The Man in Black: Atlanta Ballet Presents Three New Works, Including One Inspired by the Iconic Johnny Cash – March 23-25, 2012


A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to preview three new works by stand-out choreographers, presented by the Atlanta Ballet. It was a fun evening with just a snippet of each work – enough to whet my whistle and let me know that this weekend’s performances are not to be missed!

This weekend – March 23 to 25, 2012, you have four opportunities to catch these three new works in The Man in Black: An Evening of Three WorksThe three new works are edgy, unconventional – not what you’d expect, especially if you have any pre-conceived notions about what ballet “should be.” I brought a good friend of mine, who describes herself as “not a fan” of ballet, along to the preview and her mind was immediately changed. If you think you know what the Atlanta Ballet offers, here’s a chance to change your own mind!

The three works being presented this weekend are:

  • The Man in Black –Music by Johnny Cash, Choreography by James Kudelka. Delivers imaginative choreography over hits and hidden gems by rockabilly legend Johnny Cash.
  • 1st Flash – Choreography by Jorma Elo, Music by Jean Sibelius. Astonishes with speed and athleticism and demonstrates why he was singled out as a “talent to follow” in The New York Times‘ Year in Review.
  • Moments of Dis Choreography by Juel D. Lane, Music by Quentin “E.Q.” Johnson. Examines the implications of the prefix “dis”: Sometimes we become disillusioned, disrespectful, or dishonest with our personal choices in life. When we start to discern what is the truth, we can truly explore and manage our psyche.

A country music legend, one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world, and an explosive modern performance make this March weekend not-to-be-missed.

The performance dates/times are Friday, March 23 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; and Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 PM. All performances are at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and tickets start at just $20.00 (up to $120.00). Go to for more information and to purchase tickets.

WHERE: The Man in Black: An Evening of Three Works with the Atlanta Ballet – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


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