Call Board: August/September 2016

NYCB’s Gala Features Choreography by Women, Company Dancers It’s been five years since a female choreographer premiered a work at New York City Ballet. Fortunately the 2016 fall gala on September 20 presents a more gender-diverse choreographic lineup, including company principal Lauren Lovette and independent choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The gala program includes premieres byMore »

Kiara Felder on Atlanta Ballet’s Ultimate Outdoor Gig

Kiara Felder

During their summer break, some Atlanta Ballet dancers trade the theater for the outdoors, performing in places like the BeltLine, a loop of trails and historic railroad tracks around the city. It’s all part of Wabi Sabi, the dancer-led group which makes public spaces a backdrop for dance. Pointe spoke with company dancer Kiara Felder about thisMore »

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ABT Celebrates Ratmansky American Ballet Theatre’s Ratmansky Festival is the centerpiece of the company’s spring season at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House. Since festivals and celebrations usually come later in a choreographer’s career, it provides an unusual opportunity to see how ABT has adapted to and absorbed Alexei Ratmansky’s approach since he became artist inMore »

The Workout: Rachel Van Buskirk

Om at home: Three days a week, Van Buskirk spends about 20 minutes waking up with yoga. “I build muscle easily,” she says, “so I like to balance it out by stretching and lengthening.” She moves through sun salutations and warrior poses to get her heart rate up but pauses when her body needs aMore »

Atlanta Ballet Names New Artistic Director

Gennadi Nedvigin, principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, must have made an impression at Atlanta Ballet when he staged Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony for the company in 2015. After a seven-month search, AB has chosen Nedvigin to succeed artistic director John McFall, who steps down from the position this summer. Nedvigin will take up hisMore »

Helen Pickett’s First Full-Length Ballet

Atlanta Ballet resident choreographer Helen Pickett will premiere her first full length ballet on Friday. The work, titled after and based on Tennessee Williams’ play Camino Real, will be the choreographer’s fourth work for the company. Pickett spoke to Pointe about Camino Real for the February/March issue, and explained how she had found new inspiration in written text and the creation of a narrative ballet.

Good News for Atlanta Ballet…And Ballet

Helen Pickett has just been named resident choreographer of Atlanta Ballet. The former Forsythe dancer has a contemporary aesthetic that intricately weaves ballet steps into quirky phrases, and she’s made work everywhere from Boston Ballet to Vienna State Opera. Her new three-year appointment in Georgia will include both a series of premieres and an annual “Choreographic Essentials” workshop.

 

Homefield Advantage

Bootleg videos of Atlanta Ballet’s new hit big are circulating on YouTube as if the work was a sold-out rock concert. Actually, it kind of was. Lauri Stallings choreographed the hip-hop ballet, set to live music by Antwan “Big Boi” Patton of OutKast, for its première in April. She saw the project, which brought togetherMore »