Atlanta Ballet: Don Quixote, March, 2023

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3 ATLANTA BALLET DON QUIXOTE MARCH 2023 CONTENTS Atlanta Ballet ...................................................... 8 Synopsis ...................................................... 9 Leadership........................................................ 10 Artistic Staff 12 The Company 14 Artistic and Production Team .................................. 16 Board of Trustees ................................................ 19 Atlanta Ballet Orchestra ........................................ 20 Supporters .. .................................................... 21 Administration .. ................................................ 26 encoreatlanta.com
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COMPANY BALLET REPETITEURS

Angela Agresti, Rory Hohenstein, Eduardo Permuy

CHOREOGRAPHER-IN-RESIDENCE

Claudia Schreier

DEAN OF THE CENTRE FOR DANCE EDUCATION

Sharon Story

THE COMPANY

Jessica Assef, Nadyne Bispo, Severin Brotschul, Emily Carrico, Michael Caye, Anastasia Cheplyansky, Dylan Clinard, Catherine Conley, Georgia Dalton, Larissa Dal’Santo, Thomas Davidoff, Brooke Gilliam, Sujin Han, Jessica He, Airi Igarashi, Darian Kane, Erik Kim, Benjamin Kuefler, Saho Kumagai, Sojung Lee, Jordan Leeper, Guilherme Maciel, Sergio Masero, Juliana Missano, Miguel Angel Montoya, Denys Nedak, Carraig New, Patric Palkens, Hui Wen Peng, Ángel Ramírez, Evelyn Robinson, Kaitlin Matree Roemer, Mikaela Santos, Anderson Souza, Fuki Takahashi, Kelsey Van Tine, Ashley Wegmann, Spencer Wetherington, Luiz Fernando Xavier

ATLANTA BALLET 2

Santiago Bedoya, Georgie Grace Butler, Ephraim Fowler, Will Giannuzzi, Gianna Horton-Sibble, Avery Jarrard, Breanna Faith Justus, Emmanuel López, Stephen Myers, Mayu Nakayama, Estefania Ontanilla, Emma Sophia Robinson, Samantha Schuermann, Paxton Speight, Emanuel Talongo, Covin Washington

Dorothy Moses Alexander - Atlanta Ballet Founder, 1929 - 1960

Robert Barnett - Artistic Director Emeritus, 1961 - 1994

John McFall – Artistic Director, 1994 - 2016

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The humorous yet dramatic plot of the ballet opens with Don Quixote receiving a shave from the young village barber, Basilio, before retreating to his beloved books and drifting off into a fantasy world where he dreams of noble crusades, slaying monsters, courtly tournaments and the love of a fair maiden, Dulcinea. He is awakened by the mischievous peasant, Sancho Panza, who has stolen a ham. Don Quixote protects him and, in exchange, convinces Sancho Panza to be his squire. Don Quixote arms himself and, along with a haggard horse, the two men head off in search of adventure and romance.

In the village square, the men meet the innkeeper, Lorenzo, who wishes to wed his beautiful and spirited daughter, Quiteria “Kitri”, to the old yet wealthy nobleman, Gamache. However, Kitri only has eyes for Basilio and hopes to escape her arranged marriage. Upon his arrival at the plaza, the deluded Don Quixote glimpses Kitri and is smitten by her beauty and innocence. He mistakes her for Dulcinea, the woman of his dreams. Meanwhile, the famous toreador Espada dances with the other bullfighters and his girlfriend, Mercedes, the street dancer. While the townspeople celebrate, Sancho Panza steals a string of sausages. Sancho Panza is badly teased by the townspeople, and, amid the chaos, Kitri and Basilio flee the village, leaving behind the forlorn Lorenzo and Gamache.

Later, in the rolling hills of La Mancha, Don Quixote spots windmills, mistaking them for monsters and dragons. In his attempt to slay them, he is wounded. Later at home in his bed, he suffers from more hallucinations and in his delirium, is visited by Amore, a cupid reminding him of the healing power of love. Don Quixote imagines he is being led into a world of dryads (tree nymphs) and has a vision of Kitri as Dulcinea. Healed by this dream, Don Quixote heads back into village society and unwittingly helps Basilio and Kitri override her father’s plans. Finally, the wedding takes place, with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as guests of honor. Kitri and Basilio dance, and as the festivities continue, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza bid farewell to the wedding party… home to rest for their next adventure.

The story concludes with Don Quixote in his bed chamber, reading of chivalry and dreaming of his next great quest.

