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NUTCRAC Atlanta Ballet spent 2 years prepping this Yuri Possokhov world premiere. It’s sharing few details but hints that it's filled with surprises and magic. by Julie Bookman 10




A new Nutcracker doesn't go together overnight. The tech rehearsal above took place more than four months ago, in August.


A close up of the Christmas tree in Act I of The Nutcracker by set designer Tom Pye.



urtain up on the glow and oh-so-pretty snow. It’s finally time to crack open a whole new Nutcracker because, as Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin says, every generation deserves its own. Nedvigin, a Bolshoi-trained artist, became the fourth artistic director in the company’s 89-year history two seasons ago. He last danced with San Francisco Ballet, and moved to Atlanta knowing he'd help oversee an all-new Nutcracker ballet. Young people who grew up attending its predecessor, a storybook production staged for 23 seasons, are starting to bring their own kids to the holiday classic. The retired version was set against rich, jewel-toned backdrops that evoked 19th-century Russia. It blended clever comedic moments and ethereal classical ballet sequences with thrilling pas de deux. Nedvigin’s new, $3.7 million staging, choreographed by Russian-born dancer Yuri Possokhov, returns to the original source material: German author E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 fantasy story “Nutcracker and Mouse King.” It places the opening Christmas Eve party scene in a small German village. With dream-versus-reality notions, along with toy soldiers, snowflakes and such, The Nutcracker opens its imagination wide to artistic invention. But its central story line often remains: a magical uncle figure brings handmade toys to children at the party. Among them is a nutcracker,


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which is soon broken. A young girl named Marie checks on it in the middle of the night and discovers it has come to life. The nutcracker battles a mouse king, then turns into a prince who carries Marie off to a fantasy kingdom inhabited by dolls. Hoffmann’s tale contained bleak, even scary elements. As a leader in the German Romantic movement, he was accustomed to writing fantasy and Gothic horror, with tales full of inanimate objects coming to life. In 1844, French writer Alexandre Dumas cast away much of the darkness in Hoffmann's story. An all-new 1892 Nutcracker in St. Petersburg, Russia, paired the lighter Dumas telling with the familiar Tchaikovsky score. The ballet was not an immediate hit, finding success gradually and chiefly after 1954, when George Balanchine created a version for New York City Ballet. Atlanta audiences have seen that version, and until now, the one choreographed by former artistic director John McFall. Possokhov’s ballet is unlike either. “Yuri is truly a child in big-person pants,” Nedvigin says. “He has such a great sense of creativeness inside him. The dancers can prove my words. He truly becomes a child and 14



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.


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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• More than 250 children auditioned for 42 roles; 168 will rotate in those roles.


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Artistic Director, Gennadi Nedvigin The Carlos Family in Honor of Thalia N. Carlos Presents

World Premiere

December 8-24, 2018 The Fox Theatre

Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by Yuri Possokhov Scenic Design by Tom Pye Costume Design by Sandra Woodall Lighting Design by David Finn Video Design by Finn Ross Props and Set Dressing by Faye Armon-Troncoso Flying by Foy

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ARTISTIC STAFF Sarah Hillmer, Roman Rykine, Trinidad Vives

THE COMPANY Zachary Alden, Erica Alvarado, Jessica Assef, Jacob Bush, Stéphano Candreva, Emily Carrico, Taylor Ciampi, Dylan Clinard, Bret Coppa‡, Nikolas Gaifullin, Brooke Gilliam‡, Emma Guertin‡, Monika Haczkiewicz, Sujin Han, Jessica He, Airi Igarashi, Darian Kane, Saho Kumagai, Lucas Labrador‡, Jordan Leeper, Keaton Leier, Igor Leushin, Francesca Loi, Nadia Mara, Juliana Missano‡, Moisés Martín, Sergio Masero-Olarte, Miguel Angel Montoya, Jackie Nash, Jonathan Philbert, Keith Reeves, Mikaela Santos, Aleksandra Shalimova, Anderson Souza, Fuki Takahashi‡, Jared Tan, Ivan Tarakanov, Ashley Wegmann, Olivia Yoch ‡ – Denotes Atlanta Ballet apprentice Atlanta Ballet dancers are members of

Dean of the Centre for Dance Education Sharon Story

Children’s Cast Rehearsal Assistants Serena Chu, Armando Luna, Abigail Tan-Gamino

ATLANTA BALLET 2 Adrián Cruz Alvarez, Younès Attoum, Nadyne Bispo, Ellie Borick, Anastasia Cheplyansky, Julia Crosby, Charlotte Hermann, Mya Kresnyak, Dominiq Luckie, Aerys Merrill, Remi Nakano, Carraig New, Alexander Roy, Wevertton Santos, Emma Tarragón, Brian Warkentien, Spencer Wetherington, Sage Wilson

Atlanta Ballet 2 and children’s cast courtesy of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Company Pianist Gretel Rodriguez

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NUTCRACKER Atlanta Ballet’s first new Nutcracker in more than 20 years marks a milestone in dance history. This staging, two years in the making, sets the ballet in a small German village and pulls in elements from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” French writer Alexandre Dumas later adapted the story, which became the basis for the first Nutcracker ballet. It premiered in late December 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and his assistant, Lev Ivanov, to music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker made its U.S. debut in 1944 at San Francisco Ballet. It has been remade and refreshed many times since then in the United States and around the world, yet two elements remain unchanged — the music and the magic. Atlanta Ballet has made The Nutcracker an Atlanta tradition for more than 50 years. Robert Barnett first brought George Balanchine’s version to the Company, and, two decades later, John McFall reinvented a new version for Atlanta. In 2016, Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin invited the famed international artist Yuri Possokhov, San Francisco Ballet’s resident choreographer, to create a new, breakthrough Nutcracker featuring the latest production techniques to debut in 2018. This world premiere, also set to the original Tchaikovsky score, uses elaborately crafted scenery combined with advanced techniques in lighting and video projection to enhance the story’s magic, evoking the timeless spirit of the holidays. The two-act ballet, a classic holiday story, follows a family, mainly the young girl named Marie, on Christmas Eve. She receives a nutcracker as a gift from her mysterious godfather, Drosselmeier, and is led on an adventure into a world of fantasy filled with strange and exciting encounters, including an epic battle with the Mouse King. 28


ATLANTA BALLET LEADERSHIP GENNADI NEDVIGIN (Artistic Director) was born in Rostov, Russia, and began his training at age 5. At 10, Nedvigin was accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in the ballet world. Upon graduating, he joined his first professional company, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, as a soloist, before he was invited to dance with Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris. In 1997, while on tour in the United States, San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson offered Nedvigin a soloist contract. Later that year, he joined San Francisco Ballet. After three years with the company, he was promoted to principal dancer. During his career in San Francisco, Nedvigin won the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999). He has received three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2001, 2010 and 2017). Over the years, he has shared his knowledge and training with other dancers by teaching master classes at numerous ballet schools in the United States. Nedvigin has been a guest artist with several internationally acclaimed companies and has appeared in gala performances, tours and festivals worldwide. While at San Francisco Ballet, he served as ballet master for several works by Yuri Possokhov, including Classical Symphony and Swimmer, as well as excerpts from Bells, Diving Into the Lilacs and Carmen. In February 2016, he was named Atlanta Ballet’s fourth artistic director in the Company’s then 87-year history. ARTURO JACOBUS (President & CEO) enters his 10th season with Atlanta Ballet. He previously was chief executive of Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, each for 10 years. Jacobus also has been the chief executive of the Oakland Symphony (Calif.); The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville; the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa (Calif.); and Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle. He holds master’s degrees in business administration, arts administration and human resources management, and he has completed management certificate programs at the University of Washington and Harvard Business School. Jacobus has served on executive boards for such arts organizations as Dance/USA, Washington State Arts Alliance, Northwest Development Officers’ Association and California Arts Advocates. Throughout his career, he has stayed actively involved in strategy and advocacy in the arts by chairing and sitting on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Dance/USA and the city of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Before becoming an arts executive, Jacobus served for 20 years as a bandmaster for the U.S. Navy, leading ensembles in Villefranche, France; Gaeta and Naples, Italy; and San Francisco. While stationed in Naples as leader of the U.S. Navy Band, under the Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe (CincSouth), he founded a 50-member NATO ensemble of service musicians from the armies, navies and air forces of Italy, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Jacobus toured Europe with his NATO band, performing ceremonies on behalf of CincSouth and NATO. SHARON STORY (Dean of the Centre for Dance Education) joined Atlanta Ballet after a professional dance career that spanned more than 20 years and included tenures with Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and 10 years with Boston Ballet. Her Boston Ballet tenure included international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. In 1996, in addition to her role as ballet mistress, Story became dean of the Centre for Dance Education (CDE), which has rapidly grown to become one of the largest dance schools in the nation. The Centre for Dance Education is nationally recognized for its programs and community initiatives. Under Story’s direction, the CDE achieved accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). She serves as president of the board of directors for NASD and is delighted to serve on many community and national boards. Story received the 2015 Women Making a Mark Award from Atlanta Magazine and was featured in the ArtsATL Legacy Series 2018. She is committed to providing a noncompetitive atmosphere and access to dance education that is shaped by the community’s needs, is innovative, and inspires the commitment and excellence that are the trademarks of Atlanta Ballet. She is very proud of the dancers who have studied at the Centre for Dance Education and continue to share their experiences onstage in the Atlanta Ballet company and around the world. She thanks her family for all their love and support during her career. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM


ARTISTIC STAFF SARAH HILLMER (Ballet Master) trained in the Pre-Professional Division of the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and began her professional career with Atlanta Ballet, where she performed both classical and contemporary works. Hillmer danced principal roles in such classics as Giselle, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake and originated roles in a variety of contemporary works. Hillmer’s love of coaching, eye for detail, and ability to translate choreographer’s ideas and movement to dancers led her to become a ballet master at Atlanta Ballet, where she has collaborated with choreographers at every level of the creation process: assisting in the building of full-length ballets by Twyla Tharp and Helen Pickett; restaging repertory works by Ohad Naharin and John McFall; and assisting in the staging of works by Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano. Hillmer has restaged choreographers’ works at Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Smuin Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet and UNCSA; and she recently assisted Helen Pickett on new creations for both Pennsylvania Ballet and Scottish Ballet. Sarah is in her sixth season as ballet master at Atlanta Ballet. ROMAN RYKINE (Ballet Master) joined Atlanta Ballet from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2016. He graduated from the Rudolph Nureyev State Ballet Academy in his hometown of Ufa, Russia, and he was a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet and the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre. One of the exceptional dancers of his generation, Rykine has danced most of the major classical roles, including La Fille mal gardée, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Raymonda Act III, La Bayadère Act III, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Les Sylphides. His repertoire includes many contemporary and neoclassical roles. Rykine won the gold medal and first prize at the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1993, and the bronze medal at both the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., in 1994, and the Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary, in 1993. He holds the honorary title of Artist of Merit of the Republic from the Government of Ufa, Russia. During his career, Rykine learned from such teachers, choreographers and coaches as Yuri Gregorvich, Natalia Makarova, Nacho Duato, Yuri Possokhov, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Martins, Helgi Tomasson, James Kudelka, Hans van Maanen and Jorma Elo, among others. He toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States and was a guest artist with various ballet companies. He retired from the stage in 2010 and began teaching. Rykine was a guest faculty member at the Boston Ballet School before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in January 2012. TRINIDAD VIVES (Guest Ballet Master) is a native of Madrid, Spain. Ms. Vives was a first-prize medalist and scholarship winner at the Prix de Lausanne Competition in 1977. She completed her ballet training at the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower. Her first professional engagement was with Hamburg Ballet. Later, as a principal dancer with the Basel Ballet, Düsseldorf Ballet and English National Ballet in London, she performed the leading roles of the classical ballet repertoire as well as contemporary works by some of the greatest 20th-century choreographers. Ms. Vives spent eight years with the Houston Ballet, where she rose from the position of ballet mistress to co-artistic director, a position she shared with Ben Stevenson. In 2002, she joined Boston Ballet as artistic associate director, a position she held for seven years. While working with these companies, she was in charge of teaching and coaching the dancers as well as managing the day-to-day running of the company. Ms. Vives has staged numerous full-length ballets, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and La Sylphide, as well as contemporary works. She has been a guest teacher for such companies as the American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Bayersiche Staatsballett in Munich and Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid. She has served as a juror in various international ballet competitions, including World Ballet Competition in 2011, and the USA International Ballet Competition in 2010, 2014 and 2018. Recently, Ms. Vives was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award at the YAGP regional. She is artistic director and founder of The Brookline Ballet School in Boston. 30


