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8 ArtsBridge Foundation 2019 Overture Gala Bringing the arts to more kids. By Janet Roberts

IN THIS ISSUE … 16 The Atlanta Opera: Eugene Onegin March 2-10

17 KC and The Sunshine Band March 14 | 7:30 p.m.

18 Jeff Foxworthy

March 15 & 16 | 8 p.m.

19 Amos Lee: My New Moon Tour March 17 | 7:30 p.m.

20 Atlanta Ballet: Look/Don’t Touch March 22-24

22 Carol Burnett

March 25 | 7:30 p.m.

23 An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth March 29 | 8 p.m.

24 The Temptations & The Four Tops March 30 | 8 p.m.

25 Jackson Browne April 1 | 8 p.m.

26 George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic April 4 | 8 p.m.

27 Shen Yun April 5-14


28 The Atlanta Opera: La traviata


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THEATER INFORMATION ATM: An ATM is located in the Grand Lobby. Concessions: Concession stands are located in the center of the lobbies. Coat check: Available at the concierge desk. Emergency information: In the event of an emergency, please locate the nearest usher who will direct you to the appropriate exit. Elevators: Elevators are located on each side of the lobbies on all levels. Lost and found: Items are turned into the concierge desk on the day of a performance. To inquire about a lost item, please call Public Safety at 770.916.2911. Parking: PREPAID PARKING AVAILABLE. Cobb Energy Centre offers prepaid parking for performances. On each performance page on the Cobb Energy Centre website there is now a button to purchase parking in advance for $12. Day-of parking is still available for $10 (cash or credit). There are 1,000 on-site parking spaces; 700 in a four-level deck and 300 more in a surface

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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GALA Bringing the arts to more kids By Janet Roberts


ristin Chenoweth’s popular An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth is the centerpiece event for the ArtsBridge Foundation’s 2019 Overture Gala on March 29. She’s the right headliner for the role, too, because she’s passionate about funding the arts for young people in her own right. Chenoweth also sponsors the Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Education Fund in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The recipient of a Tony award for playing Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a Tony nomination for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, an Emmy Award for “Pushing Daisies,” and so much more, Chenoweth is often found advocating for arts education and arts opportunities for children. In a 2015 interview with the Washington, D.C. newspaper Metro Weekly, Chenoweth shared her views on raising money to support opportunities for children to experience the arts: “I can tell you that when a kid gets up and sings, or has an art class, or wants to play an instrument, and feels good about themselves ... I believe it makes us better people and opens up our minds to creativity in a way we never thought possible.” “And I also believe it can instill self-esteem — not overconfidence, but self-esteem — in a kid, and that goes ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM


into our adult life, especially when it’s missing at home.” This year’s Overture Gala has a big goal to reach: $200,000. That’s what it takes to support ArtsBridge’s arts education and outreach programs aimed at school-age children from the very young through high school in the Atlanta area and beyond. This will be the second gala for the Foundation’s first-ever executive director, Jennifer Dobbs, who has a

personal passion for funding arts programs for children, especially those who may not otherwise be offered experiences to explore the arts. “I was one of those kids,” she says. “I grew up in foster homes before I was adopted. Without exposure to the humanities, my life could have gone in a totally different direction. Instead, I’m a living, thriving example of the impact that the arts can have on a child. I can say now that it gave me a very


positive path to pursue.” “The arts provide options for children,” she explains. “They open a child’s eyes to personal and professional possibilities they might not see otherwise. You don’t know what you’re capable of until you understand that options for expression exist. The programs we provide are great equalizers because they give everyone an opportunity to experience the arts.” Dobbs sees the program

as more impactful than simply helping young people identify their artist talent. “No, not everyone will end up being an artist, a singer, a dancer or an actor,” she says. “But the arts can affect them in different ways. If they go into a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) career, the arts can open up their ingenuity, leadership, and innovation abilities that will benefit their careers. There is merit to allowing everyone access to arts education.”

The arts provide options for children. They open a child’s eyes to personal and professional possibilities they might not see otherwise. You don’t know what you’re capable of until you understand that options for expression exist. — JENNIFER DOBBS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ARTSBRIDGE



Where does the money go? All proceeds from the Gala will support arts programs and outreach for students of all ages. Here’s a snapshot of what donations will cover in the coming year: • Field trips to performances at Cobb Energy Centre, the home of the nonprofit ArtsBridge Foundation: The largest portion of the budget goes to tickets and transportation: $250 to bring one class to the theater; $1,000 for a whole grade; and $5,000 to take a school of 300-350 students to a show. • Adopt a School: Executive Director Jennifer Dobbs hopes a special ‘Bid to Give’ event during the Gala dinner will raise $50,000 for outreach to Title 1 schools – those schools with significant numbers of low-income students, as defined by enrollment in the free and reduced lunch program. • The Shuler Awards, celebrating excellence in high school musical theater: Gala proceeds underwrite scholarships, professional-level skills workshops, and the annual musical theater awards show. Nearly 10,000 high school students across Georgia compete regionally for the event. The top two winning actors head to New York City to compete in the Jimmy Awards.

• Synergy: ArtsBridge partners with Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts in a community outreach program that showcases KSU’s arts-related majors. ArtsBridge covers ticket cost and provides transportation subsidy for high school students. • Family programming: ArtsBridge provides tickets and transportation to shows to community organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Girls Inc., and the Boys and Girls Club. Executive Director Jennifer Dobbs describes how many of the receiving families have never been to see a show together, and this program truly reaches into the community and removes the barriers to access.



If you go The 2019 Overture Gala begins with cocktails at 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 6:15 p.m. in the Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom at Cobb Energy Centre. Special entertainment includes the Shuler Award-winning students of Milton High School. Tickets for the event start at $350 and include cocktails and dinner before the show and a seat for the performance. Premium-level sponsorships include bonuses such as free parking and special recognition. In addition, anyone who buys a Silver, Gold or Platinum Sponsor ticket will be invited to a private meet-and-greet with Chenoweth after the show. Ticket prices begin at $350 each for dinner and the show, An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth. Tickets for four 10seat premium-level sponsorships with special perks were available at press time: Bronze ($1,000), Silver ($3,500), Gold ($5,000) and Platinum ($10,000). For more information, call the ArtsBridge Foundation at 770.916.2805 or visit


(Did you miss out on the Gala? You can still donate to help the Foundation reach more kids. Check it out here: events/9499-2019-overture-gala)



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veryone understands the feeling of wondering “what if?” How would different choices in the past have led to different outcomes in the present? Eugene Onegin wonders just this in the eponymous show. In the romantic Russian opera, the selfish protagonist Eugene Onegin laments his indifferent rejection of love and a fatal duel with his best friend when discovering the consequences of these decisions. The lyric opera is based on certain passages in Alexander Pushkin’s novel in verse and retains much of his poetry, which was written in iambic tetrameter. The story is set to the music of composer Tchaikovsky, who is also credited as the show’s librettist.

