Atlanta Ballet has a new artistic director: San Francisco Ballet principal Gennadi Nedvigin. In recent years, Nedvigin has cultivated a reputation as an adept teacher, coach and répétiteur. His relationship with Atlanta Ballet began in 2014 when he staged Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony. His retirement from SFB this month concludes 19 years with the company. He will take his post in August for Atlanta Ballet’s 2016–17 season.
Current director John McFall ends his tenure this month after leading Atlanta Ballet for more than 20 years. During his time as artistic director, he founded the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. The Centre provides dance education to more than 1,200 students and has become a central fixture in Atlanta’s arts scene through its community-outreach programs.
Gennadi Nedvigin in John Cranko’s Onegin
Photo by Erik Tomasson, courtesy of San Francisco Ballet