THE COMPANY ZACHARY ALDEN was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started dancing at age 18, with Kit Ashley Dean and Anton Pankevich. Zachary was a trainee on full scholarship at Ballet San Jose under directors José Manuel Carreño and Dalia Rawson, and privately trained with Lindsay Salvaldelena, then with the distinguished Magaly Suarez on scholarship for three years at The Art of Classical Ballet School, which took him to BalletMet 2. There he worked with Val Caniporoli, understudying Lambarena. He enjoyed dancing the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle. Zachary joined Atlanta Ballet last year as an apprentice and is a Company member this season. Favorite roles and ballets include the Nutcracker Prince, La Fille mal gardée Pas de Deux, Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 and Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty with Adiarys Almeida. Zachary is thankful to his teachers, who have helped him and his family, for their encouragement and is grateful to call Atlanta Ballet his home. ERICA ALVARADO was born in Tucson, Ariz., and began her dance training at Ballet Arts in Tucson under the direction of Mary Beth Cabana. She spent summers training at such acclaimed programs as The Jillana School, The Rock School, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. After graduating from high school, she joined Ballet Tucson and worked closely with ballet masters Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, and performed leading roles in many Antony Tudor ballets. Two years later, she joined Milwaukee Ballet II, and, in 2011, joined City Ballet of San Diego as a principal dancer. At City Ballet, she performed lead roles in Firebird, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet, as well as principal roles in such George Balanchine works as Who Cares?, Donizetti Variations, Allegro Brillante, Serenade and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux. Alvarado also danced the role of the Principal Woman in Peter Martin’s Hallelujah Junction. JESSICA ASSEF, originally from São Paulo, received her early training at Escola de Ballet Corpo e Arte with Jolles Salles. At the 2010 Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), she was awarded full scholarships to Orlando Ballet School and the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. Also that year, she won the gold medal at Passo de Arte and a YAGP semifinals silver medal. In 2013, she earned a YAGP NYC finals gold medal. Assef spent two years at Orlando Ballet School as a trainee before becoming a member of its second company. A year later, she joined the professional company. In 2014, she competed at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss. JACOB BUSH grew up in Coon Rapids, Minn., where he trained at Minnesota Dance Theatre under the direction of Lise Houlton. He continued his training under Sharon Story at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, as well as with Susan Connally at the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet. He spent the 2012-14 seasons with Germany’s Theatre Augsburg, where he worked with such notable choreographers as Douglas Lee, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Christian Spuck, Michael Pink and Itzik Galili. In Atlanta, Bush has danced principal roles in classical, neoclassical and contemporary works, including Ivan in Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird, Principal Male in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Gutman in Helen Pickett’s Camino Real. He has been featured in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine, Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter, Red Couple in Stanton Welch’s Tu Tu and the world premiere of Tara Lee’s blink. Special thanks to Jacob’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Dr. Harold E. Brody & Mr. Donald J. Smith. STÉPHANO CANDREVA is from Rio de Janeiro, and graduated from the Alice Arja School of Dance in 2006. He attended summer programs at Miami City Ballet School and Milwaukee Ballet School on full scholarships. He began his professional career at age 18, dancing with Sesiminas Cia de Dança. He went on to dance with Milwaukee Ballet II, City Ballet of San Diego and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Candreva represented Brazil at the 2012 Seminario Internacional de Dança de Brasília, where he was a silver medalist. He has been a guest artist with Cisne Negro, Ballet Chicago and California Ballet; and has performed principal roles in many George Balanchine ballets, including Allegro Brillante, Donizetti Variations, Danses Concertantes and Serenade. Special thanks to Stéphano’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Lynda Bradbury Courts. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM


EMILY CARRICO is from Lexington, Ky., and began her training at the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Academy under the direction of Rafaela Cento Muñoz. At age 14, Carrico received a scholarship to attend The Harid Conservatory, where she received the Dance Study Award during both years of attendance. In 2012, she joined Kentucky Ballet Theatre under the direction of Norbe Risco, performing many solo and principal roles. After two years, she moved to Florida to study under Magaly Suarez at The Art of Classical Ballet School. She then danced with Columbia City Ballet for two seasons. Carrico has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix several times, placing in the Top 12 and qualifying for the New York City finals every time. She is excited to be a part of Atlanta Ballet and thrilled to call Atlanta home. Special thanks to Emily’s Pas de Deux Society patron, James L. Jackson. TAYLOR CIAMPI was born in Baltimore, and began her pre-professional training at The Rock School in Philadelphia under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. While there, Ciampi competed in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), winning numerous semifinals. In 2015, she was awarded the Grand Prix Award in Austin, Texas, and placed in the Top 12 during the finals at Lincoln Center. Ciampi was one of six American women chosen to compete at the Prix de Lausanne. She trained at the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam under the direction of Jean-Yves Esquerre and, in 2016, began her professional career as an apprentice with the National Ballet of Canada. She joined Atlanta Ballet 2 in 2017, performing the Enchantress in Bruce Wells’ Beauty & the Beast and in Craig Davidson’s world premiere of Remembrance/Hereafter. This past summer, she participated in the Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program. Ciampi is thrilled to be a Company member for the 2018|2019 Season. DYLAN CLINARD, from Clemmons, N.C., began his dance education at the UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program under the direction of Dayna Fox. At age 13, he was offered a scholarship to train at Houston Ballet Academy, where he spent three years in the top level of the school before his promotion to Houston Ballet II under the tutelage of Andrew Murphy, Sally Rojas, Sabrina Lenzi, Claudio Muñoz and Stanton Welch. While at Houston Ballet II, Clinard performed in Welch’s Raymonda, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, La Bayadère, Clear, Swan Lake, The Gentlemen, Blue, The Long and Winding Road and Brigade. He joined Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice in 2015. His favorite performances to date are Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort. He is thrilled to return to Atlanta Ballet this year as a Company member and thanks his family for their love and support. B RET COPPA‡ is 18 and from San Pedro, Calif. He danced one season with Atlanta Ballet 2 before joining the main Company as an apprentice. His roles with Atlanta Ballet include Gaston, Russian, Nephew and Mazurka. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he performed many principal roles, including Solor in La Bayadère, Principal Male in Donizzeti Variations, Waltz Boy in Serenade, The Poet in Les Sylphides and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. Bret got his start at the Peninsula School of Performing Arts under the artistic direction of Roberto Almageur. During his training in the Los Angeles area, he performed as a guest artist in California and danced roles throughout the country. Bret has competed in the Prix de Lausanne twice and was a finalist in 2015. In 2017, he went to St. Petersburg, Russia, where he received his teaching certification in the Vaganova method. NIKOLAS GAIFULLIN was born in Sarasota, Fla., and received his ballet training from his parents, Stephanie Murrish of Sarasota Ballet and Daniil Gaifullin of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Gaifullin has danced with the American Ballet Theatre collegiate program, the National Ballet School of Canada, the School at Jacob’s Pillow and Kansas City Ballet II. He has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix many times, receiving awards in both the semifinal and final rounds. In 2007, he performed in Italy’s International Spoleto Festival. In 2012, he was a silver medalist at the World Ballet Competition, received the Grishko Scholarship award from the Carreno Dance Festival and was a guest performer with the 17th International Miami Dance Festival Young Medalists. At Kansas City Ballet II, 32


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he performed Devon Carney’s Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, as well as George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Viktor Plotnikov’s Vesna and Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In his first season with Atlanta Ballet, Gaifullin performed principal roles as the Cavalier and Snow King in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker by John McFall, Basilio in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake Act III. He also performed in Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Tara Lee’s blink and Max Petrov’s world premiere of Concerto Armonico. This is his second season with Atlanta Ballet. Special thanks to Nikolas’ Pas de Deux Society patrons, Julie & Paul Hagedorn. BROOKE GILLIAM‡, from Boulder, Colo., began her training at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Julia Wilkinson Manley. After her sophomore year, she attended Atlanta Ballet’s Professional Summer Intensive and was invited to join the Conservatory program on a merit scholarship. Gilliam was a part of the second company for two seasons and performed leading roles in Bruce Wells’ Snow White and Beauty & the Beast, Robert Barnett’s Arensky Dances and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. She has appeared in such Atlanta Ballet productions as Paquita, Swan Lake, and Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird and Don Quixote. She is thrilled to join the Company as an apprentice this season. EMMA GUERTIN‡ was born in Ontario, and began dancing at age 5 with the Oakville Ballet under the direction of Amanda Paterson. While with Oakville Ballet, she spent summers attending Canada’s National Ballet School and Orlando Ballet School’s summer intensives. Beginning at age 16, Guertin spent two years at Orlando Ballet School as a trainee and was then promoted to Orlando Ballet’s second company. While with Orlando Ballet, she attended the 2017 Youth American Grand Prix semifinals, receiving a bronze medal in contemporary, advancing to the final round and performing at Lincoln Center in New York. This past summer, Guertin competed in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., and was offered her Atlanta Ballet apprenticeship. She is excited to start the next chapter of her career at Atlanta Ballet. Favorite performances include George Balanchine’s Serenade and Sleeping Beauty. MONIKA HACZKIEWICZ was born and raised in Las Vegas. She has trained and danced at Nevada Ballet Theatre, Kwak Ballet Academy, Tara Foy’s Elite Ballet, Nevada School of Dance and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 2015, Monika competed in the Youth American Grand Prix, ranking second in the senior division of the Las Vegas semifinals and performing in the finals at Lincoln Center. In the 2015-16 season, she received a full-tuition Nijinsky Dance Scholarship to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division program, where she performed the lead in Paquita and the Paquita Pas de Trois. This is Monika’s third season at Atlanta Ballet. She has performed featured roles in Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine and George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Who Cares? She also performed the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote. Monika is grateful to have worked with such choreographers as Yuri Possokhov, David Bintley, Tara Lee and John McFall. Special thanks to Monika’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Daphne Elizabeth Moore Eitel. SUJIN HAN is from South Korea. She began dancing at age 9, and entered the Yewon School to study character dance at the Vaganova Academy. In 2010, Sujin entered the Seoul Arts School on scholarship. There she performed pas de deux such as the Sugar Plum Fairy Variation from The Nutcracker. She also participated in South Korean ballet competitions, including the Seoul International Dance Competition. Sujin earned the Great Performers Scholarship to attend Ewha Womans University, where she began choreographing and learning several George Balanchine works and the Bournonville method. After graduating, she worked as a freelance ballet dancer with M Ballet and Seoul Ballet Company in South Korea. She joined Atlanta Ballet for the 2017|2018 Season, danced the role of Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote and worked with choreographers Craig Davidson, Ohad Naharin and Max Petrov. Special thanks to Sujin’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Corps de Ballet. 34


