• April 15-17, 2016

    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The Princess and the Goblin — April 15-17, 2016

Single tickets go on sale August 1, 2015!


Choreographed by Twyla Tharp
Based on a story by George MacDonald
Music by Franz Schubert, arranged and orchestrated by Richard Burke
Original Music by Richard Burke
Live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra

Adapted from the 19th century fairytale by George MacDonald, Twyla Tharp's The Princess & the Goblin returns after its 2012 world premiere with Atlanta Ballet.

Arrogant King Papa has let his vanity get the best of him. As he and his courtiers increasingly absorb themselves with frivolous parties and protocols, they remain oblivious that their own children have gone missing. Unable to make King Papa realize his arrogance and ignorance, young Princess Irene decides to take action. Together with her great grandmother, her best friend Curdie, and a little bit of faith, Irene ventures deep into the underworld - the kingdom of the goblins - to rescue the forgotten children. Proving that faith and goodness can triumph over evil and tyranny, Irene frees the children and teaches the adults a valuable lesson about humility and forgiveness.

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The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is the first major performing arts facility built in metro Atlanta in four decades.

Location and Parking
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located in northwest Atlanta near the junction of I-75 and I-285, at the intersection of Cobb Galleria Parkway and Akers Mill Road.  Self parking is available on site for a $6 fee, and valet parking is available for select performances for a $10 fee. You can also pay for paking in advance online - click here for more information. Please do not park in the Toys"R"Us lot on Akers Mill Rd. This is not approved parking for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, so your car may be booted or towed if left there.

Emergency Phone Number
(770) 916-2911 is the 24-hour public safety number for the Cobb Energy Centre.  Please leave your seat location with your babysitter or answering service so that the house manager may find you in case of an emergency.

Special Needs
The venue is ADA compliant.  Designated seats in various locations are available for guests with disabilities and those needing special assistance.  The venue is equipped with wheelchair accessible courtesy phones, elevators, plaza ramps, wheelchair accessible ticket windows, and wheelchair accessible drinking fountains.  For more information, please call (770) 916-2800.

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Review: The Atlanta Ballet triumphs in Tharp's masterful world premiere of "Princess and the Goblin"

The opportunity to see a world premiere by one of the world's most renowned choreographers is rare, but the opportunity to see a world premiere that was created and closely tailored to the strengths of our own ballet company is singular. What's most special about Twyla Tharp's "The Princess and the Goblin," now on stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center through February 19, is the masterful way Tharp matches dancers to their parts - drawing out and highlighting all the existing strengths of the Atlanta Ballet.

Toe Shoes That Carry a Princess to Victory

ATLANTA - "The Princess and the Goblin," a fantastical story that George MacDonald published in 1872, is the kind of children's literature that adults can read with pleasure. Enchanting and funny, it's laced with sharp wisdom, moral without being moralistic. The 8-year-old heroine is brave and good and yet not dull.

Atlanta Ballet: "Twyla Tharp's The Princess and the Goblin"

Tharp has embedded many ideas and layers into her ballet—which entertained a capacity (and family-filled) audience at its final performance. The passing-on of knowledge from the wise, beneficent great-great-grandmother to Irene, and the young girl’s subsequent passing-on of some of her acquired wisdom to the children she has saved, are clearly themes that drew Tharp to the tale. There are always new insights to discover and new directions in which to grow, the ballet suggests.

Dance Review: "Twyla Tharp's The Princess & The Goblin"

You don't have to be a dance aficionado to know that Atlanta Ballet and Twyla Tharp are making history with the world premiere of "Twyla Tharp's The Princess and the Goblin," at the Cobb Energy Centre through February 19; you just have to see it. It's a work of transcendent magic that will take you out of this world.

Preview: Atlanta Ballet readies world premiere of Twyla Tharp's "Princess and the Goblin"

Twyla Tharp is no stranger to Atlanta audiences. She chose to preview her Broadway show "Come Fly Away" at the Alliance Theater in 2009 (then titled "Come Fly With Me") and launched the show's touring company here as well. Now, in a historic undertaking, the celebrated choreographer has created a full-length story ballet with Atlanta Ballet. "The Princess and the Goblin," a fantastical story based on George MacDonald's 19th-century fairy tale, will have its world premiere at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre February 10-19.

Ballet teams with legendary Twyla Tharp

It came as a surprise to Atlanta Ballet dancer Alessa Rogers when Twyla Tharp, one of the western world's most prolific and celebrated living choreographers, announced at a morning rehearsal last August that Rogers would dance the lead role, Princess Irene, in a studio performance of Tharp's "The Princess and the Goblin."

Tharp's New Tale, Woven In Dance

Over the past year Ms. Tharp spent 13 weeks in the South where, on Friday, the Atlanta Ballet will unveil her full-length production "The Princess and the Goblin" at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. The new work is based on a fantastical 19th-century tale by George MacDonald and was, for Ms. Tharp, many years in the making. It was commissioned jointly by the Atlanta Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

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About Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp is one of the most recognized names in dance today. With a career spanning over four decades, Tharp creates works that transcend boundaries and disciplines, making her one of the most prolific choreographers alive. With over 135 dances to her name, some of her credits include: Emmy Award Winner Baryshnikov by Tharp (1984), In the Upper Room (1986), Hair (1978), Amadeus (1984), Tony Award Winner Movin' Out (2002), and Come Fly Away (2010).

Arguably America's most celebrated choreographer, Twyla Tharp now sets her sights on a full-length, world premiere that chronicles the adventures of a young princess on a quest to save her kingdom. Based on a story by George MacDonald, Tharp's ballet follows a young girl's heroic journey of bravery and independence.

The 411 on Twyla Tharp

Deuce Coupe (1973)
Push Comes to Shove (1976)
Once More Frank (1976)
The Golden Section (1983)
Baryshnikov by Tharp (1984)
In the Upper Room (1986)
Sweet Fields (1996)

Hollywood Films
Hair (1978)
Ragtime (1980)
Amadeus (1984)
White Nights (1985)

Movin' Out (2002)
Come Fly With Me (2010)

1985 Emmy Award for Baryshnikov by Tharp (Choreography & Co-direction)
2003 Tony Award for Movin' Out (Outstanding Choreography)
2004 National Medal of Honor
2008 Kennedy Center Honor

Author Of …
Push Comes to Shove, an autobiography (1992)
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life (2003)
The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together (2009)