Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

The Nutcracker

The Carlos Family in Honor of Thalia N. Carlos Presents

The Nutcracker

December 8-24, 2018 The Carlos Family in Honor of Thalia N. Carlos Presents The Nutcracker

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  • Choreography by Yuri Possokhov
  • Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Live with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra
  • Scenic design by Tom Pye
  • Projection design by Finn Ross
  • Costume design by Sandra Woodall
  • Lighting design by David Finn


Atlanta Ballet's first new Nutcracker in 20 years marks a milestone in dance history — with world-class choreography by Yuri Possokhov, awe-inspiring set designs by Tony Award nominee Tom Pye, groundbreaking projection design by Tony Award winner Finn Ross, stunning costume design by Sandra Woodall, and imaginative lighting design by David Finn.

Be among the first to experience the magic of The Nutcracker for The Next Generation at the Fox Theatre!

Singing in “Snow Scene,” Act I
Georgia Youth Choir


Alyssa Gangarosa, Artistic Director
Caitlin Grubbe, Accompanist

  • Venue
    The Fox Theatre

    The Fox Theatre 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. The Fox Theatre is also easily accessible via the North Avenue MARTA rail station. Visit for more information.

    Doors to the Fox Theatre will open 60 minutes prior to the show’s start time. Guests will be permitted to enter via the Arcade at the main entrance on Peachtree Street.
    Your security is of the upmost importance to us! Each guest will be required to pass through a security check point in order to gain entrance in to the theatre. Magnetometers will be in use. Prohibited items include weapons of any kind (firearms, knives, pepper spray, etc), bags larger than 8.5”x11”, illegal substances, outside food and beverage, animals or pets, and professional cameras. Thank you for your cooperation!

    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.

    Special Needs
    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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  • Group Discounts

    Community and Corporate Group Tickets

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    Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education's Kids In Step Student Matinée Series for School Groups

    The Centre for Dance Education's Kids In Step student matinée series is designed to bring dance to the school-age child. For more information on weekday performances for accredited school groups and registered home schools, please visit our Kids In Step page.

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  • Seating Chart

    The Fox Theatre

  • Reviews

    Review: Atlanta Ballet’s new “Nutcracker” captivates with layered effects, simple story

    Cynthia Bond Perry, ArtsATL, 2018.12.11

    On stage, the real and fantastical mingled with everyday things — an armchair and a glass-front cabinet, or a puppet theater and its marionettes that suddenly grew tenfold then collapsed into nothing just as quickly. In this storybook world, Marie’s living room turned surreal, throwing her environment off-kilter. The mysterious uncle or godfather Drosselmeier — whom Nikolas Gaifullin portrayed with a youngish, gentlemanly grace — took a central role. He orchestrated the transformation of everything around Marie, including a wooden-headed Nutcracker that turned into a handsome prince. In both of the pas de deux with Marie and the Prince, Possokhov’s choreography looped and dove around the space like a roving, dream-like imagination, liberated from the constraints of rational thought and physicalized. Within the nucleus of their duets, their movement stirred and whirled, then soared, dipped and opened outward toward the audience. Igarashi projected warmth and vivacity.

    “The Nutcracker” Embraces High Tech in Atlanta

    Laura Jacobs, Vanity Fair, 2018.11.26

    Lest anyone think that a high-tech approach is inappropriate for this classic, be reminded that at its premiere in 1892, Tchaikovsky’s fantasy ballet left Russian critics perplexed. His colleague Mikhail Ivanov, however, saw that with this brilliant score, ballet as a medium had “started out along a completely different path from before.” So “The Nutcracker” itself was progressive. That said, Possokhov is following the traditional American story line as laid out by the Christensen brothers in San Francisco (1944) and George Balanchine in New York (1954), though his iteration will be more mystical, celestial, and spooky.

    High tech, holiday traditions meet in Atlanta Ballet’s new ‘Nutcracker’

    Curt Holman, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2018.12.04

    The production team includes Tony Award-winning video/projection designer Finn Ross, Tony-nominated set designer Tom Pye and lighting designer David Finn. The $3.7 million production promises to enhance the dance with projected imagery and other state-of-the-art technological effects. “As technology moves on, artists develop new skills. Technology inspires creatives to explore new borders of their imagination onstage. Yuri is a master of this. The projections and visual enhancements will only help him bring the dancers up front,” says Nedvigin.