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SYNOPSIS

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NE DVIGIN ( Ar tistic Director), in Februar y 2016 , was named

Atlanta Ballet’s fourth artistic director in the Company’s then 87-year history. Nedvigin, born in Rostov, Russia, began his training at age 5. At 10, he was accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Upon graduating, he joined 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 U.S., San Francisco Ballet (SFB) Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson offered Nedvigin a soloist contract. After three years, he was promoted to principal dancer. While at SFB, Nedvigin won the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999). He has also received three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2001, 2010 and 2017). Along the way, Nedvigin was fortunate to work with many world-renowned choreographers. In addition to his dancing career, Nedvigin also taught master classes and staged ballets in the U.S. and abroad before becoming an artistic director. Recently, Nedvigin sat on juried panels at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, the International Ballet Competition held in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Youth America Grand Prix. Under Nedvigin’s guidance, Atlanta Ballet has established the Academy training program, which includes a top-tier performance ensemble, Atlanta Ballet 2, representing his commitment to training for the next generation of professional dancers.

GENNADI NEDVIGIN (Artistic Director), in February 2016, was named Atlanta Ballet’s fourth artistic director in the Company’s then 87-year history. Nedvigin, born in Rostov, Russia, began his training at age 5. At 10, he was accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Upon graduating, he joined 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 U.S., San Francisco Ballet (SFB) Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson offered Nedvigin a soloist contract. After three years, he was promoted to principal dancer. While at SFB, Nedvigin won the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999). He has also received three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2001, 2010 and 2017). Along the way, Nedvigin was fortunate to work with many world-renowned choreographers. In addition to his dancing career, Nedvigin also taught master classes and staged ballets in the U.S. and abroad before becoming an artistic director. Recently, Nedvigin sat on juried panels at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, the International Ballet Competition held in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Youth America Grand Prix. Under Nedvigin’s guidance, Atlanta Ballet has established the Academy training program, which includes a top-tier performance ensemble, Atlanta Ballet 2, representing his commitment to training for the next generation of professional dancers.

Atlanta Ballet’s fourth artistic director in the Company’s then 87-year history. Nedvigin, born in Rostov, Russia, began his training at age 5. At 10, he was accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Upon graduating, he joined 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 U.S., San Francisco Ballet (SFB) Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson offered Nedvigin a soloist contract. After three years, he was promoted to principal dancer. While at SFB, Nedvigin won the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999). He has also received three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2001, 2010 and 2017). Along the way, Nedvigin was fortunate to work with many world-renowned choreographers. In addition to his dancing career, Nedvigin also taught master classes and staged ballets in the U.S. and abroad before becoming an artistic director. Recently, Nedvigin sat on juried panels at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, the International Ballet Competition held in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Youth America Grand Prix. Under Nedvigin’s guidance, Atlanta Ballet has established the Academy training program, which includes a top-tier performance ensemble, Atlanta Ballet 2, representing his commitment to training for the next generation of professional dancers.

assumed his role as Atlanta Ballet’s

assumed his role as Atlanta Ballet’s

Executive Director at the top of the 2021 | 2022 Season. West’s career in arts management spans for more than 20 years including leadership roles at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and American Film Institute. An actor and theatre director by training, West received a Master of Arts in arts administration from American University and began his career in arts management at the Kennedy Center in 1997, where he rose to the serve as Vice President of Development, overseeing all fundraising programs for the National Symphony Orchestra and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and leading the effort to fund a remount of Balanchine’s Don Quixote. In 2007, West served as Vice President of Development for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. From 2010-2021, West served as the Chief Advancement Officer for the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he championed the development of new programs to provide bridges to the film industry for under-represented storytellers in Hollywood. West also served on AFI’s senior leadership team, shaping organizational strategy for the Institute’s filmmaker training programs and working with major studios developing on targeted diversity initiatives, as well as its strategy for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic. West established the AFI National Council in 2011, a community of philanthropists from across the United States who serve as champions for excellence in the art of film and opportunities for the next generation of great storytellers.

Executive Director at the top of the 2021 | 2022 Season. West’s career in arts management spans for more than 20 years including leadership roles at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and American Film Institute. An actor and theatre director by training, West received a Master of Arts in arts administration from American University and began his career in arts management at the Kennedy Center in 1997, where he rose to the serve as Vice President of Development, overseeing all fundraising programs for the National Symphony Orchestra and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and leading the effort to fund a remount of Balanchine’s Don Quixote. In 2007, West served as Vice President of Development for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. From 2010-2021, West served as the Chief Advancement Officer for the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he championed the development of new programs to provide bridges to the film industry for under-represented storytellers in Hollywood. West also served on AFI’s senior leadership team, shaping organizational strategy for the Institute’s filmmaker training programs and working with major studios developing on targeted diversity initiatives, as well as its strategy for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic. West established the AFI National Council in 2011, a community of philanthropists from across the United States who serve as champions for excellence in the art of film and opportunities for the next generation of great storytellers.

