FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Al-Mashat
Phone: 404-873-5811 X 203
August 1, 2006
ATLANTA BALLET PRESENTS GISELLE
(Atlanta, Georgia) Atlanta Ballet's upcoming season will open in classic
style with Giselle at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, October 26 through the
Giselle is considered one of the ballet world's greatest romantic offerings. This is
the story of a young peasant girl driven to madness, and ultimately death, upon the
discovery of deception by her lover.
After a season of beloved favorites, including Carmina Burana, Madame Butterfly and
Beauty and the Beast, McFall is taking a different approach with material that will
be new to Atlanta audiences.
Giselle was conceived by French poet Theophile Gautier in the mid-19th
century. It opened to critical and public acclaim for choreography, sets
and music. The story has remained the same, but the choreography has
evolved as the ballet has gone through both French and Russian
translations over the years.
"Our version will be a collaboration of the past choreographies," said
John McFall, Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director. "What is so exciting
about this ballet is that it is the birth of a genre. Audiences will see
where other classics such as Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty originated."
Nearly half of the original version, performed until 1849 at the Paris Opera Ballet,
was mimed, whereas very little of McFall's 2006 production will be. There will be a
flavor of tradition as dance icon Violette Verdy, who ran the Paris Opera House,
will be helping to set some of Atlanta Ballet's production.
2006/2007 Season ticket packages are on sale now starting as low as
$54.00. The Premiere subscription package includes Giselle, The Great
Gatsby, An Evening of New Works, and Sleeping Beauty. Season subscribers
receive up to a 25% discount off regular tickets prices, free flexible
exchange, and lost ticket insurance.
Also available is the Family Fairytale Series that includes Atlanta
Ballet's Nutcracker, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. The
three-performance package starts as low as $32.00.
For ticket information call the Atlanta Ballet Box Office at
404-892-3303, visit www.atlantaballet.com
or buy in person at 1400 West
Peachtree Street (enter at back of building on Spring Street) 10:00 to
6:00 Monday through Friday.
About Atlanta Ballet
Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is the longest, continuously operating ballet
company in the United States. Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans ballet
history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals.
Among Atlanta Ballet's proud and unique 75-year history are its three
Artistic Directors, Miss Dorothy Alexander, whose vision brought dance
to the South; Robert Barnett, who turned Atlanta Ballet into a
professional company; and currently, John McFall. Under McFall's
leadership Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate
audiences on the empowering joy of dance.
Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education in 1996 and is dedicated to
nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their
creativity. With diverse class offerings and student population, the Centre serves
over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet 's roots remain
firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the
city's cultural growth and revitalization.
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Barrie B. Davenport
Public Relations, Atlanta Ballet
6035 Loch Harbor Ct.
Roswell, Georgia 30075