    The Atlanta Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker” at Fox Theatre

    O'Brian Gunn, GA Voice, 2018.11.20

    When you hear mention of “The Nutcracker,” your mind may instantly conjure up the new “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” movie. Rather than take a risk on what’s (so far) shaping up to be a rather lackluster movie, treat yourself and your family to a new, transcendent onstage performance of the classic production from the talented Atlanta Ballet at the historic Fox Theatre this December.

  • Video

    Atlanta Ballet's New Nutcracker

    Atlanta Ballet's The Nutcracker: Past Present and Future

    The Nutcracker Opens on Dec. 8th!

    Behind the Scenes with Atlanta Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

    Atlanta Ballet's "The Nutcracker" - Working with the Wonderful Yuri Possokhov

    Yuri Possokhov's "The Nutcracker"

    The Nutcracker - Atlanta Ballet (30 Second)

    The Nutcracker - Atlanta Ballet (15 Second)

    Drex Rener for Atlanta Ballet

    Kaedy Kiely for Atlanta Ballet

    Condace Pressley for Atlanta Ballet

    Checka Cee for Atlanta Ballet

  • Choreographer

    Yuri Possokhov, Choreographer

    Yuri Possokhov danced for 10 years with the Bolshoi Ballet, performing leading roles in the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire. While performing, Possokhov studied choreography and ballet pedagogy at the State College of Theatrical Arts, completing the five-year course in 1990. He was a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet for two years before joining the San Francisco Ballet (SFB) as a principal dancer in 1994. During his 12 years dancing with SFB, he began choreographing. Upon his retirement from dancing in 2006, he joined the artistic staff at San Francisco Ballet as choreographer in residence. He has created 14 ballets for SFB and continues to choreograph new works for the company each season. Possokhov choreographs ballets for companies worldwide. In 2015, his full-length for the Bolshoi Ballet, A Hero of Our Time, was met with critical acclaim, and the company invited him to stage a full-length ballet based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev that premiered in December 2017. For these two ballets, Possokhov received the prestigious Benois de la Danse Award, established by the International Dance Union. Yuri Possokhov is a frequent guest choreographer with Atlanta Ballet. His Classical Symphony, Don Quixote and Firebird are also part of Atlanta Ballet’s repertoire. You can learn more at

  • Design Team

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    David Finn, Lighting Designer

    Finn began his professional career as a lighting designer at age 16 working for the puppeteer Burr Tillstrom and Kukla, Fran & Ollie. David's previous work with Atlanta Ballet includes The Four Seasons, The Exiled, and Camino Real (for which he also completed his first professional scenic design). His design credits for dance include The Nutcracker and Cinderella (Birmingham Royal Ballet), Romeo & Juliette for Sasha Waltz (Paris Opera Ballet), Swan Lake (Bayerisches Staatsballett), and works for renowned choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, James Kudelka, José Limón, Helgi Tomasson, Liam Scarlett, Yuri Possokhov, and Dana Reitz, as well as for leading international companies. David was the resident lighting designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project from 1993-2000. His opera work includes projects for the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala Milan, Salzburg Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper, La Monnaie (Brussels), Opera de Lyon, Opera Communale (Florence), Het Muziektheater (Amsterdam), Stuttgart Opera, Opera Australia, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and San Francisco Opera. For film, Finn’s work includes stage lighting for Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence and producer/director of the PBS documentary The Green Monster. David has designed two shows for Cirque du Soleil: ZED in Tokyo and MICHAEL JACKSON ONE in Las Vegas. Future plans include Les Troyens for The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cosi fan Tutti for Opera Australia, a world premiere of The Little Prince for The National Ballet of Canada, and a world premiere of Frankenstein for The Royal Ballet.

    Tom Pye, Scenic Designer

    Roundabout Debut. Broadway: Testament of Mary, All My Sons, Top Girls, Cyrano de Bergerac, Glass Menagerie, Medea, Fiddler on the Roof (Tony Nom). West End: A Christmas Carol, Sinatra, Medea. Recent: Invisible Thread (Second Stage, ART); High Society (Old Vic); Platonov, Ivanov, The Seagull (Chichester, National Theatre); John Gabriel Borkman (Abbey Theatre, BAM); Mother Courage, Happy Days, Measure for Measure (Royal National). Opera: Death of Klinghoffer, Eugene Onegin, Così Fan Tutti (MET/ENO); Akhnaten (ENO/LA); Death in Venice (Premio Franco Abbiati).