TOM WEST (Executive Director) assumed his role as Atlanta Ballet’s Executive Director at the top of the 2021 | 2022 Season. West’s career in arts management spans more than 20 years, including leadership roles at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and American Film Institute. An actor and theatre director by training, West received a Master of Arts in arts administration from American University and began his career in arts management at the Kennedy Center in 1997, where he rose to serve as Vice President of Development, overseeing all fundraising programs for the National Symphony Orchestra and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and leading the effort to fund a remount of Balanchine’s Don Quixote. In 2007, West served as Vice President of Development for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. From 2010-2021, West served as the Chief Advancement Officer for the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he championed the development of new programs to provide bridges to the film industry for under-represented storytellers in Hollywood. West also served on AFI’s senior leadership team, shaping organizational strategy for the Institute’s filmmaker training programs and working with major studios developing targeted diversity initiatives, as well as its strategy for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic. West established the AFI National Council in 2011, a community of philanthropists from across the United States who serve as champions for excellence in the art of film and opportunities for the next generation of great storytellers.

S HARO N S TO RY (D ean of the C entre for D ance 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, Stars of New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and 10 years with Boston Ballet. Her Boston Ballet tenure included international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. In 1996, along with her role as ballet mistress, Story became dean of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education (Centre), which has grown to become one of the largest dance schools in the nation. The Centre is nationally recognized for its programs and community initiatives. Under Story’s direction, the Centre achieved accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). She serves on the board of directors for NASD. In 2021, Story received Atlanta Ballet’s Dorothy Alexander Award. She received the 2015 Women Making a Mark Award from Atlanta Magazine and was featured in the Arts ATL Legacy Series 2018. Story 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.

S HARO N S TO RY (D ean of the C entre for D ance 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, Stars of New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and 10 years with Boston Ballet. Her Boston Ballet tenure included international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. In 1996, along with her role as ballet mistress, Story became dean of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education (Centre), which has grown to become one of the largest dance schools in the nation. The Centre is nationally recognized for its programs and community initiatives. Under Story’s direction, the Centre achieved accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). She serves on the board of directors for NASD. In 2021, Story received Atlanta Ballet’s Dorothy Alexander Award. She received the 2015 Women Making a Mark Award from Atlanta Magazine and was featured in the Arts ATL Legacy Series 2018. Story 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.

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, Stars of New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and 10 years with Boston Ballet. Her Boston Ballet tenure included international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. In 1996, along with her role as ballet mistress, Story became dean of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education (Centre), which has grown to become one of the largest dance schools in the nation. The Centre is nationally recognized for its programs and community initiatives. Under Story’s direction, the Centre achieved accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). She serves on the board of directors for NASD. In 2021, Story received Atlanta Ballet’s Dorothy Alexander Award. She received the 2015 Women Making a Mark Award from Atlanta Magazine and was featured in the Arts ATL Legacy Series 2018. Story 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.

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ANGELA AGRESTI (Company Repetiteur) grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she began her training at the Jordon College Academy of Dance. In high school, she transferred to North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) for ballet where she worked closely with mentor Anna-Marie Holmes. After UNCSA, Agresti went on to dance with Cincinnati Ballet for one season before moving to Amsterdam to be in Het Nationale Ballet (Dutch National Ballet) where she danced for eight years. While at Het Nationale Ballet, she danced a mix of classical ballets, Balanchine works, Hans van Manen repertoire, contemporary and neoclassical works, along with new creations. Agresti has been featured in William Forsythe’s Second Detail, Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quichot, Shen Wei’s Sacre du Printemps, and other notable ballets, such as The Dream, Paquita and Swan Lake During her time dancing in Amsterdam, Agresti gained experience as a choreographic assistant for multiple choreographers’ stage, film and festival works. She traveled to Riom, Switzerland, assisting works by Juanjo Arques and Peter Leung for the Origen Cultural Festival. She also worked with Peter Leung on the first-ever virtual reality ballet titled Nightfall. Since returning to the U.S. in 2018, Agresti has been teaching, coaching and rehearsing dancers at the collegiate, preprofessional and professional levels. She held positions at Butler University and Anderson University, and as a company ballet teacher and rehearsal assistant at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. In 2018, she assisted Annabelle Lopez Ochoa in the making of Tulips and Lobster for Kansas City Ballet and re-staged the work for the company the following season. She holds certifications in the ABT National Training Curriculum for levels

Pre-Primary through Level 5 and has received Basi Pilates teacher training for mat Pilates and reformer. She is certified as an integrative nutrition health coach and holds a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of California Irvine. Agresti is looking forward to working with the wonderfully talented dancers and artistic team of Atlanta Ballet led by Gennadi Nedvigin.