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JESSICA HE is from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. She received her early ballet training at Inland Pacific Ballet Academy. Jessica moved to Philadelphia in 2012, at age 14, to enter the pre-professional training program at The Rock School for Dance Education on full scholarship. While there, she received multiple awards and merit scholarships at such competitions as the Youth America Grand Prix and the World Ballet Competition. Jessica danced with Houston Ballet’s second company for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, touring internationally and performing a varied repertoire, including Stanton Welch’s A Dance in the Garden of Mirth and Brigade, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Ben Stevenson’s Sleeping Beauty Act III and John Neumeier’s Yondering. Last year, in her debut season with Atlanta Ballet, she performed the lead female in Craig Davidson’s world premiere of Remembrance/Hereafter, as well as featured roles in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight and Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote. Special thanks to Jessica’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Vanessa and Robert Delmer. AIRI IGARASHI was born in Gunma, Japan. At age 7, she began her training at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School and continued her training under John Neumeier at The Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet in Germany, where she performed in Neumeier’s The Nutcracker and danced the role of Princess Florine in Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty. She won first place at the All Japan Ballet Competition in 2011 and third place in 2015. She was a semifinalist at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland in 2013 and 2015. Airi joined Atlanta Ballet last season, performing the role of Marya in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Amore in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote and one of the soloist roles in the world premiere of Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter. Airi’s favorite performances include Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Václav Kuneš’ Double Beethoven and Victor Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique. Special thanks to Airi’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Jacqueline Flake & David Dase. DARIAN KANE is from northern California. She received her dance training with Stuart Carroll and Sharon Newton at Capitol Ballet Center in Sacramento. From 2015 to 2018, she danced with BalletMet 2 and BalletMet under the direction of Edwaard Liang, performing in Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Carmen as Cigaretta. Kane has danced the soloist roles of Zulma, Fairy of Beauty, and both Doll and Spanish in The Nutcracker. She attended summer intensives with Boston Ballet, Ballet Hawaii and on scholarship at Marin Dance Theatre with Margaret Swarthout. She is excited to join Atlanta Ballet this season. Special thanks to Darian’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Adrienne & Scott Hardesty. SAHO KUMAGAI is from Sapporo, Japan, where she began dancing at age 9. In 2009, she moved to the United States to study at the Boston Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division under the direction of Peter Boal. In 2014, she placed among the 20 finalists at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland. After dancing with Charlotte Ballet II, she joined Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice in 2014. Last season, her first as a Company dancer, she performed First Duet in Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter, Cupid in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, and in Tara Lee’s blink and Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16. Special thanks to Saho’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Mr. Dante S. Stephenson. LUCAS LABRADOR‡ was born in Cosquín, Argentina, and began his dance training at age 16. He spent two seasons at Ballet Nacional de Argentina under the direction of former Royal Ballet principal dancer Inaki Urlezaga. Lucas toured Argentina, Spain and Portugal, performing roles in Swan Lake, Carmen, Paquita, La Traviata and Giselle. In 2016, he accepted a full scholarship to study at The Rock School in Philadelphia. In January 2017, he won first place in the pas de deux category at the Youth America Grand Prix in Atlanta, and second place in the ensemble category at the New York City finals. Most recently, as a member of Atlanta Ballet 2, his repertoire included leading and starring roles in Beauty & the Beast and Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, plus roles in Swan Lake and Don Quixote. Lucas is grateful to be an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet this season. 36


JORDAN LEEPER, a native of Jamestown, N.Y., began dancing at age 12 with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet and later studied at San Francisco Ballet. Leeper danced with Charlotte Ballet under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, performing at the John F. Kennedy Center during Ballet Across America in 2013. He has performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Jiří Bubeníček, Sasha Janes, Mark Diamond and JeanPierre Bonnefoux, among others. He has been a guest artist with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and City Ballet of Wilmington. He also danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson during the company’s 20th-anniversary season at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Special thanks to Jordan’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Elaine & Erroll Davis. KEATON LEIER, from Canada, grew up in the small city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Keaton started studying ballet at a later age, and he joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2013. After graduation in 2016, he moved on to dance with Houston Ballet’s second company for one year, where he performed many works by Stanton Welch. He joined Atlanta Ballet for the 2017|2018 Season and is in his second season with the Company. Favorite highlights in Atlanta include the closing of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker by John McFall and the premiere of Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter. IGOR LEUSHIN was born in Uzbekistan. His family moved to Russia when he was 5, and he began training in ballroom dancing. He studied at the Novosibirsk State Choreographic College from 2002 to 2010. After graduation, he studied at the Vaganova Ballet Academy for two years and received a bachelor’s degree. Leushin danced with Yacobson Ballet Theatre from 2012 to 2013. While there, he participated in tours to Belarus, Italy and China. He then worked at Slovak National Theatre, performing such roles as Lankedem in Le Corsaire; Phoebus in Esmeralda; Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Fokin in Nijinsky; and Peasant Dance, Peasant Pas de Deux and Albrecht in Giselle. FRANCESCA LOI was born in Cagliari, Italy, and began her training at the ballet school of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. She graduated from the La Scala Ballet School in Milan and performed many ballets with the La Scala Ballet Company, including Raymonda, Giselle, Aida and Notre Dame de Paris. She worked with Opéra National de Bordeaux and the Royal Ballet of Flanders and was a member of the Hong Kong Ballet. With Hong Kong Ballet, she performed demi-soloist and soloist roles and worked with choreographers Cynthia Harvey, Nina Ananiashvilli, Alexei Ratmansky, Alexander Ekman and Krzysztof Pastor, among others. At Atlanta Ballet, she has performed Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and Snow White in the Bruce Wells ballet. Last summer, she won bronze in the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition and participated in the 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program. NADIA MARA Mara was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and trained at Uruguay’s National School of Ballet, graduating as the best dancer in school and earning the Elena Smirnova Gold Medal. In the United States, Nadia began dancing with North Carolina Dance Theatre, joining Atlanta Ballet in 2006. Her most notable lead roles include Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Nathalie in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet and Marguerite in Helen Pickett’s Camino Real. Principal roles include Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Stars and Stripes and Who Cares?; James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons; David Bintley’s Carmina Burana; and Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird, among others. She has been featured in Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 and Secus, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, Wayne McGregor’s Eden|Eden and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. Nadia has been named an “Outstanding Artist” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Mundo Hispanico. Special thanks to Nadia’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Amy Nelson. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM


MOISÉS MARTÍN was born in Reus, Spain, and trained at the Municipal Dance School of Zaragoza and Escuela de María de Ávila. He continued his studies on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School, under the direction of Lola de Avila, later joining the company and becoming a soloist in 2005. In 2007, he joined the Dutch National Ballet and danced as a second soloist until 2011. He has performed a mix of classical and contemporary works, including pieces by Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov, among others. In 2012, he joined Compañía Nacional de Danza as a principal dancer and performed leading roles in such works as Sonatas and Raymonda Divertimento by José Carlos Martínez, Giselle by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Who Cares? by George Balanchine, and Espada and Basilio in Don Quixote alongside guest dancers Elisa Badenes and Yolanda Correa, among other works. In 2016, he participated in the International Dance Festival of Cuba, dancing the full-length Swan Lake with Viengsay Valdés and the National Ballet of Cuba. Special thanks to Moisés’ Pas de Deux Society patron, Katherine Scott. SERGIO MASERO-OLARTE is from Madrid, and began his training at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma. He trained on scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School and then joined Ballet Memphis as a company dancer. At Ballet Memphis, he performed lead roles in Steven McMahon’s Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake; Matthew Neenan’s The Darting Eyes and Water of the Flowery Mill; and in works by Mark Godden, Gabrielle Lamb and Yuri Sands. As a principal guest artist, he has danced with Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet and Avant Chamber Ballet in Dallas. In addition to dancing, he enjoyed teaching and choreographing in the Memphis area. Masero-Olarte has created two pieces for the company dancers of Ballet Memphis and two full-length productions for the Dance Academy of Bartlett in Tennessee. JULIANA MISSANO‡ was born in Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., and began studying ballet at age 5. She trained at the Lynch School of Ballet until she was 15 and continued training at The Rock School under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. In 2017, Juliana was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performed at the Kennedy Center. She has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, receiving the Grand Prix Award, placing first in the pas de deux category and advancing to the final round at Lincoln Center. This is Juliana’s second season with Atlanta Ballet. Some of her favorite repertoire includes Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Stanton Welch’s Tu Tu and Max Petrov’s Concerto Armonico. MIGUEL ANGEL MONTOYA was born in Cali, Colombia, and began his training at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet and Incoballet. He continued to dance with Incoballet Company under the direction of Gloria Castro de Martínez. In 2008, Montoya moved to Philadelphia to attend The Rock School. In 2010, he reached the second round semifinals in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., as well as the Youth America Grand Prix New York City finals. In 2012, as an Atlanta Ballet apprentice, he originated roles in Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin. Other favorite roles include the Slave in Le Corsaire and Basilio in Don Quixote. Montoya joined the Atlanta Ballet company in 2013. He has performed in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, Gina Patterson’s I AM, Helen Pickett’s Camino Real, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush and Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas. He has been featured in the Paquita Pas de Trois, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort. Special thanks to Miguel’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Bonnie & Terry Herron. JACKIE NASH, a Connecticut native, started her pre-professional ballet training at the Connecticut Dance School under the direction of Alan Woodard. She then spent two years in the dance and academic residency program at The Rock School, graduating in 2009. During her summer studies, she attended the Chautauqua Institute, Nutmeg Conservatory, Miami City Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She has danced principal roles in Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Firebird, and the lead female in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante. She has performed featured roles in works by Christopher Wheeldon, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Douglas Lee and Alexei Ratmansky. She has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as James 38


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Kudelka for The Man in Black, Jorma Elo for 1st Flash and Ohad Naharin for Secus. Jackie was named one of Pointe Magazine’s “12 Standout Performances of 2017” for her work as a guest artist with Amy Siewart’s Imagery. Special thanks to Jackie’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Kathleen & Kirk Knous. JONATHAN PHILBERT is from New York, and began his dance training at Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. While in high school, he was accepted into the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School (ABT JKO) under the direction of Franco Devita. During this time, he was a national training scholar and was exposed to the talent and training that the ballet world has to offer. Philbert performed with the company on numerous occasions and in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Sylvia and La Bayadère. After graduating from ABT JKO, he attended Joffrey Ballet Studio Company under the direction of Ashley Wheater, dancing such roles as Baron Von Rothbart in Swan Lake and Lead Couple in Napoli Divertissements, and with the company in fall and spring productions. This is Philbert’s first season with Atlanta Ballet. KEITH REEVES is from Augusta, Ga., and began his training at age 15 with Jennifer Tools at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. In 2010, he began training at the Augusta Ballet School, later joining Dance Augusta under the direction of Zane and Ron Colton. In 2015, he trained under Nicolas Pacana and Jocelyn Buchanan at the Atlanta Festival Company. In 2016, Reeves received the Audrey B. Morgan Scholarship for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Conservatory program. He also has received scholarships to summer programs at Joffrey Ballet, Nashville Ballet and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. He has performed works by John McFall, George Balanchine, Jorden Morris, David Bintley, Tara Lee, Yuri Possokhov and Ohad Naharin, among others. After two successful years as an apprentice, Reeves is excited to become a Company member for the 2018|2019 Season. Special thanks to Keith’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Asif & Lisa Ramji. MIKAELA LAURYN SANTOS, a native of the Philippines, began her ballet training at Effie Nañas School of Classical Ballet. In 2014, she was awarded second place at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Ballet Competition. In 2016, she was among the Top 15 finalists at the World Ballet Competition in Florida. She joined the Philippine Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in March 2016. At age 17, she joined the Fellowship program at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and, in 2017, joined the Company as an apprentice. Mikaela took the summer intensive ballet program under scholarship at Jacob’s Pillow and was featured in roles such as Kitri’s Friend in Don Quixote, Princess in Swan Lake and Spanish in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. She has worked with such renowned choreographers as Bruce Wells, Craig Davidson, Stanton Welch, Helgi Tomasson and Maxim Petrov, among others. Mikaela is excited to join the Company for the 2018-19 Season. ALEKSANDRA SHALIMOVA is from Krasnodar in southern Russia. She graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy and was invited to join Slovak National Theatre. She performed the work of Russian choreographers, including Vasily Medvedev’s Le Corsaire in the roles of Odalisques and Gulnara, and in Boris Eifman’s Karamazov Brothers. She danced the role of Princess Golden Hair in Slovak choreographer Josef Dolinsky’s staging of From Fairytale to Fairytale and as Romola de Pulsky in Daniel de Andrade’s Nijinsky: God of Dance. Shalimova is open to everything new and interesting, especially the new season at Atlanta Ballet. ANDERSON SOUZA, from the south region of Brazil, received his training at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Dança under Jorge Teixeira. After graduating, he joined the Cia Brasileira de Ballet in Rio de Janeiro, dancing principal and soloist roles and competing in national and international competitions, including the Beijing International Ballet Competition. Souza traveled with the company, performing in Colombia, China, Israel and France. In 2013, he joined Gelsey Kirkland Ballet as a company member, receiving praise from national critics, including those at The New York Times. His most notable roles and repertoire include Marius Petipa’s Paquita, Leonid Yakobson’s Wedding Procession, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in 40


