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Atlanta Ballet’s “Camino Real” transforms Tennessee Williams dialogue into dance

When Tennessee Williams’s surreal Camino Real opened on Broadway in 1953, critics hated it, and audiences fled for the exit. Could the play about an American traveler straddling two worlds work better as dance than as dialogue?

Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi finds beauty in the natural world

Traditional ballet is rooted in artifice—elaborate costumes, stylized scenery, and formalized movement. Wabi Sabi, Atlanta Ballet’s company-within-a-company, creates innovative performances inspired by the natural world, with all its surprises and flaws.

Dance debuts from gloATL and the Atlanta Ballet

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.

Atlanta Ballet showcase the dance of the dead

The Atlanta Ballet staged the North American premiere of Dracula in 1998 and has reincarnated the vampiric love story every few years since. Bloodsucking counts, it seems, are crowd-pleasers on par with Sugar Plum Fairies.

Dance Review: Atlanta Ballet’s Ignition

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.

Dance Review: Atlanta Ballet’s “Fusion” foregrounds physicality of dance

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.

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