RORY HOHENSTEIN (Company Repetiteur) was born in Washington D.C., where he began dancing at the age of 6. Hohenstein furthered his training from the age of 12 at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. At 17, he joined Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris. In 2000, he joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps, being promoted to soloist in 2006. In 2008, he moved to New York, joining Christopher Wheeldon’s company, Morphoses, performing in its home seasons at New York City Center and at Sadler’s Wells in London. He spent a season dancing with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company before joining the Joffrey Ballet in 2011, where he continued to be a leading artist with the company through the 2018/19 season. Some personal highlights include dancing the roles of Romeo in Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet, Riff in Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, Levin in Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina and in Wayne McGregor’s Eden/Eden. This is Hohenstein’s third season as company repetiteur at Atlanta Ballet.

EDUARDO PERMUY (Company Repetiteur) was born in Cuba, where he began his training at the age of 7 at Laura Alonso’s ballet school Pro-Danza, later joining the National Ballet School of Cuba and finishing at Miami City Ballet School under the tutelage of Nancy Raffa. At the age of 17, Permuy started his professional career with Miami City Ballet as an apprentice and he went on to enjoy a career of 18 years also dancing for American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet West, Smuin Contemporary Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and appearing as guest artist with a few others. During this time, his repertoire included most of the classics and a vast number of ballets from the Balanchine repertoire, ranging from corps to principal roles. He also had the opportunity to perform ballets from Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, Jiří Kylián, Kurt Joss, John Cranko, Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan, Twyla Tharp, Helen Picket, Nicolo Fonte, Antony Tudor, Ulysses Dove, Michael Smuin, Val Caniparoli, Alberto Alonso, Benjamin Millepied, Leonide Massine,

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and Amy Seiwert. Throughout his career, Permuy feels blessed to have learned from figures like Nancy Raffa, Fernanado Bujones, Martha Bosh, Sir Anthony Dowell, Christopher Carr, Eddie Villella and Clinton Luckett. In 2021, he joined Cleveland Ballet as a director of repertoire, where he had the opportunity not only to perform ballet master duties but also was able to return to the stage as a character dancer, performing the roles of Don Quijote in the ballet by the same name and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker This is Permuy’s first season with Atlanta Ballet and he’s looking forward to bringing his experiences to the Company and to keep learning and growing under the direction of Gennadi Nedvigin and his team.

CLAUDIA SCHREIER (Choreographer-in-Residence) has choreographed, directed and produced for dance, opera and film across the U.S. and internationally. She has been commissioned by Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Vail Dance Festival, Juilliard Opera, ABT Studio Company and New York Choreographic Institute and will premiere new works for San Francisco Ballet and Richmond Ballet in 2023. Schreier has created three works for Atlanta Ballet: First Impulse, named a 2019 Standout Performance by Pointe Magazine; Pleiades Dances (2021); and Fauna (2022). In October 2022, in collaboration with the Cathedral Choir Society, Atlanta Ballet performed excerpts of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette at the Washington National Cathedral, choreographed by Schreier. In 2021, she released Force of Habit, a film commissioned by Guggenheim Works & Process and co-presented by Atlanta Ballet. She has contributed to programs at the White House, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, including the Kennedy Center Honors. Her work is the subject of two documentaries, including PBS’s Emmy Award-winning “Dancing on the Shoulders of Giants” (Capital Region). She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, Toulmin Fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, Lotos Prize, and Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize.

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LARISSA DAL’SANTO Chapecó, Brazil SEVERIN BROTSCHUL Glen Arbor, Michigan JESSICA ASSEF Sáo Carlos, Brazil NADYNE BISPO Santos Coast of Sáo Paulo, Brazil EMILY CARRICO Lexington, Kentucky MICHAEL CAYE Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ANASTASIA CHEPLYANSKY Saratoga, California DYLAN CLINARD High Point, North Carolina CATHERINE CONLEY Chicago, Illinois GEORGIA DALTON Columbus, Ohio THOMAS DAVIDOFF Lincoln, England BROOKE GILLIAM Boulder, Colorado Special thanks to Brooke’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Yee Family Charitable Fund SUJIN HAN Seoul, South Korea Special thanks to Sujin’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Corps de Ballet JESSICA HE Rancho Cucamonga, California Special thanks to Jessica’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Vanessa & Robin Delmer AIRI IGARASHI Gunma, Japan DARIAN KANE Lincoln, California Special thanks to Darian’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Adrienne & Scott Hardesty ERIK KIM Dallas, Texas BENJAMIN KUEFLER Stow, Massachusetts SAHO KUMAGAI Sapporo, Japan

Chungju, South Korea

Jamestown, New York

Special thanks to Jordan’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Elaine & Erroll Davis.

