Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker — December 7-26, 2012
Choreographed by John McFall
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra
The holiday season begins with the return of Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker to the Fabulous Fox Theatre. It is a fun-filled, magical adventure that continues to thrill audiences. Bring the whole family for an enchanting and memorable evening that keeps the spirit of the holiday season alive! This year, Atlanta Ballet is working with illusionist Drew Thomas to bring an extra magical touch to this season's production.
Singing in Act I's "Snow Scene" by
Run time is approximately 2 hours, including a 25-minute intermission.
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The Fabulous Fox Theatre
The “Fabulous Fox” is Atlanta’s most opulent historic landmark and a nationally acclaimed theatre.
Location and Parking
The Fox Theatre is located at 660 Peachtree Street at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Peachtree Street. Parking for the theatre is available in a variety of lots within a four-block radius. Parking prices range from $4 - $15. Preferred parking for Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker is located at the Bank of America Plaza Parking Garage located at 600 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30308. The parking garage is located one block south of the Fox Theatre. The garage provides safe and secured covered parking for all patrons going to Nutcracker and other area events. To reserve your parking space for the day of the event please click here. The pre-paid parking charge is $15.00 plus a service fee. The Fox Theatre is also easily accessible via the North Avenue MARTA rail station.
Emergency Phone Number
(404) 881-2100 is the emergency number for the Fox Theatre. Please leave your seat location with your babysitter or answering service so that an usher may reach you in case of an emergency.
Phonic Ear Easy Listening System headsets are available in the Fox Theatre lobby. Headsets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Assistance is also available for patrons who need help upon arrival at the Fox Theatre. For more information, please call (404) 881-2100.
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Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education's Kids In Step for School Groups
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No small feat, but with “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker,” Atlanta Ballet, in its 53rd annual staging of the Tchaikovsky classic, has found its greatness. The performance is not without flaw, but missteps are diluted by the general merriment, and at times they feel almost endearing. Like a house full of relatives visiting for Christmas, the piece is wonderfully exuberant, if occasionally overwhelming. With a host of characters — some cute, some intriguing, some just strange — the whole thing is so much fun that you quickly forgive the frenzy and join in the festivities.
McFall has entirely reimagined Act I but is hesitant to give away too much — he wants the new dances and the illusions to be a surprise. He alludes to flying handkerchiefs, dolls that magically appear from thin air, and a dramatic transformation of the boy Nutcracker into the grown Nutcracker. Integrating the illusions into the storyline was of paramount importance to both Thomas and McFall.
In the midst of the holiday rush, it's comforting to step into the Fox Theatre for Atlanta Ballet's "Nutcracker" and to see the snow-laden evergreens and rounded minarets of the Petrov family's 19th-century Russian home. It's enchanting to peer through a lattice of winter branches into its picture window. There's a feeling of nostalgia, a moment to slow down, take a deep breath and prepare to be transported to the age of old-world classical story ballets - a time when people traveled by horse and carriage or sleigh, pocket watches ticked and ballets lasted four to five hours.
It's considered a staple of the holidays. The Atlanta Ballet is currently presenting its 52nd annual "Nutcracker Ballet" on stage at the Fox Theatre. FOX 5's Deidre Dukes received a behind the scenes look on Thursday!
The performance this year was wonderful...what could not be wonderful at the Fabulous Fox Theater.
My grand daughter and I look forward to this each year in bulding our Christmas traditions for her memory book.
This performance was different than the past years...I have to say I enjoyed the past story line much better. It followed the original.
We made sure we were under the stars to experience the snow...guess what? NO SNOW! It was disappointing.
I appreciated the show very much...excellent...but, please bring back the snow and the original story line.
