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After more than 500 performances in 23 holiday seasons, the storybook Nutcracker that John McFall created for Atlanta Ballet will be packed up and put to bed. By Julie Bookman

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After more than 500 performances in 23 holiday seasons, the storybook Nutcracker that John McFall created for Atlanta Ballet is packed up and put to bed. By Julie Bookman ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION





PREVIOUS PAGE: Atlanta Ballet salute the tenure ven if your Nutcracker ballet is as pretty and and contributions of John charming as the most breathtaking Christmas McFall. The scene with card. Even if it has a splendid balance of humor, the Snow Queen and beauty and elegance. And enough clever and dynamic Snow King. choreography mixed in with bundles of prancing, rosycheeked children. Even if your Nut has all of that, change is inevitable. This year marks the 23rd and final presentation of such a Nutcracker: the enormously successful and imaginative rendering that John McFall created for Atlanta Ballet soon after becoming its artistic director. He retired in 2016. Before McFall came along, the company spent many years staging George Balanchine’s traditional version of the holiday piece set to Peter Tchaikovsky’s music. McFall’s successor, the Bolshi-trained Gennadi Nedvigin (former longtime principal with San Francisco Ballet) has been gearing up to debut a whole new Nutcracker in 2018. The story of a nutcracker doll that comes to life and a young girl’s fantasy adventure has always lent itself well to creative interpretation. As for Tchaikovsky’s lush and sprightly 1892 score, McFall calls it “film music — way ahead of its time.” As the curtain rises on McFall’s Nutcracker, the audience is transported to a Christmas party at the handsome Petrov home in St. Petersburg, Russia, circa 1850. Costumes by Judanna Lynn and scenery by Peter Horne (designer) and Michael Hagen (construction) have received high praise for evoking that time and place as well as McFall’s sense of whimsy and wonder.

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McFall takes his sweet time with that party scene — he invites us to sit back, bask in the merriment. Before too long, though, he serves up a comedic and athletically rigorous “battle of the rats.” The entire two-act show sparkles and moves swiftly along. From a breathtaking scene with gentle snowfall and a dozen Snowflakes ethereally weaving in and out of one another, to some classical pas de deux, there’s intricate choreography to please serious dance fans. What are the top elements for which McFall’s Nutcracker will be remembered? Its overall beauty and enchantment, many magical moments and a sharp focus on storytelling. That’s the word from Nadia Mara and Jacob Bush, seasoned company members who over the years have each danced lead roles in the production. As ever, there are several casts, so depending on the performance, Nadia Mara will dance the role of the Snow Queen, or the Sugar Plum Fairy or the Dew Drop Fairy. Jacob Bush will alternate as the Snow King (his favorite, “because the pas de deux is amazing and I just get swept away”), the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier or Drosselmeyer the toymaker. It’s the enigmatic Drosselmeyer who takes the girl Marya on her eye-popping journey to a land of snow and crystal, the Sugar Candy Kingdom and an exotic ball showcasing dances from many nations. McFall suggests that his Nutcracker has a “women’s lib” vibe. In his take on this story, Marya “liberates herself and discovers her world is filled with possibility. She is


John McFall’s version of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker likely will be remembered for its beauty, its comedy and its athleticism.


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courageous, defines herself and shatters the glass ceiling.” Dancers Mara and Bush agree that deepening the storytelling may be McFall’s top strength. Says Bush: “I’ve seen lots of Nutcrackers and some have seemed a bit two-dimensional. John has always been very good at utilizing every character, including every kid on stage, and they don’t jump up and down. Every one of them is given specific steps and is encouraged to be part of the story.” “John spent so much time on the details,” Mara adds. “That’s how everyone gets caught up in the story.” Some 200 youngsters enrolled in the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education (which McFall founded) are cast each year in this Nutcracker. “Audiences return year after year if the production is theatrical, vibrant and inspiring,” McFall says. “There has to be a rhythm and pace that invigorates and stimulates.” To keep his Nutcracker story moving, McFall rearranged the sequence of some music sections. He finds that American audiences “are easily bored so less is better. I omitted or edited what might be described as 19th-century storytelling. My version has Las Vegas style theatrical lifts and a bit of circus. More gusto and a sense of enthusiasm.” McFall sprung from retirement to prepare the company for this year’s Nutcracker. Nedvigin has worked alongside him the past two seasons, calling it a “wonderful experience.”


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“John McFall’s version of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker has touched the lives of so many children and families throughout the past two decades,” says the new artistic director of the 88-year-old company. It’s too soon for Nedvigin to say much about next year’s all-new Nutcracker. He’s lined up a “top-notch” creative team, including renowned choreographer Yuri Possokhov, a former star with the Bolshoi Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, who has created major works for some of the world’s top ballet companies. His Cinderella for the Bolshoi (2006) and Don Quixote for the Joffrey Ballet (2011) are among many past triumphs. If you caught Atlanta Ballet’s Firebird last April, that was also his. What Nedvigin will say now about the next Nutcracker is that it shall be “extraordinary” and “take audiences on a journey that is truly larger than life.” But for the here and now, we have the twilight moment for this Nutcracker. “It’s such a beautiful production that we’ll miss very much,” says dancer Mara. “It is truly dear to my heart. I love doing the Sugar Plum Fairy. It doesn’t matter if I’ve done it a hundred times — I still get goose bumps. And I love that feeling. We don’t get to have happy goose bumps all of the time.”


After more than 20 seasons and this year’s finale, the Atlanta Ballet will debut a enirely new Nutcracker in 2018.


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Dec. 8-28, 2017 The Fox Theatre ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Gennadi Nedvigin CONDUCTOR Ari Pelto With the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by John McFall Costume Design by Judanna Lynn Set Design by Peter Horne Lighting Design by Robert Hand, Jr. Illusions by Drew Thomas Snow scene performance by Georgia Youth Choir ~ music in ascendance ~ Set construction by Michael Hagen Additional costumes by Tamara Cobus & April McCoy


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ARTISTIC STAFF Sarah Hillmer, Roman Rykine, Dale Shields THE COMPANY Zachary Alden‡, Erica Alvarado, Jessica Assef, Alexandre Barros, Jacob Bush, Stéphano Candreva, Emily Carrico, Dylan Clinard, Taylor Fikes‡, Nikolas Gaifullin, Monika Haczkiewicz, Sujin Han, Jessica He, Airi Igarashi, Saho Kumagai, Jordan Leeper, Keaton Leier, Francesca Loi, Nadia Mara, Moisés Martín, Sergio Masero, Juliana Missano‡, Miguel Angel Montoya, Jackie Nash, Keith Reeves‡, Boris Richir, Erin Robinson‡, Mikaela Santos‡, Anderson Souza, Jared Tan, Ashley Wegmann, Olivia Yoch ‡ Denotes Atlanta Ballet apprentice DISTINGUISHED GUEST ARTIST Nathan Griswold, Drosselmeyer Dean of the Centre for Dance Education* Sharon Story ATLANTA BALLET 2* Beñat Andueza Molina, Sophie Basarrate, Taylor Ciampi, Bret Coppa, Matisse D’Aloisio, Brooke Gilliam, Charlotte Hermann, Mikayla Hutton, Lucas Labrador, Dominiq Luckie, Rie Matsuura, Lenin Valladares Atlanta Ballet 2 is supported in part by

*Atlanta Ballet 2 and Children’s cast courtesy of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Dorothy Moses Alexandre, Atlanta Ballet Founder, 1929-1960 Robert Barnett, Artistic Director Emeritus, 1961-1994 John McFall, Artistic Director, 1994-2016 ATLANTA BALLET’S NUTCRACKER SYNOPSIS Our story begins more than 100 years ago on a snowy magic and begins to take Marya on a surreal adventure. Christmas Eve in St. Petersburg, Russia. Drosselmeyer, Little mice are now scurrying through the dark an ingenious toymaker, finishes making gifts for a party rooms. Drosselmeyer startles Nicholas and intentionally at the Petrov house. On his way, he passes the magical leaves his large magic satchel behind for Nicholas to town clock he created. As it chimes, three curious and explore. Inside the satchel, Nicholas discovers a rat cape prophetic images appear: a ballerina, a nutcracker and a and a sword. He now personifies a rat and is empowterrifying rat king. ered to initiate a great battle. The battle begins, and Marya comes to the rescue of the Nutcracker, slaying Act 1 the Rat King. At the end of the battle, Nicholas realizes The Petrov party guests await the arrival of the merry that choosing conflict leads only to darkness. He now but mysterious Drosselmeyer, who seems to exude mag- feels grown up and understands that his sister’s love and ic and wonder wherever he goes. When Drosselmeyer support are what matter most. Drosselmeyer rewards arrives, he reveals his new creations. He gives young Marya’s courage and takes her on a fantastic journey to a Marya a sparkling tutu, and she returns to the party crystal kingdom filled with snow spirits. transformed into a beautiful ballerina. Drosselmeyer produces two life-size dolls out of thin air that dance Act 2 for the pleasure of Marya and the guests. He then opens The journey continues to the land of the Sugar Candy the door to a sentry post to reveal the Nutcracker, who Kingdom where Marya is hosted by the Sugar Plum begins dancing with Marya to the astonishment of Fairy and her Cavalier. There is a glorious ball, complete the Petrov family and their friends. Nicholas, Marya’s with dancers from exotic lands. Marya is enraptured naughty brother, continues causing mischief and breaks with this amazing and enchanting experience. She feels the Nutcracker. Drosselmeyer tries using his magic to like she is floating on air. Marya then realizes she was fix the Nutcracker, but it is Marya’s kiss that heals and dreaming as she wakes up in her bedroom. She smiles to transforms him into the full-size Nutcracker. As the herself as she understands that her dreams have become evening nears its conclusion, Drosselmeyer weaves his reality and ponders all the dreams yet to come true. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 17