    Finn Ross, Video Designer

    Ross trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and designs video and projection for all forms of live performance. He works regularly for English National Opera, credits including Benvenuto Cellini (with Adam Young), The Death of Klinghoffer, Eugene Onegin, The Magic Flute, Simon Boccanegra, The Damnation of Faust, and Don Giovanni. Other opera credits include The Turn of the Screw (Theater an der Wien), Sunset Boulevard (Gothenburg Opera), A Dog’s Heart (Dutch National Opera, La Scala, Milan, ENO and Opéra de Lyon), Knight Crew (Glyndebourne Festival), The Adventures of Mr Brouček (Opera North and Scottish Opera), and Das Portrait (Bregenz Festival).

    Ross’s theatre work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Greenland (National Theatre), Shun-Kin and The Master and Margarita (Complicite) Sugar Mummies (Royal Court), The Gods Weep (Royal Shakespeare Company), Top Girls (Chichester Festival and Trafalgar Studios), All My Sons (Broadway), Little Otik (Vanishing Point/National Theatre of Scotland), and Die Ringe des Saturn (Schauspielhaus, Cologne). He is a member of the London-based group of video and projection designers Mesmer.

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    Sandra Woodall, Costume Designer

    Woodall has contributed scenic and costume designs to San Francisco Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Georgian National Ballet, The Norwegian National Ballet, the State Opera Ballet of Austria, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Project, Singapore Dance Theatre, National Ballet of Finland, and other companies around the world. Recent productions include costume designs for Atlanta Ballet’s Camino Real choreographed by Helen Pickett. Ms. Woodall’s artwork has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, the San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design, and in many group exhibitions, including the 2011 Wearable Art exhibit in Hong Kong. In 1999 and 2000, she was a Fulbright scholar teaching at what is now the Taiwan National University of the Arts (TNUA). She has contributed designs and visual consultation to many productions in Taiwan and China, including 2009’s stadium-scale opening pageant for the Deaf Olympics, scenic designs for the 100th anniversary-celebration of Taiwan National Day, and in the 2015 scenic and costume design of Winter Journey by Wan Fang and directed by Stan Lai in Beijing.

  • Conductor

    Garrett Keast, Conductor

    Garrett Keast is a Berlin–based American conductor whose career launched with performances of Faust at the Opera National de Paris, the acclaimed production of Bluthaus by Georg Friedrich Haas’s at Oper Bonn and Die Zauberflöte at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Very active as a concert artist, in the last season he conducted Stravinsky’s Le Sacre de Printemps with the Tonkunstler Orchestra of Vienna, a Haydn-Jorg Widmann program with the Belgian National Orchestra in Brussels and Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. He was born in Houston and mentored by Christoph Eschenbach at the Houston Symphony Orchestra before beginning his career at the New York City Opera. In the 2018-19 season, Garrett Keast leads more than 60 performances across Europe and North America. Highlights include performances with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, New Year’s concerts with the Orchestre National de Lorraine and Romeo and Juliet with the Tonkunstler Orchestra in Vienna. He conducts Hamburg Ballet’s Bernstein Dances at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Staatsoper Hamburg and John Neumeier’s production of Sylvia with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. He returns to the Royal Danish Ballet for broadcast performances of Giselle in Copenhagen, as well as a tour of Denmark. Additionally, he leads productions of Don Quixote and The Nutcracker with the Hamburg Ballet and a new production of The Nutcracker with Atlanta Ballet. Garrett Keast has conducted opera and ballet productions with the Opera National de Paris (Faust and Swan Lake), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Die Zauberfl ote), Theater Erfurt (Der Fliegender Hollander), Theater Bremen (Rigoletto), Oper Bonn (Bluthaus), Aspen Music Festival (La Bohème), Hamburg Ballet (Bernstein Dances, Mahler’s 10th Symphony, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Othello, Shakespeare Dances and Tatjana), Royal Danish Ballet (Ballet de Luxe Gala and Giselle), Opera San Antonio (Carmen), and the Fort Worth Opera Festival (Così fan tutte), among many others.

  • Costume & Set Sponsors

    The Nutcracker Costume & Set Sponsors

    Presenting Sponsor
    - The Thalia N. Carlos & Chris M. Carlos Foundation

    PNC's The Nutcracker Kids In Step student matinee series - PNC

    The Nutcracker - Sarah Kennedy

    Lighting Designer - Elizabeth & Howell Adams

    Mouse King - Arrow Exterminators

    Marie - Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet

    The Arm Chair - Jan Beaves

    Costume Designer - Ginny & Charles Brewer Family Foundation

    A Rose - Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Bill Schroder

    Dragonflies - Erroll & Elaine Davis

    Arabian Female - Vanessa & Robin Delmer

    Drosselmeier - The Elster Foundation

    A Young Mouse - Nancy Field & Michael Schulder

    French Female - Adrienne & Scott Hardesty

    Spanish Dancers & the Moon - Bonnie & Terry Herron

    The Cabinet - The Home Depot Foundation

    The Skier - Joyce Houser, Ph.D.

