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

  • 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


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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!

  • 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 40% on regular prices!

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

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

    The Centre for Dance Education's Kids In Step program 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.

  • Seating Chart

    The Fox Theatre

  • Reviews
  • Video

    Atlanta Ballet's The Nutcracker: Past Present and Future

  • Choreographer

    Yuri Possokhov, Choreographer

    Possokhov received his training under Pyotr Pestov at the Choreographic Ballet Academy in Moscow. Upon graduating in 1982, he joined the Bolshoi Ballet. During his ten years with the company, he worked primarily with Ballet Master Yuri Grigorovich and was quickly promoted to become one of the premier dancers in the company. Possokhov danced lead roles, including in the Bolshoi’s premiere of The Prodigal Son, the company’s first performance of a work by George Balanchine. While performing, Possokhov studied choreography and ballet at the State College of Theatrical Arts, completing the five-year course under Evgeny Valukin in 1990. He frequently toured internationally with the Bolshoi and was often invited to perform as a guest artist in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. In 1992, at the invitation of Ballet Master Frank Anderson, Possokhov joined the Royal Danish Theater. The following year, he was invited to dance a guest performance at San Francisco Ballet’s opening night gala, after which Helgi Tomasson invited him to join the company as a principal dancer. He spent the next 12 years dancing lead roles both with San Francisco Ballet and abroad. During this period, he began choreographing. In 1997, he completed three works, Songs of Spain, A Duet for Two, and Beyond Borders, which was performed in five cities in Russia and toured Japan, China, and Denmark. Possokhov has gone on to create numerous ballets set on San Francisco Ballet, including Magrittomania (2000), Damned (2002), a co-choreographed full-evening Don Quixote with Helgi Tomasson, and Study in Motion (2004). The same year, he created a new production of Firebird for Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the next year he was invited back to create La Valse. In 2005, Possokhov created Reflections, and in 2006 he created a full-length Cinderella commissioned by Bolshoi Ballet and Ballet Mori before retiring as a principal dancer. Yuri Possokhov has continued to create new works for San Francisco Ballet, including Fusion, Diving Into the Lilacs, Classical Symphony, RAkU, and Francesca da Rimini. Classical Symphony originally premiered in 2010.

  • 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, Projection 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.

  • Opening Night Gala


    Opening Night Gala
    Saturday, December 8, 2018

    Join Atlanta Ballet for an unforgettable evening of glamour as we celebrate our new production of The Nutcracker. Our Opening Night Gala will be an opulent affair that includes a pre-show dinner transporting guests to a time of European elegance with an exquisite meal. Once the curtain comes down, stay for the after-party, where guests will be transported to The Nutcracker Act II with open bar, late-night bites, and dancing with Atlanta Ballet dancers.

    Please email with any questions.

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  • Costume & Set Sponsors

    The Nutcracker Costume & Set Sponsors

    Mouse King - Arrow Exterminators

    Marie - Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet

    The Book Barbara & Eric Joiner

    Costume Designer - Ginny & Charles Brewer Family Foundation

    French Female - Adrienne & Scott Hardesty

    Spanish Dancers & the Moon - Bonnie & Terry Herron

    The Cabinet - The Home Depot Foundation

    Flying Special Effects - Northside Hospital

    Russian Female - Dante S. Stephenson

    Additional costume and set piece sponsorships available. Please contact Amy Green, Major Gifts Officer, 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
    The Robert S. 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)
    Ms. Jan P. Beaves
    Vanessa & Robin Delmer
    Adrienne & Scott Hardesty
    Kathleen & Kirk Knous
    Dante S. Stephensen

    Contributor (under $10,000)
    Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Mr. Bill Schroder
    Cynthia Crain, Ed. D. & Dwight Lee, Ph.D.
    Ms. Nancy Field & Mr. Michael Schulder
    Helen & Howard Elkins
    Douglas Hopkins
    Jamila & Whitcliff A. McKnight, Jr.
    Kristen Manion Taylor & Jason Taylor

    *As of September 12, 2018