BIOS ATLANTA BALLET LEADERSHIP G ENNADI NEDVIGIN (Artistic Director) was born in Rostov, Russia, and began his training at age 5. At 10, Nedvigin was accepted into 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 Gennadi a soloist contract. Later that year, Nedvigin joined San Francisco Ballet. After three years with the company, he was promoted to principal dancer. During his career in San Francisco, Nedvigin was a winner of the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999) and 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 many 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, Nedvigin became the fourth artistic director in Atlanta Ballet’s 87-year history. ARTURO JACOBUS (President & CEO) enters his ninth 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 (Ky.); the American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts in Napa (Calif.); and Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle (Wash.). Jacobus has master’s degrees in business administration, arts administration and human resource 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 he became an arts executive, Jacobus spent 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 concerts, variety shows and military ceremonies on behalf of CincSouth and NATO.


BIOS SHARON STORY (Dean of the Centre for Dance Education) is in her 22nd season with Atlanta Ballet. She joined Atlanta Ballet after a professional dance career that spanned more than 20 years, including tenures with Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and 10 years with Boston Ballet, which 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, which has grown to one of the largest dance schools in the nation. The Centre for Dance Education is nationally recognized for great accomplishments in its programs and community initiatives. Under Story’s direction, the Centre achieved accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). She is on 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. 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.

ARTISTIC STAFF SARAH HILLMER (Ballet Mistress) trained in the pre-professional division of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and began her professional career with Atlanta Ballet, where she performed both classical and contemporary works. Sarah danced principal roles in such classics as Giselle, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, and she originated roles in a variety of contemporary works. Hillmer’s desire to explore contemporary movement led her to become a founding member of glo, where she performed the original works of Lauri Stallings in Atlanta and New York. Hillmer’s love of coaching brought her back to 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. She is thrilled to be part of the Atlanta Ballet team. 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 was a principal dancer with the 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 throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, and was a guest artist with various ballet companies. He retired from ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 19

BIOS the stage in 2010 and began teaching. Roman was a guest faculty member at the Boston Ballet School before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in January 2012. DALE SHIELDS (Ballet Mistress), a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and Butler University before starting her career as a professional dancer. After joining and rising to principal dancer with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre under artistic director George Verdak and Dace Dindonis, she appeared in the leading roles of many productions, including Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Gaité Parisienne, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppélia, Night Shadow and The Moor’s Pavane, as well as a great number of original works. As principal ballet mistress for Ballet Internationale, she assisted with the original choreography of several full-length ballets by artistic director Eldar Aliev and worked alongside Irina Kolpakova in staging many well-known classics. John McFall’s invitation to join the artistic staff at Atlanta Ballet has given her the opportunity to assist in mounting many full-length productions. She is inspired to have worked with national and international choreographers in bringing exciting and innovative dance to Atlanta. Teaching the company dancers and students of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and guest teaching opportunities are other rewarding parts of her work.

THE COMPANY ZACHARY ALDEN‡ was born in San Francisco and began his ballet studies as a senior in high school with Vaganova-trained dancer Anton Pankevich. He spent that summer training at Ballet San Jose under José Manuel Carreño and became a company trainee on scholarship. In 2014, Zach moved to Pompano Beach, Fla., to further his ballet training with Magaly Suárez at the Art of Classical Ballet School. Despite his relatively late start as a student, Zachary quickly accelerated in ballet and spent the 2016/17 season dancing with BalletMet 2 under the direction of Edwaard Liang and performed in Laing’s Romeo and Juliet. Zachary looks forward to applying his experience at his new home, Atlanta Ballet. 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 her summers training in such acclaimed programs as the Jillana School, the Rock School, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. After high school graduation, Erica joined Ballet Tucson and worked closely with ballet masters Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, performing leading roles in many Antony Tudor ballets. She joined Milwaukee Ballet II two years later 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 the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. She also danced the role of the principal woman in Peter Martin’s Hallelujah Junction. Special thanks to Erica’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Chris M. Carlos.



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BIOS J ESSICA ASSEF is from São Paulo, Brazil, and received her early training from Escola de Ballet Corpo e Arte with Jolles Salles. At the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), she was awarded full scholarships to Orlando Ballet School and the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. She also won the gold medal at Passo de Arte and went on to receive a YAGP semifinals silver medal and YAGP NYC finals gold medal in 2013. Jessica spent two years at Orlando Ballet School as a trainee before becoming a member of the Orlando Ballet second company. A year later she joined the professional company. In 2014, she competed in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss. Special thanks to Jessica’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Chris M. Carlos. A LEXANDRE BARROS is from Rio de Janeiro and received his early training from Escola de Dança Alice Arja and Escola Estadual de Danças Maria Olenewa. At age 15, he came to the United States to study with the Harid Conservatory. After graduating from the conservatory, he joined the Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble in 2011. In 2012, he progressed into the Company, where he has performed works by John McFall, David Bintley, Ohad Naharin, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, George Balanchine, Yuri Possokhov, Helen Pickett, Tara Lee, Jiří Kylián, Andrea Miller and others. Alexandre is thrilled for his sixth season with Atlanta Ballet and thanks his family and friends for their support and love. Special thanks to Alexandre’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Lavona S. Currie. J ACOB BUSH grew up in Coon Rapids, Minn., where he trained at Minnesota Dance Theatre under the direction of Lise Houlton. He continued training under Sharon Story at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education as well as the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet under Susan Connally. 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, Jacob has danced principal roles in classical, neoclassical and contemporary works, including Ivan in Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird, the principal male in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Gutman in Helen Pickett’s Camino Real, among others. He has been featured in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. Special thanks to Jacob’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Susan & Tony Catalfano. S TÉPHANO CANDREVA is from Rio de Janeiro and graduated from the Escola de Dança Alice Arja in 2006. He attended summer programs at Miami City Ballet School and Milwaukee Ballet School on full scholarship. At 18, he began his professional career with Sesiminas Cia de Dança. He went on to dance with Milwaukee Ballet II, City Ballet of San Diego and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Stéphano 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 numerous George Balanchine ballets, including Allegro Brillante, Donizetti Variations, Danses Concertantes and Serenade, to name a few. Special thanks to Stéphano’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Lynda Courts. E MILY 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, Emily received a scholarship to attend the Harid Conservatory, where she received Dance Study Awards during both years she attended. In 2012, she joined the Kentucky Ballet Theatre under the direction of Norbe Risco, where she performed many solo and principal roles. Two years later, she moved to Florida to study under Magaly Suárez at the Art of Classical Ballet School, where she was guided by her tutelage to dance with Columbia City Ballet for two seasons. She has also competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, placing in the top 12 and qualifying for the New York City finals each time. Emily is excited to join Atlanta Ballet and is thrilled to call Atlanta her home. Special thanks to Emily’s Pas de Deux Society patron, James L. Jackson. 22 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

BIOS DYLAN CLINARD is from Clemmons, N.C., and 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 being promoted to Houston Ballet II under the tutelage of Andrew Murphy, Sally Rojas, Sabrina Lenzi, Claudio Munoz and Stanton Welch. While with Houston Ballet II, he 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. In 2015, Dylan joined Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice. His favorite performances thus far are Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort. He is thrilled to return to Atlanta Ballet as a Company member and thanks his family for their love and support. TAYLOR FIKES‡, an Atlanta native, began her formal ballet training in 2008 at Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2010, she enrolled in the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. As a recipient of the U.S. State Department and Russian American Foundation’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship, Taylor trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow for six weeks. This was the springboard to being accepted as a full-time student with the Bolshoi. After Moscow, Taylor moved to New York City to attend the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet and to begin studying at Columbia University. Ultimately, she committed to a career in ballet and accepted an offer to join the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program in Chicago. Taylor’s time at Joffrey exposed her to a multitude of opportunities and experiences that have served as catalysts to her acceptance at Atlanta Ballet. 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 prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Nikolas 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 the International Spoleto Festival in Italy. In 2012, he was a silver medalist at the World Ballet Competition, a recipient of the Grishko Scholarship award from the Carreno Dance Festival and a guest performer in the 17th International Miami Dance Festival Young Medalists performance. At Kansas City Ballet II, 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. MONIKA HACZKIEWICZ was born and raised in Las Vegas. While training, she 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 America Grand Prix, ranking second place in the senior division of the Las Vegas semifinals and performing at the Lincoln Center in the finals. In the 2015/16 season, Monika received a full-tuition Nijinksky Dance Scholarship to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division Program, where she performed the lead in Paquita with the Professional Division in addition to the Paquita Pas de Trois. Monika joined Atlanta Ballet last season, performing featured roles in Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine and George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, and having the pleasure of working with renowned choreographers Yuri Possokhov, David Bintley and John McFall. Special thanks to Monika’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Daphne Elizabeth Moore Eitel.


