Christian Clark & Peng-Yu Chen in 1st Flash. (Photo courtesy Atlanta Ballet)
Christian Clark & Peng-Yu Chen in 1st Flash. (Photo courtesy Atlanta Ballet)

The Atlanta Ballet will close its 84th season with MAYhem, a mixed-repertory featuring two world premieres, on May 16 – 18 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The two world premieres are by Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall and the other by the company’s new resident choreographer Helen Pickett. Joining them on the bill will be Boston Ballet’s resident choreographer, Jorma Elo, whose “1st Flash” will be restaged after its 2012 Atlanta premiere.

MAYhem will also be the last time patrons can see company dancer Christine Winkler center stage, as she’ll be retiring this season after 19 years with Atlanta Ballet. Winkler will perform in Pickett’s world premiere during the May 17 matinee and evening performances and will also dance her “swan song” during a special farewell presentation immediately following the Saturday evening show. The piece will be one of Winkler’s favorites – “Berceuse” by choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning, which she’ll share with fellow company dancer and husband John Welker.

Also retiring this season is company dancer Abigail Tan-Gamino, who joined Atlanta Ballet in 2010. Tan-Gamino will dance in all four performances of MAYhem as a part of the cast of John McFall’s world premiere.

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