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ballets have been staged for many companies in the U.S. and Europe. In 2015, after choreographing the fulllength ballet A Hero of Our Time for the Bolshoi Ballet to critical acclaim, the company invited him to stage a full-length ballet based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev. Nureyev premiered at the Bolshoi in December 2017. Atlanta Ballet’s first collaboration with Mr. Possokhov was the staging of his Classical Symphony in 2015. He is currently also working with Atlanta Ballet on a new Nutcracker, which will premiere in December 2018. Please visit yuripossokhov.com for more information. OĞULCAN BOROVA (Stager) joined Cincinnati Ballet as a ballet master in 2015 after dancing with Joffrey Ballet for four seasons. Borova was born in Turkey and recognized there as the first prize winner at the 3rd National Rotary Clubs Dance Competition. Other awards include a bronze medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition (Bulgaria), the “Star Dancer of Turkey” award from the Dokuz Eylül University of Izmir, where he was trained, and gold medals at the New York International Ballet Competition and the Seoul International Dance Competition. At the finals of the Nagoya International Dance Competition, he received a contract as a professional dancer in the USA. Borova was a principal dancer with Ballet Internationale in Indianapolis, Cincinnati Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Throughout his career, he worked with many wellknown choreographers and dancers and danced a large variety of classical and contemporary repertoire. He has helped staged Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias for Finnish National Ballet and Kirk Peterson’s Copellia; Eldar Aliev’s Thousand and One Nights; Victoria Morgan’s Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet and Nutcracker for Cincinnati Ballet. TRAVIS HALSEY (Costume Designer) graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a bachelor of fine arts in theater arts and has a diverse background in design and the technical aspects of costume construction. For over fifteen years, he has designed and built costumes for ballet, opera, theater, circus arts, film, television, and many other forms of live performance that require the highest quality costuming. Halsey’s design credits include Garrett Smith’s Imbue, Return, and Facades; Stanton Welch’s Chamber Symphony; a co-design for A Doll’s House; and Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre’s A Sleeping Beauty. Halsey has had the pleasure to work on an underwater rendition of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Miami City Ballet as well as Madonna’s Rebel Heart world tour and the films Chi-Raq, Divergent, and Bolden! and TV shows “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Fire.” JACK MEHLER (Lighting and Scenic Designer) is very pleased to be making his Atlanta Ballet debut with Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote. Other projects with Yuri Possokhov include Bells for The Joffrey Ballet. He received the 2012 Korean Musical Theatre Award (Korean Tony) for Elisabeth and the 2013 award for Rebecca. Other dance work includes Alvin Ailey

American Dance Theater, BalletMet, Donald Byrd/ Spectrum Dance, Ballet Memphis, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Martha Graham, Hubbard Street, Joffrey Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, San Francisco Ballet and many others. Theatre work includes Cleveland Play House, Manhattan Theatre Club, North Shore Music Theatre (3 IRNE nominations), Ogunquit Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Riverside Theatre, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Walnut Street Theatre, Weston Playhouse, the Working Theatre and the WPA Theatre, among many others. He is a founding board member of ACT/CT in Ridgefield, CT. He also provides design coordination/ owner’s representation for arts organizations building or renovating performance and rehearsal facilities. WENDALL K. HARRINGTON (Projection Designer) began her career as a projection designer on Broadway in 1979 and received the Drama Desk Award for outstanding set design and the American Theatre Wing Hewes Design award for The Who’s Tommy. Other Broadway credits include All the Way, Grey Gardens, Ragtime, The Capeman, Company, Putting it Together, Driving Miss Daisy, My One and Only and They’re Playing our Song, to name a few. Opera credits include Werther, Grapes of Wrath, Nixon in China and A View from the Bridge. Ballet credits include Alexei Ratmansky’s Anna Karenina and Firebird, OPERA!, Pictures at an Exhibition, Lar Lubovich’s Othello, Ballet Mécanique, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Nutcracker for San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. Ms. Harrington began and is currently the head of the projection design concentration at the Yale School of Drama design department – the first graduate theatre training program of its kind in the United States. JONATHAN MCPHEE (Guest Conductor) recently completed 28 years as music director for the Boston Ballet Orchestra and nearly a decade as music director of Symphony New Hampshire. Mr. McPhee maintains an active guest conducting schedule in addition to his position with Lexington Symphony. Recent guest engagements include performances with the Sarasota Ballet, Houston Ballet and New York City Ballet. Mr. McPhee has served as conductor for The Royal Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, National Ballet of Canada, The Australian Ballet, Den Norske Ballett in Norway, Royal Danish Ballet and the Hamburg Ballet in Germany, among others. His works as an arranger and composer are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. and are in the repertoires of orchestras and ballet companies around the world. These include Mr. McPhee’s authorized editions of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Firebird. Mr. McPhee’s adaption of Wagner’s RING Cycle into two full evenings premiered in 2016 to rave reviews. Mr. McPhee’s best-selling recording of The Nutcracker is available on iTunes along with his recording of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet with Boston Ballet Orchestra. Mr. McPhee received his L.R.A.M. from the Royal Academy of Music and University of London and a B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School.

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