BIOS SUJIN HAN, from South Korea, began dancing at age 9 at the Yewon School and studied character dance at the Vaganova Academy. At the Yewon School, she enjoyed performing Flower Festival in Genzano and Don Quixote, among others. At age 16, she entered Seoul Arts School on scholarship, where she performed such pas de deux as the Sugar Plum Fairy variation in The Nutcracker. She also participated in ballet competitions in South Korea like the Seoul International Dance Competition. Sujin earned the great performers scholarship to attend Ewha Womans University, where she began choreographing, learned several Balanchine works and the Bournonville method. After graduating, she worked as a freelance ballet dancer and performed Ahn Jung Geun, a Dance in the Heaven with M Ballet and Tree with Soul Ballet Company, both in South Korea. Sujin is excited to dance with Atlanta Ballet. JESSICA HE is from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and began her ballet training at Inland Pacific Ballet Academy. She moved to Philadelphia in 2012 to enter the more vigorous pre-professional training program at the Rock School on full scholarship. In 2015, she joined Houston Ballet’s second company. Jessica has attended prestigious summer programs across the country and earned multiple awards and merit scholarships at the Youth America Grand Prix and the World Ballet Competition. While dancing with Houston Ballet II, Jessica toured internationally and performed 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. She has also danced in many Houston Ballet productions, including Welch’s world premiere of Giselle and The Nutcracker. Special thanks to Jessica’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Vanessa & Robin Delmer. AIRI IGARASHI was born in Gunma, Japan. She began training at age 7 at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School. She continued 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 Neumeier’s The Sleeping Beauty. She won first place at the All Japan Ballet Competition in 2011 and third place at the All Japan Ballet Competition in 2015. She was a semifinalist at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland in 2013 and 2015. Airi’s favorite performances include Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Václav Kuneš’ Double Beethoven and Victor Gsovsky’s Grand pas Classique. SAHO KUMAGAI is from Japan and began dancing at age 9. She moved to the United States in 2009 to study on scholarship at the Boston Ballet School. Saho continued studying with Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division under the direction of Peter Boal, where she performed corps roles in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2014, she joined Charlotte Ballet II and danced soloist roles in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker and worked with resident choreographer Dwight Rhoden. That year, she placed among top 20 finalists at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland. Since joining Atlanta Ballet, Saho has danced the role of Marya in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and in works by Yuri Possokhov and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Special thanks to Saho’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Dante Stephensen.


BIOS JORDAN LEEPER is from Jamestown, N.Y., and began dancing at age 12 with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet. He later studied at San Francisco Ballet and went on to dance with the 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. Jordan has performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Jiří Bubeníček, Sasha Janes, Mark Diamond, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and many more outstanding choreographers. He has been a guest artist with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and City Ballet of Wilmington and has danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson during the company’s 20th season anniversary at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Special thanks to Jordan’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Erroll & Elaine Davis. KEATON LEIER grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he discovered his love for dance at age 8 while doing hip-hop. He began taking ballet classes at age 15 at his local dance studio, Brenda’s School of Baton and Dance. In 2013, he began training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, receiving scholarships throughout his three years and graduating with marks of distinction. In the 2016/17 season, Keaton danced with Houston Ballet’s second company. He has danced the lead role in Marius Petipa’s Paquita and George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante. He also has danced Alexander Gorsky’s La Fille mal gardée Pas de Deux, Nikolai and Sergei Legat’s Fairy Doll Pas de Trois and excerpts from John Neumeier’s Yondering. In addition, Keaton has performed in such Stanton Welch ballets as Brigade, Play, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth and A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Special thanks to Keaton’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Ginny & Charles Brewer and family. 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 went on to perform many ballets with the La Scala Ballet Company, including Raymonda, Giselle, Aida and Notre Dame de Paris. Francesca danced with Opera National de Bordeaux and the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and she was part of the Hong Kong Ballet, where she performed as a demi-soloist and soloist and worked with renowned 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, Francesca won bronze in the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition and participated in the 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program. Special thanks to Francesca’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Chris M. Carlos. NADIA MARA was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and trained at Uruguay’s National School of Ballet, where she graduated as the best dancer in the school and earned the Elena Smirnova Gold Medal. In the United States, she danced with North Carolina Dance Theatre before joining Atlanta Ballet as a Company dancer in 2006. Nadia’s most notable lead roles include Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Nathalie in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge - The Ballet and Marguerite in Helen Pickett’s Camino Real. She has been featured in works by Alexei Ratmansky, Ohad Naharin, Alexander Ekman, Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor, among others. Last season, she danced lead roles in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. In 2016, Nadia was invited to Despertares, a world-renowned international ballet and modern dance festival in Guadalajara, Mexico. There, she shared the stage with Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin and event presenter Isaac Hernández. Special thanks to Nadia’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Amy Nelson & Style Design.



BIOS MOISÉS MARTÍN was born in Reus, Spain, and trained at the Municipal Dance School of Zaragoza and Escuela de María de Ávila. He studied on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Lola de Avila, later joining the company. He became a soloist in 2005. In 2007, he joined the Dutch National Ballet, dancing as a second soloist until 2011. Moisés 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. In 2012, Moisés joined Compañía Nacional de Danza as a principal dancer, doing lead roles in 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. 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 is from Madrid and began his training at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma. Sergio trained on scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School and then became a company dancer at Ballet Memphis. There 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. Sergio also has enjoyed teaching and choreographing in the Memphis area. He has created two pieces for the company dancers there, as well as two full-length productions for the Dance Academy of Bartlett. Special thanks to Sergio’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Susan & Tony Catalfano. 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 age 15, then 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 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, where she performed at Lincoln Center. Favorite performances include Nutcracker and Don Quixote. Juliana is very excited to start her career with Atlanta Ballet. Special thanks to Juliana’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Chris M. Carlos. M IGUEL ANGEL MONTOYA was born in Cali, Colombia, where he began his training at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet and Incoballet. He then danced with Incoballet Company under the direction of Gloria Castro de Martinez. In 2008, Miguel 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. After joining the Atlanta Ballet company in 2013, Miguel 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 also was 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.



BIOS JACKIE NASH was born in Connecticut and 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 such roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, principal roles in Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Firebird, and the lead female in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante. She has also performed featured roles in works by Christopher Wheeldon, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Douglas Lee and Alexei Ratmansky. She has had the pleasure of working with such choreographers as James Kudelka for The Man in Black, Jorma Elo for 1st Flash and Ohad Naharin for Secus. Last summer, Jackie was a guest artist with Amy Siewert’s San Francisco-based Imagery, a contemporary ballet company. Special thanks to Jackie’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Kathleen & Kirk Knous. KEITH REEVES‡ is from Augusta and began his training with Jennifer Tools at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. In 2010, he began training with the Augusta Ballet School and later joined the company Dance Augusta under the direction of Zane and Ron Colton. Before joining Atlanta Ballet, he trained with Nicolas Pacana and Jocelyn Buchanan of the Atlanta Festival Ballet Company and studied at such distinguished dance schools as Nashville Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. He has received the Audrey B. Morgan scholarship for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Conservatory program, among others. With Atlanta Ballet, Keith has performed works by George Balanchine, David Bintley, Yuri Possokhov, Jorden Morris, John McFall, Tara Lee, Bruce Wells and Helen Pickett, among others. Special thanks to Keith’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Asif & Lisa Ramji. BORIS RICHIR is from Antwerp, Belgium, and received his dance education at the Paris Opera Ballet School. In 2009, he joined the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany, under the direction of Aaron S. Watkin, as a corps de ballet member. In 2014, he joined Boston Ballet. His most notable roles include the Principal Couple in “Emeralds” from George Balanchine’s Jewels and Count von Rothbart in Aaron S. Watkin’s Swan Lake. Boris has performed in the corps de ballet, as a soloist and in lead roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, John Neumeier, John Cranko, Mikko Nissinen, August Bournonville, Jiří Bubeníček, Aaron S. Watkin, Alexei Ratmansky and William Forsythe, among others. ERIN ROBINSON‡ is from Acworth and began her training at the Georgia Ballet under the direction of Gina Hyatt-Mazon and Janusz Mazon. At age 16, she was a finalist for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth program, affiliated with the Russian American Foundation, and spent six weeks studying at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. She later was invited to attend the international program year-round. In 2012, she won the Audrey B. Morgan scholarship for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Conservatory program. A year later, she was promoted to the Fellowship Ensemble, where she danced such lead roles as Snow White in Bruce Wells’ Snow White and Aurora in John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty. Erin is an instructor with the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and is thrilled to join Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice for the 2017|2018 Season. Special thanks to Erin’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Adrienne & Scott Hardesty.


