Wabi Sabi - Bringing dance to the people!

Atlanta Ballet

100% of $5,000
$0 of $5,000 to go
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About This Project

Wabi Sabi
Created by Atlanta Ballet veteran company dancer John Welker in 2011, Wabi Sabi seeks to push the boundaries of ballet through the creation of new works by the next generation of choreographic talent. Wabi Sabi allows Atlanta Ballet to present new work that enhances the scope of the existing repertory, while offering new artistic challenges to its company members.

Wabi Sabi performances are free, public, world premiere concerts performed at outdoor venues throughout the city.

Wabi Sabi takes its name from a Japanese worldview that finds beauty in the sincerity, simplicity, and integrity of the natural world. As one of the newest dance initiatives in Atlanta, Wabi Sabi combines our city's own emerging choreographers with beautiful and engaging venues for amazing outdoor performances that bring art to the people.

Project Details
Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi wishes to create an annual Atlanta performance park series that uses the beautiful natural settings of Atlanta's public parks as a staging ground to offer free dance performances. Through this series, we hope to further our mission of providing world-class dance free of charge to audiences from all walks of life. 

We believe in dance as an accessible and universal language that speaks to all people, no matter their culture or socioeconomic background, and one where they can enjoy in a shared and enriching experience together without the cost of a traditional theatre setting.  We also believe in moving dance forward with the times by fostering young talented choreographers to create new works who otherwise could not or would not be given the opportunity to work with world class artists early in their careers. 

The parks series would take place in June 2013 in Atlanta's two biggest and most popular parks: Centennial and Piedmont Park. 

Total cost for choreographers: $5,000

Donor Benefits

Atlanta Ballet extends a special thanks to those that are inspired to support Wabi Sabi. 

In recognition of your tax-deductible gift, you will receive an exclusive invitation to attend an open rehearsal and reception with the dancers during the 2012-2013 Season at the Michael C. Carlos Centre for Dance Education.

This program was founded by Company member John Welker, and his sincere gratitude goes to all who have believed in his vision to support emerging artists.  We would also like to thank the Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet for helping Wabi Sabi become a reality, and for its continued support of this effort.