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The Nutcracker, Philip in Cavalry Halt, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote, among others. He is excited for his third season with Atlanta Ballet. Special thanks to Anderson’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Corps de Ballet. FUKI TAKAHASHI‡ was born in Yokohama, Japan, and began training at age 3 at Yuzue Ballet Academy. She moved to the United States in 2010, and trained at Princeton Ballet and Hariyama Ballet in New York. She was invited to compete in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., in 2014 and 2018. She earned silver in the Tanzolymp International Dance Festival and was offered a place in the Orlando Ballet Trainee Program during the American Dance Competition. In 2017, she joined Orlando Ballet’s second company. Favorite performances include Serenade, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire and Sleeping Beauty. She is excited to begin her career as an Atlanta Ballet apprentice. JARED TAN, from the Philippines, began dancing at age 9 with Philippine Ballet Theatre under the direction of Gener Caringal. He trained for more than 14 years under Russian Ballet Master Anatoly Panasyukov. Tan came to the United States in 2009 to join American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey under the direction of Graham Lustig; in 2010, he joined Atlanta Ballet. He is most proud of the work he has done with choreographers Ohad Naharin in Minus 16 and Secus, Alexander Ekman in Cacti and Jiří Kylián in Petite Mort. He has performed featured roles in many works, including Christopher Hampson’s Rite of Spring, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. Special thanks to Jared’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Corps de Ballet. IVAN TARAKANOV, from St. Petersburg, Russia, is in his first year with Atlanta Ballet. He won first prize in the pas de deux category at the Italian Ballet Competition in Rieti in 2011, and both the Special Grand Prix of best male dancer and first prize at XI Children and Youth International Choreography Competition in 2015. Ivan graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy (affiliated with Kirov Ballet) and has performed yearly in St. Petersburg, danced with the Mariinsky Theatre as a graduating performer and worked with the Mikhailovsky Theatre since 2009. In 2015, he joined Israel Ballet Company as a principal dancer and, since 2016, has been a guest principal with Perth City Ballet in Australia and Festival Ballet in St. Petersburg. Ivan has performed the roles of Albrecht in Giselle by Perro and Coralli with Perth City Ballet Australia, Jean de Brien in Raymonda by Petipa, the Prince in Cinderella by R. Savkovich with Israel Ballet, and Polovckiy Dance Soloist in Prince Igor by Golezovsky with Mikhailovsky Theatre. ASHLEY WEGMANN was born in New Jersey, and began her training at the National Ballet of New Jersey. She later studied on scholarship at the Princeton Ballet School. After attending Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s graduate program, she joined the company as a corps de ballet member in 2007. From 2012 to 2015, she danced with BalletMet. Wegmann joined Atlanta Ballet in 2015. Favorite roles and repertoire include Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine, Mercedes in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, a Stomper in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nurse in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Lovely Together, and James Kudelka’s Real Life and The Four Seasons. Special thanks to Ashley’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Ms. Jan P. Beaves. OLIVIA YOCH, from Richmond, Va., received her dance training at the School of Richmond Ballet and Butler University. She spent two years with Tulsa Ballet II and Tulsa Ballet before joining Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice in 2014. Olivia has a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in English Literature from Butler University. Her favorite repertoire includes roles in Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter, Gemma Bond’s Denouement, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, the Paquita Pas de Trois and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. She loves reading memoirs, discussing art and eating pasta. Olivia thanks her husband for his unwavering support. Special thanks to Olivia’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Kathleen & Kirk Knous. ‡ Denotes Atlanta Ballet apprentice | Photos by Charlie McCullers



ARTISTIC AND PRODUCTION TEAM YURI POSSOKHOV (Choreographer) 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 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 SFB 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 piece 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, which premiered in December 2017. For these two ballets, Possokhov received the prestigious Benois de la Danse Award established by the International Dance Union. Possokhov is a frequent guest choreographer with Atlanta Ballet. His Classical Symphony, Don Quixote and Firebird are part of Atlanta Ballet’s repertoire. Please visit for more information. TOM PYE (Set Designer) is involved in many upcoming projects, including “Gentleman Jack” (TV series), Anna Karenina (Joffrey Ballet) and Akhnaten (Met Opera). Select Broadway credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night, All My Sons, The Glass Menagerie, Fiddler on the Roof (Tony nomination), The Testament of Mary, Cyrano de Bergerac and Medea. Select West End credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Christmas Carol, Sinatra and Medea. Pye’s select theater credits include Dusty (UK tour); Fanny and Alexander (The Old Vic); Young Chekhov Trilogy — Platanov, Ivanov and The Seagull (Royal National Theatre and Chichester Festival); Major Barbara, Happy Days, The Powerbook, Mother Courage and Measure for Measure (Royal National Theatre); Testament of Mary, The Wolf From the Door and The Low Road (Royal Court); John Gabriel Borkman (Abbey, BAM); The Testament of Mary and Crossing (BAM; American Repertory Theater); and Invisible Thread (Second Stage and A.R.T.). Select opera credits include Cosi fan Tutte, The Death of Klinghoffer and Eugene Onegin (ENO and The Metropolitan Opera co-productions); Akhnaten (ENO, LA Opera); Aida, Riders to the Sea and St. John Passion (English National Opera); Thebans (ENO, Theater Bonn); Messiah (ENO, Opera Lyon); The Turn of the Screw (ROH); Crossing (world premiere, American Repertory Theater); Cunning Little Vixen (Glyndebourne); Miss Fortune (Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Bregenz Festival); Elegy for Young Lovers (ENO, the Young Vic); Death in Venice (La Scala, Premio

Franco Abbiati della Critica Musicale Italiana winner); Cosi fan Tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni (Opera National de Lyon); and The Rape of Lucretia (Bayerisches Staatsoper Munich). In film and television, Pye’s credits include “To Walk Invisible” by Sally Wainwright (BBC, PBS); the Emmy Awardwinning “Gloriana,” “A Feast at Midnight,” “Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry,” “Richard II” and “Twelfth Night” (Channel 4); “Just William” (BBC); “The Helen West Casebook” (ITV) and “The Late Michael Clark” (BBC). SANDRA WOODALL (Costume Designer) has contributed scenic and costume designs to San Francisco Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Georgian National Ballet, 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, as well as the opening season of Theatre Above in Shanghai, China. Ms. Woodall’s artwork has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn., 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 stadiumscale opening pageant for the Deaf Olympics, scenic designs for the 100th anniversary celebration of Taiwan National Day and the 2015 scenic and costume design of Winter Journey by Wan Fang, directed by Stan Lai in Beijing. DAVID FINN (Lighting Designer) began his professional career as a lighting designer at age 16, working for puppeteer Burr Tillstrom — “Kukla, Fran and Ollie.” Finn’s previous work with Atlanta Ballet includes The Four Seasons, The Exiled and Camino Real (for which he 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 Staatsballet) and works for such renowned choreographers 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. Finn was the resident lighting designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project from 1993 to 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, Deutshe 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 as producer/director of the PBS documentary “The Green Monster.” Finn has designed the Cirque du Soleil shows Zed in Tokyo and Michael Jackson ONE in Las Vegas. Future plans include Anna Karenina for the Joffrey Ballet, The Flying Dutchman for The Metropolitan Opera and a new Cirque du Soleil show to open in October 2019 in Las Vegas. FINN ROSS (Video Designer) trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and designs video for live performance. He has won two Oliviers, a Tony Award and three Drama Desk awards. Ross’ theater work includes Frozen (Broadway); Mean Girls (Broadway); Bat out of Hell (West End and international); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End and Broadway); Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway, West End and tour); A Very Very Very Dark Matter (The Bridge); Jagged Little Pill, In the Body of the World and Crossing (American Repertory Theatre and Broadway); American Psycho (Broadway and Almeida); Betrayal (Broadway); Chimerica (Almeida and West End); Closer (Donmar); The Tempest (RSC and Barbican); and Master and Margarita, All My Sons and Shun-kin (Complicite). His opera credits include The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Royal Opera House); Missa Solemnis (LA Phiharmonic); Benvenuto Cellini, Death of Klinghoffer, Death in Venice, Onegin, Simon Boccanegra, Damnation of Faust and Don Giovanni (ENO); Hänsel und Gretel, Zäuberflote and A Dog’s Heart (Dutch National Opera & Ballet); La clemenza di Tito and Mr Brouček (Opera North); Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Béatrice et Bénédict and Turn of the Screw (Theatre an der Wien); and Rinaldo (Glyndebourne). Ross has also designed for dance, including Le Petit Prince (National Ballet of Canada), Frankenstein (Royal Ballet) and The Feeling of Going (Skånes Dansteater and Malmö Opera). FAYE ARMON-TRONCOSO (Props Supervisor) was the first props/set dresser to have ever won an Obie Award — ever! Her Broadway credits include Head Over Heels (Hudson); The Terms of My Surrender (Belasco); Oslo (Lincoln Center); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Booth); The Gin Game (Golden); Fun Home (Circle in the Square, Tony Award nomination for best set); The River (Circle in the Square); Of Mice and Men (Longacre); Macbeth (Lincoln Center); Testament of Mary (Walter Kerr); Golden Boy (Belasco); Clybourne


Park (Walter Kerr, Tony Award nomination for best set); Warhorse (Lincoln Center, Tony Award for best set); The Merchant of Venice (Broadhurst/Delacorte, Tony Award nomination for best set); Enron (Broadhurst) and Albee’s Seascape (Booth). Faye’s off-Broadway credits include In the Heights (37 Arts) and Bug (Barrow Street Theater, Obie Award). Her Lincoln Center credits include Belle Epoque; Dessa Rose; Third; House of Bernalda Alba; The Clean House; Dying City; The Glorious Ones; When the Rain Stops Falling; Grand Manner; 4000 Miles; Vanya, Sonya, Masha and Spike; Nikolai and the Others; Domesticated; The Oldest Boy; Mystery of Love and Sex and a million more off-Broadway productions. GARRETT KEAST (Conductor) is a Berlin–based American conductor whose career launched with performances of Faust at the Opéra 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 Tonkünstler Orchestra of Vienna, a Haydn-Jörg 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 Tonkünstler 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 Opéra National de Paris (Faust and Swan Lake), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Die Zauberflöte), Theater Erfurt (Der Fliegender Holländer), 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.



VIOLIN Lisa Morrison Concertmaster

CONTRABASS Lyn DeRamus Principal

TRUMPET Kevin Lyons Principal

Sally Gardner-Wilson Assoc. Concertmaster

Christina Caterino

John Morrison Co-Principal

Linda Pinner Principal Second Adelaide Federici Keiko Furness Martha Gardner Patti Gouvas Patrick Ryan Angele Sherwood-Lawless Lee Taylor Elonia Varfi Rafael Veytsblum Ying Zhuo VIOLA Jole Wu Principal Josiah Coe Sarah Park Kristeen Sorrells CELLO Charae Krueger Principal Hilary Glen Mary Kenney Alice Williams

FLUTE Jeanne Carere Principal Kelly Via OBOE Erica Howard Principal Diana Dunn CLARINET Katherine White Principal Greg Collins BASSOON Amy Pollard Principal Dan Worley HORN Jason Eklund Principal Amy Trotz Richard Williams

Greg Holland TROMBONE Robb Smith Principal Mark McConnell Richard Brady TUBA Don Strand Principal PERCUSSION Mike Cebulski Principal Karen Hunt Jeff Kershner TIMPANI Scott Douglas Principal HARP Nella Rigell Principal PERSONNEL MANAGER Mark McConnell

The Orchestral Musicians in the performance are members of the Atlanta Federation of Musicians, Local 148-462 of the American Federation of Musicians.



