Atlanta Ballet's Modern Choreographic Voices Begins Tonight

Atlanta Ballet's Modern Choreographic Voices Begins Tonight

For one weekend only, March 21-23, Atlanta Ballet will offer three unique works by three dynamically distinct choreographers at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for its Modern Choreographic Voices (MCV) production.

MCV is an evolution of the program created by Atlanta Ballet in 2010, titled then Ignition: New Choreographic Voices. Over the past four seasons, artistic director John McFall has molded the program into a barometer of what's new and exciting in the dance world, presenting new works by up-and-coming artists as well as premieres by modern day greats.

This season's production will feature two of ballet's most recognized and well-respected living dance makers - Ohad Naharin and Alexei Ratmansky - joined by Atlanta Ballet's own Tara Lee, veteran company dancer and budding choreographer who'll represent the young, emerging artistic class.

Alexei Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas - Atlanta Ballet Premiere

Power, precision and stamina are three words that may spring to mind when watching Alexei Ratmansky's intense, fast-paced Seven Sonatas - a work that has become a hallmark for the Russian dancer-turned-choreographer, who, at 45, has already become an icon in the ballet world.

In his relatively brief, yet impressive career, he has:

- Revived one of the oldest ballet institutions in the world, the Bolshoi Ballet, where he served as director for four years;

- Staged more than 20 successful works around the world, making him one of the most prolific choreographers of his generation (and possibly of all time);

- Been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation; and

- Currently serves as artist in residence at American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York.

Atlanta Ballet now adds itself to the exclusive list of companies with the fortune of presenting a Ratmansky, especially one as well received as Sonatas, which has been described by critics as "remarkable," "miraculous," "spellbinding," and an "indelible imprint of beauty."

Seven Sonatas is a classical piece for six dancers who engage with each other in a variety of intricate combinations, set to seven "Keyboard Sonatas" by composer Domenico Scarlatti. It was one of the first works Ratmansky created for his dancers at ABT in 2009 and Atlanta Ballet has the distinction of being the first outside of ABT to perform it - a major tribute to the growing national reputation of the Company.

Tara Lee's the authors - World Premiere

Atlanta Ballet dancer Tara Lee will take her artistic range to task in March's Modern Choreographic Voices as she balances the roles of dancer and choreographer, proving she has the ability to do it all.

In addition to the huge undertaking of staging her own world premiere, Lee, who's in her 18th season with the Company, will dance in both Naharin's Secus and Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas.

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