BIOS M IKAELA SANTOS‡, from Manila, Philippines, began her dance training at Effie Nañas School of Classical Ballet, joining Philippine Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in March 2016. She was offered a scholarship to the Atlanta Ballet Professional Summer Intensive and was subsequently offered a position in the Fellowship Ensemble. In 2014, Mikaela finished second in the Junior Division at the first Cultural Center of the Philippines Ballet Competition; two years later, she was a finalist at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Fla. Mikaela has performed in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, choreogrpahed by John McFall; Bruce Wells’ Snow White; Marius Petipa’s Paquita; Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird; David Bintley’s Carmina Burana; and Robert Barnett’s Arenskey, among others. She’s excited to dance with the Company as an apprentice this season. A NDERSON 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, where he danced principal and solo roles and competed in national and international competitions, including the Beijing International Ballet Competition. Anderson traveled with the company to perform in China, Colombia, France and Israel. In 2013, he became a company member with Gelsey Kirkland Ballet, where he earned praise from national critics, including 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 The Nutcracker, Phillip in Cavalry Halt, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote. Anderson is excited for his second season with Atlanta Ballet. J ARED TAN is from the Philippines and began dancing at age 9 with the Philippine Ballet Theatre under the direction of Gener Caringal. He trained for more than 14 years under Russian ballet master Anatoly Panasyukov. In 2009, Jared came to the United States to join American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey under the direction of Graham Lustig; in 2010, he joined Atlanta Ballet. Jared is most proud of the work he has done with choreographers Ohad Naharin in Minus 16 and Secus, Alexandre 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. A SHLEY WEGMANN is from New Jersey and received early training from the National Ballet of New Jersey, later studying on scholarship at the Princeton Ballet School. She attended the graduate program at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, joining the company as a corps de ballet member in 2007. She danced with BalletMet (201215) and joined Atlanta Ballet in 2016. Ashley has worked with many choreographers and dances in a variety of dance styles. Favorite roles and repertoire include Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine, 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, Jan P. Beaves. OLIVIA YOCH is from Richmond, Va., and completed 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. Last season, her first as a Company member, Olivia orginated a role in the world premiere of Gemma Bond’s Denouement. Favorite ballets include Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, the Paquita Pas de Trois and Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine. Olivia thanks her husband and the rest of her family for their love and support. Special thanks to Olivia’s Pas de Deux Society patrons Kathleen & Kirk Knous. ‡ Denotes Atlanta Ballet apprentice Photos by Charlie McCullers


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Join us in Town Center Park to meet the 20-or-so new Suwanee residents that make up our fifth Suwanee SculpTour temporary sculpture exhibition, joining the 16 pieces of art in the city’s permanent collection.

BIOS & ORCHESTRA DISTINGUISHED GUEST ARTIST N ATHAN GRISWOLD, originally from the Pacific Northwest, began his dance training under Kay Englert in Tacoma, Wash. He finished his formal dance training at the Ben Stevenson Academy in Houston, then danced professionally with the Houston Ballet, Alberta Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet and as a guest with Los Angeles Chamber Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theater. In 2010, Nathan moved to Germany to dance for Ballet Augsburg and the National Theater Mannheim. Ballet Augsburg, the Augsburg Opera, Theater Ulm and Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi have performed his choreographic works. When he returned to Atlanta in 2014, Nathan co-founded Fly on a Wall, an idea house that supports and presents innovative performance. Nathan is currently dancing and choreographing as a freelance artist and is enrolled at Georgia State University working towards a business degree. He is excited to join, once again, Atlanta Ballet at the Fox Theatre for its 2017 production of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. Please visit to learn of his upcoming endeavors. (Photo by Bubba Carr.)

ATLANTA BALLET ORCHESTRA Ari Pelto, Conductor VIOLIN Lisa Morrison Concertmaster

CELLO Charae Krueger Principal

CLARINET Katherine White Principal

TROMBONE Robb Smith Principal

Sally Wilson Martin Assoc. Concertmaster

Hilary Glen Mary Kenney Alice Williams

Greg Collins

Mark McConnell Richard Brady

Linda Pinner Principal Second Adelaide Federici Keiko Furness Martha Gardner Patti Gouvas Lee Nicholson Patrick Ryan Angele Sherwood-Lawless Elonia Varfi Rafael Veytsblum Ying Zhuo VIOLA Joli Wu Principal

CONTRABASS Lyn Deramus Principal Christina Ottaviano HARP Nella Rigell Principal FLUTE Jeanne Carere Principal Kelly Via

Josiah Coe Sarah Park Patrick Shelc Kristeen Sorrells

OBOE Erica Howard Principal

BASSOON Amy Pollard Principal Dan Worley HORN Jason Eklund Principal Anna Dodd Amy Trotz Richard Williams TRUMPET Kevin Lyons Principal John Morrison Co-Principal Greg Holland

TUBA Don Strand Principal TIMPANI Scott Douglas Principal PERCUSSION Mike Cebulski Principal Karen Hunt Jeff Kershner PERSONNEL MANAGER Mark McConnell

Diana Dunn

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


ARTISTIC & PRODUCTION ARTISTIC AND PRODUCTIOn TEAM JOHN McFALL (Choreographer) studied dance with Tatiana Dokoudovska, who not only taught the art of dance but inspired him to pursue an adventurous life in theater. At 16, he was contracted to dance at Kansas City’s Starlight Theater, one of the premier showcase summer-stock venues in the country. He then spent two decades as a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, working with distinguished choreographers and touring the world. McFall became recognized as a choreographer himself and was commissioned to create premieres for such companies as San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and National Ballet of Canada. Mikhail Baryshnikov invited McFall to create two works for American Ballet Theater, performing in both. As his dance career wound down, McFall became artistic director at BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. He moved the company to a state-of-the-art facility, created new repertoire and introduced it to the touring circuit. This stabilized BalletMet’s finances, added months to dancers’ contracts and inspired the finest artists to join the company. In 1994, McFall became artistic director and CEO of Atlanta Ballet, where he immediately established the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, which focuses on bringing dance arts into public schools. His keen interest in programming innovative works led to collaborations with the Indigo Girls and Antwan André Patton (Big Boi) from OutKast. The mix of ballet and cutting-edge world choreography is a McFall trademark. As choreographer of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, McFall’s intent is to present an entertaining family production that more than 1 million people have happily witnessed to date. Thank you for joining us for Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and helping sustain the Atlanta Ballet mission. ARI PELTO (Conductor) is in demand at opera houses, ballet companies, symphony orchestras and conservatories throughout the United States. Following his 2004 debut at New York City Opera conducting La Traviata, he returned as a regular guest conductor, leading productions of Madama Butterfly, Carmen and La Bohème. Past Atlanta Ballet performances include the world premieres of Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin and Helen Pickett’s Camino Real, plus Prokofiev’s Romeo et Juliette and Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, among others. Recent highlights include the world premiere of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter and Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West at Opera Colorado, where he is music director; Rusalka at Boston Lyric Opera; Romeo et Juliet at Minnesota Opera; The Magic Flute and Le Nozze di Figaro at Portland Opera; and Hansel und Gretel at Utah Opera. Ari is on the conducting faculty at Oberlin in Italy, where this year he conducts Don Giovanni.

ROBERT HAND, JR. (Lighting Designer) works for American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he has designed John, Monstress and Chester Bailey, which received the Theater Bay Area award for outstanding lighting design. During his 11 years at Atlanta Ballet, Hand designed Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and many of John McFall’s full-length ballets, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cinderella and The Great Gatsby. He has also designed many repertory pieces for the Company, including Ramblin’ Suite, Bachslide, Jupiter, Sinfonietta Giocosa, Inoui Rossini, Boiling Point, Shoo Pah Minor, Rite of Spring, Quietly Walking, Home in 7, Prayer of Touch, Firebird and Pavo. Additional credits include lighting designs for the San Francisco Playhouse, English National Ballet, North Carolina Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Scottish Ballet, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Scary Movie 5. PETER HORNE (Set Designer) considers The Nutcracker his favorite classic of the ballet repertoire. This is his sixth design, and he always finds new ways to illustrate this wonderful story ballet. Peter designed a Nutcracker for Slovak National Ballet in 2008, following productions for Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet and Les Grands Ballets. Other notable ballet designs include Scheherazade, Casse Noisette and Coppélia for Montreal and Skeleton Clock for Houston Ballet. As the assistant to Maurice Sendak, Peter was part of the creation of The Nutcracker for Pacific Northwest Ballet, which later became a film. After many years working in opera as a designer and as production and technical director for Houston Grand Opera, the Canadian Opera Company and the Glyndebourne Festival in England, Peter has retired to the south coast of England near Rye, where he focuses on painting, designing for the stage and gardening. JUDANNA LYNN (Costume Designer) has designed for most of the major U.S. dance companies, including the Michael Pink Peter Pan that was seen on PBS. In addition to seven Nutcracker productions nationwide, her credits include the costumes for Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s theme park in Hong Kong, the musical Lyle for Charles Strouse, the Hartford Stage/Old Globe Theatre production of Tintypes, Cleveland Play House’s Tin Pan Alley Rag and Once on This Island for the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis.


Discover our 2017 | 2018 Season! At Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Don Quixote February 2-10, 2018 Choreography by Yuri Possokhov Live with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra

Black Swan March 16-18, 2018 Swan Lake Act III by Marius Petipa and restaged by Gennadi Nedvigin & a world premiere by Craig Davidson

Tu Tu & More Supported by:

April 13-15, 2018 Tu Tu by Stanton Welch, Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin & a world premiere by Tara Lee

Bach to Broadway May 11-13, 2018 Who Cares? by George Balanchine, 7 for Eight by Helgi Tomasson & the world premiere of Concerto Armonico by Maxim Petrov Featuring the music of George Gershwin, Johann Sebastian Bach & Alexander Tcherepnin Live with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra

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Erica Alvarado. Photo by Charlie McCullers.