Concerned about initial public reception of the show, Tchaikovsky required utmost simplicity and sincerity in its performance. While the show was first performed in Moscow in 1879, it would not debut in the United States until 1920, when it was performed at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera in Italian. Pushkin’s original novel has been adapted to other mediums as well, including ballets, plays, musicals, television, numerous films, and spin off stories focused on the stories other characters. The Atlanta Opera production features the operatic talents of David Adam Moore, William Burden, Raquel González, and Megan Marino as conducted by Ari Pelto.


KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND | March 14 | 7:30 p.m.



t was 45 years ago that KC and The Sunshine Band boogied their way onto the music scene. Today, the group still plays more than 100 live shows annually, touring regularly throughout Europe, Australia and South America. Harry Wayne Casey — known to music-lovers as “KC” — fused together R&B, funk, and Latin percussion groove to create infectious, timeless hits to which listeners cannot help but dance. KC and The Sunshine Band is credited with changing the course of modern pop music with this new funky blend of sound in the ’70s, and went on to sell more than 100 million records and receive numerous awards. The group released four #1 pop singles in a 12-month period — “Get Down

Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Shake Your Booty,” and “I’m Your Boogie Man,” — the first recording act to do so since the Beatles accomplished the same in 1964. In addition, three of those singles shot to #1 on the R&B charts. KC and The Sunshine Band continues to not only perform and entertain, but also to write and record new material. The group released an album in 2015 (Feeling You! The 60s), a single in 2017 (“Movin’ Your Body”), and a special edition Christmas album in 2018 (A Sunshine Christmas: Special Edition). The music of KC and The Sunshine Band has been covered by numerous artists, including White Zombie, Baha Men, and Beyoncé Knowles.


JEFF FOXWORTHY | March 15 & 16 | 8 p.m.



escribed by his website as “Comedian, Outdoorsman, Guy,” Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. He is the highest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, and best-selling author of more than 26 books. In 2014, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. While he is widely known for his redneck jokes, Foxworthy’s act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to that of Mark Twain. An Atlanta native, Foxworthy attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, but left just before graduating. His career in comedy began in 1984 when, at the urging of his coworkers, Foxworthy entered and won the

Great Southeastern Laugh-off at Atlanta’s Punchline comedy club. Throughout his dynamic career, Jeff has hosted game shows (including “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader” and “The American Bible Challenge”) and reality shows (“The American Baking Competition” and “The Week the Women Left”), and has his own channel on satellite radio co-hosted by Larry the Cable Guy called “Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup.” The LA Times has described Foxworthy as “especially virtuosic in his physical comedy, his flights of fancy and lightning shifts of tone and mood, he blends all these elements effortlessly. He may define being redneck as possessing ‘a glorious lack of sophistication,’ but the truth is that Foxworthy, for all his regular-guy image, is a decidedly sophisticated artist.”


AMOS LEE: MY NEW MOON TOUR | March 17 | 7:30 p.m.



he sounds of Amos Lee encompass folk, rock, and soul. The American singer-songwriter has been described by the New York Times as having a “honeyed singing voice – light amber, mildly sweet, a touch of grain” which he features “squarely, without much fuss or undue strain” in his “1970s folk rock and rustic soul” musical song craft. Lee has previously performed as opener for an impressive list of artists including Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Merle Haggard, Van Morrison, John Prine, Dave Matthews Band, Adele, the

Zac Brown Band, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, and David Gray. Lee’s recording career includes one live album and seven studio albums, the most recent of which, My New Moon, was released in August of 2018. The new album is comprised of 10 original songs described by the press as “the product of a period of intense connection and loss, marking [Lee’s] most personal collection to date.” Appearing with Amos Lee is Ethan Gruska of The Belle Brigade, who traveled as the opening act and part of the backup band for Ray LaMontagne’s North American tour.






he Atlanta Ballet’s Look/Don’t Touch is comprised of three works. These imaginative pieces explore a playful and lively side of the art of dance. First is Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, which pokes fun at the pretentious nature of “high art.” In Cacti, a joyful and expressive parody of the greater excesses of dance, sixteen dancers stand, seemingly trapped, on oversized Scrabble tiles. While a string quartet accompanies tongue-in-cheek recorded narration of the action, the dancers run, fall, wriggle, and try to escape their invisible prisons. Along the way, they each acquire a cactus. Cacti is a loving, incisive, and often hilarious deconstruction of the affectations of dance. Next is Sandpaper Ballet from legendary American choreographer Mark Morris. This 25-minute ballet, set to music by the 20th century American composer Leroy Anderson, shows echoes of what has been considered the “businessman’s musical”:

easy on the eye and easier on the mind. The fun, ensemble-focused ballet was described by the San Francisco Gate after its premiere in 1999 as “delightfully loopy sprawl of a pop dance.” Look/Don’t Touch will present the Atlanta Ballet Company premiere of the witty piece. Lastly, the Company will perform AON <all or nothing>, a new commission from Yury Yanowsky. The recently-retired dancer was a principal with the Boston Ballet for 22 years before making the decision to focus on choreography. The son of two celebrated dancers, Yanowsky’s respected career with the Boston Ballet included receiving first prize at the Prix de Lausanne and winning the silver medal at both the Varna International Ballet Competition and the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss. His visionary choreography promises a visually arresting accompaniment to Cacti and Sandpaper Ballet.


