Fundraising success, new season in store for Atlanta Ballet
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@mdjonline.com
April 06, 2012 12:00 AM | 883 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CUMBERLAND — As the Atlanta Ballet wraps up its 2011-12 season and announces its newest season, it also completes its largest fundraising effort in the 83-year history of the company.

The Choreographing Our Future capital campaign culminated in $20.7 million, far exceeding the original goal of $14.8 million, the company recently announced.

The campaign, launched in June 2008, has supported the purchase and renovation of the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre in Atlanta, endowment expansion, establishment of cash reserve and artistic innovation funds, investments in artistic programming, and the return of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.

The capital campaign announcement was followed by the unveiling of the 2012-13 season at a news conference at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta

The highlight of the season is the long-awaited return of Michael Pink’s “Dracula” and the North American premiere of the reinterpretation of “Carmina Burana” by choreographer David Bintley.

Although the season usually begins in October, the company — in order to build momentum and excitement — is, for the first time, beginning its season in December with “The Nutcracker” at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta (Dec. 7 to 26).

The company has also added a one-hour family performance of “Cinderella” for the first time at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center (Jan. 4 to 6) and also at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (Feb. 16 and 17).

Back by popular demand and in time for Valentine’s Day, will be “Dracula” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra (Feb. 8 to 16).

After a landmark 2011-12 season, with premieres from world-renowned choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor, the ballet will again bring in a bold cast of choreographers and premieres at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (March 22 to 24).

Of particular note is the Atlanta Ballet debut of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, who is also artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel. Choreographer, Gina Patterson, will also premiere new work after 2011’s “Quietly Walking.”

“Our goal is to have Atlanta Ballet be the destination for what’s new, vibrant and exciting,” said John McFall, artistic director.

“Each season we venture to raise the bar artistically, and a major part of that is bringing the world’s most dynamic choreographers to our company. This upcoming season reflects our bold ambitions with works that are provocative, stimulating and poetic, while reflective of our own time and our different cultures. They are special works that will challenge our dancers and hopefully challenge the audience too.”

David Bintley’s modern interpretation of “Carmina Burana” will have its North American premiere at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and Georgia State University Singers (April 12 to 14).

The company will explore the theme of love through both classic and innovative choreography in “Love Stories” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (May 10 to 12).

Atlanta Ballet season ticket packages range from $92 to $435 and are now on sale. To order season tickets, call (404) 892-3303 or visit atlantaballet.com/subscribe. Single tickets go on sale late this summer.
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