Sáo Paulo, Brazil

Madrid, Spain

Special thanks to Sergio’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Katherine Scott

Cali, Colombia

Special thanks to Miguel’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Bonnie & Terry Herron

DENYS NEDAK

Odessa, Ukraine

Special thanks to Denys’ Pas de Deux Society patron, Frank Holt

CARRAIG NEW Juneau, Alaska

Highland, Michigan

Manila, Philippines

Special thanks to Mikaela’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Danna Sanders

Trinidad, Cuba

Santo Angelo, RS, Brazil

Special thanks to Anderson’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Corps de Ballet

Yokohama, Japan

Special thanks to Fuki’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Yee Family Charitable Fund

Naples, Florida

Shamong, New Jersey

Special

SPENCER

WETHERINGTON

Bridgeton, New Jersey

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Atlanta Ballet photos courtesy of Charlie McCullers and Kim Kenney. LUIZ FERNANDO XAVIER São Paulo, Brazil PATRIC PALKENS Boston, Massachusetts HUI WEN PENG Taichung, Taiwan EVELYN ROBINSON Tyler, Texas SOJUNG LEE JORDAN LEEPER KAITLIN MATREE ROEMER GUILHERME MACIEL SERGIO MASERO JULIANA MISSANO Lloyd Harbor, New York MIGUEL ANGEL MONTOYA ÁNGEL RAMÍREZ MIKAELA SANTOS ANDERSON SOUZA FUKI TAKAHASHI KELSEY VAN TINE ASHLEY WEGMANN thanks to Ashley’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Ms. Jan P. Beaves

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YURI POSSOKHOV (Choreographer) danced for 10 years with the Bolshoi Ballet, performing leading roles in the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire. While performing, Possokhov studied choreography and ballet pedagogy at the State College of Theatrical Arts. He was a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet for two years before joining the San Francisco Ballet (SFB) as a principal dancer in 1994. During his 12 years dancing with SFB, he began choreographing. Upon retirement from dancing, he joined SFB’s artistic staff as choreographer-in-residence. He has choreographed over 15 ballets for SFB and continues to create new works for the company. Possokhov also choreographs for companies worldwide. For the Bolshoi Ballet in 2015 and 2017—A Hero of Our Time and Nureyev—full length ballets that received the prestigious Benois de la Danse Prize, established by the International Dance Union. Anna Karenina, premiered in 2019 as a co-production of Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet and the Australian Ballet. His most recent full-length ballet, The Seagull, premiered with the Bolshoi Ballet in the summer of 2021. He is a frequent guest choreographer with Atlanta Ballet. His most recent productions for the company were The Nutcracker in 2018 and Classical Symphony in Midwinter Dreams in 2023. Learn more at yuripossokhov.com

TRAVIS HALSEY (Costume Designer) Born in Springfield, South Dakota, Halsey received his BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Halsey began designing for ballet alongside Mona Schlautman at Omaha Theatre Ballet, where he learned the fine art of tutu construction. Halsey owned and managed his own costume shop, Halsey Onstage. He and his team produced a multitude of costumes for various clients for shows such as: Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (Paper Mill Playhouse), Electric Ocean (Sea World San Antonio), Nutcracker on the Indian River (Ballet Vero Beach), Shrek the Musical (Omaha Community Playhouse), The Wizard of Oz (Midwest Ballet), costumes for Marie, Standing Still (formerly known as The Little Dancer) and countless Mother Ginger costumes. His extensive experience in theatre and ballet comes from his time working for: Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Omaha Theatre Ballet, The Black Hills Playhouse, Omaha Community Playhouse, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. Halsey received several prestigious accolades for costume design, including two awards from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for outstanding young designer. More recently, he received the TDF Kitty Leech Young Master Award presented at the 2018 TDF Irene Sharaff Awards. Halsey loved teaching his skills to loyal and dedicated students globally. Though he left us far too soon, he lives on through his students and the art they produce because of the passion and knowledge he shared with them. And whenever his costumes grace the stage, it is then—if only for a moment—that we can see him come alive once again.

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JACK MEHLER (Lighting and Scenic Designer) Based in New York for over 25 years, Mehler designs a wide variety of live performances. His work was last seen at Atlanta Ballet in 2020’s Elemental Brubeck. He received the 2012 Korean Musical Theatre Award (Korean Tony) for Elisabeth and the 2013 award for Rebecca. Other dance work includes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, BalletMet, Ballet Memphis, Ballet West, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance (Gypsy award), Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street, Joffrey Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, San Francisco Ballet and many others. Theatre work includes Cleveland Play House, Manhattan Theatre Club, North Shore Music Theatre (four IRNE nominations), Paper Mill Playhouse, Princess Cruise Lines/Stephen Schwartz, Riverside Theatre, Seattle Rep, Walnut Street Theatre, the Working Theatre, and the WPA Theatre, among many others. He also provides design coordination/owner’s representation for arts organizations building or renovating performance and rehearsal facilities and is a founding board member of ACT of Connecticut.