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Sandpaper Ballet

Music by Leroy Anderson “Sleigh Ride,” “The Typewriter,” “Trumpeter’s Lullaby,” “Sarabande,” “Balladette,” “Jazz Pizzicato,” “Jazz Legato,” “Fiddle Faddle,” “The Girl in Satin,” “Song of the Bells,” “The Syncopated Clock” Choreography by Mark Morris Staged by Tina Fehlandt Costume Design by Isaac Mizrahi Lighting Design by James F. Ingalls 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, Moisés Martín, Sergio Masero-Olarte, Juliana Missano, Miguel Angel Montoya, Jackie Nash, Jonathan Philbert, Keith Reeves, Mikaela Lauryn Santos, Aleksandra Shalimova, Anderson Souza, Jared Tan, Ivan Tarakanov, Ashley Wegmann, Olivia Yoch

The music of Sandpaper Ballet is used by arrangement with Woodbury Music Company and EMI Music Publishing, owners and publishers. World Premiere: April 27, 1999 – San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, Calif. Sandpaper Ballet © 1999 Discalced, Inc.



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World Premiere Music by Lucas Vidal Choreography by Yury Yanowsky Costume Design by Lyuba Yanowsky Lighting Design by Joseph R. Walls


Music by Franz Schubert Arranged and orchestrated by Andy Stein as Symphony in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden” IV Presto Choreography, Scenic and Costume Designs by Alexander Ekman Staging by Ana Maria Lucaciu Scenic and Lighting Designs by Tom Visser Lighting by Carl Skovgaard Text by Spenser Theberge Cacti music performed by Lisa Morrison, Violin Sally Gardner-Wilson, Violin Joli Wu, Viola Charae Krueger, Cello Music of the first part collectively assembled, improvised and composed by Tinta Schmidt von Altenstadt, David Marks, Saskia Viersen, Artur Trajko, and Jan Pieter Koch, music coordinator.



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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, Moisés Martín, Sergio Masero-Olarte, Juliana Missano‡, 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

Dorothy Moses Alexander, Atlanta Ballet Founder, 1929-1960 Robert Barnett, Artistic Director Emeritus, 1961-1994 John McFall, Artistic Director, 1994-2016 I-4


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.

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. I-6


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. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM


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, I-8


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. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.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 & 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. I-10 ATLANTA BALLET | ATLANTABALLET. 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. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.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 I-12 ATLANTA BALLET | ATLANTABALLET. 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 ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.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 MARK MORRIS (Choreographer, Sandpaper Ballet) has been hailed as the “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times). In addition to creating over 150 works for the Mark Morris Dance Group, he conducts orchestras, directs opera and choreographs for ballet companies worldwide. Morris’ work is acclaimed for its ingenuity, musicality, wit and humanity. Named a fellow of the MacArthur Foundation in 1991, he has received eleven honorary doctorates to date and a multitude of awards, including the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society, the Benjamin Franklin Laureate Prize for Creativity, the Cal Performances Award of Distinction in the Performing Arts, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Gift of Music Award and the 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award. In 2015, Morris was inducted into the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York. Formed in 1980, Mark Morris’ internationally-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has received “highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity” (Bloomberg News). Live music and community engagement are vital components of the dance group. It has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996, and regularly collaborates with orchestras and opera companies around the world. MMDG’s film and television projects include “Dido and Aeneas,” “The Hard Nut,” “Falling Down Stairs,” the U.K.’s “South Bank Show” and “Live from Lincoln Center.” In 2015, Morris’ signature work L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato premiered on PBS’ “Great Performances.” The Mark Morris Dance Center opened in 2001 to provide a home for the dance group, subsidized rental space for local artists, programs for local children and seniors and dance classes for students of all ages and abilities. TINA FEHLANDT (Stager, Sandpaper Ballet) was an integral part of the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) for 20 years and performed in over 50 works choreographed by Mark Morris. With MMDG, she toured the world and appeared in several television specials, most notably as Louise in Mr. Morris’ production of “The Hard Nut.” She has been the subject of feature articles in Self-Magazine, Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher. In Ballet Review, Ms. Fehlandt was hailed as “one of the most beautiful dancers anywhere.” Ms. Fehlandt has staged Mark Morris’ work at San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal New Zealand Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Houston Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet

Theatre, as well as Princeton University, Indiana University, New York University, Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College, Barnard College, Juilliard, Long Island University and the White Oak Dance Project. Ms. Fehlandt is a full-time lecturer in dance at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts where she teaches all levels of ballet and modern dance. She continues her association with MMDG as an instructor in the Summer Intensives and as faculty at the school teaching professional/ advanced ballet. ISAAC MIZRAHI (Costume Designer, Sandpaper Ballet) has worked extensively in the entertainment industry as an actor, host, writer, designer and producer for over 30 years. He hosted his own television talk show, has written three books and has made countless appearances in movies and on television. He served as a judge on “Project Runway: All-Stars” and is chief designer for the Isaac Mizrahi brands. He has designed costumes for opera, ballet, Broadway and off-Broadway, as well as directed productions for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Annually, he directs and narrates his production of Peter and The Wolf at The Guggenheim Museum. He has performed cabaret at Café Carlyle, Joe’s Pub, West Bank Café, City Winery and many other venues across the country. Mizrahi also has his own production company, Isaac Mizrahi Entertainment, under which he has several projects in development in television, theatre and literature. His most recent book, I.M.: A Memoir, was published in February 2019. JAMES F. INGALLS (Lighting Designer, Sandpaper Ballet) has designed several pieces for Mark Morris, including Orfeo ed Euridice (Metropolitan Opera); King Arthur (English National Opera); Sylvia, Sandpaper Ballet, Maelstrom and Pacific (San Francisco Ballet); Platée (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and New York City Opera); Mozart Dances, Romeo and Juliet: On Motifs of Shakespeare, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato and Dido and Aeneas (MMDG). Recent designs for dance include The Nutcracker (Pacific Northwest Ballet/Seattle); Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour (U.S. and N.Y. State Theatre); The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky (Teatro alla Scala Ballet and American Ballet Theater); Celts, choreographed by Lila York (Boston Ballet) and Sea Lark and Death and the Maiden (Paul Taylor Dance Company). Recent theatre work includes Desdemona, directed by Peter Sellars (UCLA/CAP, Melbourne and Sydney Festivals) and Druid Shakespeare, directed by Garry Hynes (Galway, Irish tour and Lincoln Center Festival). He often collaborates with Melanie Rios Glaser and The Wooden Floor dancers in Santa Ana, California.



