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8 A Bit of Scottish Magic A tlanta Ballet introduces audiences to one of the oldest classical pieces in existence. By Janet Roberts

La Sylphide Feb. 15-23

IN THIS ISSUE … 12 The Beach Boys

20 Atlanta Ballet 2 presents Beauty & The Beast

2:30 p.m. Jan. 20

14 Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox 8 p.m. Jan. 23

16 Chinese Acrobats of Hebei 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24

18 The Atlanta Opera: Dead Man Walking Feb. 2-10

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22 Upcoming Events


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lot. Valet parking is available for The Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet only. $8 day of park fee; $12 prepay option; $15 valet (cash or credit card). Restrooms: Located on house right and house left of all three lobbies. Family restrooms are located on house right of all three lobbies. Mobility-impaired patrons may use any of our restrooms. Smoking: Smoking is prohibited inside the building. Please use the terrace exit to step outside and smoke. Special assistance: Persons requiring access assistance are asked to contact the box office at 770.916.2850 for advance arrangements. Audio clarification devices are available to our hearing-impaired guests at no charge. This is on a first-come, firstserved basis. A limited number of booster seats are also available. Wheelchairs are available upon request. All items require a form of identification to be held until the item is returned.

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SCOTTISH MAGIC Atlanta Ballet introduces audiences to one of the oldest classical pieces in existence. By Janet Roberts


t’s not often that a remake outshines the original, but that’s what happened in the ballet world with choreographer August Bournonville’s classical Romanticera La Sylphide, which Atlanta Ballet brings to the stage this winter. It’s set amid the mists and moors of the Scottish Highlands, and tells a story of fantasy, love and betrayal. A young farmer named James, on the night before his wedding, falls in love with a sylph, a fairy-like creature,



and abandons his betrothed. Does the enchantment end happily ever after or in tragedy? No spoilers here. You’ll have to see for yourself how it turns out, but we can share why artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin chose La Sylphide to follow the company’s brandnew $3.7 million telling of The Nutcracker. “La Sylphide is one of the oldest classical ballets in existence,” he says. “It will be a new introduction to audiences in Atlanta, and I thought it would be a great introduction to ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM



show where the ballet took its roots.” A bit of background. The original ballet, based on a French story by Charles Nodier, was created in 1832 by Italian dancer and choreographer Filippo Taglioni for his ballerina daughter, Marie. Bournonville adapted Taglioni’s work four years later and added a score by 19-year-old Norwegian composer Herman Severin Løvenskiold. Critics of the day considered the Bournonville version superior; today it’s the only surviving version. Marie Taglioni’s role in the ballet’s history is notable for other reasons, Nedvigin says. “She was the one who introduced pointe shoes to the ballet world, but also her style of

dance was controversial for that time. Based on that, I thought there would not be a better way to introduce the beginnings of classical ballet.” The La Sylphide that metro audiences will see for six performances is staged by Danish choreographer Johan Kobborg, formerly a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet. Nedvigin applauds Kobborg’s “immaculate technique in performances and the high quality of his work” in adapting Bournonville’s work for today’s dancers. Kobborg has staged the piece internationally for such companies as Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and the Bolshoi Ballet. “We are the



next in line,” Nedvigin says. The cast hadn’t been announced at our deadline but will comprise only Atlanta Ballet dancers, Nedvigin says. Kobborg will be in residence to work with them. “It is my goal to use our own talents, and we are succeeding very well,” Nedvigin says. “Atlanta saw our rising stars in Nutcracker, so La Sylphide will further show our talents.” To his regret, Nedvigin says, he did not perform in La Sylphide during his own dancing career although he did once dance the James role in a pas de deux at a gala performance. “I always wanted to do a full performance but missed out,” he says. “But, when I retired

from the stage, I said, ‘I will be on the stage with my dancers, and part of me will go onstage with them.’ ” Opening the day after Valentine’s Day might seem odd timing given that James, the central character, dumps fiancée Effie in favor of a fairy who charms him into the woods, but Nedvigin says the tale is a love story at its core. “It is also a fairy tale, a story of two worlds,” he says. “It’s the perfect time of the year to share this imaginative story with people we love. And it’s a great piece for people to come and live in the world of fairy tales, with a little bit of magic, and to feel as if they’re going back into their childhoods.”



THE BEACH BOYS | 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20



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t’s going to happen, sooner or later. At some point during a Postmodern Jukebox concert, you’ll find yourself listening to the vocalists, enjoying the sounds coming from real instruments like brass, a harp and piano, and feeling as if you’ve time-hopped into a basement café in 1920s Greenwich Village. Then you realize that the chanteuse is crooning “Purple Rain.” As in Prince’s classic anthem. Or the group is harmonizing on Hansen’s 1990s teenybopper tune “MMMBop.” And, wait — can it be? Yes. “Oops! ... I Did It Again!” Britney Spears never sounded so good. The songs that Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox bring to the stage are as current as the second decade of the 21st century but styled in a way that recalls the Jazz Age of the 1920s (minus the bootleg liquor). Bradlee, a 37-year-old musician and arranger, founded the group in 2009, built it

around his ragtime and stride style of piano, and peopled it with what he calls “a rotating collective of musical outcasts that have somehow found a home.” His inspiration? Hearing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” at age 12. A typical Jukebox concert veers from Broadway (“Tomorrow” from Annie) to movies (“My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic) to classic pop (Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”), stadium rock (“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses), soul (Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”) and R&B (Beyonce’s “Single Ladies/Put a Ring on It”). “Last time around the ’20s gave us jazz, America’s one true art form,” Bradlee says. “Who knows what is possible in the 2020s? We’re using our small corner of the popculture space to tell people to forget their troubles, and come join us for a night of celebrating true musical talent and timeless style.”


February 15-23, 2019 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Gennadi Nedvigin Music by Herman Severin Løvenskjold Choreography by August Bournonville Production and Additional Choreography by Johan Kobborg Scenic and Costume Designs by Desmond Heeley Lighting Design by Joseph R. Walls Production courtesy of American Ballet Theatre Additional costumes courtesy of National Ballet of Canada Conductor, Tara Simoncic With the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra

ARTISTIC STAFF Sarah Hillmer, Roman Rykine, Trinidad Vives

THE COMPANY Zachary Alden, Erica Alvarado, Jessica Assef, Jacob Bush, Stéphano Candreva, Emily Carrico, Taylor Ciampi, Dylan Clinard, Bret Coppa‡, Nikolas Gaifullin, Brooke Gilliam‡, Emma Guertin‡, Monika Haczkiewicz, Sujin Han, Jessica He, Airi Igarashi, Darian Kane, Saho Kumagai, Lucas Labrador‡, Jordan Leeper, Keaton Leier, Igor Leushin, Francesca Loi, Nadia Mara, Juliana Missano‡, Moisés Martín, Sergio Masero-Olarte, Miguel Angel Montoya, Jackie Nash, Jonathan Philbert, Keith Reeves, Mikaela Lauryn Santos, Aleksandra Shalimova, Anderson Souza, Fuki Takahashi‡, Jared Tan, Ivan Tarakanov, Ashley Wegmann, Olivia Yoch ‡ – Denotes Atlanta Ballet apprentice Atlanta Ballet dancers are members of


ATLANTA BALLET 2 Adrián Cruz Alvarez, Younès Attoum, Nadyne Bispo, Ellie Borick, Anastasia Cheplyansky, Julia Crosby, Charlotte Hermann, Mya Kresnyak, Dominiq Luckie, Aerys Merrill, Remi Nakano, Carraig New, Alexander Roy, Wevertton Santos, Emma Tarragón, Brian Warkentien, Spencer Wetherington, Sage Wilson La Sylphide children’s cast courtesy of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Please note: Theatrical fog and haze will be used during this performance.

Dorothy Moses Alexander, Atlanta Ballet Founder, 1929-1960 Robert Barnett, Artistic Director Emeritus, 1961-1994 John McFall, Artistic Director, 1994-2016



SYNOPSIS By Johan Kobborg

ACT I A Scottish manor-house It is the morning of James’s marriage to Effie, and he is asleep in his armchair. A winged figure, a sylphide, is kneeling by his side. She kisses him on his forehead, and he wakes up confused. Entranced by the vision of the Sylph, he attempts to capture her, but she escapes him. As she reaches the fireplace, she vanishes up the chimney. Troubled, he wakes his companions, but none of them saw the Sylph. Gurn, James’s rival, arrives and learns that James is infatuated with someone other than Effie. The preparations for the wedding are in full swing. James hardly notices Effie; instead she is wooed by Gurn, whom she ignores. James joins in the preparations but gradually realized that, while Effie dreams more and more of the wedding, his own dreams go far beyond the walls of the manor-house. An old woman, Madge, has slipped unnoticed into the hall to warm herself by the fire. James, sensing that she is a sinister presence, takes an immediate dislike to her and cannot bear to see her sitting where he last saw the Sylph. He orders her to leave, but Effie calms him and persuades him to let Madge tell the fortunes of some of the guests. Madge prophesies that Effie will marry Gurn. James, furious at this, threatens Madge, who curses him. Effie runs off to dress for the wedding, leaving James alone and in turmoil. The Sylph once again shows herself to James, declares her love for him and tells him that they belong together. Gurn enters and, believing that he may have caught James talking to another woman, attempts to reveal the situation to Effie but fails. As the wedding festivities begin, the Sylph reappears. Unable to resist her enticements, James follows her into the forest. Effie is left broken-hearted.

ACT II A glade in the forest Deep in the forest, shrouded in mist, Madge is planning her revenge. She makes a veil, irresistible to all, in a magic cauldron. As the fog lifts, James enters with the Sylph, who shows him her realm. She brings him berries and water but evades his embrace. To lift his spirits, she calls on her sisters and the forest fills with sylphs, who dance for James. Try as he might, he is unable to catch the Sylph in his arms. Effie and James’s companions reach the glade looking for him. Gurn finds James’s hat, but Madge convinces him to say nothing. He proposes to Effie, and, encouraged by Madge, she accepts. Everyone leaves to prepare for the wedding of Effie and Gurn. Meanwhile, James is desperately looking for the Sylph, and Madge convinces him that the veil she has made will enable him to catch her. The Sylph appears and, seeing the veil, is totally captivated by it. She allows James to place it around her shoulders, and as he does so, he kisses her. His embrace is fatal, and the Sylph’s wings fall to the ground. In despair, James sees what should have been his own wedding party in the distance. As Madge forces him to see what he has lost, he realizes that in trying to possess the unobtainable, he has lost everything.



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AT CITY SPRINGS April 12-13, 2019 Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs Join Atlanta Ballet in this brand-new venue for a selection of Atlanta Ballet original works and stunning classics that push the dancers’ physical limits.