    The Book - Barbara & Eric Joiner

    A Snowflake - Susan S. Kettering

    A Russian Female - Kathleen & Kirk Knous

    Chicks - Carole & Nelson Marchioli

    Drosselmeier's Sleigh - Linda & Don Morris

    Flying Special Effects - Northside Hospital Star

    Backdrop - Outfront Media

    A Toy Soldier - Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr.

    Flowers - REPAY

    Girl Party Child - Danna & Mike Sanders

    Toy Theatre - Mr. William F. Snyder

    A Russian Female - Dante S. Stephensen

    A Rocking Horse - Karen Vereb & Bud Blanton

    A Doll - Pam Wakefield

    Additional costume and set piece sponsorships available. Please contact Major Gifts Officer Amy Green at or 404.873.5811 x1219.

  • Donor Listing

    Atlanta Ballet is grateful to the individual, corporate, and foundation donors who are making this world premiere production possible.

    Platinum ($1 million +)
    Thalia N. Carlos &  Chris M. Carlos Foundation

    Gold ($500,000 - $999,000)

    Sarah Kennedy

    Sapphire ($250,000-$499,999)

    Jones Day Foundation

    Silver ($100,000 - $249,999)
    Arrow Exterminators
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Erroll & Elaine Davis
    The Home Depot Foundation
    Outfront Media
    The Sara Giles Moore Foundation The Zeist Foundation

    Bronze ($50,000 - $99,999)
    Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet
    Ginny & Charles Brewer
    The Elster Foundation
    The Imlay Foundation
    Linda & Don Morris
    Northside Hospital
    Stephanie & Austin Stephens

    Supporter ($25,000 - $49,999)
    Elizabeth & Howell Adams III
    Bonnie & Terry Herron Barbara & Eric Joiner
    Ms. Pam Wakefield

    Patron ($10,000 - $24,999)

    Jan Beaves Vanessa & Robin Delmer
    Adrienne & Scott Hardesty
    Kathleen & Kirk Knous
    Margaret P. McCamish
    Dante S. Stephensen

    Contributor (under $10,000)
    Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Bill Schroder
    Ms. Nancy Field & Mr. Michael Schulder
    Douglas Hopkins
    Susan S. Kettering
    Carole & Nelson Marchioli
    Mr. William F. Snyder

    Friend ($1,000 – $4,999)
    Helen & Howard Elkins
    Florida & Doug Ellis
    Carol Lanier Goodman
    Joyce Houser, Ph.D.
    Jamila & Whitcliff A. McKnight, Jr.
    Danna & Mike Sanders
    Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr.
    Karen Vereb & Bud Blanton

    Up to $1,000
    Cynthia Crain, Ed.D & Dwight Lee, Ph.D.
    Arrington Davies
    Eve Eckardt
    Kevin & Paige Feagin
    Brian & Amy Howell
    Mark & Pat Jackson
    Ceci & Holland Johnson
    Mariana Laufer
    VyVy & Lawrence Lee
    Melanie & Chris Leeth
    Farris Lewis
    Jeanie & Albert Marx
    Elizabeth & Chris Morris
    Melissa & Thespi Mortimer
    Donald & Helen O'Shea
    Sara Partin Lys & Michael Paulhus
    The Peacock Family
    Jill Pryor & Edward Krugman
    Kristen Manion Taylor & Jason Taylor
    Roberta Taylor & James Hill
    Judie & Tom Wilhite

    *As of November 30, 2018

  • Lead Casting

    Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 7:30pm
    Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 7:00pm
    Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:30pm
    Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00pm
    Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 2:00pm

    Marie - Airi Igarashi
    Nutcracker Prince - Sergio Masero-Olarte
    Herr Drosselmeier - Nikolas Gaifullin

    Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30pm

    Marie - Jessica Assef
    Nutcracker Prince - Igor Leushin
    Herr Drosselmeier - Jacob Bush

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
    Marie - Jessica Assef
    Nutcracker Prince - Igor Leushin
    Herr Drosselmeier - Nikolas Gaifullin

    Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30pm
    Marie - Emily Carrico
    Nutcracker Prince - Moisés Martín
    Herr Drosselmeier - Jordan Leeper

    Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

    Marie - Emily Carrico
    Nutcracker Prince - Moisés Martín
    Herr Drosselmeier - Nikolas Gailfullin

  • The Nutcracker Playbill