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

Illustration by Dylan Moore.

December 5-30, 2020 The Carlos Family in Honor of Thalia N. Carlos Presents The Nutcracker

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

After a triumphant premiere last year and a recently announced engagement at the Kennedy Center in November 2019, Atlanta Ballet’s reimagined production of The Nutcracker returns to the Fox Theatre this holiday season. Join us for a thrilling journey through space and time, where everyday objects grow in extraordinary size and the pages of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story come alive before your very eyes. Add some splendor and world-class enchantment to your family’s holiday with Atlanta Ballet this December. Buy your Nutcracker tickets through the official Atlanta Ballet site.


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


Alyssa Gangarosa, Artistic Director

Performance Photos

  • 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

    It only takes 10 people to benefit from Atlanta Ballet's Group Sales program.  With our fast, friendly, and convenient service, you can secure the best seats in the house in no time at all. Groups save up to 25% on regular prices!

    Click here for details and to submit a request to Group Sales Manager Myredith Gonzales.

    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.

  • Audience Reviews

    By Genie Brown Dec 17th, 2018

    I’m so sorry to say that I was extremely disappointed in the new version of the Nutcracker. It certainly lacked the pageantry of the older version. Not many children participated, and the scenery was terrible. Dark and depressing. Hope next year The Atlanta Ballet will go back to the older version. Technology has it’s place but not in the beautiful world of live theater.

    By Vi Pham Dec 20th, 2018

    As I gathered my belongings to follow the throngs of theatergoers flooding the exit, I cradled my right swollen middle finger. I had spent the last couple hours wildly applauding at every opportune moment and still, I was draped in the enchantment of the evening.The Atlanta Ballet Company's emotive and hauntingly beautiful performance of the reinvigorated production of "The Nutcracker" was nothing short of delightful and many times, goosebump-inducingly so. From the moment the word "Nutcracker" appeared on the projection-screen curtain prior to the show--with the turning cogs and whimsical slipping of letters that a mechanical arm would barely catch in time (and even a tooting teddy bear!)--I was transported to the remarkable places from my husband's beloved steampunk stories with cold, dreary weather and lots of scientific discoveries.I work in tech but have been vocally skeptical of its role in society, however, on my drive home from The Fox last night, I strangely felt comforted by the possibility of people finding ways to integrate technology into our lives that preserve and respect our humanity while bringing us to foreign lands and times.While I refrain from giving away the story (which you can just search for anyway), I feel compelled to urge those who have yet to see the show to go and experience the seamless weaving of classical ballet with the technological advances of our age. I have seen the Atlanta Ballet perform "The Nutcracker" throughout the past six seasons and this year's show left me utterly spellbound. I cannot wait to see next year's performance!

    By Brianna Green Dec 20th, 2018

    I was very excited to see the Nutcracker again this year as I have for the last 5 years and was very disappointed with the new changes. It's not what I was expecting at all. There weren't many individual dance sequences for Arabian nights and sugar plum fairies etc. They were very short and not very lively. The set was very dark and not very colorful as the previous/original show. The technology sequence was cool but didn't seem to fit very well with the theatrics of the show. This was not what I expected at all and I was very excited to come back again this year. I hope the ballet will go back to the original version next year.

    By Dance Lover Dec 21st, 2018

    Beautiful sets and costumes, updated choreography. A beautiful production!

    By Frederick K Duffer Dec 23rd, 2018

    I am disheartened to see the 1 and 2 star reviews for the new version of the Nutcracker. This was my first ballet experience, and I have to say it was excellent and nothing like I was expecting to see. I may not be a ballet afcianado, but I am infilm production, and I found it fascinating. I understand how change from a traditional presentation can be difficult to accept, but such poor reviews are completely unwarranted. It was a great mix of new theatre technique and traditional dance presentation. Do youself a favor and go see this for yourself.