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ATLANTA BALLET LEADERSHIP GENNADI NEDVIGIN (Artistic Director) was born in Rostov, Russia, and began his training at age 5. At 10, Nedvigin was accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in the ballet world. Upon graduating, he joined his first professional company, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, as a soloist, before he was invited to dance with Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris. In 1997, while on tour in the United States, San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson offered Nedvigin a soloist contract. Later that year, he joined San Francisco Ballet. After three years with the company, he was promoted to principal dancer. During his career in San Francisco, Nedvigin won the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999). He has received three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2001, 2010 and 2017). Over the years, he has shared his knowledge and training with other dancers by teaching master classes at numerous ballet schools in the United States. Nedvigin has been a guest artist with several internationally acclaimed companies and has appeared in gala performances, tours and festivals worldwide. While at San Francisco Ballet, he served as ballet master for several works by Yuri Possokhov, including Classical Symphony and Swimmer, as well as excerpts from Bells, Diving Into the Lilacs and Carmen. In February 2016, he was named Atlanta Ballet’s fourth artistic director in the Company’s then 87-year history. ARTURO JACOBUS (President & CEO) enters his 10th season with Atlanta Ballet. He previously was chief executive of Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, each for 10 years. Jacobus also has been the chief executive of the Oakland Symphony (Calif.); The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville; the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa (Calif.); and Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle. He holds master’s degrees in business administration, arts administration and human resources management, and he has completed management certificate programs at the University of Washington and Harvard Business School. Jacobus has served on executive boards for such arts organizations as Dance/USA, Washington State Arts Alliance, Northwest Development Officers’ Association and California Arts Advocates. Throughout his career, he has stayed actively involved in strategy and advocacy in the arts by chairing and sitting on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Dance/USA and the city of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Before becoming an arts executive, Jacobus served for 20 years as a bandmaster for the U.S. Navy, leading ensembles in Villefranche, France; Gaeta and Naples, Italy; and San Francisco. While stationed in Naples as leader of the U.S. Navy Band, under the Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe (CincSouth), he founded a 50-member NATO ensemble of service musicians from the armies, navies and air forces of Italy, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Jacobus toured Europe with his NATO band, performing ceremonies on behalf of CincSouth and NATO. SHARON STORY (Dean of the Centre for Dance Education) joined Atlanta Ballet after a professional dance career that spanned more than 20 years and included tenures with Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and 10 years with Boston Ballet. Her Boston Ballet tenure included international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. In 1996, in addition to her role as ballet mistress, Story became dean of the Centre for Dance Education (CDE), which has rapidly grown to become one of the largest dance schools in the nation. The Centre for Dance Education is nationally recognized for its programs and community initiatives. Under Story’s direction, the CDE achieved accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). She serves as president of the board of directors for NASD and is delighted to serve on many community and national boards. Story received the 2015 Women Making a Mark Award from Atlanta Magazine and was featured in the ArtsATL Legacy Series 2018. She is committed to providing a noncompetitive atmosphere and access to dance education that is shaped by the community’s needs, is innovative, and inspires the commitment and excellence that are the trademarks of Atlanta Ballet. She is very proud of the dancers who have studied at the Centre for Dance Education and continue to share their experiences onstage in the Atlanta Ballet company and around the world. She thanks her family for all their love and support during her career. I-6


ARTISTIC STAFF SARAH HILLMER (Ballet Master) trained in the Pre-Professional Division of the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and began her professional career with Atlanta Ballet, where she performed both classical and contemporary works. Hillmer danced principal roles in such classics as Giselle, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake and originated roles in a variety of contemporary works. Hillmer’s love of coaching, eye for detail, and ability to translate choreographer’s ideas and movement to dancers led her to become a ballet master at Atlanta Ballet, where she has collaborated with choreographers at every level of the creation process: assisting in the building of full-length ballets by Twyla Tharp and Helen Pickett; restaging repertory works by Ohad Naharin and John McFall; and assisting in the staging of works by Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano. Hillmer has restaged choreographers’ works at Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Smuin Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet and UNCSA; and she recently assisted Helen Pickett on new creations for both Pennsylvania Ballet and Scottish Ballet. Sarah is in her sixth season as ballet master at Atlanta Ballet. ROMAN RYKINE (Ballet Master) joined Atlanta Ballet from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2016. He graduated from the Rudolph Nureyev State Ballet Academy in his hometown of Ufa, Russia, and he was a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet and the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre. One of the exceptional dancers of his generation, Rykine has danced most of the major classical roles, including La Fille mal gardée, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Raymonda Act III, La Bayadère Act III, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Les Sylphides. His repertoire includes many contemporary and neoclassical roles. Rykine won the gold medal and first prize at the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1993, and the bronze medal at both the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., in 1994, and the Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary, in 1993. He holds the honorary title of Artist of Merit of the Republic from the Government of Ufa, Russia. During his career, Rykine learned from such teachers, choreographers and coaches as Yuri Gregorvich, Natalia Makarova, Nacho Duato, Yuri Possokhov, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Martins, Helgi Tomasson, James Kudelka, Hans van Maanen and Jorma Elo, among others. He toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States and was a guest artist with various ballet companies. He retired from the stage in 2010 and began teaching. Rykine was a guest faculty member at the Boston Ballet School before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in January 2012. TRINIDAD VIVES (Guest Ballet Master) is a native of Madrid. Ms. Vives was a firstprize medalist and scholarship winner at the Prix de Lausanne Competition in 1977. She completed her ballet training at the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower. Her first professional engagement was with Hamburg Ballet. Later, as a principal dancer with the Basel Ballet, Düsseldorf Ballet and English National Ballet in London, she performed the leading roles of the classical ballet repertoire as well as contemporary works by some of the greatest 20th-century choreographers. Ms. Vives spent eight years with the Houston Ballet, where she rose from the position of ballet mistress to co-artistic director, a position she shared with Ben Stevenson. In 2002, she joined Boston Ballet as artistic associate director, a position she held for seven years. While working with these companies, she was in charge of teaching and coaching the dancers as well as managing the day-to-day running of the company. Ms. Vives has staged numerous full-length ballets, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and La Sylphide as well as contemporary works. She has been a guest teacher for such companies as the American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Bayersiche Staatsballett in Munich and Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid. She has been a juror in various international ballet competitions, including World Ballet Competition in 2011, and the USA International Ballet Competition in 2010, 2014 and 2018. Recently, Ms. Vives was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award at the YAGP regional. She is artistic director and founder of The Brookline Ballet School in Boston. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM


THE COMPANY ZACHARY ALDEN was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started dancing at age 18, with Kit Ashley Dean and Anton Pankevich. Zachary was a trainee on full scholarship at Ballet San Jose under directors José Manuel Carreño and Dalia Rawson, and privately trained with Lindsay Salvaldelena, then with the distinguished Magaly Suarez on scholarship for three years at The Art of Classical Ballet School, which took him to BalletMet 2. There he worked with Val Caniporoli, understudying Lambarena. He enjoyed dancing the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle. Zachary joined Atlanta Ballet last year as an apprentice and is a Company member this season. Favorite roles and ballets include the Nutcracker Prince, La Fille mal gardée Pas de Deux, Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 and Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty with Adiarys Almeida. Zachary is thankful to his teachers, who have helped him and his family, for their encouragement and is grateful to call Atlanta Ballet his home. ERICA ALVARADO was born in Tucson, Ariz., and began her dance training at Ballet Arts in Tucson under the direction of Mary Beth Cabana. She spent summers training at such acclaimed programs as The Jillana School, The Rock School, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. After graduating from high school, she joined Ballet Tucson and worked closely with ballet masters Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, and performed leading roles in many Antony Tudor ballets. Two years later, she joined Milwaukee Ballet II, and, in 2011, joined City Ballet of San Diego as a principal dancer. At City Ballet, she performed lead roles in Firebird, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet, as well as principal roles in such George Balanchine works as Who Cares?, Donizetti Variations, Allegro Brillante, Serenade and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux. Alvarado also danced the role of the Principal Woman in Peter Martin’s Hallelujah Junction. JESSICA ASSEF, originally from São Paulo, received her early training at Escola de Ballet Corpo e Arte with Jolles Salles. At the 2010 Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), she was awarded full scholarships to Orlando Ballet School and the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. Also that year, she won the gold medal at Passo de Arte and a YAGP semifinals silver medal. In 2013, she earned a YAGP NYC finals gold medal. Assef spent two years at Orlando Ballet School as a trainee before becoming a member of its second company. A year later, she joined the professional company. In 2014, she competed at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss. JACOB BUSH grew up in Coon Rapids, Minn., where he trained at Minnesota Dance Theatre under the direction of Lise Houlton. He continued his training under Sharon Story at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, as well as with Susan Connally at the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet. He spent the 2012-14 seasons with Germany’s Theatre Augsburg, where he worked with such notable choreographers as Douglas Lee, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Christian Spuck, Michael Pink and Itzik Galili. In Atlanta, Bush has danced principal roles in classical, neoclassical and contemporary works, including Ivan in Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird, Principal Male in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Gutman in Helen Pickett’s Camino Real. He has been featured in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine, Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter, Red Couple in Stanton Welch’s Tu Tu and the world premiere of Tara Lee’s blink. Special thanks to Jacob’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Dr. Harold J. Brody & Mr. Donald E. Smith. STÉPHANO CANDREVA is from Rio de Janeiro, and graduated from the Alice Arja School of Dance in 2006. He attended summer programs at Miami City Ballet School and Milwaukee Ballet School on full scholarships. He began his professional career at age 18, dancing with Sesiminas Cia de Dança. He went on to dance with Milwaukee Ballet II, City Ballet of San Diego and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Candreva represented Brazil at the 2012 Seminario Internacional de Dança de Brasília, where he was a silver medalist. He has been a guest artist with Cisne Negro, Ballet Chicago and California Ballet; and has performed principal roles in many George Balanchine ballets, including Allegro Brillante, Donizetti Variations, Danses Concertantes and Serenade. Special thanks to Stéphano’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Lynda Bradbury Courts. I-8


EMILY CARRICO is from Lexington, Ky., and began her training at the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Academy under the direction of Rafaela Cento Muñoz. At age 14, Carrico received a scholarship to attend The Harid Conservatory, where she received the Dance Study Award during both years of attendance. In 2012, she joined Kentucky Ballet Theatre under the direction of Norbe Risco, performing many solo and principal roles. After two years, she moved to Florida to study under Magaly Suarez at The Art of Classical Ballet School. She then danced with Columbia City Ballet for two seasons. Carrico has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix several times, placing in the Top 12 and qualifying for the New York City finals every time. She is excited to be a part of Atlanta Ballet and thrilled to call Atlanta home. Special thanks to Emily’s Pas de Deux Society patron, James L. Jackson. TAYLOR CIAMPI was born in Baltimore, and began her pre-professional training at The Rock School in Philadelphia under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. While there, Ciampi competed in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), winning numerous semifinals. In 2015, she was awarded the Grand Prix Award in Austin, Texas, and placed in the Top 12 during the finals at Lincoln Center. Ciampi was one of six American women chosen to compete at the Prix de Lausanne. She trained at the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam under the direction of Jean-Yves Esquerre and, in 2016, began her professional career as an apprentice with the National Ballet of Canada. She joined Atlanta Ballet 2 in 2017, performing the Enchantress in Bruce Wells’ Beauty & the Beast and in Craig Davidson’s world premiere of Remembrance/Hereafter. This past summer, she participated in the Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program. Ciampi is thrilled to be a Company member for the 2018|2019 Season. DYLAN CLINARD, from Clemmons, N.C., began his dance education at the UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program under the direction of Dayna Fox. At age 13, he was offered a scholarship to train at Houston Ballet Academy, where he spent three years in the top level of the school before his promotion to Houston Ballet II under the tutelage of Andrew Murphy, Sally Rojas, Sabrina Lenzi, Claudio Muñoz and Stanton Welch. While at Houston Ballet II, Clinard performed in Welch’s Raymonda, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, La Bayadère, Clear, Swan Lake, The Gentlemen, Blue, The Long and Winding Road and Brigade. He joined Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice in 2015. His favorite performances to date are Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort. He is thrilled to return to Atlanta Ballet this year as a Company member and thanks his family for their love and support. B RET COPPA‡ is 18 and from San Pedro, Calif. He danced one season with Atlanta Ballet 2 before joining the main Company as an apprentice. His roles with Atlanta Ballet include Gaston, Russian, Nephew and Mazurka. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he performed many principal roles, including Solor in La Bayadère, Principal Male in Donizzeti Variations, Waltz Boy in Serenade, The Poet in Les Sylphides and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. Bret got his start at the Peninsula School of Performing Arts under the artistic direction of Roberto Almageur. During his training in the Los Angeles area, he performed as a guest artist in California and danced roles throughout the country. Bret has competed in the Prix de Lausanne twice and was a finalist in 2015. In 2017, he went to St. Petersburg, Russia, where he received his teaching certification in the Vaganova method. NIKOLAS GAIFULLIN was born in Sarasota, Fla., and received his ballet training from his parents, Stephanie Murrish of Sarasota Ballet and Daniil Gaifullin of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Gaifullin has danced with the American Ballet Theatre collegiate program, the National Ballet School of Canada, the School at Jacob’s Pillow and Kansas City Ballet II. He has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix many times, receiving awards in both the semifinal and final rounds. In 2007, he performed in Italy’s International Spoleto Festival. In 2012, he was a silver medalist at the World Ballet Competition, received the Grishko Scholarship award from the Carreno Dance Festival and was a guest performer with the 17th International Miami Dance Festival Young Medalists. At Kansas City Ballet II, ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM


he performed Devon Carney’s Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, as well as George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Viktor Plotnikov’s Vesna and Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In his first season with Atlanta Ballet, Gaifullin performed principal roles as the Cavalier and Snow King in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker by John McFall, Basilio in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake Act III. He also performed in Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Tara Lee’s blink and Max Petrov’s world premiere of Concerto Armonico. This is his second season with Atlanta Ballet. Special thanks to Nikolas’ Pas de Deux Society patrons, Julie & Paul Hagedorn. BROOKE GILLIAM‡, from Boulder, Colo., began her training at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Julia Wilkinson Manley. After her sophomore year, she attended Atlanta Ballet’s Professional Summer Intensive and was invited to join the Conservatory program on a merit scholarship. Gilliam was a part of the second company for two seasons and performed leading roles in Bruce Wells’ Snow White and Beauty & the Beast, Robert Barnett’s Arensky Dances and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. She has appeared in such Atlanta Ballet productions as Paquita, Swan Lake, and Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird and Don Quixote. She is thrilled to join the Company as an apprentice this season. EMMA GUERTIN‡ was born in Ontario, and began dancing at age 5 with the Oakville Ballet under the direction of Amanda Paterson. While with Oakville Ballet, she spent summers attending Canada’s National Ballet School and Orlando Ballet School’s summer intensives. Beginning at age 16, Guertin spent two years at Orlando Ballet School as a trainee and was then promoted to Orlando Ballet’s second company. While with Orlando Ballet, she attended the 2017 Youth American Grand Prix semifinals, receiving a bronze medal in contemporary, advancing to the final round and performing at Lincoln Center in New York. This past summer, Guertin competed in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., and was offered her Atlanta Ballet apprenticeship. She is excited to start the next chapter of her career at Atlanta Ballet. Favorite performances include George Balanchine’s Serenade and Sleeping Beauty. MONIKA HACZKIEWICZ was born and raised in Las Vegas. She has trained and danced at Nevada Ballet Theatre, Kwak Ballet Academy, Tara Foy’s Elite Ballet, Nevada School of Dance and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 2015, Monika competed in the Youth American Grand Prix, ranking second in the senior division of the Las Vegas semifinals and performing in the finals at Lincoln Center. In the 2015-16 season, she received a full-tuition Nijinsky Dance Scholarship to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division program, where she performed the lead in Paquita and the Paquita Pas de Trois. This is Monika’s third season at Atlanta Ballet. She has performed featured roles in Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine and George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Who Cares? She also performed the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote. Monika is grateful to have worked with such choreographers as Yuri Possokhov, David Bintley, Tara Lee and John McFall. Special thanks to Monika’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Daphne Elizabeth Moore Eitel. SUJIN HAN is from South Korea. She began dancing at age 9, and entered the Yewon School to study character dance at the Vaganova Academy. In 2010, Sujin entered the Seoul Arts School on scholarship. There she performed pas de deux such as the Sugar Plum Fairy Variation from The Nutcracker. She also participated in South Korean ballet competitions, including the Seoul International Dance Competition. Sujin earned the Great Performers Scholarship to attend Ewha Womans University, where she began choreographing and learning several George Balanchine works and the Bournonville method. After graduating, she worked as a freelance ballet dancer with M Ballet and Seoul Ballet Company in South Korea. She joined Atlanta Ballet for the 2017|2018 Season, danced the role of Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote and worked with choreographers Craig Davidson, Ohad Naharin and Max Petrov. Special thanks to Sujin’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Corps de Ballet. I-10 ATLANTA BALLET | ATLANTABALLET. COM

JESSICA HE is from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. She received her early ballet training at Inland Pacific Ballet Academy. Jessica moved to Philadelphia in 2012, at age 14, to enter the pre-professional training program at The Rock School for Dance Education on full scholarship. While there, she received multiple awards and merit scholarships at such competitions as the Youth America Grand Prix and the World Ballet Competition. Jessica danced with Houston Ballet’s second company for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, touring internationally and performing a varied repertoire, including Stanton Welch’s A Dance in the Garden of Mirth and Brigade, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Ben Stevenson’s Sleeping Beauty Act III and John Neumeier’s Yondering. Last year, in her debut season with Atlanta Ballet, she performed the lead female in Craig Davidson’s world premiere of Remembrance/Hereafter, as well as featured roles in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight and Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote. Special thanks to Jessica’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Vanessa and Robin Delmer. AIRI IGARASHI was born in Gunma, Japan. At age 7, she began her training at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School and continued her training under John Neumeier at The Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet in Germany, where she performed in Neumeier’s The Nutcracker and danced the role of Princess Florine in Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty. She won first place at the All Japan Ballet Competition in 2011 and third place in 2015. She was a semifinalist at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland in 2013 and 2015. Airi joined Atlanta Ballet last season, performing the role of Marya in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Amore in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote and one of the soloist roles in the world premiere of Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter. Airi’s favorite performances include Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Václav Kuneš’ Double Beethoven and Victor Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique. Special thanks to Airi’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Jacqueline Flake & David Dase. DARIAN KANE is from northern California. She received her dance training with Stuart Carroll and Sharon Newton at Capitol Ballet Center in Sacramento. From 2015 to 2018, she danced with BalletMet 2 and BalletMet under the direction of Edwaard Liang, performing in Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Carmen as Cigaretta. Kane has danced the soloist roles of Zulma, Fairy of Beauty, and both Doll and Spanish in The Nutcracker. She attended summer intensives with Boston Ballet, Ballet Hawaii and on scholarship at Marin Dance Theatre with Margaret Swarthout. She is excited to join Atlanta Ballet this season. Special thanks to Darian’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Adrienne & Scott Hardesty. SAHO KUMAGAI is from Sapporo, Japan, where she began dancing at age 9. In 2009, she moved to the United States to study at the Boston Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division under the direction of Peter Boal. In 2014, she placed among the 20 finalists at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland. After dancing with Charlotte Ballet II, she joined Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice in 2014. Last season, her first as a Company dancer, she performed First Duet in Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter, Cupid in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, and in Tara Lee’s blink and Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16. Special thanks to Saho’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Mr. Dante S. Stephensen. LUCAS LABRADOR‡ was born in Cosquín, Argentina, and began his dance training at age 16. He spent two seasons at Ballet Nacional de Argentina under the direction of former Royal Ballet principal dancer Inaki Urlezaga. Lucas toured Argentina, Spain and Portugal, performing roles in Swan Lake, Carmen, Paquita, La Traviata and Giselle. In 2016, he accepted a full scholarship to study at The Rock School in Philadelphia. In January 2017, he won first place in the pas de deux category at the Youth America Grand Prix in Atlanta, and second place in the ensemble category at the New York City finals. Most recently, as a member of Atlanta Ballet 2, his repertoire included leading and starring roles in Beauty & the Beast and Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, plus roles in Swan Lake and Don Quixote. Lucas is grateful to be an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet this season. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM


JORDAN LEEPER, a native of Jamestown, N.Y., began dancing at age 12 with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet and later studied at San Francisco Ballet. Leeper danced with Charlotte Ballet under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, performing at the John F. Kennedy Center during Ballet Across America in 2013. He has performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Jiří Bubeníček, Sasha Janes, Mark Diamond and JeanPierre Bonnefoux, among others. He has been a guest artist with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and City Ballet of Wilmington. He also danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson during the company’s 20th-anniversary season at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Special thanks to Jordan’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Elaine & Erroll Davis. KEATON LEIER, from Canada, grew up in the small city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Keaton started studying ballet at a later age, and he joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2013. After graduation in 2016, he moved on to dance with Houston Ballet’s second company for one year, where he performed many works by Stanton Welch. He joined Atlanta Ballet for the 2017|2018 Season and is in his second season with the Company. Favorite highlights in Atlanta include the closing of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker by John McFall and the premiere of Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter. IGOR LEUSHIN was born in Uzbekistan. His family moved to Russia when he was 5, and he began training in ballroom dancing. He studied at the Novosibirsk State Choreographic College from 2002 to 2010. After graduation, he studied at the Vaganova Ballet Academy for two years and received a bachelor’s degree. Leushin danced with Yacobson Ballet Theatre from 2012 to 2013. While there, he participated in tours to Belarus, Italy and China. He then worked at Slovak National Theatre, performing such roles as Lankedem in Le Corsaire; Phoebus in Esmeralda; Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Fokin in Nijinsky; and Peasant Dance, Peasant Pas de Deux and Albrecht in Giselle. FRANCESCA LOI was born in Cagliari, Italy, and began her training at the ballet school of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. She graduated from the La Scala Ballet School in Milan and performed many ballets with the La Scala Ballet Company, including Raymonda, Giselle, Aida and Notre Dame de Paris. She worked with Opéra National de Bordeaux and the Royal Ballet of Flanders and was a member of the Hong Kong Ballet. With Hong Kong Ballet, she performed demi-soloist and soloist roles and worked with choreographers Cynthia Harvey, Nina Ananiashvilli, Alexei Ratmansky, Alexander Ekman and Krzysztof Pastor, among others. At Atlanta Ballet, she has performed Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and Snow White in the Bruce Wells ballet. Last summer, she won bronze in the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition and participated in the 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program. NADIA MARA Mara was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and trained at Uruguay’s National School of Ballet, graduating as the best dancer in school and earning the Elena Smirnova Gold Medal. In the United States, Nadia began dancing with North Carolina Dance Theatre, joining Atlanta Ballet in 2006. Her most notable lead roles include Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Nathalie in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet and Marguerite in Helen Pickett’s Camino Real. Principal roles include Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Stars and Stripes and Who Cares?; James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons; David Bintley’s Carmina Burana; and Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird, among others. She has been featured in Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 and Secus, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, Wayne McGregor’s Eden|Eden and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. Nadia has been named an “Outstanding Artist” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Mundo Hispanico. Special thanks to Nadia’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Amy Nelson. I-12 ATLANTA BALLET | ATLANTABALLET. COM

MOISÉS MARTÍN was born in Reus, Spain, and trained at the Municipal Dance School of Zaragoza and Escuela de María de Ávila. He continued his studies on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School, under the direction of Lola de Avila, later joining the company and becoming a soloist in 2005. In 2007, he joined the Dutch National Ballet and danced as a second soloist until 2011. He has performed a mix of classical and contemporary works, including pieces by Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov, among others. In 2012, he joined Compañía Nacional de Danza as a principal dancer and performed leading roles in such works as Sonatas and Raymonda Divertimento by José Carlos Martínez, Giselle by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Who Cares? by George Balanchine, and Espada and Basilio in Don Quixote alongside guest dancers Elisa Badenes and Yolanda Correa, among other works. In 2016, he participated in the International Dance Festival of Cuba, dancing the full-length Swan Lake with Viengsay Valdés and the National Ballet of Cuba. Special thanks to Moisés’ Pas de Deux Society patron, Katherine Scott. SERGIO MASERO-OLARTE is from Madrid, and began his training at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma. He trained on scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School and then joined Ballet Memphis as a company dancer. At Ballet Memphis, he performed lead roles in Steven McMahon’s Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake; Matthew Neenan’s The Darting Eyes and Water of the Flowery Mill; and in works by Mark Godden, Gabrielle Lamb and Yuri Sands. As a principal guest artist, he has danced with Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet and Avant Chamber Ballet in Dallas. In addition to dancing, he enjoyed teaching and choreographing in the Memphis area. Masero-Olarte has created two pieces for the company dancers of Ballet Memphis and two full-length productions for the Dance Academy of Bartlett in Tennessee. JULIANA MISSANO‡ was born in Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., and began studying ballet at age 5. She trained at the Lynch School of Ballet until she was 15 and continued training at The Rock School under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. In 2017, Juliana was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performed at the Kennedy Center. She has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, receiving the Grand Prix Award, placing first in the pas de deux category and advancing to the final round at Lincoln Center. This is Juliana’s second season with Atlanta Ballet. Some of her favorite repertoire includes Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Stanton Welch’s Tu Tu and Max Petrov’s Concerto Armonico. MIGUEL ANGEL MONTOYA was born in Cali, Colombia, and began his training at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet and Incoballet. He continued to dance with Incoballet Company under the direction of Gloria Castro de Martínez. In 2008, Montoya moved to Philadelphia to attend The Rock School. In 2010, he reached the second round semifinals in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., as well as the Youth America Grand Prix New York City finals. In 2012, as an Atlanta Ballet apprentice, he originated roles in Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin. Other favorite roles include the Slave in Le Corsaire and Basilio in Don Quixote. Montoya joined the Atlanta Ballet company in 2013. He has performed in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, Gina Patterson’s I AM, Helen Pickett’s Camino Real, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush and Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas. He has been featured in the Paquita Pas de Trois, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort. Special thanks to Miguel’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Bonnie & Terry Herron. JACKIE NASH, a Connecticut native, started her pre-professional ballet training at the Connecticut Dance School under the direction of Alan Woodard. She then spent two years in the dance and academic residency program at The Rock School, graduating in 2009. During her summer studies, she attended the Chautauqua Institute, Nutmeg Conservatory, Miami City Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She has danced principal roles in Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Firebird, and the lead female in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante. She has performed featured roles in works by Christopher Wheeldon, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Douglas Lee and Alexei Ratmansky. She has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as James ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM


