoire with a variety of notable works and new ballets. He also hopes to generate more interest in Atlanta Ballet — here and elsewhere — among dancers, critics, audiences and other directors, Nedvigin said. “I want their heads to turn toward us.”
ATLANTA BALLET’S 2017-2018 LINEUP
Dec. 8-28: “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” (with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra)
Feb. 2-11, 2018: “Don Quixote” (with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra)
Feb. 10-11, 2018: “Beauty and the Beast” one-hour family ballet
March 16-18, 2018: Act III from “Swan Lake” and a world premiere by Craig Davidson
April 13-15, 2018: “Tu Tu” by Stanton Welch, world premiere by Tara Lee, “Minus 16” by Ohad Naharin
May 11-13, 2018: “Who Cares?” by George Balanchine, “7 for Eight” by Helgi Tomasson, world premiere by Max Petrov
All performances will be at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, except "Nutcracker" at the Fox Theatre. Subscription packages are on sale, with single tickets available in late summer. 404-892-3303, atlantaballet.com.