Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet 2 presents The Swan Princess

Atlanta Ballet 2 presents The Swan Princess

Illustration by Jade Orlando.

The April 10-12, 2020 performances of "The Swan Princess" are cancelled. The Swan Princess


Due to COVID-19, the April 10-12, 2020 performances of The Swan Princess at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs are cancelled. 

The Atlanta Ballet 2 dancers have been looking forward to presenting The Swan Princess to you and your family at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs in April. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, health and safety concerns have forced us to cancel the performances. If you are a Swan Princess ticketholder, you will be receiving an email with additional information.

  • Choreography by Bruce Wells

This production of The Swan Princess features all of the mystery and magic of the beloved classic Swan Lake, but fits the treasured story into a format for children that serves as a perfect introduction to ballet. Will Prince Siegfried be able to save Odette, the beautiful Swan Princess, from the reaches of the wicked Von Rothbart? Our shortened family version may be designed for our youngest audience members, ages 12 and under, but this dazzling production can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

The show also includes a brief intermission. Estimated full run time is 1 hour and 35 minutes.


The Swan Princess is supported by

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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 20% 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 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.

  • Choreographer

    Bruce Wells, Choreographer

    Bruce Wells is an internationally acclaimed choreographer who began his career with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet. Following this, he was the resident choreographer for Connecticut Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. In addition, Mr. Wells' ballets appear in the repertory of The Australian Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Nevada Dance Theater, and, most recently, Kansas City Ballet. Mr. Wells has taught for the schools of Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, City Ballet School of San Francisco, The Vancouver Ballet Society in British Columbia, Jacob's Pillow, Kansas City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

  • Atlanta Ballet 2

    The Swan Princess is performed by Atlanta Ballet 2, an ensemble representing the highest level of training provided by the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. These young individuals are dancers who have arrived at a defining point in their transitions to becoming professional dancers. Atlanta Ballet 2 is the pathway to becoming an Atlanta Ballet company member.

    Click here to learn more about Atlanta Ballet 2 and the Centre for Dance Education.

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  • Credits and Casting
  • Synopsis

    Act One

    Long ago, in a far off land by a beautiful lake, there lived an evil magician named Count Von Rothbart. As night fell each evening he put a spell on the young princesses who wandered by the lake, turning them into swans.

    Also living by the lake there was a young prince named Siegfried. It is his 21st birthday. As his friends celebrate, his mother, the Queen arrives with six princesses. The Queen suggests he pick one of the princesses to marry. Soon he finds himself attracted to the princess, Odette. As the party ends, all depart except Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette who share a moment before Prince Siegfried is summoned to go hunting with his court men.

    Now, alone by the lake, Princess Odette reflects upon her meeting with Siegfried. Her presence is observed by the evil Von Rothbart who captures her and turns her into a swan.

    Not long after, Prince Siegfried returns with his hunting party. Princess Odette, in swan form, arrives and begs him not to shoot. Enchanted, the prince is captivated by the Swan Princess. 

    Next, the evil Von Rothbart appears and makes clear the rules of the curse. “Only a marriage contract made in the face of death can break the spell,” he declared.

    Act Two

    Now, it is the evening of Prince Siegfried’s 21st birthday, and time for him to select which princess he will marry.

    Trumpets announce the arrival of Von Rothbart, whose plan is to deceive Prince Siegfried. Von Rothbart will present Odette’s evil twin sister, Odile, as the Princess Odette, and trick him into believing she is his true love. Unknowingly, Siegfried pledges his love for Odile.

    Immediately, but still too late, Odette flies into the scene revealing Odile’s true identity and confirming Siegfried has been deceived. Von Rothbart captures Odette and flees the scene leaving Siegfried devastated.

    Odette, heartbroken at Siegfried’s apparent desertion, rushes into the arms of the swans. Siegfried pursues her and begs for her forgiveness.

    Next, all of Prince Siegfried’s court men arrive and unite with the swans to battle against Von Rothbart. At the end of the battle as Von Rothbart weakens, Prince Siegfried recites Von Rothbart’s curse back to him, “only a marriage vow made in the face of death can break the spell.”

    As Von Rothbart dies, Siegfried pledges his love to Odette and the curse is broken allowing Odette and the swans to transition back into their human form, where they are united with their princes for all eternity.

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