    By Remi Klein Dec 24th, 2018

    Please go back to the original version next year! This year’s set was dark and did not fit the lively Christmas theme. I did not like that the beginning of act one was completely different from the original-they took out clara getting her pointe shoes, the beggars in the intro, etc. And the second half was even worse-where were the jokers and the sheep? Why was the dress lady a man? What happened to the children in all of the scenes? The whole thing was really disappointing. I would much rather see the original version than see this new “fancy” tech savvy version.

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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.

    Atlanta Ballet enchants and stuns in new ‘Nutcracker’

    Allison Gupton, Dance Informa, 2018.12.09

    A talented team of artists and designers assembled over the past two years to create an incredibly magical theatrical experience. The hard work, creativity and commitment to this world premiere was evident in the scale of all aspects of the design and in the small details seen throughout the show.

    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.

    The Nutcracker from Atlanta Ballet gets new-age makeover in its 24th year

    Natisha Lance, 11Alive, 2018.12.21

    It’s a challenge Atlanta Ballet dancer Emily Carrico, who plays Marie in the production, said the dancers are up for.“The scale of everything in this theater and the choreography is just out of this world,” she said. “It's like nothing I’ve ever experienced before, and pretty much, I would say, it's safe to say any dancer in the company has danced before.”

  • Video

    Yuri Possokhov's "The Nutcracker" 2018 | Atlanta Ballet

    Atlanta Ballet's The Nutcracker: Past Present and Future

    The Nutcracker 2018 Tickets | Atlanta Ballet

    Behind the Scenes of "The Nutcracker" 2018 | Atlanta Ballet

    Yuri Possokhov's "The Nutcracker" at Fox Theatre 2018 | Atlanta Ballet

    Yuri Possokhov's "The Nutcracker" - Opening Night Gala 2018 | Atlanta Ballet

    The Nutcracker 2018 | Atlanta Ballet

    The Nutcracker 2018 - Teaser | Atlanta Ballet

    The Nutcracker at Fox Theatre - Drex Rener | Atlanta Ballet

    The Nutcracker at Fox Theatre - Kaedy Kiely | Atlanta Ballet

    The Nutcracker at Fox Theatre - Condace Pressley | Atlanta Ballet

    The Nutcracker at Fox Theatre - Checka Cee | Atlanta Ballet

    The Nutcracker at Fox Theatre - 11Alive News | 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.

  • Costume & Set Sponsors

    The Nutcracker Costume & Set Sponsors

    Presenting Sponso
    r - 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

    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
    Elaine & Erroll 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 Family Foundation
    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
    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 ($5,000 - $9,999)
    Gayle & Ron Breakstone
    Dr. Meria Carstarphen
    Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Bill Schroder
    Nancy Field & 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.
    Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr.
    Danna & Mike Sanders
    Thays & Juan Carlos Urdaneta
    Karen Vereb & Bud Blanton

    Up to $1,000
    Ken & Laurie Borick
    Susan Carter
    Cynthia Crain, Ed.D & Dwight Lee, Ph.D.
    Lavona Currie
    Arrington Davies
    Eve Eckardt
    Kevin & Paige Feagin
    Thomas & Elizabeth Fowlkes
    Kate & Patrick Gaul
    Elizabeth Hamrick
    Brian & Amy Howell
    Mark & Pat Jackson
    Ceci & Holland Johnson
    Mariana Laufer
    VyVy & Lawrence Lee
    Melanie & Chris Leeth
    Farris Lewis
    Steven Libman & Carol Killworth
    Jeanie & Albert Marx
    Elizabeth & Chris Morris
    Melissa & Thespi Mortimer
    Donald & Helen O’Shea
    Sara Partin
    Lys & Michael Paulhus
    The Peacock Family
    Susan & Richard Pershing
    Jonathan & Amelia Poplar
    Jill Pryor & Edward Krugman
    Manda & Jeremy Shankel
    Kristen Manion Taylor & Jason Taylor
    Roberta Taylor & James Hill
    Judie & Tom Wilhite

    *As of January 31, 2019

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