The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
Atlanta Ballet
through December 29, 2021

A few productions such as The Nutcracker and Christmas Carol have always been thought of as great rent payers for the presenters and introductory works for new aficionados, from age 5 to 95. This one is no exception. Gennadi Nedvigin has brought together the most incredible production you have ever seen. His background does include working with the Bolshoi, one of the world’s most admired companies; and the choreographer, Yuri Possokhov was also with the Bolshoi.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Op. 71 premiered in 1892 and has been a real hit now for more than 125 years. The ballet is based on the story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King; albeit the story line is almost irrelevant as the dance, costumes, sets, props and music are capturing the eyes and ears of everyone in the audience.

A large cast of dancers take to the stage in a series of different events. The principals are Remi Nakano as Maria, and Nikolas Gaifullin as Drosselmeier. And the full orchestra is under the baton of Ari Pelto. If you are bringing a youngster to introduce him to ballet, you can easily go online and read him the synopsis of the fairy tale. We are so very fortunate to have great cultural arts groups in metro Atlanta. This company is not just one of our best, but is right up there with the Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi, and all of the world’s top 10. I assure you that you could not see a better performance of a wonderful work anywhere in this world today.

Location is at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, which is right near 285 and 75, and there is a parking garage there. Good views from all seats and a splendid facility. More info and tickets at