Get ready for an exciting year from the Atlanta Ballet!

Atlanta Ballet has announced its exciting 2019|2020 season! The Atlanta Ballet will travel from Atlanta to perform on national and international stages, including The Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington D.C. and the Prague State Opera theatre in Prague, Czech Republic! Read more about the new season’s performances below, content courtesy of the Atlanta Ballet.

2019|2020 Local Performances

September 20-22, 2019 @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

To kick off the 90th anniversary season, Atlanta Ballet has assembled a program of emotionally-charged and intoxicatingly beautiful works. Inspired by the poignant personal life of French singer Edith Piaf and her music, Brazilian choreographer Ricardo Amarante’s Love Fear Loss follows the love story of the late songstress through her classic works. Exploring the arc from the high of new love, through the fear of waning intimacy, to the ultimate tragic loss of her great love, Amarante’s work is a touching tribute that is both dazzling and heartbreaking. Ultimately, it is a celebration of the human condition and the beauty that arises from even the darkest moments in life. After its 2017 North American debut in Atlanta, famed British choreographer Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine returns. This sensual powerhouse production incited audible gasps of delight from the audience from the moment the curtain rose on the arresting tableau. Hypnotic and alluring, it will thrill once again this fall. Atlanta Ballet has commissioned rising, New York-based choreographer Claudia Schreier to create a world premiere on the Company to accompany the fall lineup. A recent Princess Grace Award recipient for choreography, Schreier’s neoclassical style is rooted in contemporary ballet concepts with her work offering a grounded intimacy. The couple’s bodies yield to one another, morphing them into one form as limbs lock in sinuous embrace. The program will also include a special guest performance by Complexions Contemporary Ballet before the company’s director, Dwight Rhoden, returns in February to create a world premiere on Atlanta Ballet.

THE NUTCRACKER: December 7-24, 2019 @ Fox Theatre

After a triumphant premiere last year and a recently announced engagement at the Kennedy Center in November 2019, Atlanta Ballet’s reimagined production of The Nutcracker returns to the Fox Theatre this holiday season. Join us for a thrilling journey through space and time, where everyday objects grow in extraordinary size and the pages of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story come alive before your very eyes. Add some splendor and world-class enchantment to your family’s holiday with Atlanta Ballet this December. 

February 7-15, 2020 @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Sweeping rhythms and the infectious energy of jazz music intertwine the three works making their Atlanta Ballet debuts in February. Lar Lubovitch’s Elemental Brubeck, a toe tapping good time, provides “a festive, knockout display, joyously evoking some of the greatest moments of American dance on film” (The San Francisco Chronicle). Dwight Rhoden, “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day” (The New York Times) and former principal with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will create a world premiere contemporary ballet on our Company artists set to powerful melodies. Alexander Ekman returns with Tuplet, an explosive and inventive work. Using the dancers’ bodies as percussion instruments, they create their own driving tempos that, when intermixed with popular jazz standards and an original electronic track, create an immersive, multisensory experience. 

ATLANTA BALLET 2 PRESENTS SWAN LAKE: February 13-16, 2020 @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

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

GISELLE: March 27-29, 2020 @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Achingly beautiful and tragic, Giselle is an enrapturing masterwork that remains one of the most enduring romantic ballets of all time. After a young peasant girl named Giselle is deceived by her true love, Albrecht, she falls into a fit of despair and dies of a broken heart. A woman scorned, she is destined to rise from the grave with the vengeful otherworldly beauties known as the Willis, entrapping men who unwittingly cross their paths. At once beguiling and maleficent, the Willis capture Albrecht and condemn him to dance until his death, but the power of Giselle’s enduring love protects him and ultimately sets them both free. 

May 15-27, 2020 @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Atlanta Ballet will close out its 90th anniversary season with the seminal classic – Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird performed to Igor Stravinsky’s striking score. Visually and musically arresting, Firebird is an explosive production not to be missed that can also be enjoyed by all ages. Returning after its 2018 Atlanta Ballet debut, Australian choreographer Craig Davidson’s sublime Remembrance/Hereafter explores the memories we hold after people pass on, the imprints they leave behind. Contemplative yet celebratory, it is complemented by a live quartet performing Franz Schubert’s dramatic “Death and the Maiden.” As part of Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin’s continued support of commissioning new works, the May program will also include a world premiere from Juliano Nuñes, a budding Brazilian choreographer and current dancer with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. With his nascent, unique style, Nuñes focuses on creating imaginative and unexpected configurations of the body formed through the ebbing and flowing movement. 

2019|2020 Traveling Performances

November 27-December 1, 2019 @ Kennedy Center, NYC

Following a wildly successful world premiere at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre in December 2018, Atlanta Ballet has been invited to present its brand-new production of The Nutcracker at The Kennedy Center for seven performances from November 27 through December 1, 2019. The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will accompany all of these performances.

February 2020 @ Czech National Ballet, Prague

Further strengthening its recognition abroad, Atlanta Ballet will venture to Prague in February 2020 as part of an exciting transatlantic partnership with Czech National Ballet. Headed by Artistic Director Filip Barankiewicz, the Czech National Ballet has played a major role in the development of Czech ballet art and is the largest dance company in the Czech Republic.

Nedvigin and Barankiewicz met in February 2016 at the prestigious Grand Audition in Barcelona, where the then-recently appointed artistic directors discussed the idea of a cultural exchange. A special performance by Czech National Ballet dancers was featured in Atlanta Ballet’s Return to Fallprogram in September 2018, and, to bring the artist exchange full circle, Atlanta Ballet will appear as special guest performers during Czech National Ballet’s 2019|2020 Season. In February 2020, seven members of Atlanta Ballet’s professional company will be traveling to Prague to perform the second movement of Craig Davidson’s Remembrance/Hereafter, which Atlanta Ballet premiered during the 2017|2018 Season.