LUCAS VIDAL (Composer, AON) has been honored to win two GOYA Awards: one for his score to “Nobody Wants the Night” starring Juliette Binoche and another sharing best song with pop star Pablo Alboran for the Spanish blockbuster film “Palmeras en la Nieve.” He also received an Emmy Award for composing the theme of The Olympic Games and a GQ Men of the Year Award in 2017 for his professional achievements. Throughout his career, he has scored more than 20 feature films, with different sonorities for “Fast & Furious 6 ”and “El árbol de la sangre” by Julio Medem. He has also worked with pop artists such as Antonio Orozco and Amaia Montero. Born in Madrid, Lucas showed exceptional talent as a young composer and quickly developed his own style. He majored in film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he was the youngest student to ever compose and record the score for a feature film with an 80-piece orchestra. After graduation, he moved to New York and continued his studies at Julliard School of Music, under the mentorship of Richard Danielpour, before finally settling in Los Angeles. In addition to feature films, Lucas has scored numerous television advertisements for companies like Apple and Toyota, as well as trailers for films such as “Wonder Woman,” “Terminator,” and a “Star Wars” film. Lucas’ resume also includes compositions for the Boston Ballet, Providence Ballet, Boston Symphony Hall and Los Angeles’ renowned Disney Hall. He has recorded more than 200 sessions in the most prestigious studios across America and Europe, including Capitol Studios and Abbey Road Studios. He recently produced the new Raphael album where he is merging orchestral and electronic music. He is also composing the score for the new Netflix show “Elite” and just finished the movie “Paradise Hills,” featuring Emma Roberts and Milla Jovovich. Lucas has been the musical director and conductor of the Christmas Concerts at Teatro Real in Madrid, where he performed the music of John Williams. Lucas divides his time between Los Angeles and Madrid. YURY YANOWSKY (Choreographer, AON) maintained a career as a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet that spanned over two decades. Yanowsky won first prize at the Prix de Lausanne, and the silver medal at the Varna and U.S. International Ballet Competitions. Over the past decade, Yanowsky has had the opportunity to showcase his choreography around the world. He has been commissioned to create new works for Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet 2, Bundes Jugend Ballet, Jacobs Pillow Gala, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Kansas City Ballet, Portland Ballet and Festival Ballet Providence. In 2015, he was awarded the choreographic prize at the prestigious Erik Bruhn Competition, and his ballet Smoke and Mirrors for Boston Ballet was named Best in Dance for 2016 by The Arts Fuse and hailed as a I-16 ATLANTA BALLET | ATLANTABALLET. COM

“visual and choreographic masterpiece.” Yanowsky has served as movement consultant for American Repertory Theatre and as movement director for The Boston Lyric Opera. He is a frequent teacher at Boston Ballet and is an adjunct faculty member at Dean College and Harvard University. LYUBA YANOWSKY (Costume Designer, AON) was born in Spain. She has grown up in a family of artists (Yanowsky) with a heritage in ballet, choreography and stage productions. Once she finished her studies of ballet, she studied fashion design and costume studies from 1997 to 2002. She took her qualifications in IED (Madrid), Central Saint Martins School of Art (London), Wimbledon School of Art (London) and in OVTS (Bristol) where she achieved an MA in Costume and Set Design. Her career in fashion started in 2000 in Delpozo atelier in Madrid. In 2005 she started her own company Phobos Squad “Aute Couture” and in 2006 she created Phobos Bodywear “Sportswear.” She also worked as a fashion stylist for many magazines in Spain and the U.K. Ms. Yanowsky has worked as a costume designer in several theatre productions in England and Spain, such as The Knight of the Burning Pestle, A Christmas Carol, King John, Animal Farm (OVTS, UK), El cereco de Lemingrado, Los mares habitados, Abre el ojo (2RCT, Spain). As a ballet costume designer, she has worked with many choreographers and ballet companies, including Morpho (Nadia Yanowsky, Staatsoper Berlin, Germany), Messe (Montserrat Leon, Leipziger Ballet, Germany), Nyris (Yury Yanowsky, Boston Ballet, USA), Siryn (Yury Yanowsky, London Coliseum, U.K), Raíces (Anatol Yanowsky, Gran Canaria, Spain), Voricity Control, (Yury Yanowsky, Gran Canaria, Spain), Live now, think later (Xenia Wiest, Kremlin Gala, Russia). Ms. Yanowsky currently combines her work as a costume designer with her work as a stage director and performance director in Spain. JOSEPH R. WALLS (Lighting Designer, AON) has designed several pieces for Atlanta Ballet, including La Sylphide, 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, Ballet West, Inland Pacific Ballet, Charlotte Ballet and The Washington Ballet at the Kennedy Center. This past summer, Walls designed for Sundance Mountain Resort’s summer theatre. He has been nominated for the prestigious Premios Escena award for best lighting design in Panama City, Panama. In January, Walls designed the lighting for the weeklong World Youth Day 2019 celebration with Pope Francis in Panama. Currently, Walls is collaborating with Dana Genshaft, Ethan Stiefel and Trey McIntyre for The Washington Ballet’s evening of Three World Premieres in April 2019.