Kudelka for The Man in Black, Jorma Elo for 1st Flash and Ohad Naharin for Secus. Jackie was named one of Pointe Magazine’s “12 Standout Performances of 2017” for her work as a guest artist with Amy Siewart’s Imagery. Special thanks to Jackie’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Kathleen & Kirk Knous. JONATHAN PHILBERT is from New York, and began his dance training at Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. While in high school, he was accepted into the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School (ABT JKO) under the direction of Franco Devita. During this time, he was a national training scholar and was exposed to the talent and training that the ballet world has to offer. Philbert performed with the company on numerous occasions and in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Sylvia and La Bayadère. After graduating from ABT JKO, he attended Joffrey Ballet Studio Company under the direction of Ashley Wheater, dancing such roles as Baron Von Rothbart in Swan Lake and Lead Couple in Napoli Divertissements, and with the company in fall and spring productions. This is Philbert’s first season with Atlanta Ballet. KEITH REEVES is from Augusta, Ga., and began his training at age 15 with Jennifer Tools at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. In 2010, he began training at the Augusta Ballet School, later joining Dance Augusta under the direction of Zane and Ron Colton. In 2015, he trained under Nicolas Pacana and Jocelyn Buchanan at the Atlanta Festival Company. In 2016, Reeves received the Audrey B. Morgan Scholarship for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Conservatory program. He also has received scholarships to summer programs at Joffrey Ballet, Nashville Ballet and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. He has performed works by John McFall, George Balanchine, Jorden Morris, David Bintley, Tara Lee, Yuri Possokhov and Ohad Naharin, among others. After two successful years as an apprentice, Reeves is excited to become a Company member for the 2018|2019 Season. Special thanks to Keith’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Asif & Lisa Ramji. MIKAELA LAURYN SANTOS, a native of the Philippines, began her ballet training at Effie Nañas School of Classical Ballet. In 2014, she was awarded second place at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Ballet Competition. In 2016, she was among the Top 15 finalists at the World Ballet Competition in Florida. She joined the Philippine Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in March 2016. At age 17, she joined the Fellowship program at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and, in 2017, joined the Company as an apprentice. Mikaela took the summer intensive ballet program under scholarship at Jacob’s Pillow and was featured in roles such as Kitri’s Friend in Don Quixote, Princess in Swan Lake and Spanish in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. She has worked with such renowned choreographers as Bruce Wells, Craig Davidson, Stanton Welch, Helgi Tomasson and Maxim Petrov, among others. Mikaela is excited to join the Company for the 2018-19 Season. ALEKSANDRA SHALIMOVA is from Krasnodar in southern Russia. She graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy and was invited to join Slovak National Theatre. She performed the work of Russian choreographers, including Vasily Medvedev’s Le Corsaire in the roles of Odalisques and Gulnara, and in Boris Eifman’s Karamazov Brothers. She danced the role of Princess Golden Hair in Slovak choreographer Josef Dolinsky’s staging of From Fairytale to Fairytale and as Romola de Pulsky in Daniel de Andrade’s Nijinsky: God of Dance. Shalimova is open to everything new and interesting, especially the new season at Atlanta Ballet. ANDERSON SOUZA, from the south region of Brazil, received his training at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Dança under Jorge Teixeira. After graduating, he joined the Cia Brasileira de Ballet in Rio de Janeiro, dancing principal and soloist roles and competing in national and international competitions, including the Beijing International Ballet Competition. Souza traveled with the company, performing in Colombia, China, Israel and France. In 2013, he joined Gelsey Kirkland Ballet as a company member, receiving praise from national critics, including those at The New York Times. His most notable roles and repertoire include Marius Petipa’s Paquita, Leonid Yakobson’s Wedding Procession, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in I-14 ATLANTA BALLET | ATLANTABALLET. COM

The Nutcracker, Philip in Cavalry Halt, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote, among others. He is excited for his third season with Atlanta Ballet. Special thanks to Anderson’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Corps de Ballet. FUKI TAKAHASHI‡ was born in Yokohama, Japan, and began training at age 3 at Yuzue Ballet Academy. She moved to the United States in 2010, and trained at Princeton Ballet and Hariyama Ballet in New York. She was invited to compete in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., in 2014 and 2018. She earned silver in the Tanzolymp International Dance Festival and was offered a place in the Orlando Ballet Trainee Program during the American Dance Competition. In 2017, she joined Orlando Ballet’s second company. Favorite performances include Serenade, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire and Sleeping Beauty. She is excited to begin her career as an Atlanta Ballet apprentice. JARED TAN, from the Philippines, began dancing at age 9 with Philippine Ballet Theatre under the direction of Gener Caringal. He trained for more than 14 years under Russian Ballet Master Anatoly Panasyukov. Tan came to the United States in 2009 to join American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey under the direction of Graham Lustig; in 2010, he joined Atlanta Ballet. He is most proud of the work he has done with choreographers Ohad Naharin in Minus 16 and Secus, Alexander Ekman in Cacti and Jiří Kylián in Petite Mort. He has performed featured roles in many works, including Christopher Hampson’s Rite of Spring, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. Special thanks to Jared’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Corps de Ballet. IVAN TARAKANOV, from St. Petersburg, Russia, is in his first year with Atlanta Ballet. He won first prize in the pas de deux category at the Italian Ballet Competition in Rieti in 2011, and both the Special Grand Prix of best male dancer and first prize at XI Children and Youth International Choreography Competition in 2015. Ivan graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy (affiliated with Kirov Ballet) and has performed yearly in St. Petersburg, danced with the Mariinsky Theatre as a graduating performer and worked with the Mikhailovsky Theatre since 2009. In 2015, he joined Israel Ballet Company as a principal dancer and, since 2016, has been a guest principal with Perth City Ballet in Australia and Festival Ballet in St. Petersburg. Ivan has performed the roles of Albrecht in Giselle by Perro and Coralli with Perth City Ballet Australia, Jean de Brien in Raymonda by Petipa, the Prince in Cinderella by R. Savkovich with Israel Ballet, and Polovckiy Dance Soloist in Prince Igor by Golezovsky with Mikhailovsky Theatre. ASHLEY WEGMANN was born in New Jersey, and began her training at the National Ballet of New Jersey. She later studied on scholarship at the Princeton Ballet School. After attending Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s graduate program, she joined the company as a corps de ballet member in 2007. From 2012 to 2015, she danced with BalletMet. Wegmann joined Atlanta Ballet in 2015. Favorite roles and repertoire include Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine, Mercedes in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, a Stomper in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nurse in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Lovely Together, and James Kudelka’s Real Life and The Four Seasons. Special thanks to Ashley’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Ms. Jan P. Beaves. OLIVIA YOCH, from Richmond, Va., received her dance training at the School of Richmond Ballet and Butler University. She spent two years with Tulsa Ballet II and Tulsa Ballet before joining Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice in 2014. Olivia has a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in English Literature from Butler University. Her favorite repertoire includes roles in Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter, Gemma Bond’s Denouement, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, the Paquita Pas de Trois and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. She loves reading memoirs, discussing art and eating pasta. Olivia thanks her husband for his unwavering support. Special thanks to Olivia’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Kathleen & Kirk Knous. ‡ Denotes Atlanta Ballet apprentice | Photos by Charlie McCullers



ARTISTIC AND PRODUCTION TEAM AUGUST BOURNONVILLE (Choreographer, 1805-1879) was born in Copenhagen on August 21, 1805 to Antoine Bournonville, a dancer and choreographer who led the Royal Danish Ballet from 1816 to 1823. His son would go on to hold the same position for almost fifty years. In 1820, Bournonville left for Paris. Although he performed as a soloist at the Paris Opera and studied under Auguste Vestris, among other great instructors, he decided to return home to Copenhagen. In 1930, he took on the role of ballet master for the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. Elevating the image and stature of ballet and displaying it as an art form were essential to Bournonville. He strived to accentuate the regal and refined qualities of ballet, which demanded delicate and dramatically nuanced performances from the company’s artists. In order to address what he saw as decline in opportunities for male dancers, Bournonville focused on creating significant roles with intricate choreography that would highlight their virtuosity on the stage. In 1836, he choreographed La Sylphide and the principal role on his student Lucile Grahn, who was only seventeen at the time. Bournonville expressed much of his worldly travels in his ballets by integrating some of the essences of different countries he visited into his creations. Though Bournonville retired from dancing in 1848, he continued directing the Royal Theatre until 1877, with the exception of two brief work opportunities that took him to Vienna (18551856) and Stockholm (1861-1864). Before his death, Bournonville did not imagine the impact his career would make on Danish ballet or that his contributions to ballet would be recognized worldwide. Americans took notice in 1956 when the Royal Danish Ballet performed Bournonville’s choreography for the first time in New York, which contributed to building the choreographer’s artistic legacy that continues today. Prominent ballet companies around the world still include La Sylphide in their presentday repertory. Sources: My Theatre Life by August Bournonville, translated by Patricia McAndrew; Wesleyan University Press, 1979 Bournonville and The Royal Danish Ballet by Erik Aschengreen. Pamphlet prepared for the 1979 Bournonville Festival by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen


JOHAN KOBBORG (Production and Additional Choreography) was born in Copenhagen and trained at the Funen Ballet Academy and the Royal Danish Ballet School. He has enjoyed a distinguished career as a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Ballet, and as a guest with most major companies around the world. More recently, he has distinguished himself as a choreographer with leading companies, including the Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Zurich Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, Lithuanian National Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet. The Royal Ballet commissioned Johan to create a new production of La Sylphide in 2005. The production was so successful that it was revived twice in London. He also staged La Sylphide for the Bolshoi Ballet, which was telecast around the world in September 2012. Johan’s version of the classic story has also been danced at Bucharest National Opera Ballet Company in Bucharest, the National Ballet of Canada, the Lithuanian Ballet, Zürich Ballet and Kobayashi Ballet in Japan. The success of La Sylphide led the Royal Ballet to commission an original work from Johan, Les Lutins, in 2009. The original cast danced the work at the Dortmund Ballet Festival and the Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition, the Royal Ballet included the work on a tour to Havana, Cuba. Today, the piece is danced in galas and festivals around the world. In 1996, Johan was nominated for the Benois de la Danse prize for his role as James in La Sylphide. In 2001, he won the Dance Critics Circle National Dance Award for best male dancer. In 2006, he was nominated for two Laurence Olivier Awards in London – one for his Royal Ballet production of La Sylphide and another for his performance in Fleming Flindt’s The Lesson. In 2009, his cast for the Bolshoi Ballet production of La Sylphide was nominated for the Golden Masque Award in Moscow, as the “Best Performance of the Year.” In 2013, Queen Margaret of Denmark personally awarded Johan the high honor of The Order of the Dannebrog. In 2014, his Bucharest production of La Sylphide received the “Performance of the Year” award in Romania. In November 2012, Johan and Ethan Stiefel created a new production of Giselle for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. This version was filmed for theatrical release during the 2013-2014 season, and it toured throughout New Zealand, China, the United States and the United Kingdom. From December 2013 until April 2016, Johan was artistic director of the Romanian National Ballet. In 2015, his co-production of Giselle with Ethan Stiefel entered the company’s repertoire, and the company received a “Performance of the Year” nomination from Dance Europe Magazine. In September 2013, Kim Brandstrup created a piece for Johan and Alina Cojocaru, specifically for streaming on iTunes. It is

reputed to be one of the first ballet choreographic works envisioned for Apple’s distribution. As soon as it appeared, it became number one on iTunes classical downloads. In December 2017, Johan created a brand new production of Don Quixote for the Leonid Yacobson Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. The production was a huge success and received great critical acclaim from both the Russian and foreign press. Recently, Johan has worked intensely with Ralph Fiennes on his Rudolf Nureyev movie, The White Crow, released at the Telluride Film Festival in August 2018. DESMOND HEELEY (Scenic and Costume Designer) was born in England on June 1, 1931. He was adopted and raised in the English Midlands. As a child, he created displays for the windows of his family’s store. In 1948, he became an apprentice designer at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company (now the Royal Shakespeare Theatre), where he worked with director Peter Brook. He went on to design sets and costumes at the Sadler Wells Theatre in London, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and England’s National Theatre. Internationally, he has designed for the Vienna State Opera; Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theater; the National Ballet of Canada; the Australian Ballet; the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the Stuttgart Ballet and La Scala in Milan. Heeley designed productions of Brigadoon and South Pacific for the New York Metropolitan Opera and Theme and Variations for the American Ballet Theatre. On Broadway, he won three Tony Awards for the 1968 production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (one award each for costume and set) and the 2011 production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Other Broadway productions he worked on include Amadeus and The Snow Maiden. Heeley collaborated with playwrights, directors and choreographers such as Tom Stoppard, Peter Hall, Brian Bedford, Joe Orton, John Cranko, Graham Greene, Gian Carlo Menotti, Michael Langham and Tyrone Guthrie. His costumes have been worn by actors and dancers including Vivien Leigh, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Margot Fonteyn, Placido Domingo, Beverly Sills, Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. He was known as a skilled painter and an inventive, detail-oriented designer who transformed mundane materials and found objects into glitteringly ornate environments and lushly elegant costumes. Heeley often used lighting and reflective elements to great dramatic effect. Apart from his paid performing arts work, Heeley also painted as a hobby throughout his life. Later in his career, Heeley taught theater design at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. His partner, Lance Mulcahy (1931-1995), was an Australian-born

musical theater composer who worked on Broadway. Heeley died on June 10, 2016 in New York City. Credit: Archivist, Heather Halliday and The New York Public Library.

JOSEPH R. WALLS (Lighting Designer) has designed several pieces for Atlanta Ballet, including Ricardo Amarante’s The Premiere, Gemma Bond’s Denouement, Tara Lee’s blink and Andrea Miller’s Push. He has also designed for STEPS Panama, Staibdance, RAIIN Dance Theater, Inland Pacific Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, and The Washington Ballet at the Kennedy Center. This past summer, Mr. Walls designed for Sundance Mountain Resort’s Summer Theatre. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Premios Escena award for best lighting design in Panama. In January 2019, Walls designed the lighting for World Youth Day 2019 with Pope Francis in Panama. TARA SIMONCIC (Conductor) is excited to return as a guest conductor with Atlanta Ballet. Ms. Simoncic frequently works with symphony orchestras as well as opera and ballet companies in America and abroad. She is currently the music director of Louisville Ballet, the Flexible Orchestra in New York City, and the Greenwich Symphony Young People’s Concerts. Ms. Simoncic was previously the music director of Ballet West from 2015-2018. This season, Ms. Simoncic makes her debut at San Francisco Ballet with performances of The Nutcracker and Don Quixote, as well as with the Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial de Santa Fe. She will return this season as a guest conductor with the Ballet at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and with the New York City Ballet. Ms. Simoncic recently conducted performances of Don Giovanni in Trieste, Italy, and The Barber of Seville with the Slovenian National Opera Ballet Theatre. She holds a trumpet performance from the New England Conservatory, an M.M. in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University, and a Professional Studies Diploma in conducting from Manhattan School of Music. ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION CREDITS Assistant Lighting Designer COLIN SKIP WILSON Lighting Programmer ANNEMARIE MOUNTJOY Assistant Stage Manager SICILY PALMS




VIOLIN Lisa Morrison Concertmaster

CONTRABASS Lyn DeRamus Principal

TRUMPET Kevin Lyons Principal

Sally Gardner Wilson Assoc. Concertmaster

Christina Ottaviano

John Morrison Co-Principal

Linda Pinner Principal Second Adelaide Federici Keiko Furness Martha Gardner Patti Gouvas Patrick Ryan Angele Sherwood-Lawless Lee Taylor Elonia Varfi Rafael Veytsblum Ying Zhuo VIOLA Joli Wu Principal Josiah Coe Sarah Park Kristeen Sorrells CELLO Charae Krueger Principal Hilary Glen Mary Kenney Alice Williams

FLUTE Jeanne Carere Principal Kelly Via OBOE Erica Howard Principal Diana Dunn CLARINET Katherine White Principal Greg Collins BASSOON Amy Pollard Principal Dan Worley HORN Jason Eklund Principal Amy Trotz Richard Williams

Greg Holland TROMBONE Robb Smith Principal Mark McConnell Richard Brady TUBA Don Strand Principal PERCUSSION Mike Cebulski Principal Karen Hunt Jeff Kershner TIMPANI Scott Douglas Principal HARP Nella Rigell Principal PERSONNEL MANAGER Mark McConnell

The Orchestral Musicians in the performance are members of the Atlanta Federation of Musicians, Local 148-462 of the American Federation of Musicians.


ATLANTA BALLET ADMINISTRATION EXECUTIVE Arturo Jacobus, President & CEO Manda Wilhite, Board Relations & Capital Campaign Manager ARTISTIC Gennadi Nedvigin, Artistic Director Sarah Hillmer, Ballet Master Roman Rykine, Ballet Master Trinidad Vives, Guest Ballet Master FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Pamela Whitacre, Chief Operating Officer Thomas Fowlkes, General Manager Mary French, Operations Director Lene Sabin, Controller Hana Miller, Bookkeeper/Office Manager Alan Strange, IT/Database Coordinator DEVELOPMENT & FUNDRAISING Steven B. Libman, Chief Advancement Officer Mia Colson, Institutional Giving Officer Lauren Elliott, Individual Gifts Officer Amy Green, Major Gifts Officer Liz Root, Special Events Assistant Sherren Sandy, Special Events Manager MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS Tricia Ekholm, Chief Marketing Officer Julia Berg, Director of Public Relations Kelly Pierce, Associate Director of Marketing Brian Wallenberg, Videographer Julie Sharpe, Graphic Design Manager Myredith Gonzales, Group Sales Manager Toni C. Vacinek, Communications Manager Áine Imbach, Social Media Manager/Graphic Designer TICKETING & PATRON SERVICES Lindsay Smith, Associate Director of Ticketing & Patron Services Dana Hylton Calabro, Patron Services Manager Desiree Houston, Patron Services Assistant Bekkie Murphy, Patron Services Assistant PRODUCTION Amanda Craig, Production Stage Manager Sicily Palms, Company Manager Joseph R. Walls, Lighting Supervisor Matt Oliner, Production Head Electrician

COSTUMES Colleen McGonegle, Costume Director Rehnuma Tajbin, Draper/Patternmaker Sophia Parrish, Wardrobe Supervisor/Costume Technician Susan Carter, Costume Technician Shelby Narron, Costume Technician Alexandra Nattrass, Costume Technician Jane Kuipers, Costume Technician Ashleigh Dobrin, Finisher Abby Parker, Company Shoe Manager CENTRE FOR DANCE EDUCATION Gennadi Nedvigin, Artistic Director Sharon Story, Dean Kelly Cooper, Centre Administrative Director Diane Caroll Sales, Community Partnerships Manager Nicole Adams, Virginia-Highland Centre Principal Kate Gaul, Buckhead Centre Principal Kaitlyn Wesche, Centre Programs Coordinator Ansilla Bearden, Satellite Manager Ann Heard, Centre Education Associate Faculty Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt, Sterling Baker-McClary, Ansilla Bearden, Taylor Benion, Shirley Bennett, Britt Brown, Serena Chu, Harmony Clair, Kelly Cooper, Lonnie Davis, Rebekah Diaddigo, Hillary Drawe, Vershion Funderburk, Pedro Gamino, Ashley Gibson, Giselle Gilmore, Nell Heflin Goza, Nathan Griswold, Alera Harrison, Nathan Hites, Aaron James, Michelle Jericevich, Jelani Jones, Caroline Kraehe, Armando Luna, Sergio Masero-Olarte, Rosemary Miles, Anna Penny, Terese Reynolds-Thomas, Chantia Robinson, Diane Caroll Sales, Roscoe Sales, Carol Szkutek, Abigail Tan-Gamino, Calla Vaughn, Alexis Whitehead-Polk Accompanists Gretel Rodriguez, Company Pianist Elizabeth Grimes, Aleksandra Korshunova, Greg Matteson, Yulia Rice, Kyla Zollitsch Centre Education Associates Dixie Boston, Viviana Coronado, Sarah Gunter, Laura VanKouwenberg Atlanta Ballet Boutique Leslie Campbell Judge, General Manager Kate LaFoy, Midtown Boutique Manager Nardja el-Shabazz, Buckhead Boutique Coordinator

Stage hands working this production are members of the Atlanta Stage Hands Local Union 927 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.



BOARD OF TRUSTEES Officers Elizabeth Adams, Chair Barbara S. Joiner, Vice Chair Kristen Manion Taylor, Vice Chair Asif Ramji, Vice Chair Sue Gibbs, Treasurer Kathleen Knous, Secretary Allen W. Nelson, Immediate Past Chair Trustees Jan Beaves Ron Breakstone Ginny Brewer Kelly C. Cannon Chris Carlos Dr. Meria Carstarphen Lynn Cochran-Schroder Lynda B. Courts Cynthia Crain, Ed.D. Lavona S. Currie Elaine E. Davis Vanessa Delmer Yelena Epova, CPA Nancy Field Janet Gagliano Amy Gerome Lindsay R. Hill Joyce Houser, Ph.D. Arturo Jacobus* Edward B. Krugman Allen Maines Linda Morris Gennadi Nedvigin* Stanley Rose III Sharon Silvermintz* Stephanie Thomas Stephens Kirsi Tehrani* Juan Carlos Urdaneta Pam Wakefield Jon S. Wright Dr. Vonda Wright

Advisory Council David M. Barnett Mark Bell Barbara Bing Kevin Brown Louis de Corail Erroll B. Davis William De Baets F. Javier Diaz Raoul “Ray” Donato Jorge Fernandez Maria Stela Frota Robert L. Green Susan S. Kettering Santiago Marquez Juan Mejia Carl Pascarella Eric Robbins Laura Turner Seydel Takashi Shinozuka Judith Varnai Shorer Nadia Theodore Dov Wilker Allen Yee Kim Young-jun Honorary Board Margaret Carton David Crosland Kenneth R. Hey Wade Hooper J. David Hopkins Bill Huber, CPA Michael Jones Sloan Kennedy-Smith Amanda Shailendra Michelle Sullivan Trustees Emeriti Lynda B. Courts, Chair Emeritus Lavona S. Currie Stanley Rose III


Karen Vereb Patti Wallace Lifetime Board Jane Dean Carole Goldberg Joseph Prendergast Deen Day Sanders *Ex-Officio

ANNUAL FUND DONORS Atlanta Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following individuals, businesses, foundations and volunteer groups, whose generous annual contributions were received during the period of Aug. 1, 2017-Nov. 30, 2018. If you find that you are listed incorrectly or that we did not recognize you appropriately, we apologize and want to include you. Please contact Individual Gifts Officer Lauren Elliott at or 404.873.5811 x1222.