ATLANTA BALLET ADMINISTRATION EXECUTIVE Arturo Jacobus, President & CEO Manda Wilhite, Board Relations & Capital Campaign Manager ARTISTIC Gennadi Nedvigin, Artistic Director Sarah Hillmer, Ballet Master Roman Rykine, Ballet Master Trinidad Vives, Guest Ballet Master FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Pamela Whitacre, Chief Operating Officer Thomas Fowlkes, General Manager Mary French, Operations Director Lene Sabin, Controller Hana Miller, Bookkeeper/Office Manager Alan Strange, IT/Database Coordinator DEVELOPMENT & FUNDRAISING Steven B. Libman, Chief Advancement Officer Mia Colson, Institutional Giving Officer Lauren Elliott, Individual Gifts Officer Amy Green, Major Gifts Officer Liz Root, Special Events Assistant Sherren Sandy, Special Events Manager MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS Tricia Ekholm, Chief Marketing Officer Julia Berg, Director of Public Relations Kelly Pierce, Associate Director of Marketing Brian Wallenberg, Videographer Julie Sharpe, Graphic Design Manager Myredith Gonzales, Group Sales Manager Toni C. Vacinek, Communications Manager Áine Imbach, Social Media Manager/Graphic Designer TICKETING & PATRON SERVICES Lindsay Smith, Associate Director of Ticketing & Patron Services Dana Hylton Calabro, Patron Services Manager Desiree Houston, Patron Services Assistant Bekkie Murphy, Patron Services Assistant PRODUCTION John Beaulieu, Production Manager/Technical Director Amanda Craig, Production Stage Manager Sicily Palms, Company Manager Joseph R. Walls, Lighting Supervisor Matt Oliner, Production Head Electrician Jane Kuipers, Assistant Stage Manager

COSTUMES Colleen McGonegle, Costume Director Rehnuma Tajbin, Draper/Patternmaker Sophia Parrish, Wardrobe Supervisor/Costume Technician Susan Carter, Costume Technician Shelby Narron, Costume Technician Alexandra Nattrass, Costume Technician Jane Kuipers, Costume Technician Ashleigh Dobrin, Finisher Abby Parker, Company Shoe Manager CENTRE FOR DANCE EDUCATION Gennadi Nedvigin, Artistic Director Sharon Story, Dean Kelly Cooper, Centre Administrative Director Diane Caroll Sales, Community Partnerships Manager Nicole Adams, Virginia-Highland Centre Principal Kate Gaul, Buckhead Centre Principal Kaitlyn Wesche, Centre Programs Coordinator Ansilla Bearden, Satellite Manager Ann Heard, Centre Education Associate Faculty Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt, Sterling Baker-McClary, Ansilla Bearden, Taylor Benion, Shirley Bennett, Britt Brown, Serena Chu, Harmony Clair, Kelly Cooper, Lonnie Davis, Rebekah Diaddigo, Hillary Drawe, Vershion Funderburk, Pedro Gamino, Ashley Gibson, Giselle Gilmore, Nell Heflin Goza, Nathan Griswold, Alera Harrison, Nathan Hites, Aaron James, Michelle Jericevich, Jelani Jones, Caroline Kraehe, Armando Luna, Sergio Masero- Olarte, Rosemary Miles, Anna Penny, Terese Reynolds-Thomas, Chantia Robinson, Diane Caroll Sales, Roscoe Sales, Carol Szkutek, Abigail Tan- Gamino, Calla Vaughn, Alexis Whitehead-Polk Accompanists Gretel Rodriguez, Company Pianist Elizabeth Grimes, Aleksandra Korshunova, Greg Matteson, Ronnie Ray, Yulia Rice, Kyla Zollitsch Centre Education Associates Dixie Boston, Jasmine Carter, Viviana Coronado, Elizabeth Jane Guilbert, Laura VanKouwenberg Atlanta Ballet Boutique Leslie Campbell Judge, General Manager Kate LaFoy, Midtown Boutique Manager Nardja el-Shabazz, Buckhead Boutique Coordinator

Stage hands working this production are members of the Atlanta Stage Hands Local Union 927 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.



BOARD OF TRUSTEES Officers Elizabeth Adams, Chair Barbara S. Joiner, Vice Chair Kristen Manion Taylor, Vice Chair Asif Ramji, Vice Chair Sue Gibbs, Treasurer Kathleen Knous, Secretary Allen W. Nelson, Immediate Past Chair Trustees Jan Beaves Ron Breakstone Ginny Brewer Kelly C. Cannon Chris Carlos Dr. Meria Carstarphen Lynn Cochran-Schroder Lynda B. Courts Cynthia Crain, Ed.D. David Crosland Lavona S. Currie Elaine E. Davis Vanessa Delmer Yelena Epova, CPA Nancy Field Janet Gagliano Amy Gerome Lindsay R. Hill Joyce Houser, Ph.D Arturo Jacobus* Edward B. Krugman Allen Maines Linda Morris Gennadi Nedvigin* Stanley Rose III Sharon Silversmintz* Stephanie Thomas Stephens Kirsi Tehrani* Juan Carlos Urdaneta Pam Wakefield Jon S. Wright Dr. Vonda Wright

Carl Pascarella Eric Robbins Laura Turner Seydel Takashi Shinozuka Ewoud N. Swaak Judith Varnai Shorer Nadia Theordore Dov Wilker Allen Yee Kim Young-jun Honorary Board Margaret Carton Kenneth R. Hey Wade Hooper J. David Hopkins Bill Huber, CPA Michael Jones Sloan Kennedy-Smith Amanda Shailendra Michelle Sullivan

Trustees Emeriti Lynda B. Courts, Chair Emeritus Lavona S. Currie Stanley Rose III Karen Vereb Patti Wallace Lifetime Board Jane Dean Carole Goldberg Joseph Prendergast Deen Day Sanders *Ex-Officio

Advisory Council David M. Barnett Mark Bell Barbara Bing Kevin Brown Erroll B. Davis William De Baets F. Javier Diaz Raoul “Ray” Donato Jorge Fernandez Maria Stela Frota Robert L. Green Susan S. Kettering All costume sketches by Sandra Woodall. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCORE ATLANTA.COM


The Carlos Family in Honor of Thalia N. Carlos Presents

Atlanta Ballet gratefully acknowledges the extraordinary commitment of all those who provided generous production support.

PLATINUM ($1 million+)

The Thalia N. Carlos & Chris M. Carlos Foundation

GOLD ($500,000- $999,999) PNC 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 The Sara Giles Moore Foundation Outfront Media The Zeist Foundation

BRONZE ($50,000- $99,999)

Anonymous Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet Ginny & Charles Brewer Family Foundation The Elster Foundation The Imlay Foundation Linda & Don Morris Northside Hospital REPAY Stephanie & Austin Stephens

SUPPORTER ($25,000- $49,999) Elizabeth & Howell Adams 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) 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 Jamila & Whitcliff A. McKnight, Jr. Danna & Mike Sanders Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. Karen Vereb & Bud Blanton

DONOR ($100 – $999)

Anonymous Cynthia Crain, Ed.D. & Dwight Lee, Ph.D. Arrington Davies Eve Eckardt Kevin & Paige Feagin 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 The Peacock Family Amelia & Jonathan Poplar Kristen Manion Taylor & Jason Taylor Judie & Tom Wilhite


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


PNC’s The Nutcracker Kids In Step student matinee series

Sarah Kennedy The Nutcracker

Elizabeth & Howell Adams Lighting Designer Arrow Exterminators Mouse King Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet Marie

The Elster Foundation Drosselmeier

Linda & Don Morris Drosselmeier’s Sleigh

Nancy Field & Michael Schulder A Young Mouse

Northside Hospital Flying Special Effects

Adrienne & Scott Hardesty French Female

Outfront Media Star Backdrop Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. A Toy Soldier

Jan Beaves The Arm Chair

Bonnie & Terry Herron Spanish Dancers The Moon

Ginny & Charles Brewer Family Foundation Costume Designer

The Home Depot Foundation The Cabinet

Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Bill Schroder A Rose

Barbara & Eric Joiner The Book

Mr. William F. Snyder Toy Theatre

Susan S. Kettering A Snowflake

Dante S. Stephensen A Russian Female

Kathleen & Kirk Knous A Russian Female

Karen Vereb & Bud Blanton A Rocking Horse

Erroll & Elaine Davis Dragonflies Vanessa & Robin Delmer Arabian Female

Carole & Nelson Marchioli Chicks

REPAY Flowers Danna & Mike Sanders Girl Party Child

Pam Wakefield A Doll



The Corps de Ballet, founded in 1999, is Atlanta Ballet’s auxiliary fundraising group. Corps members share their love of Atlanta Ballet through their continued support and dedication. Their annual Corps de Ballet Kick-off Luncheon raises crucial funds dedicated to Atlanta Ballet’s performances and educational programming. This year, the Corps is expanding its support by sponsoring Marie in Atlanta Ballet’s new production of The Nutcracker. This generous sponsorship will help The Nutcracker reach thousands of children and inspire the next generation of dancers and ballet lovers in Atlanta. The Corps de Ballet would like to thank everyone who supported this effort: Elizabeth Adams Leah Aldridge BJ Anderson Kim Anker Tracie Arnold Yetty Arp Melissa Bailey Sandra Baldwin Lisa Banov Kate Bell Susie Bell Kris Benson Ginny Brewer Margaret Carton Stacey Cheatham Liz Chiaffredo Monetha Cobb Lynn Cochran-Schroder Carolyn Cook Jillian Cooke Lynda Courts Julie Coward Cynthia Crain, Ed. D. Betsy Crawford Cynthia Davison Jane S. Dean* Katie Deegan Vanessa Delmer Patricia L. Dickey Clay Dixon Michelle Edwards* Johanna Ellis-Reisinger Melanie Faser* Marissa Felder Teresa Finely Nancy Flaherty Jaqueline Flake Jennifer Flanagan Susan Fleck Cameron Glass Patrice Greer Joanne* & Alex Gross Julie Levine Hagedorn Christy Harralson Teri Hartman Kate Hearne Marius Hechter Angela Henderson


Doanna Hill-Howers Terri Hirsh Allison Jackson James L Jackson Teresa Jackson Corrie Johnson* Dabney Jordan Mr. & Mrs. Phil Keb Stacey Kirk Emma G. Lankford Rodica Lazarian Christopher Leete Kathleen Lewis Marva Lewis Steven Libman Jennifer Livingston Kelly Loeffler Carolyn Luesing Anne S. Malacrea Kathryn Marcet Lisa Z. Martin Kim Matthews Marlene Matthews-Muniz Anna Mayeske Annette McBreyer Jane McLain Dana McPherson Paige Metcalf Pamela Monastra Elizabeth Moore Kenya Moore Michelle Morgan Warrick Morgan Kristine Nardelli Susan L. Nardelli Alisha Nasse Amy B. Nelson* Sarah Nix Angela Norris Audrey Norris Rebecca O’Connor Juli Owens Angela Page Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. Celeste Pendarvis Laura Peters Alessandra Potts Jenny Pruitt

Kay Quigley Cynthia Reid Kris Robinson Alyson Rogers Gailen Rosenberg* Danna Sanders Nell Schiller Anne Schwall Nancy See Paige Sharp Judy Shih Sharon* & Howard Silvermintz Brenda Smith Dottie Smith* Millie Smith Suzan E. Smith Lindsey Sones Elizabeth Spiegel Kimberly Stewart Elana Street Michelle H. Sullivan Sharon Tatum Marsha Taylor* Heather ten Broeke Cathy Thrift Aly Tiller Dawn Tresh Meredith Underwood Patti Vickers Pam Wakefield Merry Waldroup Cindy Wall Ellen Weinstein Douglas Weiss* & Chris Casey Janet Westmoreland Susan White Addie Wilhet Dina Woodruff Dr. Vonda Wright Stephanie Yates Dorothy Zazworsky

* Indicates a Corps de Ballet board member.