ADMINISTRATION EXECUTIVE Arturo Jacobus, President & CEO Manda Wilhite, Board Relations & Capital Campaign Manager ARTISTIC Gennadi Nedvigin, Artistic Director Sarah Hillmer, Ballet Mistress Roman Rykine, Ballet Master Dale Shields, Ballet Mistress FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Pamela Whitacre, Chief Operating Officer Bradley Renner, General Manager Mary French, Operations Director Lene Sabin, Accounting Manager Hana Miller, Bookkeeper/Office Manager Alan Strange, IT/Database Coordinator DEVELOPMENT & fundraising Steven B. Libman, Chief Advancement Officer Mia Colson, Institutional Giving Officer Amy Green, Major Gifts Officer Lauren Elliott, Individual Gifts Officer Celeste Pendarvis, Special Events Manager Rosetta Bonavita, Development Assistant MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS Tricia Ekholm, Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Pierce, Associate Director of Marketing Julia Berg, Director of Public Relations Brian Wallenberg, Social Media Coordinator/Videographer Myredith Gonzales, Group Sales Manager Lauren Caplan, Marketing Coordinator Áine Imbach, Public Relations/Graphics Assistant TICKETING & PATRON SERVICES Lindsay Smith, Associate Director of Ticketing & Patron Services Dana Hylton Calabro, Patron Services Associate Desiree Houston, Patron Services Assistant Bekkie Murphy, Patron Services Assistant PRODUCTION Thomas Fowlkes, Director of Production John Beaulieu, Production Manager/Technical Director Amanda Craig, Stage Manager Sicily Palms, Company Manager/Assistant Stage Manager Joseph Walls, Lighting Supervisor Matt Oliner, Production Head Electrician

COSTUMES Colleen McGonegle, Costume Director Sophia Parrish, Wardrobe Supervisor/Costume Technician Jane Kuipers, Wardrobe Supervisor Rehnuma Tajbin, Draper/Patternmaker Benjamin Walsh, Construction Supervisor Susan Carter, Costume Technician Ashleigh Dobrin, Stitcher CENTRE FOR DANCE EDUCATION Gennadi Nedvigin, Artistic Director Sharon Story, Dean/Ballet Mistress Kelly Cooper, Centre Administrative Director Diane Sales, Community Partnerships Manager Kate Gaul, Buckhead Centre Principal Nicole Adams, Virginia-Highland Centre Principal Kaitlyn Wesche, Centre Programs Coordinator Ansilla Bearden, Satellite Manager Centre Education Associates Erin Bridwell, Ashley Gibson, Ann Heard, Kelly Anne Hynek, Madia Menlee, Samantha Torres Atlanta Ballet Boutique Leslie Campbell Judge, General Manager Kate LaFoy, Midtown Boutique Manager Nardja el-Shabazz, Buckhead Boutique Coordinator Sarah Pinson, Warehouse/Inventory Manager Hillary Drawe, Company Shoe Manager full-time Faculty Serena Chu, Guangchen Fu, Armando Luna, Carol Szkutek, Abigail Tan-Gamino faculty Nicole Adams, Ansilla Bearden, Shirley Bennett, Erin Bridwell, Harmony Clair, Kelly Cooper, Lonnie Davis, Lauren Derrig, Rebekah Diaddigo, Samba Diallo, Hillary Drawe, Sarah Emery, Taylor Ferguson, Vershion Funderburk, Pedro Gamino, Ashley Gibson, Giselle Gilmore, Alera Harrison, Sarah Hillmer, Sean Hilton, Nathan Hites, Michelle Jericevich, Jelani Jones, Chelsea Manning, Rosemary Miles, Terese Reynolds-Thomas, Chantia Robinson, Erin Robinson, Diane Sales, Roscoe Sales, Jared Tan, Alexis Whitehead-Polk Accompanists Alan Brown, Kyla Cummings, Elizabeth Grimes, Ronnie Ray, Yulia Rice, Gretel Rodriguez

ATLANTA BALLET board of trustees Allen W. Nelson, Chairman Elizabeth Adams, Vice Chair Barbara S. Joiner, Vice Chair Kristen Manion Taylor, Vice Chair Asif Ramjin, Vice Chair Sue Gibbs, Treasurer Kathleen Knous, Secretary Trustees Jan Beaves Ron Breakstone Ginny Brewer Kelly C. Cannon Chris Carlos Dr. Meria Carstarphen Tony Catalfano Lynn Cochran-Schroder Lynda B. Courts Cynthia Crain David Crosland Lavona S. Currie Cynthia Day

Vanessa Delmer Nancy Field Janet Gagliano Amy Gerome Jamila M. Hall Joyce Houser, Ph.D. AJ Igherighe Arturo Jacobus* Edward B. Krugman Allen Maines Linda Morris Gennadi Nedvigin* Joey Reiman Sharon Silversmintz* Stephanie Thomas Stephens Kirsi Tehrani* Juan Carlos Urdaneta Pam Wakefield Jon S. Wright Advisory Board David M. Barnett

Mark Bell Barbara Bing Louise Blais Kevin Brown Erroll B. Davis William De Baets Raoul “Ray” Donato Jorge Fernandez Maria Stela Frota Robert L. Green Carl Pascarella Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford Eric Robbins Laura Turner Seydel Takashi Shinozuka Ewoud N. Swaak Judith Varnai Shorer Dov Wilker 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


ANNUAL FUND DONORS 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 August 1, 2016 – October 15, 2017.

Foundation, Corporate & Government Donors $100,000 & UP Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. The Kendeda Fund The Rich Foundation The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. $50,000 - $99,999 Walter Clay Hill and Family Foundation The Home Depot Foundation Neiman Marcus The Pittulloch Foundation, Inc. The Shubert Foundation, Inc. Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation The Zeist Foundation, Inc. $25,000 - $49,999 Anonymous (2) City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Delta Air Lines Fulton County Arts Council Kettering Family Philanthropies PNC Financial Services Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. $10,000 - $24,999 The Audrey Morgan Family Foundation Bobbie Bailey Foundation Inc. Brunello Cucinelli Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Comcast David Yurman Dior Flourish by Legendary Events Georgia Dermatology Center Holder Construction Company JBS Foundation Lenox Square Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation National Endowment for the Arts The National Society of High School Scholars Price Gilbert Jr. Charitable Fund Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. Wells Fargo Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous Atlantic Capital Bank City National Bank The Fraser-Parker Foundation Georgia Council for the Arts Holland & Knight Jones Day JPMorgan Chase Massey Charitable Trust Morris, Manning & Martin Paymetric $2,500 - $4,999 Anonymous Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc. Turner Foundation, Inc $1,000 - $2,499 Denise Newton Memorial Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation Publix Super Markets Thomas H. Lanier Family Foundation MATCHING GIFT CORPORATIONS The Coca-Cola Company Comcast Google The Home Depot Foundation Illinois Tool Works JPMorgan Chase McKesson Microsoft Norfolk Southern SAP America SunTrust

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.


ANNUAL FUND DONORS individual Donors THE DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE $100,000 & UP Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Chris Michael Carlos $40,000-$99,999 Ginny & Charles Brewer Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Courts II Sarah & Jim Kennedy $25,000 - $39,999 Anonymous (2) Ms. Jan P. Beaves Susan & Tony Catalfano Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Mr. Bill Schroder Lavona S. Currie Ms. Nancy Field & Mr. Michael Schulder $15,000 - $24,999 Anonymous Vanessa & Robin Delmer Barbara & Eric Joiner Kathleen & Kirk Knous Asif Ramji & Lisa Ramji Mr. Dante S. Stephensen Pam Wakefield $10,000 - $14,999 Anonymous Elizabeth & Howell Adams III Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen & David Heleniak Drs. Cynthia Crain & Dwight Lee Michelle & David Crosland Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Gagliano Ms. Amy Gerome-Acuff & Mr. Daniel Acuff Sue & Duane Gibbs Scott & Adrienne Hardesty Marius Hechter Mr. Douglas Hopkins Joyce Houser, Ph.D. JAM Family Investments Edward Krugman & Jill Pryor Mr. J. Allen Maines & Ms. Pam Yarbrough Kristen Manion Taylor & Jason Taylor Jamila & Whitcliff A. McKnight, Jr. Linda Morris Mr. Allen W. Nelson Delphine Podsiadlo Joey Reiman Mr. William F. Snyder Stephanie & Austin Stephens Carol & Ramon Tomé Mr. & Mrs. Juan Carlos Urdaneta Mr. Jon S. Wright THE ENCORE CIRCLE $7,500 - $9,999 Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cannon Mr. & Mrs. Erroll B. Davis, Jr. Bonnie & Terry Herron James L. Jackson Katherine Scott $5,000 - $7,499 Anonymous Angela & Kirk Clinard Mrs. Daphne Moore Eitel Mr. Daniel E. Gaylord & Ms. Marilyn Altman Amy Nelson & Style Design Doug & Ginger (Brill) Pisik Dana & Mark Ray

