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White Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake by Matthew Bourne

*_Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Performed by guest artists Domenico Luciano and Dominic Walsh_

For the first time ever, Atlanta audiences will have the opportunity to witness one of the biggest sensations in modern dance – the centerpiece duet from British choreographer Matthew Bourne’s Tony Award-winning Swan Lake_. Bourne, who is widely praised as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer, debuted the almost all-male Swan Lake_ in 1995 – eschewing tradition and turning the ballet world on its head. Bourne’s avant-garde interpretation of Swan Lake tells the timeless story of ill-fated, forbidden love with dynamic modern day flair. New York Times dance critic Gia Kourlas described the ballet as “a painterly exploration of desire told through dance.”

For Atlanta’s premiere, the White Swan pas de deux will be performed by guest artists Domenico Luciano and Dominic Walsh of Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre (DWDT) in Houston. DWDT first performed the duet in 2009 and is the only company outside of Bourne’s own that has been permitted to perform the work.

Wedding Night Pas de Deux from Madame Butterfly by Stanton Welch

_Music by Giacomo Puccini

Arrangement by John Lanchbery_*

*Atlanta Ballet is thrilled to present the quixotic wedding night pas de deux from Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly_. Named a “showstopper” by_AJC_, the pas de deux is the romantic climax of one of the world’s greatest tragic love stories. _The Telegraph called the piece “sexy and stunningly challenging.”

Prayer of Touch by Helen Pickett, Atlanta Ballet’s New Resident Choreographer

Music by_ _Felix Mendelssohn*


Making its world debut last season with Atlanta Ballet, Prayer of Touch_was a crowd favorite that left audiences breathless with anticipation. According to Creative Loafing_, “Helen Pickett… gives outrageously dramatic and humorous life to Mendelssohn violin music in Prayer of Touch.” Throughout the work, the dancers “struggle between the desire to touch and the fear of being touched, like flipped magnets, in a dance of attraction and repulsion” (ArtsATL).

Requiem for a Rose by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Music by Franz Schubert*


Set to an achingly romantic and longing adagio by Schubert, Requiem for a Rose_ is a passionate piece that blends contemporary staging with classical dance. Become mesmerized by the movements as the dancers are transformed into a garden of blossoming roses. Netherlands-based choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa presents a piece filled with “tender” moments that is “deftly and honestly crafted” (_Dance View Times).*

About the Ticket Supplier: Atlanta Ballet

Atlanta Ballet was founded seven decades ago by dance visionary Dorothy Alexander (1904-1986). Miss Dorothy had a dream of bringing quality ballet to the Atlanta community. The result was the Dorothy Alexander Dance Concert Group—the first step in the regional ballet movement that swept the nation. Upon gaining professional status in 1967, the company was renamed Atlanta Ballet. Today, under the artistic leadership of John McFall, Atlanta Ballet is the oldest professional dance company in America, the largest self-supported arts organization in Georgia, and the official Ballet of Georgia.