Fall gala opens 2013-14 season at Georgia Ballet
by Sally Litchfield
September 18, 2013 12:53 AM | 3082 views | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia Ballet's new Artistic Director Alexandre Proia welcomes and wants to fill the chairs of The Strand Theatre with ballet enthusiasts both old and new to enjoy the beauty of his troop’s productions.
Georgia Ballet's new Artistic Director Alexandre Proia welcomes and wants to fill the chairs of The Strand Theatre with ballet enthusiasts both old and new to enjoy the beauty of his troop’s productions.
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On Friday, the Georgia Ballet will play host to its fall gala “A Class Act” at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Square.

The event premieres the 2013-14 season of the Georgia Ballet with an opulent evening of world premiere choreography by Artistic Director Alexandre Proia.

“I chose to call the evening ‘A Class Act’ because of its content, the people involved, and the people we want to reach out to,” said Proia, who succeeded Gina Hyatt-Mazon.

Proia hopes to reach out not only to its regular audience but also to those who have not experienced the ballet or theater through ballet, contemporary, tap, live vocal performance and mixed media.

“I choreographed 20 new vignettes to an eclectic musical canvas, from classical to jazz to pop (all of which will be contained in a one-and-a-half-hour performance). I invite the audience to experience beauty, humor, drama, sweet and delicate moments as well as some crazy ones, and also see the strength, dedication and talents of the performers including some live music, students and videos.”

“I hope for it to portray an assortment of art and life situations. I bring in it a bit of New York with a Parisian accent,” said Proia, a Marietta resident since April. He grew up in Paris and attended The Paris Opera Ballet School. At age 17, Proia joined the Boston Ballet where he worked with Rudolf Nureyev.

Proia was a soloist and dancer for 12 years at the New York City Ballet under Peter Martins and Jerome Robbins. He has choreographed and taught for companies and schools including The New York City Ballet, Paris Opera, Teatro Colon, School Of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Alvin Ailey School, Joffrey School and Juilliard.

“The Georgia Ballet staff and myself, are aiming for The Georgia Ballet to expand not only in numbers but also in excellence and diversity and the evening is representative of just that,” he said.

“It’s important that the community recognizes what is theirs and how it can change, inspire, entertain and even elevate, physically, emotionally and even spiritually. We need to support each other. We all know what art does to help children and adults alike to think, explore and discover,” he explained.

“We, as The Georgia Ballet, want a long lasting and respectful relationship with our audience, new and not so new. Come check us out. You won’t regret it,” Proia said.

The theater is at 117 N. Park Square, Marietta.

Tickets are $25 to $125 per person. Tickets are on sale now and VIP experiences are available. The performance starts at 8 p.m. and VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. To learn more or to purchase tickets visit georgiaballet.org/performance_season.htm. Call (770) 528-0881 for more information.
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September 18, 2013
How exciting! I have been hearing great things about the "new" Georgia Ballet. What a treasure to have in Cobb. I will be there on Friday. Merde!
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