Stanley H. Rose III Sharon & David Schachter Stacy Galan Shailendra Karen Vereb & Bud Blanton Mr. James Weis $2,500 - $4,999 Diana & Miguel Arteche Mrs. Barbara Bastin William Bishop Joanne & Alex Gross Laurie & John Hopkins Elvira & Arturo Jacobus Dr. Leslie & Mrs. Marilyn Kelman Drs. Christine & Michael Murphy Danna & Mike Sanders Debby & Baker Smith Johannah Smith Mr. & Mrs. James E. Stueve Dr. John Trimble & Ms. Marianne Stribling Pam & Paul Whitacre Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Yellowlees $1,000 - $2,499 Anonymous James Andrews Dr. Florence C. Barnett Lindsay & Evan Borenstein Jeanne Bracken Michael Bracken James A. Brennan, M.D. Dr. & Mrs. William Brinkman Sara & Alex Brown Mr. & Mrs. Jerome M Cooper Donna Court Sally & Richard Darling Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence W. Davis Robert Paul Dean & Robert Epstein Susan & George Dunn Mr. Richard Delay & Ms. Francine Dykes Mr. & Mrs. Howard F. Elkins Nigel Ferguson Mary French Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Goddard Dr. Marvin Goldstein Mrs. Carol L. Goodman Julie & Paul Hagedorn Steffi & Bill Huber Dr. Lorie Hughes Ben Hunter Akpo Igherighe & Celeste Pendarvis Lee Kapner Marsha King Mitchell & Stacey Kopelman Morgan Kuhr Leigh Anna & Steven Lang Melanie & Chris Leeth Ms. Doreen M. Lewis Mrs. Vaughn Linder Ms. Linda Lively & Mr. James Hugh Josh and Kallarin Mackey Annette & Steven McBrayer Margaret P. McCamish Mr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Meany Mr. Michael Mitchell Maria & Chris Moffett Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Montag The Mortimer Family Ms. Christine Noguere & Mr. Phillip Pope

Robert W. Parris & Bradley W. Renner Mr. & Mrs. Larry Pelletier Ms. Charlene R. Pletz Stuart Pliner & Barbara Bing Pliner Margery & Dan Reason Family Fund The RFP Fund, Inc. Dr. & Mrs. Mark Silverstein Maria & William Spears Anne M. Spratlin Sharon Story, Julien & Kim Kenney Paula & Mike Wilson Ted & Whitney Woodward Allen W. Yee THE PATRON CIRCLE $500 - $999 Anonymous Spring & Tom Asher Mrs. George C. Blount, Jr. David Cofrin & Christine Tryba-Cofrin Mr. Lawrence M. Cohen James Datka & Nora DePalma Carol Comstock & Jim Davis Dr. Catherine Dekle & Dr. Keith Mannes Mr. Philip A. Delanty Mr. & Mrs. Gregory S. Durden Lauren & Rick Elliott Sarah Segrest Emerson Amy & Niels Engberding Cole and Zachary Ferguson-Cogdill Mrs. Susan Fleck Mr. Robert J. Fornal Kathryn & Patrick Gaul Ms. Marguerite Hallman Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes Helen & Jeff Herbert Lisa & Forrest Hibbard Michal & Jack Hillman Dr. John P. Horton Jim & Mary Long Howard Tom Lambert Steven Libman & Carol Killworth Gino & Belinda Massafra Mr. Philip R. Mertz Doug & Dawn Mullins Terri & Stephen Nagler Miho & Gennadi Nedvigin Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. Mrs. Polly N. Pater & Mrs. Patty S. Beem Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Perkowitz Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ratonyi Elizabeth Rose Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon Judith Story Dr. Michael & Francoise Szikman Mr. Tarek Takieddini Mr. & Mrs. Perry Taylor Roberta Taylor & James Hill Charlotte & David Terrell Mr. and Mrs. James S. Thomas, Jr. Dr. Peter & Mrs. Beverly Thomas Time Space Organization Ronald E. Toussaint, Jr. Mrs. Julie Turner-Davis & Mr. John Davis Mr. John J. UyHam & Dr. Kirsten Travers-UyHam Veronica M. Vincent & Robert I. Wertheimer Stephen Walker

Alan & Marcia Watt Naya & Sue Wooldridge Drs. Cherry Wongtrakool & Vin Tangpricha $250 - $499 Anonymous (2) Mark & Belinda Anderson Dr. & Mrs. Charles R. Arp Mrs. Anne Burton Avery & Mr. Edgar Avery Jordan Barkin Kristin A. Birkness Ms. Martha Bobo Paul & Jeanne Bolton Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Borenstein Cynthia Brant Dr. Harold J. Brody & Donald Smith Meredith Brogan Betty Burge Rosalyn Bush, Director, The Bush Centre for Ballet Elizabeth Carlson Mrs. Carolyn Champion Dr. Sheldon B. Cohen Mr. & Mrs. Henry M. Colvin Kelly Tonina Cooper Kathleen & Brian Corrao Kate and James Denny Reverend James D. Duffy Elaine Eaton Dytre Fentress & Stephen Rann Hannah Maria Frady Noel Francis Louise B. Franklin Judy & Edward Garland Amy Green Sandra D. Haisten Steve, Susan & Grace Hauser Shirley Irek & Lawrence Niren Mr. & Mrs. Mark E. Jackson Natalie M. Jones Jean Gatton Jones Anna Kaiser Mr. & Mrs. Peter G. Kessenich Abe Levine Allan & Vaneesa Little Paul Maley Gwen McAlpine, Ed.D. Jean & Robert McColl Debia & Robert McCulloch Jennifer & Virginia McGuffey Joshua V. Montague Michelle Flake Morgan Henrietta Muller Sarah G. Murray Karen Olsen-Howard, M.D. Mrs. Debby Overstreet Darryl Payne & Lisa Richardson Jonathan Popler Chongkolni J. Potitong Dr. Robert & Gail Riesenberg Viktoriia & Larry Robinson Richard A. Rose & Family Roman Rykine Timothy & Jerrye Scofield Beverly & Milton Shlapak Marsha Sims & Tom Schramkowski Hannah Sledd Dr. & Mrs. Alan Sunshine Barbara & Jon Swann Rosemary Trudeau Ms. Karen Trujillo Alice Washington Jody Weatherly


ANNUAL FUND DONORS Gifts in Honor & Memoriam In Honor of Robert Barnett James Andrews In Memory of Virginia Rich Barnett Alabama Dance Theatre Spring & Tom Asher Lyle Aldridge & Sherrylyn Young Anne (Burton) Avery & Edgar Avery Marylin Beittel Mary Lou & Robert Berghel Rebecca Brown Betty Burge Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Mr. Bill Schroder Lynda & Richard Courts Hallie Cullen & Thomas Martin Lavona S. Currie Sally & Richard Darling Lynne & Charles D’Huyvetter Suellen & Harvey Fried Peggy & Ed Hallman Henley Haslam Ms. Ann Inglis J. Timothy Jaqua Mrs. Sol Kent LeStanne Opticians Paul Maley Marianna Millen Jackie & Tony Montag & Family James Montag Doug & Dawn Mullins Elaine & Freeman Murphy Laurie Nord Rosalind Rich Rieser & Joseph R. Adams Elizabeth Rose Richard A. Rose & Family Maria & William Spears

Judith Story Sharon Story, Julien & Kim Kenney Phyllis Thelen Sally Weintraub Sara Ann Whiteside Fruechtenicht Lon W. Williams In Honor of Margaret Carton Annette & Steven McBrayer In Honor of Chris Casey & Doug Weiss Allen W. Yee In Honor of Dylan Clinard Angela & Kirk Clinard In Honor of Lynn Cochran-Shroder Anne (Burton) Avery & Edgar Avery Marietta Petters In Honor of Lynda & Richard W. Courts II Dr. Sheldon B. Cohen Mrs. Vaughn Linder

In Memory of Rosemary Finney & Loraine Champion Mrs. Carolyn Champion In Memory of Herman Libman Coxe Curry & Associates Ana & Eric Robbins In Memory of Louis Molino Michael Bracken In Memory of Edward Mortimer The Mortimer Family In Honor of Hannah Morris Elizabeth & Chris Morris In Honor of Asif Ramji Mitchell & Stacey Kopelman In Honor of Julianne Kepley Spratlin Anne M. Spratlin

In Honor of Lynda Courts Anne (Burton) Avery & Edgar Avery Kathi & Robert Goddard

In Memory of Edwin Story Judith Story Sharon Story & Kim Kenney

In Honor of Lavona Currie Susan Currie Larry & Nancy Mansfield Elizabeth Spratlin

In Honor of Sharon Story Anonymous Cynthia Crain, Ed.D. & Dwight Lee, Ph.D.

