Heart / Beat

Heart / Beat
Atlanta Ballet
through February 15, 2020

The Atlanta Ballet might just be the answer to what could be a cool Valentine’s gift this year; for they have two remaining performances at 8pm on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

These are not Swan Lakes or typical classical ballets. In fact they are quite different and the emphasis is on the choreography, which is no surprise. There are three ballets with two intermissions. First up is Elemental Brubeck which is choreographed by Lar Lubovitch to the music of Dave Brubeck. This work is staged in collaboration with the San Francisco Ballet.

The dancers come back next in Tuplet choreographed by Alexander Ekman to the music of Mikael Karlsson.  Ekman is one who often goes off the standards and this is no exception, as you will note. The six dancers are even providing some drum beats with their own hands as they work through this one.

And the grand finale after the intermission is the world premiere of Sunrise Divine which is choreographed by Dwight Rhoden with about 18 dancers on stage and with a band in the pit led by Dr. Kevin P. Johnson who composed the original music. And upstage on a loft you will see and hear the Spelman College Glee Club and the Golden Gate Singers as they work their way through quite a few updated gospel numbers.

And if you have some children who you think may be intrigued by becoming a ballerina, then the Atlanta Ballet 2, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Princess at the same facility February 13 – 16 at 7pm and 2pm, and it is a one hour presentation for an audience of 12 and younger. But the grandparents might also enjoy it. More info at AtlantaBallet.com