Atlanta Ballet (out)side project
Wabi Sabi, a modern dance chamber performance group started by Atlanta Ballet dancer John Welker last year to showcase emerging choreographers, returns for a performance during Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Cocktails in the Garden on June 21.
The evening will feature world premieres from Atlanta Ballet dancers-turned-choreographers Peng-Yu Chen, Jonah Hooper and Tara Lee. Pieces by three guest choreographers also will be performed: Nathan Griswold, a former Atlanta Ballet dancer now with BallettCQAugsburg in Germany; Jimmy Orrante of BalletMetCQ in Columbus, Ohio; and Rachelle Scott, a Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet member in New York City.
The show marks Jacob Bush’s final performance with fellow Atlanta Ballet dancers before he departs for Ballett Augsburg.
Cocktails in the Garden runs 6-10 pm, with Wabi Sabi performances staged throughout the evening in different areas of the Midtown garden. Performances are free with Cocktails admission ($18.95, includes one complimentary cocktail). 404-876-5859,www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Nominees sought for two awards
The four categories are: arts leader, arts educator, public/community service and nonprofit arts organization/company. Deadline for nominations (via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax, 678-797-2426) is 5 p.m. June 29. The awards will be presented at the college’s annual fund-raising luncheon on Sept. 28 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. For information on nomination requirements, call 770-499-3214 or www.kennesaw.edu/arts (click the “Flourish Luncheon” link and then “Flourish Awards”).
Details: www.mocaga.org/workingartistproject.asp. HOWARD POUSNER