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FROM TOP: Flower dancers from Atlanta Ballet 2 (from left): Nadyne Bispo, Charlotte Hermann and Aerys Merrill. Guests travel to the Christmas Eve party on sleds like these, skis and skates.

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runs and plays when he is creating. It’s amazing to watch him. We’ll be having dinner, and you will see him just sort of float away. You discover he is making steps in the air.” Nedvigin and Possokhov have known each other for 18 years. Both were San Francisco Ballet principals near the ends of their respective dancing careers — Gennadi began his career near the time when Yuri was heading towards retirement — which also is when Possokhov’s choreographic reputation began growing. “The Nutcracker is rooted in Tchaikovsky’s music,” Possokhov says, and gives choreographers “much room for imagination.” Its magic is “its ability to bring people together — children, parents, grandparents, friends, people from all different backgrounds and various faiths.” Atlanta Ballet calls the new production “a Nutcracker for our time,” without getting much more specific. “You will lose your mind to it,” Nedvigin promises, “and will forget what is outside the theater walls. You will be transported to a completely different world from the world you live in.” Nedvigin and Possokhov want audiences to have a hard time discerning what is and isn’t real “but in a good way.” Almost whispering, Nedvigin then says, “Oh, so many wonderful surprises. So much more is possible. One time will not be enough to see it or love it.”

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Encore Atlanta is the official show program for the Fox Theatre; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Alliance Theatre at Woodruff Arts Center; Th...