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Atlanta Ballet choreographer explores new terrain; long-time ballerina takes last bow

  • 10:23 am Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Helen Pickett’s ‘The Exiled’ draws Atlanta Ballet closer to new identity

BY CYNTHIA BOND PERRY / FOR THE AJC

There is electricity in the air in one of Atlanta Ballet’s Westside studios as Helen Pickett, in her second year as choreographer in residence, rehearses “The Exiled” with a handful of dancers. The sparks are firing due to the fact that these artists are working with the choreographer to build a ballet unlike anything they’ve danced before.

Pickett, whose works are increasingly being presented by international companies, is choreographing her first narrative ballet. It’s a piece of significant dramatic heft and a departure from [More]