ANDY STEIN (Arranger, Cacti) has been called “a musician with a checkered past” (NY Times). His compositions and arrangements include an opera with librettist Garrison Keillor and some arranging for Sir Paul McCartney. His full “Symphony, ‘Death and the Maiden,’ ” (of which the last movement is used here in Cacti) is of course adapted from Schubert’s famous string quartet, and is performed in its entirety by many orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. It can be heard on a Naxos disc with JoAnn Falletta conducting. He has also created concerted works for Andre Watts, Joshua Bell and others, and has scored several Hollywood feature films and an Oscar-winning cartoon. Growing up in New York with lots of music in the family, he began his violin studies at age 5 encouraged by his aunt Lillian Fuchs, a prominent violist. He played and studied theory with his pianist father and counterpoint at Mannes College of Music. Continuing at the University of Michigan, he joined up with some friends to form Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, an eclectic rock band with whom he remained for 8 years, putting 750,000 miles on the bus and releasing 8 albums for Paramount and Warner Brothers. Perhaps best known as the “Powdermilk Biscuit Fiddler,” heard weekly for 22 years on public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor,” Stein has recorded/performed with a variety of artists from Itzhak Perlman, Lady Gaga, and Sir Paul McCartney to Meryl Streep and Willie Nelson. With one foot in the Jazz field he has recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Paquito D’Rivera and, most importantly, with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, with whom he won his 2nd Grammy for work on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Since the 1980s, he has been known for his re-creations of the work of Joe Venuti, the first jazz violinist in the 1920s, whose recordings inspired the careers of Stephane Grapelli and others. His TV appearences include “The LateShow with David Letterman,” “Conan,” “SNL” and “Great Performances” (PBS). Stein is also a featured soloist on some Disney films and Ken Burns’ documentaries. He has performed for two United States Presidents, the President of the Dominican Republic, four New York City mayors and the Native American occupying force on Alcatraz. Please visit ALEXANDER EKMAN (Choreographer, Cacti) is an international choreographer and director creating pieces for opera houses, theatres and museums. He also directs films and music videos, as well as live performances in pop-up locations. Ekman is known for his fast-paced timing, witty humor and clever transitions. He aims to create work with which the majority can relate and connect. Since 2006, he has devoted his time to creating pieces that both entertain and question the observer. He aims to transform the atmosphere in the audience and to always surprise and entertain the audience. Around 50 dance companies worldwide have performed pieces by Ekman, such as Royal Swedish Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Compañia

Nacional de Danza, Goteborg Ballet, Iceland Dance Company, Bern Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, Ballet de l’Opéra du Rhin, The Norwegian National Ballet, Boston Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Sydney Dance Company, The Royal Ballet of Denmark and Vienna Ballet. He has also created for festivals such as the French Europa Danse and the Athens International Dance Festival. To learn more about Ekman’s work, follow him on Instagram (@Ekmannen) or visit “A master of comic timing” - Financial Times “Playful and humane…humor, style, and charm” - The Village Voice “Silly, clever and knowing” - The Guardian “Brilliant!” – The New York Times “Witty, effervescent, playful, surreal and joyously physical” The Australian – Instagram (@Ekman) ANA MARIA LUCACIU (Stager, Cacti) was born in Bucharest, Romania. After graduating from the National Ballet School of Canada, she joined Canada’s National Ballet and went on to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet, Augsburg Ballet (Germany), The Portuguese Contemporary Dance Company (Lisbon) and, most recently, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York, where she danced for seven years. Lucaciu has performed and created works with contemporary dance’s foremost choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiří Kylián, Alexander Ekman, Jo Stromgren, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and many others. Holder of a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from Empire State College, she collaborates and performs with a wide range of artists and companies, and she freelances as a dancer and choreographer in her own right. Lucaciu teaches ballet, contemporary and improvisation workshops at professional programs and dance companies across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Lucaciu assisted Crystal Pite on the Polaris Project at New York City Center. She currently assists Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman with new creations and stages his work around the world. TOM VISSER (Scenic and Lighting Designer, Cacti) was born in 1980 and grew up in the west of Ireland. Coming from a theatrical family, he spent a lot of time as a child in theatres around the world. At the age of 18, he started working in musical theatre. In 2003, he joined The Nederlands Dans Theatre, which brought him into contact with many great names in the dance world. For the past 10 years, he has been working as a freelance lighting designer. He has created works for NDT1 and 2, Royal Swedish Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Sydney Dance Company and The Norwegian National Ballet, to name a few.



JONATHAN MCPHEE (Guest Conductor) is music director for the Lexington Symphony and maintains an active guest-conducting career. Having completed 28 years as music director for Boston Ballet, he is currently serving as a guest conductor for Houston Ballet, New York City Ballet, Sarasota Ballet and the Kiev National Opera Orchestra in the Ukraine. His adaption of Wagner’s RING Cycle into two full evenings with orchestra and singers premiered in 2016 to rave reviews. Mr. McPhee has served as conductor for The Royal Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, National Ballet of Canada, The Australian Ballet, Den Norske Ballet in Norway and Royal Danish Ballet, among others. His works as an arranger and composer are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. and Schott Music, and are in the repertoires of orchestras and ballet companies around the world. Mr. McPhee’s editions of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and The Firebird are the only authorized reduced orchestrations of these works. Mr. McPhee’s best-selling recording of The Nutcracker with the Boston Ballet Orchestra has sold over 85,000 copies. He has recorded Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet with that orchestra (available on iTunes), and Michael Gandolfi’s Caution to the Wind on the CRI label. Mr. McPhee was the conductor for the films of Martha Graham’s works telecast by DANCE IN AMERICA that included Samuel Barber’s Cave of the Heart, Gian Carlo Menotti’s Errand into the Maze, and Edgard Varese’ Integrales, Offrandes and Octandre. Mr. McPhee received his Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music from the Royal Academy of Music and University of London, and a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from The Juilliard School. LISA MORRISON (Violin, Cacti) has been the concertmaster of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra since 1989. Solo violin appearances with Atlanta Ballet include Hamlet, the Philip Glass “Violin Concerto,” Chausson’s Poeme and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Morrison recently performed solos in the Atlanta Ballet productions of Angels Share, Cacti and Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet. She is committed to versatile music genres and has performed in many productions at the Fox Theatre and with popular artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Stevie Wonder. Morrison graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Music in violin and studied at the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, Chautauqua Festival and AIMS in Austria. Morrison has taught at Kennesaw State University; she now teaches at Reinhardt University, is assistant director of the Georgia Academy of Music, and a member of The Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Amati Chamber Players. SALLY GARDNER-WILSON (Violin, Cacti), born and raised in England, has lived and worked in the United States since 1995. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, studying with Jack Glickman. During this time, she I-18 ATLANTA BALLET | ATLANTABALLET. COM

