Atlanta Ballet Presents ‘Nutcracker’
at The Fox Theatre
The Atlanta Ballet performs “Nutcracker” in concert with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra led by principal guest conductor Gary Sheldon. Dancers bring bring dancing dolls, mischievous mice, and sparkling snowflakes to life.
Each year, Atlanta Ballet invites more than 200 Atlanta area school children to perform alongside 23 professional company members and four company apprentices.
Atlanta Ballet first brought Nutcracker to the stage in 1959, performing George Balanchine’s version of the timeless tale. In that year, Atlanta Ballet was the only company outside of New York City Ballet allowed to perform this signature piece thanks to Atlanta Ballet’s then Associate Artistic Director Robert Barnett, who had danced with Balanchine at New York City Ballet.
In 1995, Atlanta Ballet’s third and current artistic director, John McFall, created a brand new Nutcracker for the city of Atlanta. McFall’s vision was to create a Nutcracker that was “traditional yet new, familiar yet different, classic yet contemporary and above all, magical.” Every year since then McFall has added a special touch to the production in an effort to keep it vibrant and fresh.
Choreographed by John McFall, music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Nutcracker” runs through Dec. 28 at the Fox Theatre.