Dancers from Atlanta Ballet perform at KSU in free concert
Dancers from the Atlanta Ballet professional summer intensive will perform at the Kennesaw State University Stillwell Theater on
July 30 at 4 p.m. The free concert will feature 30 dancers representing 17 states and Canada who auditioned across the country to be a part of one of the nation’s most prestigious professional summer programs.
The Centre for Dance Education at Atlanta Ballet has the national reputation of being among the top ten ballet schools in the country. Founded in 1996 under the direction of Dean Sharon Story, and guided by the vision of Artistic Director John McFall, the Centre is accredited by the National Associations of Schools of Dance. World-class and guest artists offer one of the most comprehensive and challenging professional curricula designed to inspire and train professional dancers.
The concert will feature the premier of a new ballet, “Succubus,” choreographed by Associate Professor and Director of KSU’s Program in Dance Ivan Pulinkala. The ballet features scenery designed by KSU Professor Ming Chen. Both Pulinkala and Chen collaborated on this project two years ago, creating the first part of this ballet titled “Incubus” that received national recognition at the American College Dance Festival in 2007-2008. The work received positive reviews from national critic and Editor-in-Chief Wendy Peron in the September 2008 issue of “Dance Magazine.” Pulinkala is now creating “Succubus” that will eventually form part of an evening-length ballet titled “Incubus-Succubus.”
The concert will also feature the restaging of variations from legendary choreographer Michel Fokine’s “Les Sylphides,” under the direction of nationally known master teacher Gretchen Ward Warren. Other performances will include the pas de deux from August Bournonville’s “Flower Festival,” staged by Page Fulleton McFall, a jazz piece by Sharon Wong of the Alvin Ailey School, and new works by Atlanta Ballet’s Christian Clark and Jarrod Kentrell.
The KSU Program in Dance launched an exclusive educational partnership with Atlanta Ballet in May 2009. The partnership is aimed at providing a venue for collaborative dance education between the two institutions. Company members from Atlanta Ballet and students at the Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education will have the opportunity of pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance at Kennesaw State University beginning Fall 2009.