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Atlanta Ballet's new choreographer-in-residence Claudia Schreier's first work for the company was last year's "First Impulse." (Photo by Kim Kenney)

Atlanta Ballet sets 2020–21 season; projects $1.5 million loss from Covid-19

Atlanta Ballet has announced its 2020–21 season, which includes rescheduled works that were canceled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In addition, the ballet has named Claudia Schreier as its choreographer-in-residence for a three-year term.

Atlanta Ballet has said that it projects a loss of more than $1.5 million through June because of canceled performances. “We are continuing to compensate our collective workforce of more than 150 people for as long as possible, which includes dancers, school faculty, costumers, artistic leaders and administrative staff,” the ballet said in a statement on its website. 

The company has initiated a fundraising campaign to help with the financial hit Covid-19 has created. “It is important that the anxiety of paying rent, accessing health care, or caring for their families isn’t further heightened by mass layoffs or furloughs,” the statement said.

The 2020–21 season is scheduled to begin in September at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre with a restaging of Yuri Possokhov’s version of Firebird and an original work by Brazilian choreographer Juliano Nunes, which were scheduled to close the 2019–20 season. 

Possokhov’s The Nutcracker will be staged in December at Cobb Energy Centre, the first time it will be performed there after nearly three decades of annual performances at the Fox Theatre.

In February, the ballet will perform Giselle over two weekends, another show rescheduled because of Covid-19 cancellations.

Atlanta Ballet choreographer-in-residence Claudia Schreier.
Claudia Schreier will produce her first work as resident choreographer in February. (Photo by Jeremy Harwell)

In March, choreographer Cathy Marston will rework her Persisting Memory piece for Atlanta Ballet. Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes and Remi Wörtmeyer’s Significant Others also will be on that program.

The season will conclude in May with a patriotic celebration that includes Paul Taylor’s Company B and George Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes set to John Philip Sousa music.

Atlanta Ballet’s new choreographer-in-residence will set her first show on Atlanta Ballet 2, the company’s troupe of aspiring professional dancers. The one-hour family show will debut in February.

Schreier’s world premiere for Atlanta Ballet, First Impulse, was named a “Standout Performance of 2019” by Pointe Magazine. She’s known for fusing neoclassical technique with a contemporary vocabulary and has choreographed more than 30 ballets for such companies as Miami City Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Vail Dance Festival in Colorado.

Schreier, who choreographed her first piece while in high school, is Harvard-educated. Her work earned her a 2017 Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers at New York University’s Center for Ballet and the Arts, which led to her first Atlanta Ballet commission.

“I was impressed by Claudia’s sense of musicality and structure in her first work for Atlanta Ballet,” Gennadi Nedvigin, the company’s artistic director, said in a press release. “I was intrigued by the choices she made and the way she prepared for the creation. I look forward to seeing her develop even further while working with our dancers. I am excited to go on this artistic journey together.”


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