participated in various music festivals, such as the St. Endellion Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Orchestra and Aldeburgh Festival, and toured extensively in Europe with various orchestras and chamber groups. Participating in the Banff Summer Music Program led her to move to the U.S. in 1995 to continue her studies, gaining a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, studying with Sherban Lupu. Sally is associate concertmaster of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and plays regularly in The Atlanta Opera Orchestra as well. She was associate concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and played regularly with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra Augusta before having a family and deciding to work closer to home. Sally is an active freelancer in the Atlanta area and teaches violin/viola at Athens Academy as well as maintaining a busy teaching studio in her home. She has also taught at Spelman College, Agnes Scott College, The Lovett School and Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. JOLI WU (Viola, Cacti), received a bachelor’s degree in performance from The Juilliard School and a master’s degree from the Yale University. Upon graduation, she served as a resident tutor in the Currier House at Harvard University. Ms. Wu was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she is the principal violist of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and a section member of The Atlanta Opera Orchestra. Ms. Wu has been an artist-inresidence at a music festival in Nessonvaux, Belgium, performing, giving masterclasses, and coaching chamber music. For the past three summers, she has served on the faculty at the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival. In 2016, the Georgia Asian Times named Ms. Wu one of the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia. She is a faculty member at the Westminster Schools and teaches in her private studio. CHARAE KRUEGER (Cello, Cacti) is principal cellist for The Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. She is lecturer and artist-in-residence in cello at Kennesaw State University and performs with the Summit Piano Trio and KSU Faculty String Trio, as well as the Peachtree String Quartet. Ms. Krueger enjoys chamber music and solo recital work and plays throughout the Southeastern U.S. She is a regular featured artist at The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina, the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming and the North Georgia Chamber Music Festival. Her solo and chamber music recitals have often been featured on WABE radio Atlanta. Ms. Krueger received her early cello training in Canada at the Regina Conservatory of Music. She went on to study at Brandon University and received her Bachelor of Music performance degree from New England Conservatory in Boston. She also holds an Artist Diploma from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass.


VIOLIN Lisa Morrison Concertmaster

VIOLA Joli Wu Principal

FLUTE Jeanne Carere Principal

HORN Jason Eklund Principal

TUBA Don Strand Principal

Sally Gardner Wilson Assoc. Concertmaster

Josiah Coe Shadwa Mussad Sarah Park Kristeen Sorrells

Kelly Via

Andrew Sehmann Amy Trotz Richard Williams

PERCUSSION Mike Cebulski Principal

TRUMPET Kevin Lyons Principal

Karen Hunt Jeff Kershner

Linda Pinner Principal Second Adelaide Federici Keiko Furness Martha Gardner Patti Gouvas Patrick Ryan Angele SherwoodLawless

Lee Taylor Elonia Varfi Rafael Veytsblum Ying Zhuo

CELLO Charae Krueger Principal Hilary Glen Mary Kenney CONTRABASS Lyn DeRamus Principal Christina Ottaviano

OBOE Erica Howard Principal Diana Dunn CLARINET Katherine White Principal Greg Collins BASSOON Amy Pollard Principal Dan Worley

John Morrison Co-Principal Greg Holland TROMBONE Robb Smith Principal Mark McConnell Richard Brady

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.

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 Emily C. Baker Jan Beaves Ron Breakstone Ginny Brewer Kelly C. Cannon Chris Carlos

Dr. Meria Carstarphen Lynn CochranSchroder 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 Robert L. Green Susan S. Kettering Santiago Marquez

Juan Mejia Carl Pascarella Eric Robbins Laura Turner Seydel Takashi Shinozuka Judith Varnai Shorer Andrew Staunton 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 KennedySmith 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



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 DEVELOPMENT & FUNDRAISING Steven B. Libman, Chief Advancement Officer Mia Colson, Institutional Giving Officer Lauren Elliott, Individual Gifts Officer Amy Green, Major Gifts Officer 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 Ă ine Imbach, Social Media Manager/Graphic Designer Myredith Gonzales, Group Sales Manager Toni C. Vacinek, Communications Manager 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 Dave Smith, Interim Technical Director Amanda Craig, Production Stage Manager Sicily Palms, Company Manager Jane Kuipers, Assistant Stage Manager Joseph R. Walls, Lighting Supervisor Matt Oliner, Production Head Electrician Annemarie Mountjoy, Lighting Programmer

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 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 Jane Arthur, Dixie Boston, Viviana Coronado, Sarah Gunter, Lindsay Walker 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.


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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

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 Honor of Darcy & Rachel Denneen Marilyn & Leslie Kelman 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 Honor of Hannah Morris Elizabeth & Chris Morris In Memory of Peppi Perdue Savanna Jax 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

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 Britt Wood Designs Cool & Fit Corporate Sports Unlimited, Inc. David Yurman Electronic Theatre Controls

Georgia Dermatology Center Jean Padberg & Associates La Fête Chocolat Margot McKinney & Neiman Marcus Mathews Furniture + Design National Video Monitoring Co, LLC

Peachtree Tents & Events Rayo Events SOULCYCLE The Atlantan The Bucherati Group, LLC Tony Brewer & Company

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:


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CAROL BURNETT | March 25 | 7:30 p.m.



efore becoming an award-winning actress and best-selling author, Carol Burnett hosted one of the most honored shows of television history: “The Carol Burnett Show.” The show ran for 11 years, had an average 30 million views per week, received 25 Emmy Awards, and was named one of the “100 Best Television Shows of All Time” in 2007 by TIME magazine. In addition, the show was the first of its kind to be hosted by a woman. While Burnett is most widely known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” it’s her artistic brilliance, her respect and appreciation of her fans, and her graciousness, integrity, warmth, and humor on and off screen that have made her one of the most beloved performers in entertainment and one of the

most admired women in America. In 2005, Burnett was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for “enhancing the lives of millions of Americans and for her extraordinary contributions to American entertainment.” In a format reminiscent of the legendary openings of “The Carol Burnett Show,” “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection Where the Audience Asks Questions” will allow audience members to do as the title suggests – ask questions – and receive spontaneous answers, peppered with video clips from her shows. “I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” says Burnett. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!”





mmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daisies.” In 1999, she won a Tony Award for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked in 2004. Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award for her role on “Glee.” In 2009, she wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, A Little Bit Wicked, which debuted on the New

York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List. Chenoweth has performed to soldout audiences across the world, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. In 2014, she released a CD and DVD of her own live concert performance, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home and in 2016 released The Art of Elegance, her first album of American Songbook classics via Concord Records. Chenoweth is set to star as Madeline in the upcoming musical comedy Death Becomes Her, a stage adaptation of the 1992 film. Chenoweth is passionate about funding opportunities for young people to engage with the arts. She sponsors the Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Education Fund in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.





