The Atlanta Ballet returns to live performances for the ’21-’22 season

Members of the Atlanta Ballet performed outdoors this spring as part of the "Skyline" series of events at Georgia Tech, but haven't been back to their home venue at the Cobb Energy Centre in almost two years. Their new season will bring them back there beginning in December. Photo: Kim Kenney
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Members of the Atlanta Ballet performed outdoors this spring as part of the "Skyline" series of events at Georgia Tech, but haven't been back to their home venue at the Cobb Energy Centre in almost two years. Their new season will bring them back there beginning in December. Photo: Kim Kenney

Credit: Kim Kenney

Credit: Kim Kenney

The Atlanta Ballet’s new season will bring the city’s premier ballet company back to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre after a hiatus of almost two years.

That 2021-2022 season begins in December with the long-delayed debut of a new production of “The Nutcracker” at the Cobb venue.

The season will also include productions of “Snow White,” choreographed by Bruce Wells; “Firebird,” choreographed by Yuri Possokhov; and the tragic story of “Giselle.”

Atlanta Ballet dancers Carraig New and Georgia Dodge rehearse for the 2021-2022 season, which will bring the company back for live performances at the Cobb Energy Centre after an almost two-year hiatus. Photo: courtesy the Atlanta Ballet
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Atlanta Ballet dancers Carraig New and Georgia Dodge rehearse for the 2021-2022 season, which will bring the company back for live performances at the Cobb Energy Centre after an almost two-year hiatus. Photo: courtesy the Atlanta Ballet

Credit: Atlanta Ballet

Credit: Atlanta Ballet

During the past year several members of the company have created their own dances, which were performed at the studio and broadcast in a series of streaming videos called “Silver Linings.”

Due to the success of those works, artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin has commissioned new and expanded works from three members of the company, and those three pieces are also part of the new season.

Sujin Han performs with the Atlanta Ballet. Photo: Kim Kenney
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Sujin Han performs with the Atlanta Ballet. Photo: Kim Kenney

Credit: Kim Kenney

Credit: Kim Kenney

While the company presented some outdoor works this spring at Georgia Tech, the new season will represent the first time in almost two years that they’ve returned to their home venue at the Cobb center.

“We are so grateful for the community’s support throughout these challenging and unpredictable times,” said Nedvigin in a statement. “After having to cancel the second half of our 2019-2020 season, and having to perform for cameras during our virtual programs and risk the unpredictable conditions of an outdoor stage in 2020-2021, we are so excited to reconnect with audiences in the theatre. It will be a homecoming like no other.”

PREVIEW

“The Nutcracker,” Dec. 4-30, 2021; choregraphed by Yuri Possokhov; this will be the first time the Atlanta Ballet has performed this high-tech version of the classic work at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

“Snow White,” Feb. 4-6, 2022; this one-hour version of the fairy tale choreographed by Bruce Wells will be performed by the Atlanta Ballet 2 company, and is shortened to make it more accessible to the youngest audiences.

“Firebird,” Feb. 11-13, 2022; choreographed by Yuri Possokhov. The Russian classic will be accompanied by a world premiere from Atlanta Ballet choreographer-in-residence Claudia Schreier and works from Darian Kane (”Dr. Rainbow’s Infinity Mirror”) and Anderson Souza.

“Giselle,” the tragic romance will be performed March 18-20, 2022.

The May program, May 13-15, 2022, will include Claudia Schreier’s “Pleiades Dances,” selections from the 19th century classic “Paquita,” and a new work from Atlanta Ballet dancer Sergio Masero.

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 404-892-3303, atlantaballet.com.