The Thalia N. Carlos & Chris M. Carlos Foundation Atlanta Ballet and The Nutcracker have been a part of my family for a very long time. Not only have my two daughters witnessed Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker many times from the audience, but they have also performed in the ballet through the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education (CDE). They have spent many hours in rehearsals, and on stage in this magical production, which has become a tradition for our family. It has been so gratifying to watch my girls grow through their participation in this production. I truly believe their poise and self-confidence have been positively impacted through their years of dance training. I also believe my family’s personal experience with the CDE translates to the positive influence dance has on young people, and the lasting impact it can have on these students’ future lives. I have not always been an “arts guy,” but my mother Thalia was a passionate supporter of the arts, and she instilled her love for the arts in my girls and me. I understand how important and valuable the arts have been for my children and for the community. My family has been very blessed, and we have always strived to give back to our community by donating to the arts and other causes we believe help make Atlanta the great city that it is today. I continue to work hard to carry on the family legacy, so I am able to give my own children and all of Atlanta’s children the gift of experiencing the arts and witnessing the beauty of dance. I support the arts because it represents an expression of the joy of life, of living, and of happiness, all of which are essential for a fulfilled life. When Atlanta Ballet presented the opportunity to support a brand-new Nutcracker, I jumped at the chance. I knew Atlanta Ballet and the creative team assembled by Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin would create a spectacular production. I also wanted to honor my beloved mother and her dedication to enhancing and sustaining Atlanta Ballet as well as the arts in Atlanta with a lasting legacy. I chose to make this gift as a challenge to the community to encourage others to support this production, too. Collectively our support will allow more than 1.2 million Atlantans to enjoy this incredible new version of The Nutcracker over the next 20 years. “We are proud to honor my mother’s passion for ballet and commitment to the arts by contributing to the creation of Atlanta Ballet’s new Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is one of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, and we hope to see fellow Atlantans take on the challenge to support this magical new production.” – Chris Carlos, President, The Thalia N. Carlos & Chris M. Carlos Foundation



Sarah Kennedy Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker has been a significant tradition for as long as I can remember. I took my children to see it every year, and now my grandchildren consider it one of the highlights of the holidays. It is sheer joy to watch their faces light up as they experience the magic of The Nutcracker’s many fanciful worlds on stage. Atlanta Ballet is a critical part of the arts in Atlanta, and it continues to enrich our community and benefit both children and adults alike. The Nutcracker has been a uniquely special gift to Atlanta for many years, and it will continue to be so for generations to come. As a native Atlantan, I am extremely proud and honored to help bring the vision of this new Nutcracker to life. – Sarah Kennedy

PNC Since 2004, PNC has helped prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. Through our work with organizations across the United States, we have improved school readiness by providing support in areas such as vocabulary development, social-emotional learning, math, science and the arts. PNC is proud to be a sponsor of The Nutcracker and the title sponsor of PNC’s The Nutcracker Kids In Step student matinee series, where each December over 11,000 Atlanta-area school children take field trips to see an abridged performance of The Nutcracker. These performances are designed for children with a focus on public schools and under-served communities, in an effort to foster arts appreciation among children who are otherwise not afforded the opportunity to attend live performances. With this sponsorship, we’ll have the opportunity to help Atlanta Ballet consistently reach and engage more students. Supporting The Nutcracker aligns with our goal to enhance educational opportunities for low-and moderate-income children throughout Georgia. By focusing our support on high-quality early childhood education, we aim to positively impact school readiness and contribute to stronger, smarter and healthier children, families and communities. We feel strongly that the arts are a core component of high-quality education and provide children with tools they can apply towards creating an improved quality of life for themselves and their communities. PNC’s work with Atlanta Ballet has allowed us to support first-rate programming and educational outreach for thousands of students throughout the region, which is at the heart of our philanthropic mission. – Eddie Meyers, PNC Regional President, Georgia

Jones Day Foundation The Jones Day Foundation is proud to support Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker as part of our mission, which includes fostering innovation in the arts and improving opportunities for underprivileged children. We applaud Atlanta Ballet’s innovation in re-envisioning this iconic ballet. We also applaud Atlanta Ballet’s educational outreach and youth involvement programs that serve children throughout our community. Jones Day especially enjoyed taking our own lawyers and clients to see a Nutcracker performance last year, and we look forward to continuing that tradition. – Lizanne Thomas, Partner-in-Charge Southern U.S. Region, Jones Day

Arrow Exterminators Giving back to the community has been a core value of Arrow Exterminators since 1964 when my grandparents founded our company in Atlanta. We remain a family-owned business today, and we are honored to support the production of The Nutcracker as the official sponsor of the Mouse King. Atlanta Ballet has given all of us a memorable Christmas and holiday tradition for decades, and we look forward to experiencing the premiere of the new production later this year. – Emily Thomas Kendrick, President & CEO, Arrow Exterminators

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution A great city like Atlanta needs two things: citizens who are informed of what’s really going on and citizens engaged in its community and culture. Here in Atlanta, we are fortunate to have both. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is proud to be a part of making our community stronger with our journalism and the community we support, including Atlanta Ballet. And it is through community traditions like The Nutcracker that we come together as a community and enjoy its finest. We applaud everyone involved in the making of this important milestone and moment for all who participate on stage, in the orchestra pit and behind the scenes. And, we salute all of you who are in the audience. Whether you are introducing children to the arts for the first time or continuing long-standing holiday traditions to attend a performance together, you are also helping to make Atlanta better. — Kevin Riley, Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Erroll & Elaine Davis Every child and adult should have the opportunity to see, hear and feel fantasy as beautiful art! It can make the soul sing. The Nutcracker is quite mystical, and we want to help the children and adults of Atlanta witness that art on stage. Our gift to The Nutcracker not only satisfies our love of dance but also helps ensure Atlanta Ballet’s future as a sustainable and relevant ballet company. We are proud to be a part of that leadership. This year, we are extremely proud of the quality of our dancers. Atlanta Ballet training is distinctive and superb, and it has been coupled with new choreography that has proven to be quite innovative. The dancers perform with grace, athleticism and passion, which have led to consistently stellar performances. – Erroll & Elaine Davis

The Home Depot Foundation Giving Back and Building Strong Relationships are both core values of The Home Depot. We are proud to give back to our hometown partner, Atlanta Ballet, and grateful for the strong relationship building this partnership produces within the community. Our mission at The Home Depot Foundation is to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. The Home Depot Foundation is honored to have partners like Atlanta Ballet who share our drive and passion for serving our nation’s heroes. We believe in the powerful impact of the arts, and our support of The Veteran Ticket Program provides veterans, active military personnel and their families with the opportunity to experience these unforgettable performances at no charge. We are thrilled to help bring the new production of The Nutcracker to such a deserving audience, and we hope that these men and women who have given so much to our city and country, enjoy this classic holiday presentation. – Shannon Gerber, Executive Director, The Home Depot Foundation



Ginny & Charles Brewer Family Foundation One of our favorite holiday traditions is to take our family and friends to the Fox Theatre to see Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. We attend as many performances as we can each season — a treat that makes all our holidays extra special. Our two daughters performed various roles over nine consecutive years, creating cherished memories of their childhood for all of us that will last our lifetimes. We are incredibly proud of Atlanta Ballet’s magnificent art of dance that graces our local stages, as well as the important educational work they provide in our community. Their outreach and financial aid programs give students who may only be dancers in their hearts an opportunity to experience the joys and benefits of becoming actual dancers in real life. Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker gives us an extra sprinkling of holiday magic, which we hope all families get a chance to enjoy as part of their own holiday traditions. – Ginny & Charles Brewer

The Elster Foundation I have the honor of representing The Elster Foundation in Atlanta. We are long-time supporters of Atlanta Ballet, and it is very important to us that any funds we contribute be used for something that will endure and have a lasting benefit. When it was suggested that our capital gift be allocated to a new Nutcracker production, our response was an immediate and enthusiastic YES! We anticipate this Nutcracker will both delight current ballet patrons and attract new ones, as well as rival the longevity of its predecessor. – Amy Gerome-Acuff, Trustee, The Elster Foundation

Linda & Don Morris We believe in investing in the cultural assets of the communities where we live. Being fairly new to Atlanta, we want to support Atlanta Ballet and this new production. As the parents of two children of our own, it is especially meaningful to us that thousands of children and families will get to experience the magic of The Nutcracker for many years to come. – Linda & Don Morris



Northside Hospital It is both the power and grace of ballet that captivates me as I watch and take care of dancers. They are some of the best athletes we care for, and yet they make it all look easy. We are excited to partner with Atlanta Ballet to showcase their innovative new production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. – Dr. Vonda Wright, Chief of Hospital Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, Northside Hospital

REPAY At REPAY, we believe strengthening and investing in our community are two of the most important things we can do for our employees, customers and local partners, and supporting the arts has become an integral part of our philanthropic tradition. Arts organizations bring tremendous value to our community by enriching our lives and inspiring us to dream bigger through moving performances and exhibits. As a fintech company, we constantly seek new sources of inspiration, and through our partnership with Atlanta Ballet, we hope to provide employees with new experiences that foster a culture of innovation and creativity. We value our longstanding relationship with Atlanta Ballet and are honored to sponsor its iconic production of The Nutcracker. – John Morris, CEO, REPAY

Stephanie & Austin Stephens We were extremely honored to be early supporters of Atlanta Ballet’s new production of The Nutcracker. As native Atlantans, we have happy memories of attending performances during our childhood holiday seasons. Now that we have young children of our own, we are excited to experience the wonder and magic of the new production through their eyes. The Nutcracker is often a child’s first exposure to the world of ballet. What a tremendous opportunity we have to create a future generation of arts patrons! – Stephanie & Austin Stephens

ATLANTA BALLET SUPPORTERS Atlanta Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following individuals, businesses, foundations and volunteer groups, whose generous annual contributions as well as sponsorships of special events were received during the period of Aug. 1, 2017-Sept. 15, 2018. If you find that you are listed incorrectly or we did not recognize you appropriately, we apologize and want to include you. Please contact Individual Gifts Officer Lauren Elliott at or 404.873.5811 x1222.

FOUNDATION, CORPORATE, & GOVERNMENT DONORS $100,000+ Arrow Exterminators Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. Jones Day Foundation PNC The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation The Coca-Cola Foundation The Home Depot Foundation The Molly Blank Fund of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation The Rich Foundation The Sara Giles Moore Foundation The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. The Thalia N. Carlos and Chris M. Carlos Foundation The Zeist Foundation, Inc. William Randolph Hearst Foundation $50,000 - $99,999 Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet Delta Air Lines Holder Construction Company Neiman Marcus Northside Hospital REPAY The Bucherati Group The Imlay Foundation, Inc. The Pittulloch Foundation, Inc. The Shubert Foundation, Inc. $25,000 - $49,999 Anonymous City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Fulton County Arts Council Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. The Kettering Family Foundation Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

$10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous Bobbie Bailey Foundation, Inc. Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Comcast David Yurman Dior Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia Dermatology Center Georgia Power Foundation Holland & Knight LLP JBS Foundation Lenox Square Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Morgan Family Fund National Endowment for the Arts Paymetric Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Fund The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. Wells Fargo Foundation $5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous (2) Atlantic Capital Bank Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc. Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust John & Mary Franklin Foundation JPMorgan Chase Massey Charitable Trust The Fraser-Parker Foundation

$2,500 - $4,999 Anonymous Denise Newton Memorial Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation Mark A. Jardina Foundation $1,000 - $2,499 La Fête Chocolat Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation Publix Super Markets Thomas H. Lanier Family Foundation MATCHING GIFT CORPORATIONS ADP Avanade Comcast Google Illinois Tool Works JPMorgan Chase Microsoft Norfolk Southern Novartis SAP America SunTrust The Coca-Cola Company The Home Depot Foundation Turner Varian Medical Systems

Atlanta Ballet is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also received support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, and major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding has been provided by our individual donors, corporate sponsors and foundations.



