“Modern Choreographic Voices” will play at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Friday through Sunday.
The production is billed as an evolution of the program created by the ballet in 2010, then titled “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 dance makers — Ohad Naharin and Alexei Ratmansky — joined by the Atlanta Ballet’s own Tara Lee, a veteran company dancer and budding choreographer.
Ratmansky’s intense, fast-paced “Seven Sonatas” is widely viewed as a work that has become a hallmark for the Russian dancer-turned-choreographer. It 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.
Ratmansky currently serves as artist in residence at the American Ballet Theatre in New York.
Lee’s “the authors” is billed as an examination of human relationships inspired by the idea that adjusting one’s focus can reveal a larger truth. The concept is illustrated through an abstract narrative danced by five dancers, each “authoring” their parts in a story the audience will see unfold on stage.
Naharin’s “Secus” rounds out the “Modern Choreographic Voices” bill. The Israel native’s movement language — known as “Gaga” — strips the formality and barriers of traditional dance away in favor of a more organic, sensory dance experience.
“There’s no theme, just many suggested themes,” said Naharin of the piece. “I look upon this dance as simply one more offering of the power of imagination … I play with the borders, the limits…”
“Modern Choreographic Voices” runs for four performances at the center.
IF YOU GO:
o What: "Modern Choreographic Voices"
o Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta
o When: Friday through Sunday
o Tickets: start at $20
o Information: (404) 892-3303 or www.atlantaballet.com