Monday, February 2, 2009

Atlanta Ballet's 80th Season, 50 Years of Nutcracker, John McFall's 15th Year

America’s longest continually operating ballet, and, one of Atlanta’s premier institutions has a big year coming up. Atlanta Ballet, known for always breaking ground and setting new trends announces its exciting 2009-2010 Season, celebrating its 80th year with a line-up of shows at the Cobb Energy Centre never presented by the Company before.

Kicking off the year will be an 80th Anniversary Celebration, October 22-25 which honors John McFall’s 15th year as Atlanta Ballet’s Artistic Director. The star-studded line-up will feature guest artists from distinguished companies across the country recognizing the rich history of professional ballet in Atlanta and ushering in the organization’s exhilarating future.

In keeping with everyone’s favorite holiday tradition, Belk, Inc. presents Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, with music by Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky, for a limited three week engagement, December 11 through 27 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Audiences will want to make sure to get tickets early, especially as the Company celebrates 50 years of Nutcracker in Atlanta.

Mozart’s Magic Flute premieres February 11-20 at the Cobb Energy Centre. This magnificent production has been artfully updated by choreographer Mark Godden to enrapture new audiences with its grandeur. This opera’s familiar characters are all there in new post-millennium glory – TV-addicted Tamino, evil philosopher guru Sarastro, and crew-cut Queen of the Night.

Also in February, for our younger audience members, The Princess Suite is a fun and playful one-hour family ballet. This enchanting adventure, made for the entire family, featuring classic tales of princesses come to life. This show helps us escape to a magical place where good defeats evil and there’s always a happy ending. Only four matinee performances, February 20 and 21 – reserve your seats quickly.

Welcome the arrival of spring with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons March 25-28. Choreographed by James Kudelka, the stunning music and engrossing story will sweep you away. James Kudelka’s Four Seasons is a rich interpretation of the journey of life. This grand ballet will rivet audiences with its exploration of beauty and “everyman’s” passage from the springtime of youth to the winter of death. Atlanta Ballet is proud to be the first company outside of National Ballet of Canada to be chosen to perform this breathtaking signature piece. The evening’s program will also include additional works to be announced.

Finally, we close the season with another Company premiere, Lady of the Camellias, May 6-9. Choreographed by Val Caniparoli, with music by Frederic Chopin, this is a tragic tale of betrayal, revenge and selfless sacrifice. Val Caniparoli’s flowing and emotive choreography combined with Chopin’s romantic piano compositions make this Atlanta Ballet performance a fitting close to a grand season.

Season ticket packages range $54 to $361 and will go on sale Monday, February 9. For current patrons, Atlanta Ballet staff will be on hand in the lobby throughout the run of Dracula, February 5 through the 15th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. To order season tickets, call 404-892-3303, Monday-Friday, 10am–5pm visit

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is the longest continuously-operating ballet company in the United States. Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals.

Among Atlanta Ballet’s proud and unique 80-year history are its three Artistic Directors, Miss Dorothy Alexander, whose vision brought dance to the South; Robert Barnett, who turned Atlanta Ballet into a professional company; and currently, John McFall. Under McFall’s leadership Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance.

Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education in 1996 and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. With diverse class offerings and student population, the Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. 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.
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