INDIVIDUAL DONORS THE DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE $500,000+ Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Chris Michael Carlos $30,000-$99,999 Ginny & Charles Brewer Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Courts II Lavona S. Currie Vanessa & Robin Delmer Sarah Kennedy Katherine Scott Mr. Jon S. Wright $20,000 - $29,999 Anonymous James J. Andrews Ms. Jan P. Beaves Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen & Mr. David Heleniak Susan & Tony Catalfano Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Mr. Bill Schroder Cynthia Crain, Ed.D. & Dwight Lee, Ph.D. Kathleen & Kirk Knous Linda & Don Morris Asif & Lisa Ramji Stephanie & Austin Stephens Pam Wakefield $15,000 - $19,999 Anonymous Barbara & Eric Joiner Mr. Dante S. Stephensen $10,000 - $14,999 Anonymous Elizabeth & Howell Adams III David Crosland Ms. Nancy Field & Mr. Michael Schulder Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Gagliano Ms. Amy Gerome-Acuff & Mr. Daniel Acuff Sue & Duane Gibbs Adrienne & Scott Hardesty Bonnie & Terry Herron Beth & Tommy Holder Mr. Douglas Hopkins Joyce Houser, Ph.D. Edward Krugman & Jill Pryor Mr. J. Allen Maines & Ms. Pam Yarbrough Kristen Manion Taylor & Jason Taylor Jamila & Whitcliff A. McKnight, Jr. Mr. Allen W. Nelson Delphine Podsiadlo Mr. William F. Snyder Carol & Ramon Tomé Mr. & Mrs. Juan Carlos Urdaneta THE ENCORE CIRCLE $7,500 - $9,999 Dr. Harold J. Brody & Mr. Donald E. Smith Kelly & Joseph Cannon Jacqueline Flake & David Dase Elaine & Erroll Davis James L. Jackson $5,000 - $7,499 Anonymous Angela & Kirk Clinard Dr. & Mrs. O. Anderson Currie, Jr. Mrs. Daphne Moore Eitel Mr. Daniel E. Gaylord & Ms. Marilyn Altman Julie & Paul Hagedorn Marius Hechter J. David Hopkins Laurie & John Hopkins Elvira & Arturo Jacobus Catherine & George Manning Andrea & Edward Montag Kristine Nardelli Amy Nelson


Doug & Ginger (Brill) Pisik Stanley H. Rose III Danna & Mike Sanders Mr. & Mrs. James E. Stueve Karen Vereb & Bud Blanton $2,500 - $4,999 Diana & Miguel Arteche Barbara Bastin & Children William Bishop Michael Bracken Stan Conway Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence W. Davis Nigel Ferguson Joanne & Alex Gross Steve, Susan & Grace Hauser Dr. Leslie & Mrs. Marilyn Kelman Sloan Kennedy Smith & John Smith Drs. Christine & Michael Murphy Sharon & David Schachter Debby & Baker Smith Johannah Smith Sharon Story, Julien & Kim Kenney Dr. John Trimble & Ms. Marianne Stribling Pam & Paul Whitacre Allen W. Yee Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Yellowlees $1,000 - $2,499 Anonymous (2) Virginia Adams & Derek Elmerick Dr. Florence C. Barnett Hope Barrett Drs. Mark & Bianca Bell Danielle & Jason Blake Mr. & Mrs. Gregory W. Blount Lindsay & Evan Borenstein Jeanne Bracken James A. Brennan, M.D. Dr. & Mrs. William Brinkman Camille & David Brinkman Sara & Alex Brown Mr. & Mrs. Jerome M Cooper Robert Paul Dean & Robert Epstein Mr. Richard Delay & Ms. Francine Dykes Mr. & Mrs. Howard F. Elkins Mary & Christopher French Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Goddard Dr. Marvin Goldstein Mrs. Carol Lanier Goodman Denise & Matthew Halkos Lisa & Forrest Hibbard Dr. Lorie Hughes Ben & Rachel Hunter Edwina Johnson Lee Kapner Christina Kline Leigh Anna & Steven Lang Mariana Laufer Melanie & Chris Leeth Ms. Doreen M. Lewis Mrs. Vaughn Linder Ms. Linda Lively & Mr. James Hugh Gino & Belinda Massafra Nancy & Stephen Mathews Carole & Nelson Marchioli Margaret P. McCamish Mr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Meany Elizabeth & Chris Morris The Mortimer Family Ms. Sandra Noecker Ms. Christine Noguere & Mr. Phillip Pope Robert W. Parris & Bradley W. Renner Mr. & Mrs. Larry Pelletier Stuart Pliner & Barbara Bing Pliner Jonathan Popler Margery & Dan Reason Family Fund Stacy Galan Shailendra Toreya Shea Rebecca Shepherd Dr. & Mrs. Mark Silverstein


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GIFTS IN HONOR & MEMORIAM In Honor of Robert Barnett James J. Andrews In Memory of Virginia Barnett Teena Stern In Honor of Louisa Basarrate Jeff Carrico In Honor of Sophie Basarrate Bridget Grant In Honor of Anne Burton Avery James J. Andrews

In Honor of Vonetta Daniels Shari Blalock Terence Hooks Julia Houston In Memory of Bernadette Datka James Datka & Nora DePalma In Honor of Sarah DuBignon Denise & Michael Wilbert In Honor of Patti Gouvas Charles Griffin

In Honor of Margaret Carton Annette & Steven McBrayer

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In Honor of the Clark & Whitaker Families Mary French

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In Honor of Dylan Clinard Angela & Kirk Clinard

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In Honor of Hannah Morris Elizabeth & Chris Morris In Memory of Vaughn Nixon Player Mrs. Vaughn Linder In Memory of Bob Podsiadlo Delphine Podsiadlo In Honor of Amelia Popler Jonathan Popler In Honor of Julianne Spratlin Anne M. Spratlin In Honor of Michelle Sullivan Betsy West In Memory of Edwin Story Sandra Noecker Judith Story In Honor of Sharon Story Cynthia Crain, Ed.D. & Dwight Lee, Ph.D. In Honor of Ella & Haper Tillman Ashley & Terry Tillman

PAS DE DEUX SOCIETY Members of the Pas de Deux Society have made an extra gift of $5,000 to artistically support an individual dancer for the 2018|2019 Season. Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet (3 dancers) Ms. Jan P. Beaves Dr. Harold J. Brody & Mr. Donald E. Smith Lynda Bradbury Courts Erroll & Elaine Davis Vanessa & Robin Delmer

Daphne Elizabeth Moore Eitel Jacqueline Flake & David Dase Julie & Paul Hagedorn Adrienne & Scott Hardesty Bonnie & Terry Herron James L. Jackson

Kathleen & Kirk Knous (2 dancers) Amy Nelson Asif & Lisa Ramji Katherine Scott Mr. Dante S. Stephensen

THE DOROTHY ALEXANDER LEGACY SOCIETY Honoring our Past, Stewarding our Present, and Planning for Our Future Individuals who have included Atlanta Ballet in their long-term estate plans through bequests and other deferred-giving arrangements. Madeline & Howell Adams, Jr. C.D. Belcher Cynthia Crain Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder


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ATLANTA BALLET IS GRATEFUL TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR IN-KIND SUPPORT Affairs to Remember Caterers The Atlantan Britt Wood Designs The Bucherati Group Cool & Fit David Yurman Dean Crownover, My Benefit Auctioneer

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ATLANTA BALLET IS GRATEFUL FOR SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING Ideabar Agency, The Nutcracker Brand Designers Atlantic Capital, The Preferred Bank of Atlanta Ballet Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, The Official Coffee Provider of Atlanta Ballet Kennesaw State University, The Official Academic Partner of Atlanta Ballet Publix Super Markets, The Preferred Supermarket of Atlanta Ballet Ryder Truck Rental Systems Inc., The Official Set Transporter of Atlanta Ballet Dr. Frank A. Sinkoe, Podiatric Orthopedics Dr. Kara Pepper, Laureate Medical Group Dr. Laura Gandy, Laureate Medical Group Dr. Amanda Blackmon, Mandy Dance PT Dr. Emma Faulkner Smith & Howard, Audit Firm Jean Padberg & Associates, P.C., Immigration Counsel Jones Day, Attorneys Charlie McCullers Photography Corporate Sports Unlimited J.D. French & Assoc. Kim Kenney Photography M•A•C Cosmetics For more information, please visit our website at Atlanta Ballet is grateful for the support from our in-kind sponsors:



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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “movie palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multipurpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballets, comedies, concerts, movies and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, accommodating 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404-881-2100 or visit us at TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is in the arcade entrance to the theater. It is open for walk-up ticket sales 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours before show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour before show time. Tickets for all performances may be purchased online at, at all Ticket Alternative outlets and at all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular box-office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to groups for most Broadway shows. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 404-881-2000 or email CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the main lobby (downstairs), mezzanine lobby levels and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are in the Spanish Room; accessible/Family restrooms are located through the office door in the main lobby. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted at 10 a.m., 1 1 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Saturday tours are at 10 and 11 a.m. Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards and upcoming shows. Tour tickets are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at Special tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please call 404-881-2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the event staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days. EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff.


SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you need assistance during your visit please ask for one of our Event Staff members. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance or more information, please call the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2100. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call 404-881-2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A Ticket Office associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at ELEVATORS Elevators are at the north end of each lobby and are available during all performances. They make it possible to access each lobby without using the stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted to the theater. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.   Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.   Please turn off all pagers and cellphones before each performance.  Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited. Backstage employees are represented by the   International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) MARQUEE CLUB PRESENTED BY LEXUS A stunning 10,000 square feet of exclusive space located on the northeast side of the theatre, the Marquee Club has access to the fabulous rooftop terrace overlooking the iconic Fox marquee and Peachtree Street. The Marquee Club is the perfect way to elevate your experience at the Fox. The club can be accessed through one of the annual membership options or on a per-event basis, as space allows. Entry to the club must accompany a ticket to the proceeding performance. For more information on club access, visit or call 404-881-2127.


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THE FOX THEATRE 660 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308 404.881.2100 •

1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be

seated until intermission.

2. T ake care of personal needs (water, restroom use) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cellphones, beepers and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience via social media but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances. The glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theater is never allowed. It distracts those around you and endangers the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of those behind you. Please consider those seated behind you when choosing whether to wear a hat or what hairstyle you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artists or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag.

STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.O.O. Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VP of Sales and Marketing Lester Andrews. . . . . . Director of Information Systems Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Lucy Lawler-Freas. . . . . . . . . . Director of Programming Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . Director of Events & Public Safety David Simpson. . . . . . Director of Ticket Sales & Service Shelby Moody. . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight Grubb. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing Andrew Chatwood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Amanda Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Media Manager Laura Zimbrick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Leigh Burns. . . . . . . . . . Director of Fox Theatre Institute Andy Arnold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Security Manager Amy Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Lisa Marie Malovoz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projectionist Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Audio

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Beauchamp Carr, Renee Dye, Sheffield Hale, John Holder, Walt Huntley, Edward Hutchison, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm, Howard Smith

EMERITUS MEMBERS John Busby Jr., Anne Cox Chambers, Pat Connell, Rodney Cook, Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts, Jere Drummond, Richard Flinn, Julia Grumbles, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edgar Neiss, Carl Patton, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens, Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills Official Beverage of the Fox

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9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed, the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Please wait until the bows are over and exit with the rest of the audience. 66

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LIGHTS! Twinkle and glow as you go this holiday season, from downtown and Midtown Atlanta to Sandy Springs, Woodstock, Cartersville and beyond.


