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Atlanta Ballet raises record $20.7 million, announces new season

The world premiere of Twyla Tharp's "The Princess and the Goblin." (Photo by Charlie McCullers)

Atlanta Ballet recently premiered Twyla Tharp’s “The Princess and the Goblin.” (Photo by Charlie McCullers)

Atlanta Ballet revealed its 2012-13 season Friday and also announced that it has raised $20.7 million in of its”Choreographing Our Future” capital campaign, which was used to purchase and renovate the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre.

Started in 2008, it was the largest fund-raising effort in the history of the 83-year-old organization and far exceeded the $14.8 million goal. The money will be invested in artistic programming (such as the world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s “The Princess and the Goblin” earlier this year), expansion of the ballet’s endowment and a cash reserve fund. The money also enabled the company to restore the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.

The company’s next season will be headlined by the Atlanta Ballet debut of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, known for his innovative “Gaga” movement language that focuses on establishing a mind-body connection. Naharin, who is artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, has been hailed as one of the world’s pre-eminent contemporary choreographers, and his work has been performed on stages around the world.

“We’ve been looking forward to the opportunity to bring an Ohad Naharin work into the repertoire, and we hope it’s the beginning of a longstanding relationship,” said Artistic Director John McFall. “He is one of the most remarkable choreographers in the industry, and his contributions have made a huge impact on the world of dance.”

The schedule also includes the long-awaited return of Michael Pink’s “Dracula” and the North American premiere of the critically acclaimed reinterpretation of “Carmina Burana” by choreographer David Bintley. For the first time, the season will begin in December with an Atlanta tradition: “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” at the Fox Theatre, featuring the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.

Another first will be a production of “Cinderella” at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in January and also in February. “Dracula” will open February 8 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, followed in March by a mixed repertory production of “New Choreographic Voices” featuring Naharin and Gina Patterson. “Carmina Burana” will be staged in April, featuring the Georgia State University Singers.

The season will close in May with a mixed repertory production of “Love Stories” that explores the theme of love through both classic and innovative choreography. Season ticket packages range from $92 to $435 and are on sale now. Single tickets will go on sale this summer.

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