My daughter and I enjoyed your version of the Nutcracker. But I have to admit that certain parts were not as spectacular as I have seen in the past. I do not believe that the original scene, where the family and friends arrive, was emphasised enough to truely familiarize oneself with the parents, uncles, aunts. The actual gift of the Nutcracker was not clear enough to those who do not know the story line. She goes to sleep with the toy Nutcracker and reawakens with the toy Nutcracker in her arms. Years ago there was the most spectacular Russian version done at the Fox. I wish I could remember more of the details. Perhaps you know which performance I am remembering. That performance stressed more of the opulence of that era. That is how family visited in those times. My mother grew up in Switzerland and enjoys the Nutcracker so much because it brings back the memories of her youth and how family came to visit. The room was decorated, with tree and gifts, and then the massive doors were opened and all the children were allowed to go inside!! That was the traditional way. I do not believe your opening depicted this in quite that way.
I imagine you are aware that the snow effect did not work and many in your audience were soaked? We were in row G. First I thought it was raining and then we realised it was some sort of foamy substance coming down on us. Not good. You would be better off using the fake, dry flakes. I wonder if others complained of this. I had to cover myself with my coat and the woman in front of me asked if she needed to get out her umbrella. My daughter had on her new Christmas coat and was not pleased at all. The foam had a strange smell.
Anyways, we had a wonderful evening. The dancers did a fabulous job. The snow scene was quite magical on stage! It is an enormous amount of work to put together such a production. I think the children did a fabulous job. Loved the music. Thank you and perhaps my few criticisms will help towards future productions. I even purchased an adorable Nutcracker as a souvenir! Thank you for all your hard work!!!!
This nutcracker was different from other ballets we have seen. I have never seen Clara save the day. We found this performance non entertaining. Wish this performance had been the traditional version. This is a family tradition once a year and this year we were not impressed with the performance .
We have attended The Nutcracker with our grandchildren on Christmas Eve over the last twelve years and are all agreed (ages 17, 14, 9, and 7) this performance was the best ever. Two years ago, we attended the New York City Ballet's Nutcracker. There is much about the Atlanta presentation that we prefer. This ballet is a Christmas treat for children - and we all like popcorn!
Great dancing, but what’s up with the modified story line?
Great--no, fabulous--dancing! Nice special effects too. I took a group of high school music students who also loved it, but..... I was inundated with questions regarding the story line. Isn't the NUTCRACKER the hero to vanquishes the rat king? Doesn't he escort Maria/Clara to the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy, rather than her wandering off and stumbling upon it herself? And what's the point of the Christmas Tree "growing" (Maria/Clara "shrinking to toy size) if her gift Nutcracker is already life size? Is this a new trend in Nutcracker interpretation, or an alternate storyline? Yours doesn't follow either Balanchine or any of the plot synopses I've found online. Even so, great, magical evening!
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John studied dance with Ms. Tatiana Dokoudovska who not only taught him the art of dance, but also inspired him to pursue an adventurous life in theater. At sixteen, he was contracted to dance at Starlight Theater, one of the showcase summer stock venues in the country. Following this, he performed with the San Francisco Ballet for two decades, working with distinguished choreographers and touring the world. John became recognized as a choreographer himself and was commissioned to create premieres for a variety of companies, including San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and National Ballet of Canada. Mikael Baryshnikov invited John to create two works for American Ballet Theater in which Mikael also performed. In 1986 John received an invitation from Robert Barnett, Artistic Director of Atlanta Ballet, to premiere a work titled Watchers. Eight years later John would become artistic director. John has continued to contribute to the Atlanta Ballet repertoire with family classics such as Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Firebird, and Don Quixote. Notably, he has expanded the range of the repertoire with invitations to many of the world’s most provocative and imaginative choreographers. These individuals include Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Ohad Naharin, David Bintley, Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, and Twyla Tharp. John is committed to continue leading Atlanta Ballet into the future with innovative and extraordinary works. By commissioning brilliant choreographers and nurturing the development of new talent, he will ensure that for generations to come Atlanta Ballet will present evenings of dance that touch the soul and engage the imagination. Simply put, to INSPIRE.