Atlanta Ballet in Helen Pickett’s “Camino Real.” Photograph by Charlie McCullers, courtesy of Atlanta Ballet.

This was a huge undertaking, financially and artistically, and 5 years in the making. It was worth it. Be sure you thank Artistic Director John McFall and President Arturo Jacobus for their visionary leadership, right before you fall at Helen Pickett’s feet.

Critics have said that Tennessee Williams was years ahead of his time when he wrote the play that inspired Pickett’s ballet. Nobody else was writing deconstructed plays in 1953. It was not a success until at least ten years later, and he didn’t use the same format again. I think this ballet will be an instant success, and is ultimately destined to become one of the classic works in the repertoires of major companies. You can say you saw it first in Atlanta.

For more information, visit the Atlanta Ballet website.