The wait for Terminus’ Everything is Waiting at the Stillwell Theater on May 21 is over

Describing the process this time and how the pandemic hiatus affected her interpretation, Terminus veteran and co-founder Rachel Van Buskirk said: “Tara has created work that allows the dancer to journey from a state of fear to joy and freedom at the end. This reflects how I feel about returning to performing live and how much I enjoy this gift. From a place of uncertainty and not knowing to passionately knowing that this is where I am meant to be.”

Similarly, Lee invites audiences to “sit forward in their seats and project their experiences into it, reading it on all levels—both metaphorically and literally.” In the wake of an ongoing global pandemic and a new war in Europe, the problem of managing information overload and distinguishing between “important” and “urgent” has become more tense. The scenes of mundane office life and collaborative activities that populate Everything Is Waiting have also taken on new meaning for audiences nostalgic for simple routines they once took for granted.

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Heath Gill (front) and Christian Clark

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Heath Gill (front) and Christian Clark

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Heath Gill (front) and Christian Clark

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Photo Credit: Abigail Photos

Although this is the first time Terminus has performed the play in Atlanta since its world premiere, the company has taken it on tour to other cities including Carrollton and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Lee expanded the 40-minute ballet into a full-length work for the touring production, and the longer version will present Terminus at the Stillwell Theater this weekend. New material for Atlanta dance guests includes a short opening duet for Terminus co-founder Heath Gill and Jackie Nash Gill, who joined the company in 2021.

Lee’s choreography in Everything Is Waiting draws on the ensemble’s strong foundation in neoclassical ballet, with point work and dynamic adagio engaging the ensemble in ever-changing creative pairings. It also promises to showcase their signature ability to meld the silly and the sublime as they alternate between humorous scenes that integrate pantomime and clowning – queuing for an unknown purpose or petty social competitions in a crowded elevator – with extended intervals of pure dance .

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Laura La Russa and Heath Gill will appear in Terminus Modern Ballet Theater’s Everything is Waiting on May 21st. (Photos by Abigail Photos)

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Laura La Russa and Heath Gill will perform at the Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre "Everything is waiting" on May 21st.  (Photos by Abigail Photos)

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Laura La Russa and Heath Gill will appear in Terminus Modern Ballet Theater’s Everything is Waiting on May 21st. (Photos by Abigail Photos)

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Photo Credit: Abigail Photos

Complementing this juxtaposition of the ordinary and the extraordinary in motion, Lee has assembled a soundscape that integrates the noise of everyday life – such as city traffic – and well-known instrumental works such as Jun Miyake’s Lilies of the Valley.

As the company matures, it will be interesting to see how Terminus finds the balance between creating and building the repertoire, either by creating and commissioning new ballets or, as with this season’s Roam, material that they have previously listed, greatly expanded and revised. Lee said the company’s direction continues to require highly collaborative, roundtable decision-making aimed at reaching and nurturing new talent and audiences, while creating an environment in which the company’s artists can thrive and thrive be able.

In their recently announced fall season program, Terminus has made a clear choice to invest energy and resources, at least in the short term, in existing work created by in-house choreographers. As a relatively young company, especially given the upheavals of recent years, Terminus is fortunate to have such a solid foundation on which to continue to build.

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Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre: “Everything Awaits”

May 21, 8 p.m. $15-$35. Stillwell Theater at Kennesaw State University, 471 Bartow Ave. NW, Kennesaw. terminusmbt.com.

Robin Wharton studied dance at the School of American Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. As a student at Tulane University in New Orleans, she was a member of the Newcomb Dance Company. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tulane, Robin holds a law degree and a Ph.D. in English, both from the University of Georgia.


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