My first trip to a professional ballet performance (that was not rooted in the boredom of my elementary school days) was successful, to say the least. I attended the performance on February 7th, 2020, and sat towards the back of the performance hall. Through the two hours of the performance, the best way I can describe my experience as a rollercoaster.
The first third of the performance (titled Elemental Brubeck) was almost like the black sheep of the whole performance. The dancers came out in colorful costumes, doing retro dances to jazz music. The reasoning behind my “black sheep” labeling is because nothing else in the performance is like this. It almost fakes the audience out as it builds this crescendo of different performances.
The second part of the performance was called Tuplet, and it was probably my favorite part of the whole performance. The minimalistic designs, focusing on the screen in the background to provide a handful of the visuals, and the dancers using parts of their body to make the rhythm around them. Another aspect of this segment that I liked was the lights going in and out to direct the audience’s focus.
The third part (labeled Sunrise Divine) was another close favorite of mine. The music in this segment, done by the Spelman College Glee Club, was where my attention was most of the time. I found myself looking at the singers and the dancers. Another favorite part of mine was watching the people around me clap and move along to the music in this part.
All in all, I liked my trip to the Atlanta Ballet and I liked this performance. All of the dancers and composers do an amazing job to bring these three segments together not only with music but with the rhythm of their bodies and movements.