FOUNDATION, CORPORATE & GOVERNMENT DONORS $100,000+ Arrow Exterminators Jones Day Foundation PNC The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation The Coca-Cola Foundation The Home Depot Foundation The Molly Blank Fund of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation The Rich Foundation The Sara Giles Moore Foundation The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. The Thalia N. Carlos and Chris M. Carlos Foundation The Zeist Foundation, Inc. William Randolph Hearst Foundation $50,000 - $99,999 Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet Delta Air Lines Holder Construction Company Neiman Marcus Northside Hospital REPAY The Bucherati Group, LLC The Imlay Foundation, Inc. The Pittulloch Foundation, Inc. The Shubert Foundation, Inc. $25,000 - $49,999 Anonymous City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Fulton County Arts Council Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. The Kettering Family Foundation Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

$10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous Anne Cox Chambers Foundation Bell Family Foundation For Hope, Inc. Bobbie Bailey Foundation, Inc. Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Comcast David Yurman Dior Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia Dermatology Center Georgia Power Foundation HBO Services, Inc. Holland & Knight LLP JBS Foundation Lenox Square Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Morgan Family Fund National Endowment for the Arts Paymetric Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Fund The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. Wells Fargo Foundation $5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous (2) Atlantic Capital Bank Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc. Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust John & Mary Franklin Foundation JPMorgan Chase Massey Charitable Trust The Fraser-Parker Foundation

$2,500 - $4,999 Anonymous Denise Newton Memorial Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation Mark A. Jardina Foundation $1,000 - $2,499 La Fête Chocolat Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation Publix Super Markets Thomas H. Lanier Family Foundation MATCHING GIFT CORPORATIONS ADP Avanade Comcast Google Illinois Tool Works JPMorgan Chase Microsoft Norfolk Southern Novartis SAP America SunTrust The Coca-Cola Company The Home Depot Foundation Turner Varian Medical Systems

Atlanta Ballet is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also received support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, and major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding has been provided by our individual donors, corporate sponsors and foundations.



INDIVIDUAL DONORS THE DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE $500,000+ Anonymous Chris Carlos & Family $30,000-$99,999 Ginny & Charles Brewer Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Courts II Lavona S. Currie Vanessa & Robin Delmer Sarah Kennedy Katherine Scott Mr. Jon S. Wright $20,000 - $29,999 Anonymous James J. Andrews Ms. Jan P. Beaves Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen & Mr. David Heleniak Susan & Tony Catalfano Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Mr. Bill Schroder Cynthia Crain, Ed. D. & Dwight Lee, Ph. D. Kathleen & Kirk Knous Linda & Don Morris Asif & Lisa Ramji Stephanie & Austin Stephens Pam Wakefield $15,000 - $19,999 Anonymous Barbara & Eric Joiner Mr. Dante S. Stephensen $10,000 - $14,999 Anonymous Elizabeth & Howell Adams III Ms. Nancy Field & Mr. Michael Schulder Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Gagliano Ms. Amy Gerome-Acuff & Mr. Daniel Acuff Sue & Duane Gibbs Bonnie & Terry Herron Beth & Tommy Holder Mr. Douglas Hopkins Joyce Houser, Ph.D. Edward Krugman & Jill Pryor Mr. J. Allen Maines & Ms. Pam Yarbrough Kristen Manion Taylor & Jason Taylor The Nardelli Family Jamila & Whitcliff A. McKnight, Jr. Mr. Allen W. Nelson Delphine Podsiadlo Stanley H. Rose III Mr. William F. Snyder Carol & Ramon Tomé Mr. & Mrs. Juan Carlos Urdaneta Dr. Vonda Wright THE ENCORE CIRCLE $7,500 - $9,999 Dr. Harold J. Brody & Mr. Donald E. Smith Kelly & Joseph Cannon Jacqueline Flake & David Dase Elaine & Erroll Davis Adrienne & Scott Hardesty James L. Jackson $5,000 - $7,499 Anonymous Angela & Kirk Clinard Dr. & Mrs. O. Anderson Currie, Jr. Mrs. Daphne Moore Eitel Mr. Daniel E. Gaylord & Ms. Marilyn Altman Joanne & Alex Gross Julie & Paul Hagedorn Marius Hechter Kenneth R. Hey J. David Hopkins The Hopkins Family Elvira & Arturo Jacobus

Catherine & George Manning Andrea & Edward Montag Kristine Nardelli Amy Nelson Doug & Ginger (Brill) Pisik Danna & Mike Sanders Mr. & Mrs. James E. Stueve Karen Vereb & Bud Blanton $2,500 - $4,999 Diana & Miguel Arteche Barbara Bastin & Children William Bishop Michael Bracken Stan Conway Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence W. Davis Nigel Ferguson Steve, Susan & Grace Hauser Dr. Leslie & Mrs. Marilyn Kelman Sloan Kennedy Smith & John Smith Mariana Laufer Margaret P. McCamish Drs. Christine & Michael Murphy Sharon & David Schachter Debby & Baker Smith Johannah Smith Dr. & Mrs. Peter J. Sones Sharon Story, Julien & Kim Kenney Heather ten Broeke Dr. John Trimble & Ms. Marianne Stribling Pam & Paul Whitacre Allen W. Yee Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Yellowlees $1,000 - $2,499 Anonymous (2) Virginia Adams & Derek Elmerick Dr. Florence C. Barnett Hope Barrett Drs. Mark & Bianca Bell Danielle & Jason Blake Mr. & Mrs. Gregory W. Blount Lindsay & Evan Borenstein Jeanne Bracken James A. Brennan, M.D. Dr. & Mrs. William Brinkman Camille & David Brinkman Sara & Alex Brown Mr. & Mrs. Jerome M Cooper Robert Paul Dean & Robert Epstein Mr. Richard Delay & Ms. Francine Dykes Mr. & Mrs. Howard F. Elkins Mary & Christopher French Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Goddard Dr. Marvin Goldstein Mrs. Carol Lanier Goodman Denise & Matthew Halkos Lisa & Forrest Hibbard Dr. Lorie Hughes Ben & Rachel Hunter Edwina Johnson Lee Kapner Christina Kline Leigh Anna & Steven Lang Melanie & Chris Leeth Ms. Doreen M. Lewis Mrs. Vaughn Linder Ms. Linda Lively & Mr. James Hugh Gino & Belinda Massafra Nancy & Stephen Mathews Carole & Nelson Marchioli Mr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Meany Elizabeth & Chris Morris The Mortimer Family Ms. Sandra Noecker Ms. Christine Noguere & Mr. Phillip Pope Robert W. Parris & Bradley W. Renner Mr. & Mrs. Larry Pelletier Stuart Pliner & Barbara Bing Pliner Jonathan Popler Margery & Dan Reason Family Fund


Stacy Galan Shailendra Toreya Shea Rebecca Shepherd Dr. & Mrs. Mark Silverstein Matt Simon Anne M. Spratlin Dr. Kirsten Travers-UyHam & Mr. John J. UyHam Harriet H. Warren Paula & Mike Wilson Ted & Whitney Woodward THE PATRON CIRCLE $500 - $999 Mrs. George C. Blount, Jr. Suzanne & Rob Boas Lawrence M. Cohen Mr. & Mrs. Henry M. Colvin Carol Comstock & Jim Davis Courtney Crandell Lucy Currie Bush & Henry Bush James Datka & Nora DePalma Dr. Catherine Dekle & Dr. Keith Mannes Mr. Philip A. Delanty Mr. & Mrs. Gregory S. Durden Tricia & Chris Ekholm Lauren & Rick Elliott Sarah Segrest Emerson Cole & Zachary Ferguson-Cogdill Mr. Robert J. Fornal Danny Futrell Kathryn & Patrick Gaul Charles Griffin Ms. Marguerite Hallman The Hendon Family Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes Helen & Jeff Herbert Michal & Jack Hillman Dr. John P. Horton Dr. Ronald Eugene Huet Steven Libman & Carol Killworth Allan & Vaneesa Little Annette & Steven McBrayer Mr. William McClain Terri & Stephen Nagler Mary Nakashige Miho & Gennadi Nedvigin Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. Mrs. Polly N. Pater Grace Pownall & Ron Harris Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ratonyi Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon Teena Stern Judith Story Mr. Tarek Takieddini Mr. & Mrs. Perry Taylor Roberta Taylor & James Hill Charlotte & David Terrell Mr. & Mrs. James S. Thomas, Jr. Dr. Peter & Mrs. Beverly Thomas Time Space Organization Mrs. Julie Turner-Davis & Mr. John Davis Veronica M. Vincent & Robert I. Wertheimer Alan & Marcia Watt Jody Collins Weatherly Hamilton & Marion Williams Drs. Cherry Wongtrakool & Vin Tangpricha $250 - $499 Anonymous Donna Adams Hall Mark & Belinda Anderson Dr. & Mrs. Charles R. Arp Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Beem Ms. Martha Bobo Paul & Jeanne Bolton Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Borenstein Cynthia Brant Sophia Brothers Peterman Elizabeth Carlson Jim Carpenetti & Lara Ghavami

$250 - $499 (continued) Mrs. Carolyn Champion Dr. Alexis E. Chase Liz & Charlie Cohn Kelly Tonina Cooper Jennifer & Andy Coppa Cynthia & Mike Davison Terrence R. Dimter Mr. Mark du Mas Antoinette J. Earley & William L. Green Elaine Eaton Mrs. Susan Fleck Dytre Fentress & Stephen Rann Noel Francis Louise B. Franklin Lisa & David Frist Judy & Edward Garland Alexandra & Rick Gilliam Christine A. Gilliam glassbaby white light fund Bridget Grant Amy Green Dr. & Mrs. Edmond Griffin Sandra D. Haisten

Clover Hall Laura Heyward Miranda Hitti James Honkisz & Catherine Binns Mr. & Mrs. Mark E. Jackson Natalie M. Jones Jean Gatton Jones Mr. & Mrs. Peter G. Kessenich Tanneshia Kirby Eric A. Larson Deidre Lewis Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Mager Marist School Bridget Matarrese Jean & Robert McColl Debia & Robert McCulloch Jennifer & Virginia McGuffey Carol & Ben Mitchell Joshua V. Montague Michelle Flake Morgan William Morrow Henrietta & Cory Muller Karen Olsen-Howard, M.D. Christopher Omueti

Mrs. Debby Overstreet Darryl Payne & Lisa Richardson Terrill A. Parker Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Perkowitz Chongkolni J. Potitong Denise Reese Dr. Robert & Gail Riesenberg Viktoriia & Larry Robinson Roman Rykine Robert & Susan Saudek Crista & Glenn Schaab Beverly & Milton Shlapak Hannah Sledd Danielle Squires Dr. & Mrs. Edward F. Sugarman Barbara & Jon Swann Dr. Michael & Mrs. Francoise Szikman Charlotte & David Terrell Rosemary Trudeau Annie York Trujillo Ms. Karen Trujillo William Walker Betsy West Kara & Brian Williamson

GIFTS IN HONOR & MEMORIAM In Honor of Robert Barnett James J. Andrews In Memory of Virginia Barnett Teena Stern In Honor of Louisa Basarrate Jeff Carrico In Honor of Sophie Basarrate Bridget Grant In Honor of Anne Burton Avery James J. Andrews In Honor of Margaret Carton Annette & Steven McBrayer In Honor of Lorraine Champion & Rosemary Finney Carolyn Champion In Honor of the Clark & Whitaker Families Mary French In Honor of Dylan Clinard Angela & Kirk Clinard In Honor of Lynda & Richard W. Courts II Mrs. Vaughn Linder In Honor of Lynda Courts Kathi & Robert Goddard