WENDALL K. HARRINGTON (Projection Designer) has designed seven ballets for Alexi Ratmansky, including Pictures at an Exhibition, Cinderella, The Firebird and most recently Wartime Elegy for Pacific Northwest and Ukrainian National Ballet. Other ballets include Sylvia for Houston Ballet, a reimagined Balanchine Firebird for Miami City Ballet and several Nutcrackers. Operas include Werther, Rusalka, Nixon in China, Grapes of Wrath and A View From the Bridge. She is best known for an over 40year career of designing on Broadway including The Who’s Tommy and live concert work for Simon and Garfunkel and Chris Rock. A recipient of Lifetime Recognition from the Knights of Illumination, she heads the Projection Design concentration at the Yale School of Drama.

JONATHAN MCPHEE (Conductor) is Music Director Emeritus for Boston Ballet after 29 years as music director. Currently Music Director for Lexington Symphony, his recent guest appearances include engagements in New York, Tokyo, Houston, and Indianapolis. 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. During the 2020-2021 season he was artist-in-residence at Boston University and guest-conducted the orchestra there last season. McPhee’s works as an arranger and composer are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. and Schott Music. His edition of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and The Firebird are the only authorized reduced orchestrations of these works. His adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle premiered to rave reviews. McPhee’s recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, are available on iTunes. 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.

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Officers

Nancy Field, J.D., Chair

Barbara S. Joiner, Vice Chair

Juan Carlos Urdaneta, Treasurer

Jan Beaves, Secretary

Elizabeth Adams, Immediate Past Chair

Lynda B. Courts, Chair Emeritus

Trustees

Emily C. Baker

Ron Breakstone

Ginny Brewer

Chris Carlos

Dr. Meria Carstarphen

Lynn Cochran-Schroder

Cynthia Crain, Ed.D.

Vanessa Delmer

Yelena Epova, CPA

Nigel Ferguson

Jacqueline Flake

Amy Gerome

Matthew Hartnett

Mona Heyer

Lindsay R. Hill

Joyce Houser, Ph.D

Tharon Johnson

Kathleen Knous

Araya Mesfin, CFP

Taylor Meyer, CFA

Linda Morris

Gennadi Nedvigin*

Rachel Lee Phipps

Katherine Scott

Kristen Manion Taylor

Pam Wakefield

Tom West*

Advisory Council

David M. Barnett

Mark R. Bell, Ph.D.

Harvey Coleman

Elaine E. Davis

Erroll B. Davis

Anne-Laure Desjonquères

F. Javier Diaz

Raoul “Ray” Donato

Jake Evans

Linda Nau Givens

Robert L. Green

Marius Hechter

Ceci Johnson

Susan S. Kettering

Allen Maines

Santiago Marquez

Juan Mejia

Allen W. Nelson

Eric Robbins

Joni Santos

Laura Turner Seydel

Rebecca Christian Smith

Andrew Staunton

Anat Sultan-Dadon

Dov Wilker

Allen Yee

Sonjia Waller Young

Honorary Board

Margaret Carton

David Crosland

Kenneth R. Hey

Wade Hooper

J. David Hopkins

Bill Huber, CPA

Michael Jones

Sloan Kennedy-Smith

Edward Krugman

Amanda Shailendra

Michelle Sullivan

Trustees Emeriti

Lynda B. Courts

Lavona S. Currie†

Karen Vereb

Patti Wallace

Lifetime Board

Jane Dean

Carole Goldberg

Joseph Prendergast

Deen Day Sanders

Corps de Ballet Board

Marius Hechter, Chair

Jane Dean

Kimberlyn Daniel

Nancy Flaherty

Jacqueline Flake

Joanne Chesler Gross

Caroline Jeffords

Corrie Johnson

Amy Nelson

Gailen Rosenberg

Arden Hess Rowland

Sharon Silvermintz

Dottie Smith

Marsha Taylor

Doug Weiss

Preston Wilson, Jr.

