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Atlanta Ballet to Unveil All-New, Breakthrough The Nutcracker for The Next Generation, Dec. 8-24

by Julia Berg
November 19, 2018
The Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(855) 285-8499
19 Performances of The Nutcracker set for Dec. 8-24, 2018, at the Fox Theatre
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For the first time in more than two decades, Atlanta Ballet will debut a new version of The Nutcracker that will mark a milestone in dance history. Two years in the making, this innovative production is designed to surprise and delight all audiences, from the young to the young-at-heart, and from longtime Nutcracker fans to those unfamiliar with one of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions. The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra will perform live at each of the 19 performances held at the Fox Theatre from Saturday, December 8, through Monday, December 24, 2018.

Atlanta Ballet’s new production of The Nutcracker is set in a small German village and will tell E.T.A Hoffmann’s traditional story set to the iconic Tchaikovsky score, but will use elaborately crafted and painted scenery combined with advanced techniques in lighting and video projection to enhance the magic of the story.

“We are thrilled to introduce Atlanta audiences to an extraordinary Nutcracker that is reflective of Atlanta Ballet’s new artistic vision,” said Atlanta Ballet President & CEO, Arturo Jacobus. “This new production will help put our Company and the city of Atlanta on the national cultural map, and will allow us to acquire new audiences while retaining our core patrons. Featuring some of today’s most cutting edge technology, our new Nutcracker truly is a ballet for our time.”

Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin’s determination to bring some of the world’s finest artists to Atlanta resulted in a partnership with internationally acclaimed dance maker Yuri Possokhov. Together, the duo attracted a first-class creative team to dream up a one-of-a-kind Nutcracker production.

Collectively, this team will create a ballet that will rival a Broadway show in terms of production “fire power,” including awe-inspiring sets, groundbreaking projections, stunning
costumes and imaginative lighting. Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker will come to life through the creative collaboration of the following design team’s visionary talents:
• Choreography by Yuri Possokhov (Isadora Duncan Dance Award winner for outstanding choreography)
• Set Design by Tom Pye (Tony Award nominee)
• Costume Design by Sandra Woodall (Isadora Duncan Dance Award winner for costume design)
• Lighting Design by David Finn (The Knight of Illumination Award winner in the UK)
• Video/Projection Design by Finn Ross (Tony Award winner)

“We are proud to bring such a gifted group of innovative masterminds together to create a magical reimagining of this
classic holiday tale,” said Nedvigin. “The combination of their specialties will exquisitely enhance the ballet, and will
allow audiences to escape from reality and join us in this enchanting, new world that is The Nutcracker.”

For more information about Atlanta Ballet’s new version of The Nutcracker and to purchase tickets, please visit www.atlantaballet.com/nutcracker. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 1.855.285.8499, in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office and the Atlanta Ballet Box Office, or online. For groups of ten or more, please
call Atlanta Ballet Group Sales at 404.873.5811, ext. 207. An Opening Night Gala will be held in the Egyptian Ballroom
at the Fox Theatre, with tickets starting at $150. For more information about the Opening Night Gala, please contact
events@atlantaballet.com.

Atlanta Ballet gratefully acknowledges the support of The Carlos Family in Honor of Thalia N. Carlos (Platinum Sponsor), Sarah Kennedy and PNC Bank (Gold Sponsors), Jones Day Foundation (Sapphire Sponsors), Arrow Exterminators, The Home Depot Foundation, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Outfront, The Sara Giles Moore Foundation, The Zeist Foundation, Inc. and Erroll & Elaine Davis (Silver Sponsors), and Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet, Finny & Charles Brewer Family Foundation, The Robert Elster Foundation, Stephanie & Austin Stephens, Linda & Don Morris, Repay, Northside Hospital and Imlay (Bronze Sponsors).

About Atlanta Ballet

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is one of the premier dance companies in the country and the official state Ballet of Georgia. Atlanta Ballet’s eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals.

After 89 seasons, Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance. In 1996, Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education, which is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. Atlanta Ballet’s roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city’s cultural growth and revitalization.

For more information, visit www.atlantaballet.com, follow us on Twitter @atlantaballet, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlantaballet.

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