In Memory of Bernadette Datka James Datka & Nora DePalma

In Honor of Pam Wakefield Iris Garden Club In Memory of Jim Walters Whitney & Ted Woodward

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 17|18 season. Ms. Jan P. Beaves Ginny & Charles Brewer and family Chris M. Carlos (4 dancers) Susan & Tony Catalfano (2 dancers) Corps de Ballet (2 dancers) Lynda Courts

Lavona S. Currie Erroll & Elaine Davis Vanessa & Robin Delmer Daphne Elizabeth Moore Eitel Adrienne & Scott Hardesty Bonnie & Terry Herron

James L. Jackson Kathleen & Kirk Knous (2 dancers) Amy Nelson & Style Design Asif & Lisa Ramji Katherine Scott Dante 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 Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder Patty & Marc Dash

Mrs. Daphne Moore Eitel Melodi Ford Joyce Houser, Ph.D. Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Morgan

Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel John K. Palmisano & Stephen A. Williams, III

IN-KIND SUPPORT Atlanta Ballet is grateful to the following organizations for their in-kind support. Flourish by Legendary Events David Yurman Jean Padberg & Associates


Jones Day M.A.C Cosmetics Margot McKinney & Neiman Marcus

Microsoft Corporation Ryder Truck Rental

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS atlanta ballet is grateful for the support from the following Atlantic Capital, The Preferred Bank of Atlanta Ballet Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, The Official Coffee Provider of Atlanta Ballet Delta Air Lines, The Official Airline of Atlanta Ballet M.A.C Cosmetics, The Makeup Provider of Atlanta Ballet Motion Stability, The Official Physical Therapy Provider of Atlanta Ballet Kennesaw State University, The Official Academic Partner of Atlanta Ballet Publix Super Markets, The Preferred Super Market of Atlanta Ballet Ryder Truck Rental Systems, Inc., The Official Set Transporter of Atlanta Ballet

Cassidy M. Foley, D.O. Pediatric Orthopedic Associates, Next Level Sports Medicine Dr. Frank A. Sinkoe, Podiatric Orthopedics Dr. Kara Pepper, Laureate Medical Group Dr. Laura Gandy, Laureate Medical Group Smith & Howard, Audit Firm Jean Padberg & Associates, P.C., Immigration Counsel Jones Day, Attorneys ASV, Video Services Charlie McCullers Photography Corporate Sports Unlimited J.D. French & Assoc. Kim Kenney Photography Advertising for Good Interprint Communications

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—Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet

Art that Connects Heaven & Earth ALL-NEW SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA

“ I’ve reviewed about 4,000 shows. None can compare to what I saw tonight.” —Richard Connema, renowned Broadway critic

“Demonstrating the highest realm in arts. arts.” —Chi Cao, principal dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet

“Absolutely the greatest of the great!

It must be experienced.” —Christine Walevska, “goddess of the cello”, watched Shen Yun 5 times

“This is the highest and best of what humans can produce.” —Oleva Brown-Klahn, singer and musician

“Awe-Inspiring!” “A MUST-SEE!” —

—Broadway World

“The 8th wonder of the world. People have no idea what they're missing until they come here and see the show.” —Joe Heard, former White House photographer, watched Shen Yun 6 times

APR 4-8, 2018

877-ATL-SHOW (285-7469)

2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339

Prices: $80- $240

Cobb Energy Centre

Early bird code: Early18 Get best seats & waive fees by 1/15/2018

FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 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 located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walkup ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by 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. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. 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 located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows.   Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours 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 contact the Fox Theatre by calling 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 require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. 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 needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).

ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of 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 parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. 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 the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.   Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of 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.)




Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

There’s something for everyone at the High this holiday season. From three new exhibitions to festive cocktails and family-friendly programming, it’s all here for you.

“A Fire That No Water Could Put Out” MAKING AFRICA IS ORGANIZED BY


MAKING AFRICA MAJOR FUNDING IS PROVIDED BY The Fulton County Board of Commissioners


The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

THE GERMAN FEDERAL CULTURAL FOUNDATION Sarah Eby-Ebersole and W. Daniel Ebersole



PREMIER EXHIBITION SERIES SUPPORTERS Anne Cox Chambers Foundation The Antinori Foundation Ann and Tom Cousins Sarah and Jim Kennedy Jane and Hicks Lanier Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

CONTRIBUTING EXHIBITION SERIES SUPPORTERS: Barbara and Ron Balser, Corporate Environments, Peggy Foreman, James F. Kelly Charitable Trust, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Lubo Fund, Margot and Danny McCaul, and Joyce and Henry Schwob. GENEROUS SUPPORT IS ALSO PROVIDED BY The Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, and John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund. Images: Cyrus Kabiru, Caribbean Sun, 2012. © Carl de Souza AFP/Getty Images. Sheila Pree Bright, #1960Now_Selma_50th: Bloody Sunday 50th Anniversary, Selma, AL March 2015, Courtesy of the artist. © Sheila Pree Bright. Al Taylor, 6-8-9, 1988, Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland. © The Estate of Al Taylor.

ETIQUETTE 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be

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4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers.

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2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting.

6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 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. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.



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Holiday Nights, Southern Lights Twinkle and glow as you go, from downtown and Midtown to Woodstock, Cartersville and beyond. By Therra C. Gwyn

IT’LL BE HARD TO BEAT 2017’S LIGHT SHOW OF THE YEAR — courtesy of the solar eclipse, of course — but as the winter holiday season in full bloom , you’ll have your choice of any number of illuminating events. Stick close to home or venture as far away as Jekyll Island on the Georgia coast, about five hours away if you set your cruise control to 60 mph. Wink! Jekyll offers a Tour of Cottages, twinkly twilight tours and an ice-skating village. Here are a few other options (in alphabetical order), whether you’ve been naughty or nice. 44 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Mother Nature, natch, stars in “Nature’s Wonders,” a thousand strands of light suspended from the tops of the hardwoods in Storza Woods and the 30-acre Midtown site’s canopy walk. The lights, with synchronized music and sound, are meant to evoke the planet’s phenomena — ocean waves, thunderstorms, snowfalls and meteor showers. Go to the great lawn for “Orchestral Orbs” and giant candles. Take the Tunnel of Light Lose yourself in the “Orchestral Orbs” and bathe in cool hues of green, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. blue and teal. Restaurants and stations for s’mores are open late, so you can nosh between your oohs and ahhs.


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LIGHTS ON: Through Jan. 7. 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. 404.876.5859. WATT IT COSTS: $14.95-$34.95; $5 less for Garden members. Premium, flex and value tickets available online at Deck parking is $5 weekdays; $10 on weekends or $5 for cars of four or more). KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Piedmont Park shares the parking deck, so consider taking MARTA (Arts Center station) or another means of transport, especially on weekends.

You’ll find 250,000 lights in an eightblock chunk of this live-work-play bright spot in Midtown. Nightly snowfalls are promised, plus iceskating and an open door to Santa’s cottage in Central Park. There are plenty of places to snack and shop (don’t miss the German Christkindl Market for gifts from Deutschland). LIGHTS ON: Daily through Jan. 1. Snowfalls at 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday & Sunday, and hourly beginning at 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Off 17th Street, west of the Downtown Connector. Map it at

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Barnsley Resort Lighting of the Ruins 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 first built by Godfrey Barnsley for the love of his life, wife Julia. Today, it offers fine cuisine, golf, a sporting club, a spa, horseback riding and plenty of nature. The place will blaze with hundreds of lights at the historic Manor House Ruins, the gardens and surrounding village. LIGHTS ON: Through Jan. 7. Until 8 nightly, 597 Barnsley Garden Road, Adairsville. 770.773.7480.

Road-trip to Adairsville, where Barnsley Resort illuminates its gardens in a big way.

WATT IT COSTS: Self-guided garden tours are $15; $10 for senior citizens and students; under 12 and overnight resort guests see it for free. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: The gardens do close occasionally for private events. Check ahead before you go at

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LIGHTS ON: Through Dec 31 (hours vary so check the website at Park at 357 Luckie St. Nearby MARTA stops include the Georgia Dome/ GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center station, the Civic Center station or the Peachtree Center station. 404.581.4000. WATT IT COSTS: $31.95; age 2 and under free. Discount/combo tickets at

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Holidazzle lights, music and Santa in a wetsuit. All are part of the season in the aquarium’s plaza and gallery areas. Splashy special events in the Ocean Ballroom include Breakfast With Santa (Dec. 16).

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Holiday Lights of Hope A Woodstock city park by day, a walk through wonderland by night. Holiday Lights of Hope features a 30-ft. Christmas tree and 17-ft. tall reindeer that spring from among its million-plus lights. Also here: a 120-ft. tunnel of lights, holiday backdrops for photo ops, a Christmas maze, carolers, games, bounce houses 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. LIGHTS ON: At 6 nightly through Dec. 23. Hobgood Park, 6688 Bell’s Ferry Road, Woodstock. No phone.

In Woodstock, Holiday Lights of Hope raises funds for victims of child abuse.

WATT IT COSTS: $10; age 14 and under free. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Lights of Hope fills four fields with events, activities and lights. Wear comfortable shoes.