*Ex-Officio

†In Memoriam

board of trustees

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ATLANTA BALLET ORCHESTRA

Jonathan McPhee, Conductor

VIOLIN

Lisa Morrison

Concertmaster

Sally Gardner-Wilson Assoc. Concertmaster

Linda Pinner Principal Second

Martha Gardner

Patti Gouvas

Patrick Ryan

Angèle Sherwood-Lawless

Lee Taylor+

Elonia Varfi

Rafael Veytsblum

Ying Zhuo

VIOLA

Joli Wu Principal

Josiah Coe

Shadwa Mussad

Kristeen Sorrells

CELLO

Charae Krueger Principal

Hilary Glen+

Mary Kenney

Alexis Lee

CONTRABASS

Adam Bernstein Principal

Sam Dugo

FLUTE

Jeanne Carere Principal

Kelly Via

OBOE

Alexandra Shatalova Prior

CLARINET

Katherine White

Principal

Greg Collins+

BASSOON

Amy Pollard Principal

Dan Worley

HORN

Jason Eklund Principal

Eric Hawkins

Amy Trotz

Richard Williams

TRUMPET

Kevin Lyons+ Principal

John Morrison

Co-Principal

Greg Holland

TROMBONE

William Mann

Acting Principal

Richard Brady

TUBA

Don Strand Principal

PERCUSSION

Mike Cebulski Principal

Karen Hunt

Jeff Kershner

TIMPANI

Scott Douglas Principal

HARP

Nella Rigell Principal

* 1-Year Appointment + Leave of Absence

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ANNUAL FUND DONORS

Atlanta Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following individuals whose generous annual contributions were received during the period of January 1, 2022 – January 1, 2023. If you find that we did not recognize you appropriately, we apologize. For corrections, please contact us at advancement@atlantaballet.com.

THE CHOREOGRAPHER’S CIRCLE

Recognizes exceptional gifts of $10,000 and above

DIAMOND $100,000+

Anonymous

Chris Carlos & Family

Katherine Scott

SAPPHIRE $50,000+

Ms. Nancy Field & Mr. Michael Schulder

EMERALD $25,000+

Anonymous

The Elster Foundation

PEARL $20,000+

Anonymous

Ms. Jan P. Beaves

Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Mr. Bill Schroder

Cynthia Crain, Ed. D. & Dwight Lee, Ph.D.

Bonnie & Terry Herron

Heather & Bill Preston

The Rogers Family Foundation

OPAL $15,000+

Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Courts II

Elaine & Erroll Davis

Vanessa & Robin Delmer

Mr. William F. Snyder

AMETHYST $10,000+

Anonymous (4)

Elizabeth & Howell Adams III

Emily C. Baker

Mr. Robert J. Barnett

Ginny & Charles Brewer

Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen & Mr. David Heleniak

Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence W. Davis

Yelena Epova

Nigel Ferguson

Jacqueline Flake & David Dase

Adrienne & Scott Hardesty

Joyce Houser, Ph.D.

Barbara & Eric Joiner

Kelin Foundation

Kathleen & Kirk Knous

Taylor & Brad Meyer

Allen W. Nelson & Caroline B. Gottschalk

Danna Sanders

Stephanie & Austin Stephens

Greer & Alex Taylor

Kristen Manion Taylor & Jason Taylor

The Yee Family Charitable Fund

Pam Wakefield

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THE DANCER’S CIRCLE

Recognizes generous gifts up to $10,000

GRAND JETÉ $7,500+

Mr. Tomislav Dizdar

Pam & Paul Whitacre

TOUR JETÉ $5,000+

Anonymous

James J. Andrews, in honor of Jill M. Voznick

Mr. Richard Delay & Ms. Francine Dykes

Mr. Daniel E. Gaylord & Ms. Marilyn Altman

Joanne & Alex Gross

Kenneth & Colleen Hey

Frank Holt

Mariana Laufer

Carole & Nelson Marchioli

Linda & Don Morris

The Mortimer Family

Karen Vereb & Bud Blanton

Allen W. Yee

ASSEMBLÉ $2,500+

Anonymous

Diana & Miguel Arteche

Lucy & Henry Bush, in memory of Lavona S. Currie

Mr. & Mrs. Jerome M. Cooper

Mr. Mark du Mas

Laura Grabeman

Steve, Susan & Grace Hauser, in memory of Armantine Groshong

James Honkisz & Catherine Binns

Laurie & John Hopkins

Dr. Leslie & Mrs. Marilyn Kelman, in honor of Darcy & Rachel Denneen

Vaughn Linder, in honor of Richard & Lynda Courts

Gino & Belinda Massafra

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Pelletier

Stuart Pliner & Barbara Bing Pliner

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ratonyi

Dr. & Mrs. Mark Silverstein

Sharon Story, Julien & Kim Kenney

Jeff & Catherine Tucker

Sonia P. Witkowski

GLISSADE $1,000+

Anonymous (2)

Mr. & Mrs. Martin P. Bennett

Xavier Bignon

Lindsay & Evan Borenstein

Peter Boucher

James A. Brennan, M.D.

Dr. & Mrs. William Brinkman

Sara & Alex Brown

Mr. Michael E. Carroll & Mr. Paul Alberto

David Cofrin & Christine Tryba-Cofrin

John Condo

Ann & Frank Critz

Lavona S. Currie

Robert Paul Dean & Robert Epstein

Kevin & Demi Doyle

Lauren & Rick Elliott

Doug & Florida Ellis

Dr. Marvin Goldstein

Richard Goodjoin & Kelvin Davis

Marius Hechter

Lisa & Forrest Hibbard

Mr. Douglas Hopkins

Dorothea & Robert Jeffrey

Holland & Ceci Johnson

Mrs. Peter G. Kessenich, Sr.