In Honor of Vonetta Daniels Shari Blalock Terence Hooks Julia Houston In Memory of Bernadette Datka James Datka & Nora DePalma In Memory of Mel Dobrin Ashleigh Dobrin In Honor of Sarah DuBignon Denise & Michael Wilbert In Honor of Patti Gouvas Charles Griffin In Honor of Jamila Hall Clover Hall Jonathan Karron In Honor of Steven Libman Eric & Ana Robbins In Memory of Louis Molino Michael Bracken In Memory of Edward Mortimer The Mortimer Family

In Memory of Vaughn Nixon Player Mrs. Vaughn Linder In Memory of Bob Podsiadlo Delphine Podsiadlo In Honor of Amelia Popler Jonathan Popler In Honor of Julianne Spratlin Anne M. Spratlin In Honor of Michelle Sullivan Betsy West In Memory of Edwin Story Sandra Noecker Judith Story In Honor of Sharon Story Cynthia Crain, Ed.D. & Dwight Lee, Ph.D. In Honor of Ella & Harper Tillman Ashley & Terry Tillman In Honor of Doug Weiss Hamilton & Marion Williams

In Honor of Hannah Morris Elizabeth & Chris Morris

PAS DE DEUX SOCIETY Members of the Pas de Deux Society have made an extra gift of $5,000 to artistically support an individual dancer for the 2018|2019 Season. Ms. Jan P. Beaves Dr. Harold J. Brody & Mr. Donald E. Smith Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet (3 dancers) Lynda Bradbury Courts Erroll & Elaine Davis Vanessa & Robin Delmer

Daphne Elizabeth Moore Eitel Jacqueline Flake & David Dase Julie & Paul Hagedorn Adrienne & Scott Hardesty Bonnie & Terry Herron James L. Jackson

Kathleen & Kirk Knous (2 dancers) Amy Nelson Asif & Lisa Ramji Katherine Scott Mr. Dante S. Stephensen



THE DOROTHY ALEXANDER LEGACY SOCIETY Honoring our Past, Stewarding our Present and Planning for Our Future Individuals who have included Atlanta Ballet in their long-term estate plans through bequests and other deferred-giving arrangements. Madeline & Howell Adams, Jr. C.D. Belcher Cynthia Crain Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder

Patty & Marc Dash Mrs. Daphne Moore Eitel Melodi Ford Joyce Houser, Ph.D.

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Morgan Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel John K. Palmisano & Stephen A. Williams, III

ATLANTA BALLET IS GRATEFUL TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR IN-KIND SUPPORT. Active Production & Design Affairs to Remember Caterers The Atlantan Britt Wood Designs Cool & Fit Corporate Sports Unlimited, Inc. David Yurman

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ATLANTA BALLET IS GRATEFUL FOR SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING Atlantic Capital, The Preferred Bank of Atlanta Ballet Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, The Official Coffee Provider of Atlanta Ballet Kennesaw State University, The Official Academic Partner of Atlanta Ballet Publix Super Markets, The Preferred Supermarket of Atlanta Ballet Ryder Truck Rental Systems Inc., The Official Set Transporter of Atlanta Ballet Frank A. Sinkoe, DPM, podiatric medicine Kara Pepper, MD, internal medicine, Laureatte Medical Group Laura Gandy, MD, internal medicine, Laureatte Medical Group Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT, OCS, physical therapy Emma Faulkner, PT, DPT, OCS, physical therapy Val Schonberg, MS, RD, nutrition and dietetics Courtney Gleason, MD, sports medicine, Emory Healthcare Smith & Howard, Audit Firm Jean Padberg & Associates, P.C., Immigration Counsel Jones Day, Attorneys Charlie McCullers Photography J.D. French & Assoc. Kim Kenney Photography For more information, please visit our website at Atlanta Ballet is grateful for the support from our in-kind sponsors:


Saturday, March 2, 2019 The St. Regis Atlanta Silent Auction, Dinner, Live Auction & Atlanta Ballet Performance At the Barre: Ballet Ball After Party BENEFITING Atlanta Ballet & Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education


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February 21-24, 2019 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Gennadi Nedvigin DEAN OF THE CENTRE FOR DANCE EDUCATION Sharon Story Music by Léo Delibes Conceived & Choreographed by Bruce Wells Scenic Design by Ryan Sbaratta Lighting Design by Joseph R. Walls Costume Design by Atlanta Ballet Costume Shop Narrated by Amelia Fischer Performed by Atlanta Ballet 2 Featuring Atlanta Ballet Apprentice Dancer Bret Coppa Atlanta Ballet 2 and Beauty & the Beast children’s cast courtesy of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Centre for Dance Education Faculty Serena Chu, Armando Luna, Abigail Tan-Gamino



BEAUTY & THE BEAST SYNOPSIS Long ago, a handsome young Prince lived in a magnificent castle. Though he enjoyed a life of riches, he was rude and unkind to his subjects. One fateful day, an old beggar woman approached him. Because his heart was cold, the selfish Prince turned the poor woman away. To the Prince’s surprise, the woman then transformed into a beautiful enchantress. She put a curse on the Prince for his ugly behavior, turning him into an equally ugly beast. The Enchantress’ curse could only be broken by one thing – a true love’s kiss. Now, in a nearby village, there is a beautiful young girl named Belle who lives with her father, a merchant in town. A vain and selfish huntsman named Gaston often visits this small village, always followed by adoring women. However, Gaston only has eyes for Belle. He attempts to woo Belle, but she has no interest in him. As Belle’s father prepares to leave the small village for the markets of the big city, Belle requests that he bring her back a rose, and they bid each other farewell. Along the way, Belle’s father loses the path to the city but remembers his daughter’s wish for a rose. He stops to pluck a single rose from a garden just outside a weathered castle when the Prince, now the Beast, confronts him. Belle’s father begs for his life, pleading that he must return to his daughter. The Beast then negotiates the Merchant’s release in exchange for his daughter. “It must be your daughter’s decision,” demands the Beast, who gives the old man a chest of gold before sending him on his way. The Merchant returns to the village. There he tells the story of his encounter with the Beast. Everyone is horrified except for Belle, who is determined to save her father. With a heavy heart, the Merchant returns to the rose garden with Belle. They meet the Beast, and Belle agrees to stay in her father’s place. The Beast gives two bags of gold to the Merchant before he takes his leave. The Beast then commands his court to prepare for the evening’s ball. First, they must decide upon a beautiful gown for Belle. When the Beast returns, Belle hesitantly accepts a dance with him. Embarrassed by his appearance, the Beast calls for a performance for Belle and disappears. Interrupting the performance, Gaston enters the garden with Belle’s father and tries to force Belle to leave with him. She refuses, and the Beast returns to protect her. Gaston and the Beast begin to fight. Gaston pulls out a pistol and shoots the Beast. Belle’s heart is so touched by the Beast’s bravery that she kisses him. With only a few breaths of life left in him, the curse is lifted and the Beast magically transforms back into the handsome Prince he had once been. The couple dances together and lives happily ever after.


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Atlanta Ballet 2 dancers & Company dancer Keith Reeves. Photo by Kim Kenney.


Photo by Kim Kenney. (From left to right): Dominiq Luckie, Alexander Roy, Emma Terragón, Ellie Borick, Sage Wilson, Charlotte Hermann, Remi Nakano, Brian Warkentien, Nadyne Bispo, Spencer Wetherington, Julia Crosby, Anastasia Cheplyansky, Bret Coppa (Atlanta Ballet apprentice), Aerys Merrill, Mya Kresnyak and Wevertton Santos. Not pictured: Adrián Cruz Alvarez, Younès Attoum and Carraig New. Atlanta Ballet 2 is an ensemble of students representing the highest level of the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. The mission of Atlanta Ballet 2 is to provide top-tier students with opportunities to develop technically with intense training and artistically through extensive performance experience. Atlanta Ballet 2 dancers also serve the Atlanta community by participating in community programs for local schools and organizations throughout the season. The goal is that after one or two years in Atlanta Ballet 2, these dancers will begin their professional careers.


ARTISTIC AND PRODUCTION TEAM BRUCE WELLS (Choreographer) is an internationally acclaimed choreographer who began his career with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet. Following this, he was the resident choreographer for Connecticut Ballet, Boston Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. In addition, Mr. Wells’ ballets appear in the repertories of The Australian Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Nevada Dance Theater and, most recently, Kansas City Ballet. Mr. Wells has taught for the schools of Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, City Ballet School of San Francisco, the Vancouver Ballet Society in British Columbia, Jacob’s Pillow, Kansas City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. RYAN SBARATTA (Scenic Designer) is an Atlanta-based designer who has designed sets for theater, museums, and film, and is known for his fabrication work done under the brand Lost Dog Customs. Previous theatre designs for The Center for Puppetry Arts include Pete the Cat, Anne Frank: Within Without, The Cat in the Hat, Click Clack Moo, Mother Goose, Aesop’s Carnival, The Ghastly Dreadfuls and The Canterville Ghost. His exhibit work includes Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City and, most recently, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic. For the Alliance Theatre’s 2014|2015 season of Theatre for the Very Young, Ryan created the two-dimensional set of Little Raindrop Songs. His film and television work includes “Escape Plan 2,” “Stuber” and, most recently, the art direction for Lifetime’s “American Beauty Star” season 2. Bruce Wells’ Beauty & the Beast is Ryan’s first commission for Atlanta Ballet. JOSEPH R. WALLS (Lighting Designer) has designed several pieces for Atlanta Ballet, including Ricardo Amarante’s The Premiere, Gemma Bond’s Denouement, Tara Lee’s blink and Andrea Miller’s Push. He has also designed

for STEPS Panama, Staibdance, RAIIN Dance Theater, Inland Pacific Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, and The Washington Ballet at the Kennedy Center. This past summer, Mr. Walls designed for Sundance Mountain Resort’s Summer Theatre. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Premios Escena award for best lighting design in Panama. In January 2019, Mr. Walls designed the lighting for World Youth Day 2019 with Pope Francis in Panama. AMELIA FISCHER (Narrator) is a professional actor, director and fight choreographer based in Atlanta, Ga. Amelia has worked for theatres in Washington, D.C. to Washington state, including seasons with Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Georgia Shakespeare, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Classical Theatre Company, Shakespeare Walla Walla and Houston Shakespeare Company. Here in Atlanta, Amelia has performed with Theatrical Outfit, Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Theatre Buford, Essential Theatre and Theatre Emory. As a voiceover artist, Amelia has voiced several anime characters for Sentai Filmworks, including Jibril in No Game No Life. Amelia is proud to have earned her M.F.A. from the University of Houston’s Professional Actor Training Program and her B.A. from Coastal Carolina University, and to have trained with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION CREDITS Assistant Lighting Designer COLIN SKIP WILSON Lighting Programmer ANNEMARIE MOUNTJOY Assistant Stage Manager SICILY PALMS



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he Chinese Acrobats of Hebei, from a northern province near Beijing, combine tradition, athletic spectacle, costumes and props designed to leave audiences in awe. The performers, who range in age from 19 to 25, have trained since childhood to test the limits of their brains and bodies. The disciplined acrobat-athletes have entertained audiences around the world — from South Africa to the South Pacific, and Korea to the United Kingdom. Now they’re touring the United States. If you can imagine a troupe of martial artists joining a ballet company, you’ll have some idea of what these acrobats bring to the stage. Their performance art is gravity-

defying — whether they’re balancing atop a colossal tower of teetering chairs; contorting themselves into pretzel shapes; doing flips and jumps to dive through hoops; or dancing in red and gold to evoke majestic lions. You might see clowns and magicians creating balloon animals. Or men dressed as Chinese warriors tossing and flipping petite women through the air. Or two acrobats using one another’s bodies like gymnastic pommel horses. You might also see twisting, wrapping, tumbling silk work, juggling, and feats of strength and agility. The artistry practiced by these acrobats dates back more than 2,000 years. It’s been part of their region’s traditions since the days of ancient China.