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hat would the holiday season be without multicolored bulbs and LEDs to show the way? If light shows make you glow, we suggest any — or several — of these displays. Our options (in alphabetical order) welcome you whether you’ve been naughty or nice and come at various price points. Many include Santa, food and beverages, entertainment and extras like hayrides and real reindeer. Twinkle away, when you’re ready. Atlanta Botanical Garden: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights This crowd favorite, now in its eighth year, returns with new features and popular old standbys, including fresh music and motion for the returning spectacle Nature’s Wonder. Look, too, for the Skylights Lounge, debuting in the Skylight Garden. The S’mores Station returns, selling kits that let you make your own melty treats at firepits on the Twinkling Terrace (5-11 p.m.). The Skylights Lounge is in Robinson Gazebo, overlooking the Skyline Garden. It includes a cash bar, a deejay and comfy seating surrounded by new light displays (including an allwhite light tunnel leading into the gardens). Several larger-than-life plant giants are awash in color, too. Check out the Ice Goddess, Orchestral Orbs, Northern Lights and Radiant Rainforest, among other luminous delights. In all, the Garden strings some 1,600 strands of lights and more than 70,000 color-changing LED light pixels on its 30-acre site in Midtown Atlanta.



Barnsley Resort demonstrates what the holidays were like in the 1840s. This English-inspired village and gardens are in Adairsville, about 90 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta.




Holiday happenings at Midtown's Atlantic Station move to a new location — Winter Wonder Lane (off Market Street and near Dillard's).



LIGHTS ON: Through Jan. 6. 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. 404-876-5859. COST: $14.95-$39.95 per person plus fees; $5 less for Garden members. Premium, flex and value tickets available online. Note that general admission tickets purchased after 4 p.m. on day of show are $5 more. Deck parking is $5 Monday-Thursday; $10 on weekends or $5 for carloads of four or more. Multi-visit SAGE parking passes accepted. IF YOU’RE HUNGRY: Table service is available in Longleaf Restaurant (reservations highly recommended) 5-11 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. + 5-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Order soup, sandwiches and more from the Quick Café counter in the back of the restaurant 5-8 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. + 5-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. + 5-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. A snack bar located near the Kiss Me Arch offers nibbles, warm drinks, and beer and wine from 5 to 10:30 nightly. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Advance tickets are a better value and the show goes on rain or shine. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Piedmont Park shares the parking deck, so consider taking MARTA (Arts Center station) or another means of transportation, especially on weekends. Atlantic Station: Light the Station 2018 Atlantic Station pumps up the wattage with some 250,000 lights at a new location in the Midtown live-work-play spot. Locate Winter Wonder Lane (off Market Street and next to Dillard’s) for all things merry and bright, including a 50-ft. Christmas tree. We don’t know how he does it with all those toys to make, but St. Nick awaits your visit (through Christmas Eve) at Santa’s Cottage. There are plenty of places to snack and shop while you do the requisite oohing and ahhing. LIGHTS ON: Through Jan. 1. Find Atlantic Station off 17th Street, west of the Downtown Connector. COST: Shopping and light-gazing are free as is self-parking for the first two hours (valet parking available). KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: To park as close as possible to holiday happenings, pick a space near Stairwells 4 or 9 in the parking deck. Barnsley Resort Visit the 1840s — an era that saw five U.S. presidents, Conestoga wagons and the birth of baseball — at this storybook English-inspired village and garden in Adairsville, about 90 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta. The estate was built by Godfrey Barnsley for wife Julia, the love of his life. Today, it offers fine dining, golf, a sporting club, a spa, horseback riding and plenty of nature. The historic Manor House Ruins, the gardens and surrounding village blaze with hundreds of lights for an eighth season. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM


Life University likes to keep its Lights of LIFE experience fresh, so you won't see the same sights year after year. You will see 1 million LEDS stretched across a 1.5 mile on-campus drive.

LIGHTS ON: Through Jan. 1. 597 Barnsley Garden Road, Adairsville. 770-773-7480. COST: Self-guided garden tours are $15; $10 for senior citizens and students; under 12 free with a new toy donation for Toys for Tots. Free for overnight resort guests. Depending on when you go, parking may be as much as $20. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: The gardens close occasionally for private events, so check ahead.

LIGHTS ON: Through Dec. 23. Opens at 6 nightly. Hobgood Park is at 6688 Bell’s Ferry Road, Woodstock. COST: $10; age 14 and under free. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Lights of Hope fills four fields with events, activities and lights, so wear comfortable shoes. 74



Holiday Lights of Hope A Woodstock city park by day becomes a walk-through wonderland at night. Holiday Lights of Hope at Hobgood Park features an expansive Christmas light display with more than 2 million bulbs plus concessions, vendors, Santa, a 30-ft. Christmas tree, holiday backdrops for photos, a maze, carolers, games and a spot for making s’mores. The event benefits the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, a nonprofit that serves families and victims of child abuse.

Life University Lights of LIFE Cars, vans and buses regularly cruise in to see the 1 million LEDs decorating 1.5 miles of the Life University campus in Marietta. The display, now in its 29th year, is a seasonal tradition for many of the lighting bugs among us. Count on it being different from last year or the year before. Life likes to keep the experience fresh. Santa visits on weekends for photos. Also on-site: pony rides ($5), train rides ($3) and a petting zoo ($3). A concession stand sells snacks and seasonal beverages. LIGHTS ON: Dec. 14- 31. 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta. 678-331-4342. COST: $10 per car/van on weekends; $5 other evenings. $20 per bus every night. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Don’t let your ho-ho-ho get hijacked by long entrance lines. There are two ways to get in — one on Cobb Parkway, another across campus on South Cobb Drive. Note that Lights of LIFE is a zero-profit operation. Fees help offset the cost of electricity and other necessities. Pettit Creek Farms Christmas Join Comet and Cupid (real reindeer) at Pettit Creek in Cartersville, a genuine working farm. The laid-back spot, about 84 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta, includes a petting zoo with zebras and emus, and concessions that include hot chocolate and warm cider. See the sparkle from your windows or hop on a hayride. Santa is on-site ThursdaySunday. You may even be able to grab a freshly cut Christmas tree. Pettit Creek Farms’ mission is to educate and entertain. LIGHTS ON: Through Dec. 30. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 337 Cassville Road, Cartersville. 770-386-8688. COST: $20 for carloads of 1-8 people; $25 for 9-15 people; $35 for 16-22 people ($12 per person for busloads of 23 or more). Hayrides are $10 per person (age 2 and under free). Group rates available. Call 770-386-8688. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: For safety, please keep your headlights on. Planning a hayride? Bring blankets. Sparkle Sandy Springs This walkable mini-house holiday light and art display, now in its second season, features more than a dozen 6-ft. tall wooden houses painted by local businesses, schools and nonprofits. The houses and surrounding area in City Green at City Springs (Sandy Springs’ new downtown hub) are awash with lights to show the way. And it’s free, although you do pay for parking. Participating artists this year include Art Sandy Springs, Battle & Brew, Burn Boot Camp, Calyroad Creamery, Drake ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM


House, Friends of Lost Corner, Heritage Sandy Springs, Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, North Springs High School, Pontoon Brewing, Riverwood International Charter School, Sips n Strokes and Trader Joe’s Sandy Springs. LIGHTS ON: Through Dec. 31. 1 Galambos Way (bordered by Johnson Ferry Road and Sandy Springs Circle). Details at 866-511-7743 or 770-206-1447.


A Stone Mountain Christmas USA Today put Stone Mountain Park on a list of the 10 best places to see Santa (he arrives via parade on select dates). While you wait, take in the park’s 1 million bulbs (hung throughout a Christmas village), the special effects of the Skylight Spectacular, the tunnel of lights that creates Wonderland, a sing-along train, a 4-D Christmas movie and familiar characters at Rudolph’s Merry Meet and Greet.



LIGHTS ON: Through Jan. 6 (but call ahead). 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 800-401-2407. COST: $31.95 and up. Christmas Adventure passes available. Some are combo tickets; some include all-day activity access and snow tubing. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Reservations required for events. $15 parking permit or $40 annual pass needed to enter. :: Still in the dark? Don’t be. Other options include Lake Lanier’s Magical Nights of Lights, a seven-mile glow show (Dec. 14-26, $59 or $105 per vehicle); and Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, famous for its 8 million twinkles (through Jan. 5, $21-$30 adults and $10.50-$15 age 6-12). If we’ve left your favorite off the list, please email

Stone Mountain Park has earned national honors as one of the best places to see Santa. Find him among an estimated 1 million bulbs and almost as many activities.






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2018 Presented by Celebrate the season and mingle with a few thousand of Atlanta’s finest while giving a little Christmas spirit and joy to underprivileged children! With live entertainment, a dance floor and the best DJ playing a little something for everyone, this will be your best party of the season.

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FRIENDS OF THE FOX Members of the Fox Theatre’s Friends of the Fox program help support the Fox Theatre Institute, the theater’s community engagement arm. The Fox Theatre’s legend lives on through their generosity, supporting the theater, the city of Atlanta and communities across Georgia. To learn more about the Friends of the Fox membership program, please visit, email, or call 404.881.2023.

The Fox Theatre would like to thank the following Friends of the Fox who have given at the Legend ($10,000), Marquee ($5,000), Encore ($2,500) and Entourage ($1,000) levels:


Mr. James Dougherty Drew Eckl & Farnham Royce & Jessica Pedersen

Ripple IT Janice & Gary Sloan


Diana Blank Teresa Dau & Amanda McMillan Mr. & Mrs. Gary Martin Hays

Jamie Medalie Longhurst Margaret Ross


John R. Adams Blake’s on the Park Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Borenstein Budget Rent a Car Atlanta John & Mary Ann Busby George Butler Cathy & Mayson Callaway Matt Chambless & Michelle Love Citizen Lanier Holdings Colgate Crib Mattress

Concierge Services of Atlanta Michael Crew Ira & Talmer Curry Jr. Gary & Betty Draper George Kuhn Lowery & Associates Land Surveying, LLC Adam Malone Carole Cole Musarra Jerel & Janet Rush Allan & Nicole Vella


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Be our guest for a Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour! You will be guided on a walking, storytelling experience to learn more about the restaurant you love, while being inspired by the life and vision of founder S. Truett Cathy. ABOUT THE TOURS • Original: An enlightening journey through the history of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, and the core values of the company. • The Deluxe: Visit S. Truett Cathy’s office, enjoy tastings in The Kitchen and experience The Nest, our training center. PLAN YOUR VISIT • Tours are held Monday – Friday for adults and children over six. • For schedule and pricing options visit: Contact info: 5200 Buffington Road • Atlanta, GA 30349

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FOX FUN FACTS A day of snowflakes, Mickey Mouse, the Mighty Mo and memories The Fox Theatre had its grand opening on a snowy Christmas Day in 1929, just two months after the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression. The crowd stretched around the block. Atlantans saw the theater as an escape from worry about their futures. Here are a few other facts and figures that stretch back to that day almost 89 years ago. • Opening-day tickets for shows cost 15 cents to 75 cents. • The bejeweled “Aladdin” curtain commissioned by Eve Leo Fox, movie mogul William Fox’s wife, sparkled with rhinestones and sequins. It depicts a mosque and Moorish riders, and cost $30,000 to make (more than $400,000 today). • Iris Vining Wilkins, a tiny woman, played the Mighty Mo organ. Enrico Leide, a concert cellist and conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (1920-30) led the Fox Grand Orchestra in “This Shrine of Beauty.”

• The Fanchon and Marco Sunkist Beauties danced “Beach Nights,” with 12 Atlanta girls called “Peaches.” Also performing were the Japanese acrobatic trio Kitaros, the comedy team Davis and LaRue, the dance team of Ray Bradley and Evian, and the sister singing group Jean and Jeanette. • Snowflakes, aka bleached cornflakes, fell from the ceiling at the end of the screening. 84



• Opening-night patrons saw a Fox Movietone News clip, the Walt Disney cartoon Steamboat Willie and the feature film Salute, a story about the famous Army-Navy football game, starring George O’Brien and Helen Chandler. Master of ceremonies Don Wilkin led a sing-along.

Wishing you and your family health and wellness this holiday season.

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