Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi

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Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi, a set on Flickr.

Wabi Sabi – which takes its name from a Japanese worldview that finds beauty in the sincerity, simplicity, and integrity of the natural world – was created by veteran Atlanta Ballet company dancer John Welker in 2011. Its purpose: to provide a platform for emerging choreographers to create and present new works, while also offering new artistic challenges to Atlanta Ballet dancers during the off-season.

Gone are the pointe shoes, elaborate costumes and ornate set designs, replaced with outdoor venues and unique spaces that serve as inspirational backdrops.

Wabi Sabi at the Atlanta Botanical Garden consists of seven original works performed throughout the serene landscape. They are:

1. ...a little moved
2. Dark Embers
3. Talk yourself down
4. Rumination
5. Intra Lobus Temporalis
6. En rout
7. Sweet Sorrow

These works were created by the following emerging choreographers:

· John Welker (Atlanta Ballet company dancer)
· Tara Lee (Atlanta Ballet company dancer)
· Heath Gill Heath Gill (Atlanta Ballet company dancer)
· Rachelle Scott (dancer, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet)
· Michael Smith (dancer, The Joffrey Ballet)
· Jennifer Archibald (Founder and Artistic Director, Arch Dance Company – New York)
· Gregory Dolbashian (Founder and Artistic Director, The DASH Ensemble – New York)

The Atlanta Ballet’s August 15th performance of Wabi Sabi, was outstandingly executed. Laced with elegance and grace to the 'movement,' Atlanta Ballet’s corps dancers was superb.

If you are able to attend the August 22 performance at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, I suggest you do … it’s an experience you’ll always remember.

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is not only one of the premier dance companies in the country, it is the oldest continually operating ballet company in the nation and is the official State Ballet of Georgia. Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals. For more information about the Atlanta Ballet, please visit the website


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