Edward Krugman & Jill Pryor

Leigh Anna & Steven Lang

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy & Timothy Hardy

Ms. Doreen M. Lewis

Linda L. Lively & James E. Hugh III

Zakiya & William Rice

Lovette Russell, in honor of Maddie Hardy

Ashley & Drew Scott

Manda & Jeremy Shankel

Toreya Shea

Beverly & Dianne Shlapak

Matt Simon

Mr. & Mrs. James E. Stueve

Mr. Tarek Takieddini

Mr. & Mrs. Perry Taylor

Mr. Robert J. Taylor IV, in honor of Kathleen Knous

The Kang Family

Dr. Peter & Mrs. Beverly Thomas

Dr. Kirsten Travers-UyHam & Mr. John J. UyHam

Ms. Karen Trujillo

Mrs. Julie Turner-Davis & Mr. John Davis

Joseph Vivona

Eric & Chan Voiles

Kristann M. Voyles

Harriet H. Warren

Betsy Wash

Norman Zapien

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RELEVÉ $500+

Anonymous (2)

Nina Allen

Ms. Tracie Arnold

Hope Barrett

Susan Bass & Thomas Bradford, in honor of Marsha Taylor

Herb & Lisa Bastin

Richard Bohrer

Mr. & Mrs. Sean Bowen

Cynthia Brant

Sandra & David Burgess in honor of Edwin Story

Carol Comstock & Jim Davis

Deborah Dalton

James Datka & Nora DePalma

Mr. Joseph Dawsey III

Dr. Catherine Dekle & Dr. Keith Mannes, in memory of Vielka Del Carmen Sheppard

Ashleigh Dobrin, in loving memory of Mel Dobrin

Mr. & Ms. Rolston A. Dyer

Antoinette J. Earley & William L. Green

Elaine Eaton

Tricia & Chris Ekholm

Kathryn & Patrick Gaul

Christine A. Gilliam

Ms. Marguerite Hallman

Mr. & Mrs. Tim Harben

Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes

Helen & Jeff Herbert

Michal & Jack Hillman

Vicki Hooten

Mr. J. David Hopkins

Jean Gatton Jones

Eric Larson

Allan & Vaneesa Little

Jeanie & Albert Marx

Mimi Maslia

Mr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Meany

Caroline Montojo

Terri & Stephen Nagler

Miho & Gennadi Nedvigin

Mrs. Debby Overstreet

Erin Perez

Grace Pownall & Ron Harris

Margery & Dan Reason Family Fund

Dr. Robert & Gail Riesenberg

Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon

Sharon & David Schachter

Anne M. Spratlin

Teena Stern

Dr. Michael & Mrs. Francoise Szikman

Beth Talbert

Roberta Taylor & James Hill

Marie Tetzlaff

Johnny Thigpen & Clay Martin, in honor of Tricia Ekholm

Alan & Marcia Watt

Tom West

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INSTITUTIONAL GIVING

Atlanta Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose generous annual contributions were received during the period of January 1, 2022 – January 1, 2023.

$100,000+

The Home Depot Foundation

Lettie Pate Evans Foundation

The Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation

The Thalia N. Carlos & Chris M. Carlos Foundation

$75,000+

PNC Financial Services Group

The Shubert Foundation

$50,000+

City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs

John H. & Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation

The Imlay Foundation

$25,000+

Bobbie Bailey Foundation

Cox Enterprises

Fulton County Arts Council

Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation

Southern Company Gas Foundation

The Kettering Family Foundation

The Morgan Family Fund

Warner Brothers Discovery

$20,000+

Arrow Exterminators

Chick-fil-A

JBS Foundation

The Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation

$15,000+

FLOWER Magazine

Georgia Council for the Arts

Google

$10,000+

National Endowment for the Arts

Publix Super Markets Charities

$5,000+

Massey Charitable Trust

Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Fund

$2,500+ Anonymous

$1,000+ ETRO

Jamestown, L.P.

Lindsey Treadaway, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices

Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation

$500+ Dana Foundation

Atlanta Ballet is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also received support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

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THE PAS DE DEUX SOCIETY

Members of the Pas de Deux Society have made an additional gift to underwrite support for an individual dancer.

Jan P. Beaves

Dr. Harold J. Brody & Mr. Donald E. Smith

Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet (2 dancers)

Lynda Bradbury Courts

Elaine & Erroll Davis

Vanessa & Robin Delmer

Adrienne & Scott Hardesty

Bonnie & Terry Herron

Frank Holt

Kathleen & Kirk Knous (2 dancers)

Danna Sanders

Katherine Scott

The Yee Family Charitable Fund

THE DOROTHY ALEXANDER LEGACY SOCIETY

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

Brad Foresythe

Joyce Houser, Ph.D.

Mrs. Audrey B. Morgan

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Morgan

Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel

John K. Palmisano & Stephen A. Williams, III

Katherine Scott

Marianne Stribling

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