“Speranza” – HOPE – an encore performance with a collaboration of the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The Atlanta Opera.
In an unprecedented collaborative effort, these three Atlanta performing arts institutions have united their creative genius to create a performance piece that truly defines the quality every person affected by cancer must call on – a sense of hope. Aptly titled “Speranza” (Italian for “Hope”), this collaborative piece began as a musical elegy composed by Juan R. Ramírez, principal violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and founder & artistic director of Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. To expand on and deepen the experience of this elegy, an Italian operatic libretto was composed by Soprano Isabella Baer de Cortes and will be performed by Megan Mashburn Soprano with The Atlanta Opera, and choreography was added by Armando Luna, choreographer and principal teacher at Atlanta Ballet. Speranza will once again be performed at the fourth annual ArtCAN fundraising gala, which supports groundbreaking pancreatic cancer research at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Emory University School of Medicine. While nothing can prepare a family for cancer, hope can be a shelter in the storm.
Meet the creators and artists who have volunteered their time to bring the world premiere of SPERANZA to life!!
Jacob Bush – Atlanta Ballet
Jacob Bush of Atlanta Ballet company will be dancing in the collaborative production of “Speranza”.
Jacob returns to Atlanta Ballet after dancing with Germany’s Ballet Augsburg from 2012 to 2014, where he worked with such notable choreographers as Douglas Lee, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Christian Spuck, Itzik Galili, and Michael Pink. Jacob grew up in Coon Rapids, Minn., where he trained under Lise Houlton of the Minnesota Dance Theatre. He continued his training with Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education under Sharon Story and the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet under Susan Connally. In Atlanta, Jacob danced principal roles such as Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in John McFall’s Cinderella, the Green Man in Lila York’s Celts, and Matthew and Toulouse-Lautrec in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge© - The Ballet. He also had the pleasure of creating the role of the Younger Brother in the world premiere of Christopher Hampson’sRite of Spring and also the role of Curdie in the world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin.
Rachel Van Buskirk – Atlanta Ballet
Rachel Van Buskirk of Atlanta Ballet company will be dancing in the collaborative production of “Speranza”
A native of Vancouver, Rachel trained with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts. With Atlanta Ballet, her favorite roles include Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Fortuna in David Bintley’s Carmina Burana, and Autumn in James Kedulka’s The Four Seasons. Rachel has also performed works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Ohad Naharin, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexi Ratmansky. Last season, Rachel reprieved her role as Nurse in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette and was a part of creating the world premiere of Helen Pickett’s ballet based on Camino Real by Tennessee Williams. Highlights for her were being featured in the principal role of Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and being a part of Alex Ekman’s Cacti. Rachel was nominated and the cover girl for Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch” and named a “30 Under 30” by ArtsATL. This summer, Rachel was co-director of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education’s Professional Summer Intensive and teaches for the Centre Pre-Professional Program year round. Outside of dance, Rachel enjoys crafting, obsessing over her cats, and pursuing her scholarly goals at Georgia State University. She sends her love to her family and Kyle and thanks them for being awesome.
Christian Clark – Atlanta Ballet
Christian Clark, a member of Atlanta Ballet company will be dancing in the collaborative production of “Speranza”
An Atlanta native, Christian began his training at age 8 with the Atlanta School of Ballet under the direction of Robert Barnett. As a Company member, Clark has performed the leading roles of Prince in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Laertes in Stephen Mills’ Hamlet, Albrecht in Giselle, Siegfried in John McFall’s Swan Lake, the Prince in Sleeping Beauty, and Romeo in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet. Christian was featured in Margo Sappington’s Shed Your Skin: The Indigo Girls Project, John McFall’s Jupiter, Christian Holder’s Transcendence, Lauri Stallings’ The Great Gatsby and big, and Christopher Hampson’s Sinfonietta Giocosa. When not dancing, Christian enjoys playing music with the band The Neighbors with fellow dancer Jesse Tyler. Christian thanks Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, his family, and his lovely wife, Naomi-Jane, for their support.
Juan Ramirez – Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández, composed the Elegy for “Speranza” and will be playing the violin in the world-premier of “Speranza” at the 3rd Annual ArtCAN.
Juan also is a member of our 2013 ArtCAN Performing Arts Curatorial Panel.
David Ramirez – Cello player
David Ramirez – will be playing the Cello in the encore performance of “Speranza”