Life College Lights of Life A million bulbs across a mile of Life University’s campus have made this Marietta display, now in its 28th year, a seasonal tradition for lovers of lights. The 65-ft. tall Santa is one of the largest jolly giants in the Southeast. There’s also a menorah and a Nativity scene. Drive through the display or park and walk. While on foot, let the kids take a train or pony ride and visit the petting zoo. LIGHTS ON: Through Dec 31. 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta. 78.331.4342. WATT IT COSTS: $10 per car on weekends and closing week. $5 other evenings. $20 per bus every night. Children’s activities $3-$5 each. Updates at


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Pettit Creek Farms Christmas If y’all want to Yule at a working farm with Comet and Cupid (real reindeer), Pettit Creek in Cartersville is the spot. The laid-back farm, about 84 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta, includes a petting zoo with zebra and emus, concessions, and hot chocolate and warm cider. See the sparkle from your windows or hop on a hayride. Santa is on-site Thursday-Sunday. Weekends feature a live Nativity. You can even grab a freshly cut Christmas tree. LIGHTS ON: Through Dec. 30. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 337 Cassville Road, Cartersville. 770.386.8688. WATT IT COSTS: $15 per car; hayrides another $12 per person (free for babies that are held). Group rates available. KNOW BEFORE YOU GLOW: Blankets recommended for hayrides.

A Stone Mountain Christmas USA Today puts Stone Mountain Park on its 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 the 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 3. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 800.401.2407. WATT IT COSTS: $31.95 and up. Christmas Adventure passes available. Some are combo tickets; some include all-day activity access. Details at 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; Christmas at Callanwolde, with a 23-ft. tree and 37 billion color combinations that are choreographed to holiday classics; and Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, famous for its 8 million twinkles.



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Kula Revolving Sushi Bar in Doraville brings you plate after plate after plate of nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls on a conveyor belt — just pluck the dish you want.

SIMMERING Having witnessed Atlanta’s obsession with hipster food halls like Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market, Midtown’s Colony Square is betting on its version, Main & Main. Developers are Jettisoning the self-described “antiquated food court,” and promising something truly “Instagram-worthy.” Look for a groundbreaking sometime this year with the first phase of the development opening in 2018. Ponce City Market will tantalize your sweet tooth sometime soon with the Batter Cookie Dough Counter, an edible cookie-dough dessert shop with such traditional and seasonal flavors as sugar, chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, lemon, salted caramel and s’mores. Batter also 56 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


The “and such” column includes fried pickles, mac-n-cheese, crinkle fries, braised greens and a velvety banana pudding. The inside bar opens up to outside passers-by serving takeout beer, wine, cocktails and adult slushies. The biggest Japanese export since Godzilla has landed near Spaghetti Junction: Kula Revolving Sushi Bar (6035 Peachtree Blvd., Doraville). Japan has more than 400 of these large dining rooms with conveyer belts that bring plate after plate of sushi within reach of your table. You simply seize whatever looks good. Nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls — only $2.25 per plate — glide past. If you crave hot dishes, udon or ramen, tempura or desserts, you press a few buttons on your table’s order pad and, in moments, a bowl comes flying down the belt and stops in front of youhe quality holds its own alongside the mesmerizing gimmickry. Biscuits are the South’s great gift to world cuisine and homespun joy, right? Holler and Dash in West Midtown, a fast-casual Cracker Barrel spinoff, has jumped into the breakfast-brunchbiscuit game. Its menu riffs on several classics — biscuits with fried chicken, cheddar and pickles; biscuits with fried goat cheese, kale and tomato jam; biscuits with sausage, cheddar and sausage gravy; biscuits with fried pork tenderloin; and such sweet biscuit renditions as strawberry shortcake and one made with Nutella and raspberry jam. The Westside H&D is the first in Georgia, but don’t be surprised to see more popping up all around the South like, well, biscuits in a baking pan.


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LOBBY — The much-praised Lobby Bar and Bistro is a stylish yet casual modern American bistro that entices guests with its tempting aromas and alluring atmosphere.. 361 17th St. NE, 404.961.7370,, M ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN — This one-of-a-kind concept, located in a renovated urban warehouse, offers approachable, high-energy American cuisine. Whether it is small plates or a three-course meal, ONE adds gourmet flair using the freshest seasonal ingredients. 559 Dutch Valley Road, 404.892.4111, M PACES & VINE — Located in The Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus led by Atlanta Chef Kyle Schmidt who comes to Paces & Vine after eight years in Atlanta kitchens King and Duke, JCT Kitchen and No. 246, among others. Lunch, dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch.. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, V PARISH — Unique people, delicious food and good-for-the-Earth goods all come together at this brasserie and neighborhood café. Step off the BeltLine and join the vibrant culture of Inman Park. Whether you go upstairs to the brasserie or head downstairs to the café, expect inspired familiar American food, inventive beverages and warm hospitality. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.681.4434, OFW SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 770.801.0069, V


TWO URBAN LICKS — Heats up the Atlanta restaurant scene with its fiery American cooking. The experience available at TWO urban licks has made it one of the city’s busiest restaurants on a nightly basis. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, M AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSE ROOM AT TWELVE — Go to this modern American steakhouse for drinks, steaks and sushi. You’ll find it on West Peachtree Street in the boutique TWELVE Hotel, Centennial Park. Room is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call or visit for reservations and more. 400 Peachtree St NW, #12, 404.418.1250., D RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta, 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St. NW, 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road NW, 770.420.1985; A, B, D SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Three locations: Buckhead: 3350 Peachtree Rd #175, 404.815-6677; Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, B, M, V


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AMERICAN LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, M

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THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE STK ATLANTA — STK blends a chic lounge and a dynamic fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. Midtown: 1075 Peachtree St., NE (at 12th St.); 404.793.0144, togrp. com/venue/stk-atlanta. M

ITALIAN LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposed-brick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Ave. NE, 404.873.5430, M

BREW PUB/GOURMET PUB FARE GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. 242 Peachtree Road NE, 404.264.0253, B

MEXICAN ALMA — A refreshing approach to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in vibrant dishes that feel familiar and new all at once. 191 Peachtree St. NE, 404.968.9662, D

THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN — This Southerninspired gastropub located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta “celebrates every aspect of what it means to be from the South,” using locally sourced ingredients in their fresh, modern take on traditional dishes. Beverages? Your choices run from barrel-aged cocktails to bottled libations to adult beverages on tap, along with New World wines and craft beers and the “perfect” mint julep. 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite A208, 404.939.9845, B BREW PUB/GOURMET PUB FARE TAP –A GASTROPUB — The spot for seasonally driven, innovative comfort food. An extensive international beer list and innovative barrel wine program make TAP a convivial place to have a pint. 1180 Peachtree St. NE, 404.347.2220, tapat1180. com. M CREOLE/CAJUN COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, V DINNER THEATER LIPS-ATLANTA — Part cocktail bar, part restaurant, part wa-a-ay over-the-top dinner theater in Brookhaven. The only things padded here are the waitresses. Open Wed.-Sun. only. Reservations required for dinner shows (not for the bar). Complimentary on-site valet parking. See website for more important information. 3011 Buford Hwy, 404.315.7711,, BH EUROPEAN FUSION ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. NE, 404.347.9555, M


EL TACO — An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and tasty margaritas. 1186 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.873.4656, SPANISH/IBERIAN FUSION GYPSY KITCHEN — The culinary riches of Spain, influenced by Moroccan and Indian cuisines; sharable Spanish snacks and plates served in a stylish modern atmosphere in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite A209, 404.939.9840, B SEAFOOD/SUSHI LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. lure-atlanta. com. M VEGAN HERBAN FIX — With a mission to share the best fusion vegan cuisine with local residents, businesses and visitors, Herban Fix offers a fusion vegan menu to let you experience the most iconic food throughout different parts of Asia. Taking inspiration from various cuisines, the menu at Herban Fix is carefully crafted and plated and all the dishes are designed for sharing. Ingredients are premium select, organic, fresh and aimed at good health as well as great taste. 565-A Peachtree Street NE, 404.815.8787. M

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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.

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:


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The lines along Peachtree Street on opening day — Dec. 25, 1929.

On opening day in 1929, ‘snowflakes’ fell from the ceiling and Mickey Mouse piloted a steamboat. The Fox Theatre had its grand opening on a snowy Christmas Day in 1929, just two months after the stock market crash that started the Great Depression. The opening-day crowd stretched around the block. The Fox was an escape for Atlantans who worried about their futures. Here are a few facts about that December day so long ago.

• The “Aladdin” curtain was commissioned by Eve Leo Fox, owner William Fox’s wife. It sparkled with rhinestones and sequins, and depicted a mosque and Moorish riders. It cost $30,000 to make in 1929. That translates to more than $400,000 today. • Iris Vining Wilkins played the Mighty Möller organ, and the Fox Grand Orchestra, led by conductor Enrico Leide, played a piece titled “This Shrine of Beauty.” Leide was conductor of the first Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (1920-1930). • Visitors were treated to a Fox Movietone News clip, organ and orchestral music, the Walt Disney short Steamboat Willie, a sing-along led by master of ceremonies Don Wilkins, dancers and acrobats, and the feature film Salute, about the West PointNavy football rivalry. • Fanchon and Marco Sunkist Beauties performed “Beach Nights” with 12 local girls called “Peaches.” Other performers included a Japanese acrobatic trio (Kitaros), a comedy team (Davis and LaRue), a dance team (Ray Bradley and Evian) and a sister singing group (Jean and Jeanette). 74 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

• At the end of each movie, bleached cornflakes fell like snowflakes from the ceiling.


• Tickets cost 15 cents to 75 cents.


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