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In 2006 choreographer Lauri Stallings unveiled Shoo Pah Minor, her first commission for the Atlanta Ballet. After the performance, John McFall, the Ballet’s artistic director, followed Stallings to the bathroom to ask if she’d consider a three-year residency.
Last night, Atlanta Ballet took the first step in a bold new direction with its premiere of Ignition at Alliance Theatre: offering original work from up-and-coming choreographers. It marked a step away from such tried-and-true fare as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, and although similar works will remain a part of each forthcoming season’s repertoire, I heave a sigh of relief knowing that finally our local ballet company is aspiring to join the ranks of San Francisco and New York, at least when it comes to commissioning daring productions. And as proclaimed in an opening statement at the evening’s performance, going forward, the ballet will end each of its seasons with a similar show presenting world premieres from various young choreographers. Finally.
Atlanta Ballet unveiled three ballets last night at Cobb Energy, and while they each depicted disparate subjects, they all displayed an attention to the physicality of dance.