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e’s a convicted killer. She’s devoted to God. What could they possibly have in common? That question is at the heart of Dead Man Walking, the 2000 American opera, with music by Jake Heggie (Moby-Dick, Three Decembers) and a libretto by fourtime Tony Award winner Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Master Class). Dead Man Walking recounts the true story of a convicted killer on death row and Sister Helen Prejean, a Louisiana nun who became his spiritual adviser. The killer’s real name was Patrick Sonnier. In the 1995 feature film (with Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn), he’s called Matthew Poncelet. Here, he’s Joseph de Rocher. He was convicted of killing two teenagers. As his counselor, Sister Helen experiences a journey that includes witnessing supreme levels of grief and

anguish from families torn apart, families of the victims and the men whose job it is to execute — and aren’t always sure they’re doing the right thing. The Dead Man Walking story began with Sister Helen’s 1994 book. It’s now the most-performed new American opera of the 21st century. The Guardian (UK) says it “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story.” The Atlanta Opera staging, a coproduction with the Israeli Opera, features mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, a Georgia native, as Sister Helen, and Michael Mayes (this season’s Sweeney Todd) as de Rocher. Composer Heggie has called Mayes “the definitive Joseph de Rocher.” Dead Man Walking is performed in English with English supertitles and recommended for age 15 and older.






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SECRETARY Johnny Gresham | Post 4 Mike Boyce | Post 5 Earl Smith | Post 7 Steve “Thunder” Tumlin | Post 1 Robert P. Voyles | Post 3 GENERAL MANAGER & CEO Michele L. Swann





VICE PRESIDENT Joanne Truffelman

DIRECTOR Kessel D. Stelling


DIRECTOR Percy Vaughn

DIRECTOR Helen S. Carlos


DIRECTOR Shan Cooper DIRECTOR Barbarella Diaz


DIRECTOR Fran Friedrich DIRECTOR Jerry Nix







ne of the world’s most famous fairy tales is danced by Atlanta Ballet 2 in an hourlong production created for ages 12 and younger. It contains all the adventure of the full story — the handsome prince, the ugly beast, the friendship, the romance and the true love. The Beast learns that he can only become a prince again if he learns to love and is loved in return. Eventually, a young woman named Beauty enters his life. (Know that this is not a danced version of Disney’s animated movie or the Broadway musical.) “The theme appeals to a younger audience,” says international choreographer Bruce Wells, “but I don’t choreograph it with that idea in mind.” What is different, he says, is that the story “is told at the speed of light.” It’s also told with narration that’s used

sporadically and only at the most dramatic moments, much like Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. “It adds another element of fantasy,” Wells says. The acclaimed choreographer began his career with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet. You may know his name from his hourlong versions of Hansel & Gretel, Snow White and Pinocchio, all danced by Atlanta Ballet. Beauty and the Beast is performed by the members of Atlanta Ballet 2, an ensemble of dancers who make up the top level of students at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. The company is a bridge for the young artists, taking them from ballet training to professional performance. The dancers, age 17-21, are at a defining point in their careers.


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UPCOMING EVENTS at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre For the most up-to-date list of performances, please visit Tickets sold at the Synovus Box Office at Cobb Energy Centre, or by calling 800.745.3000.

Eugene Onegin March 2-10

KC & the Sunshine Band

Jeff Foxworthy March 15 & 16

March 14

Amos Lee

Look Don’t Touch

Carol Burnett

Kristin Chenoweth

March 17

March 22-24

March 25

March 29

The Temptations & the Four Tops March 30

George Clinton + Parliment Funkadelic

Shen Yun April 5-14

Shuler Hensley Awards The Atlanta Opera April 18

April 4

Cruel Intentions, The 90s Musical May 15

Amanda Palmer May 17

La traviata

Atlanta Ballet Director’s Choice

April 27-May 5

May 10-12

The Lightning Thief — Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa The Percy Jackson Musical D.R.E.A.M. the Tour June 7-9

June 22



Rodney Carrington Oct. 12

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THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS! Producer $25000+ Jimmy & Helen S. Carlos Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority Genuine Parts Company Georgia Lottery Lettie Pate Evans Foundation The Molly Blank Fund (Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation) Regions Bank Scicom Infrastructure Services Walton Communities The Zeist Foundation Di Director $10000 - 24999 Audrey B. Morgan, The Morgan Family Fund Bennett Thrasher Foundation Bobbie Bailey Foundation Terry Chandler Cobb Community Foundation Lynn Cochran-Schroder Delta Community Credit Union Ed Voyles Automotive Group Emerson Climate Technologies Georgia Council for the Arts John & Mary Franklin Foundation Livings Livingston Foundation Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company The Martha & Wilton Looney Foundation, Inc. National Endowment for the Arts Jer Jerry & Cheryl Nix Sartain Lanier Family Foundation Synovus Foundation Jack & Jean Ward Wells Fargo Foundation

Playwright $2500 - 4999 René & Barbarella Diaz Fisher & Phillips, LLP Nigel & Clare Richardson Smiley for Kylie Foundation Ticketmaster Joanne Truffelman The Vinings Rotary Club Presenter $1000 - 2499 Judith M. Alembik Mike Boyce Bill Brantley BrandBank C hildren’s Healthcare of Atlanta Cobb County School District Fidelity Bank Richard Horder Peter & Ronnie Kessenich, Sr. McKenney’s, Inc. Sam & Lisa Olens Pope and Land Enterprises Jim Rhoden, Jr. Kathleen E. Rios Laura Schilling Bennie Shaw Earl Smith John & Ka Karen Spiegel Terri Theisen Bob & Belle Voyles Lead Actor $500 - 999 Julian Bene Cobb Travel & Tourism Cumberland Mall Randy Donaldson John & Carole Harrison Gene & Patricia Henssler Shelly Kleppsattel Christine Nix Robert Parris Alex Paulson Benjamin & Christine Phelps Emma Pollard Holly B. Quinlan Cynthia Widner Wall

Ensemble $250 - 499 Robert & Susan Arko Atlanta Jewish Film Society, Inc. Charlie & Yetty Arp Thomas Casey Mike Cronin Jack & Shirley Demarest Chris Galla Johnny Gresham Pam Hubby Margaret Kleiman Susan M. Levy Don & Patsy Mabry Gas South Walter W. McBride Sid Roy Sara Stephens Gordon Via Denice M. Wetzel Audience $1 - 249 Suzanne Alea Anonymous (1,431) Julie Arnold Carole Brooks Anne Camery Cantigny Research Foundation, Inc. Ushers at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Michael Cooper Cynthia Crain Lee Winn Crump Sondra Dillon Dwight Dyer Nancy Gault Katherine Hansil Shea Jones Fred & Judith Keith Sherry Kendrick Mike Knowles Deborah Lundquist Alan Martin Leslie McLeod Kyle Moon David & Barbara Nadler Kinsey OLee Richard Parker Brenda Rhodes Elizabeth H. Roper Janice Scott Linda Smith Naomi Smith Leslie Stone Tama Tanowitz Jam James Tyson Jim & Joanne Van Duys Juliana Vincenzino The Westminister Schools George & Jan Yano

Designer $5000 - 9999 Abney Family Foundation Atlanta Braves Foundation Bruce & Sylvia Dick Larry Dingle Georgia Power Company KIA Motors of America William A. Parker, Jr. Su Publix Super Markets Charities If you do not see your name or are listed incorrectly, Six Flags Over Georgia we apologize. Please contact us at 770.916.2817 to correct. David & Michele Swann ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM 23 Listing reflects gifts made between October 1, 2016 and December 5, 2018 Tull Charitable Foundation

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Over 350,000 Georgia students and educators served since 2007!

ArtsBridge Foundation, the non-proďŹ t arm of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, provides quality arts education and community engagement programming designed to inspire creativity and foster the next generation of artists and arts supporters.


High-quality, educational performances that connect to Georgia Standards of Excellence and Common Core

Thursday, January 24, 2019 11:00 AM Grades 7 - 12 | $10 per ticket

Presented by the Atlanta Ballet 2 Wednesday, February 20, 2019 11:00 AM Grades K - 6 | $10 per ticket






Monday, March 11, 2019 10:15 AM & Noon Grades 4 - 8 | $10 per ticket

Presented by Kennesaw State University Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM Grades 6 - 12 | FREE Admission


Skill development for both students and educators in the performing arts Classes presented in partnership with

February 9, 2019 Vocal Technique Class in the style of Waitress

March 2, 2019 Vocal Technique Class in the style of Les Miserables

FAMILY PROGRAMMING Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:30 PM

A must see production that combines Chinese traditions, incredible acrobatics, contortionists, stunning costumes, Chinese props, and a beautiful music soundtrack.

DONATE TODAY! Visit to learn how you can help keep ticket prices low and the buses rolling!




ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Try one of these Cobb County restaurants before or after the show.

AMERICAN PACES & VINE — Located in the Vinings Jubilee and featuring eclectic American comfort food along with lighter fare. Menu highlights include the lobster Cobb salad, Guinness-braised beef brisket, charred salmon and crispy pork shank. P&V is also a wine-lover’s haven with an extensive, carefully curated wine list, Wednesday Wine Tastings and Half-Off Wine Bottle Sundays. Lunch, dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch. Vinings Jubilee 4300 Paces Ferry Road 404-205-8255

SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish, seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, It has a specially priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu that will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance — just show your tickets to your server. Weekly wine-and-tapas flights debut each Wednesday night. Lunch, dinner plus the all-American Sunday dinner: a lobster boil. Order ahead to ensure availability, Vinings Jubilee 4300 Paces Ferry Road 770-801-0089




2851 Akers Mill Rd. Atlanta, GA 30339 770-952-5550

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THE ENCORE ATLANTA [COBB COUNTY] DINING GUIDE CREOLE/CAJUN COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for New Orleans Saints fans. Libations include the Pontchartrain Beach martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway 770-612-3311

Menu offers an upscale variety of items that are carefully prepared from scratch, using the finest ingredients. Fire-roasted salsa is made fresh several times a day and the signature guacamole is always made to order. Wide selection of tequilas from moderately priced to, well — check out the $100 margarita “perfect for any occasion.” 2851 Akers Mill Road SE 770-952-5550

SPANISH ITALIAN CRISPINA — Neapolitan-style ristorante and pizzeria in Vinings. Pizza dough is naturally leavened, never frozen, and pastas are made fresh daily. 3300 Cobb Parkway SE, Suite 208 678-426-7149 MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY — Specializing in Italian cuisine — and lots of it — in a classy-casual setting. Pick a booth for an intimate date night, or go big; This place is good for kids and groups, too. Takeout available at all locations. Buckhead 3368 Peachtree Road 404-816-9650 Cumberland Mall 1601 Cumberland Mall 770-799-1580 Perimeter Mall 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road 770-804-3133

MEXICAN CINCO – Authentic, Latin-infused Mexican cuisine served in a setting designed to put a contemporary twist on Mexican culture.

ROSSO – Rosso is intended to be a social platform; small dishes meant to be mixed and shared among many. Rosso brings an authentic Spanish and Mediterranean experience to the Atlanta area. In addition to Spanish plates, it offers a variety of Spanish wines, house cocktails, sangrias, sherries and after-dinner drinks. One popular drink option: the Spanish Wine Flight, offering an exclusive taste of three house-chosen wines in 2-ounce portions. This tradition encourages a knowledge of respected Spanish wines and the ability to pick your favorite! Community atmosphere, imaginative cocktails paired with a contemporary take on traditional Spanish tapas. 3300 Cobb Parkway SE, Suite 104 770-672-4460

SOUTHERN/SOUTHERN-INSPIRED SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helps make grits hip for the business crowd. 1675 Cumberland Parkway 770-435-0700


FRESH, SEASONAL FOOD IN VININGS VILLAGE Join us before or after the show! Theater menu available.

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