t is universally understood that the Motown machine changed, and continues to influence, the course of music history. The Four Tops and The Temptations – two major players of that era – have been touring together for the past 30 years. Today, original group members Otis Williams (The Temptations) and Abdul “Duke” Fakir (The Four Tops) lead the powerhouse tour. The two groups first appeared together for the “Motown 25” television special in 1983 in a “Battle of the Bands” performance. This performance inspired the joint tour that continues to this day. The Temptations became known for their unique blend of voices and their attention-

grabbing wardrobe. Most of all, their sharp choreography known as “The Temptation Walk” became a defining legacy of Motown Records, and a staple of American style, flair, flash, and class. Millions of fans saw The Temptations as cultural heroes. The Four Tops were among a number of groups who established the “Motown Sound” heard around the world during the 1960’s. Their first Motown hit, “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964, made them stars. Their ’60s hits are indisputably essential to any comprehensive retrospective of the decade. In 1989, The Temptations were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Four Tops were inducted the next year.


JACKSON BROWNE | April 1 | 8 p.m.



efore Jackson Browne released his debut album in 1972, he was performing folk songs and writing hit recorded by artists like Gregg Allman, Linda Ronstadt, and the Eagles. In fact, Brown co-wrote “Take it Easy” with the Eagles’ Glenn Flay, which went on to be listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.” Browne’s album that saw the biggest commercial success was “Running on Empty” (1977), which he recorded entirely on tour, using only new material and combined live concert performances with recordings made on buses, in hotel rooms, and back stage. This was unconventional, and “Running on Empty” came to be considered more a concept album than a standard live album. Though the album was mostly recorded while Browne performed on stage, the songs were previously unrecorded. “Running on Empty”

included some of Browne’s most popular songs, such as “Rosie,” and “The Load-Out/ Stay.” While the “Running on Empty” album was commercially successful, fans were accustomed to more emotionally dense work that pushed the envelope as social critiques and political protests. As a socially conscious artist, Browne has received multiple awards, including the John Steinbeck Award, Duke University’s LEAF award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts, and Promoting Enduring Peace’s Gandhi Peace Award. Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Accompanying Jackson on his acoustic tour are longtime band mates and vocalists Alethea Mills and Chavonne Stewart, and the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz.





n April 4th, George Clinton will play his last show in Atlanta before retiring from touring. The Parliament Funkadelic front man and producer has been an undeniable force in the music world. Credited for revolutionizing R&B in the ‘70s, George Clinton blended soul music with late ‘60s acid heroes, including Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. Clinton created an ensemble of over 50 musicians who recorded as both Parliament and Funkadelic in the ’70s. Funkadelic pursued band-format psychedelic rock and Parliament engaged in a funk freefor-all, blending influences from the funk godfathers with freaky costumes and themes inspired by ’60s acid culture and science fiction. During this time the Parliament/Funkadelic powerhouse

recorded three platinum albums and over 40 R&B hit singles. Along with writing and producing charttopping hits and performing in memorable, extravagant live shows, Clinton’s career is respected for his dedication to funk as a genre, as well. Clinton took funk to new heights, developing a unique and easily identifiable style affectionately called “Pfunk.” With strong roots in the musical traditions of blues in the Deep South, funk was elevated to acceptance as a bona fide genre of music as a result of Clinton’s skillful blending of musical elements and championing the musical form. Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Today, Clinton and Parliament/ Funkadelic perform for audiences that are a cross-cultural mix of music lovers from 8 to 80.


SHEN YUN | April 5-14



hen Yun, founded in 2006 by practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, performs classical Chinese dances with orchestral accompaniment and solo performers. Styles range from traditional, folk, and story-based dances choreographed to represent 5,000 years of history. The spiritual discipline of Falun Gong is centered around a moral philosophy of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance, and both Buddhist and Taoist roots. Shen Yun’s performances aim to keep alive the spirit of this philosophy’s profoundly optimistic worldview and deep spirituality. Accompanied by vivid costumes and projected backdrops, 40 artists perform dances that have been passed down

through the five millennia represented in the performance. Many of these dances emphasize acrobatics and tumbling. The digital backdrops transport the audience from farmland to mountains, and from imperial courts to temples. Shen Yun dancers wear intricate costumes and often carry handkerchiefs, drums, fans, chopsticks, and silk scarves as props. Some of their costumes replicate traditional dress, others depict ancient Chinese court dancers, soldiers, or characters from classic stories. Shen Yun creates and tours an allnew show for each season. Their 2019 performance is sure to be, as always, full of wonder, excitement, and enchantment.






a traviata is a cornerstone of the operatic repertory. The classic story has been told time and time again, but few with the same intensity as Verdi – a young female courtesan and a young man fall in love, compromising the safety of the courtesan. The three-act opera by Giuseppe Verdi is set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. The show is based on the classic novel La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, son of another famous author of the same name who penned The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.

Dumas’ novel has been adapted not only to opera with La traviata, but also to ballet, contemporary dance, numerous films, and a stage play adapted by Dumas himself. La traviata is the only one of Verdi’s many operas to be set entirely indoors. Originally named for its main character, the music of Violetta changes as she evolves through the drama: from the hectic, almost hysterical melodies of the first act, to the more dramatic passages of the second, and the spiritual quality of her music as she departs life in Act III, when hardly a dry eye remains.


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.

Atlanta Ballet Director’s Choice

Cruel Intentions, The 90s Musical

Ben Platt

Amanda Palmer

The Righteous Brothers

May 16

May 17

May 10-12

May 15

June 6

Eddie B.

King Crimson

Penn & Teller

July 20

Sept. 29

Oct. 10

Rodney Carrington

Rickey Smiley

Oct. 12

Oct. 19

Marisela and Amanda Miguel

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

June 22

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VICE-CHAIR A. Max Bacon | Post 2



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



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

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

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



HUNGRY CATERPILLAR Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:15 AM & Noon Grades PreK - 2 | $10 per ticket

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


ERTH’S PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM Wednesday, April 3, 2019 10:15 AM & Noon Grades K - 6 | $6 per ticket SPRING BREAK SPECIAL PRICING


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

April 27 & 28, 2019 Performance Technique Class in the style of Dear Evan Hansen

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An adaptation of the best-selling DisneyHyperion novel by Rick Hy Riordan features Percy, son of Poseidon, discovering his powers on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt!

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March-April 2019

In this issue, we stamp our gastronomic passports with the cuisine of Mexico, Italy, and South Korea; welcome new ideas into old spaces; and say goodbye to a slew of restaurants that did not survive the winter. It’s all Food for Thought. By David Danzig



Skirt steak taco with chimichurri garlic aioli and cotija cheese at Tuza Taco..

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Atlanta’s affection for tacos will find nurturing at the new Tuza Taco on the westside in the Berkley Park neighborhood. Owner Jason Sherman cooks up Mexican street-food-style tacos, all little $4 explosive flavor grenades with hyper-fresh ingredients. Carnitas (slow cooked pork), tempura-Modelo beer fried fish, skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, wild-caught American shrimp and chicken with cotija cheese, are a few of the varieties that you can wrap in a soft tortilla (corn or flour) or a hard, crunchy corn shell. Housemade salsa, guacamole, and queso with roasted jalapeùo are great starters and are emblematic of the attention to detail put into preparation. Cervezas and margaritas are a-flowing



and with a little spring sunshine, the kiddies and pets should join to enjoy the outdoor patio and small yard. Italophiles willing to venture off the beaten path will find amore at the new Adalina off Northside Parkway by the Chattahoochee River and the new North Atlanta High School campus. Drive up the hill to the Post Riverside apartment complex and arrive at an immaculately landscaped town square. There, former Empire State South chef Josh Hopkins is creating exciting renditions of Italian food classics. Octopus arancini, pork and ricotta meatballs, lobster risotto and blue crab pappardelle are a few of the modern spins he has applied to time-tested Italian staple dishes. And, if you are craving pizza, try their artisan Neapolitan-inspired pies with a wonderful, chewy crust and toppings like bacon, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and soppressata salami.

TOP: Adalina’s wild rice salad with grilled shrimp. ABOVE: Tiramisu macaron dessert at Adalina.

The expansion of Buford Highway eateries continues with Dish Korean Cuisine, a handsome new space from Hahn and Barbara Lee that sits next to the hugely popular Food Terminal. The restaurant is bright and clean, and the menu is in English and Korean with photos of each dish (something not ubiquitous on BuHi). Dish proudly takes a modern spin on classic dishes including a crispy potato pancake made with seafood and chives, beef ox-bone soup, and a raised pompano with spicy house sauce. Dish also offers some Korean fusion with burgers and tacos that will please both a Korean food devotee or a beginner. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM 37



TOP: Korean dietary staple bibimbap at Dish Korean Cuisine. ABOVE: Saeng-Sun Gui Pan-fried pompano topped with green onion, thin sliced onion and lemon in soy based sweet sour sauce at Dish Korean Cuisine.

After buzz-worthy success as a pop-up concept, Atlanta favorite Ronald Hsu has locked in the space on Dekalb Avenue formerly occupied by Radial Cafe for a formal brick-and-mortar location called Lazy Betty. Hsu, the star of Netflix’s “The Final Table,” earned his cooking stripes at Michelin-starred Le Bernardin and Le Colonial in New York City. Lazy Betty will feature both a tasting menu option and à la carte options. Expect variations on globally-inspired cuisine that are, according to the Lazy Betty website, “guided by exquisite ingredients and a thoughtful approach where every part contributes to the whole.” Could it be the wave of the future? Not one, but three “virtual” delivery-only restaurants are coming to Sandy Springs. Out of one shared kitchen will come a meat-and-three concept, Fatbacks; a gourmet burger concept, Top Bun; and healthyeating concept, Salad Hippie. It’s unclear which delivery services (i.e. Door Dash, Uber Eats, et al.) will handle the transportation or just how far-reaching their availability will be, but at this moment when many just want to “Netflix and chill,” maybe a virtual restaurant is just what the Instagram generation needs. After much speculation on what would fill the void left by the defunct Decatur legend Cakes & Ale, Chef Terry Koval has



Also speaking of big shoes to fill, the hallowed ground formerly inhabited by Anne Quatrano’s Bacchanalia off Howell Mill will soon welcome Redbird, a new effort from Zeb Stevenson and Ross Jones, formerly of Watershed. Redbird will cook up “free-spirited cuisine” that will be “focused and balanced with fresh flavors and a reinvigorated commitment to time-honored cooking techniques” according to What Now Atlanta.


The restaurant requiem has been playing steadily over the past few months with a dizzying number of casualties checking into the culinary morgue. Among the deceased are Perimeter Mall’s burger/sushi hybrid, The Cowfish Burger Bar; longtime French mainstay in Roswell, Pastis; Phipps Plaza’s Public Kitchen; The Battery Atlanta’s


announced that he will open The Deer & The Dove restaurant and Side Bar wine and coffee bar in the vacant space. The Deer & The Dove will serve “new” American cuisine and Side Bar will focus on grab-and-go breakfast and lunch sandwiches, bagels, and coffee. At night, Side Bar will transition to a simple bar with natural wines, cocktails, and small plates.

TOP: Lazy Betty’s sea urchin, gazpacho gelee, white balsamic. ABOVE: Lazy Betty Chef Ronald Hsu



TOP: The festive counter at Berkley Park’s Tuza Taco. ABOVE: Tuza Taco’s slow roasted pork taco with salsa verde marmalade and pickled onion.

Feed Fried Chicken + Such; First & Third by Hugh Acheson; 5 Seasons Brewing in the Prado; Avalon’s King Barbecue; Little Five Points’ Tijuana Garage; several locations of quick-serve Pollo Tropical; quick-serve sushi eatery Maki Fresh; and Nashville import Blue Coast Burrito. Many of the operators’ parting shots to their customers included laments about rising rents and other costs, while some gave no reason for throwing in the apron. We wish them well in restaurant heaven. Food for Thought, Encore Atlanta’s bimonthly dining column, keeps you up to date on culinary happenings around the city. Contributor David Danzig tells readers what’s well done, what’s simmering, and what’s toast. For more, visit the dining section of


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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









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

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

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

SOUTHERN/SOUTHERNINSPIRED 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




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