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The Nutcracker

Atlanta Ballet

December 4 to 29

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This series was produced in a partnership between ArtsATL and Atlanta magazine.

One year past its intended Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre debut, Atlanta Ballet will finally present Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker on its home stage. This high-tech version features larger-than-life sets and bold costumes enhanced by striking video projections.

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Marley Was Dead, To Begin With

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre

December 10 to 12

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre debuted this spin on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol via a lush film treatment in 2020 — the first time Terminus created a production specifically for film. Choreographer Heath Gill says, “It is an exciting challenge to present a new adaptation of such a well-known story. I feel the themes are timeless and lend themselves to the new imaginings of a modern audience.” This year, it will be performed live at the Kennesaw State University Dance Theatre; then the film will be rereleased from December 17 to January 10.

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Parsons Dance

Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center

October 1

Known for its athleticism and stunning ensemble work, Parsons Dance fuses the gestures and movements of modern dance with the discipline and precision of a classical dance company. Signature works include the iconic “Caught,” which has a soloist soaring through the air as if caught in a photograph — with strobe lights. “Most people have dreamed of flying,” says choreographer and company cofounder David Parsons of the feat of light and movement. “It’s something we’ve all experienced in some form in our subconscious.” The performance comes to Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center’s Byers Theatre October 1.

New York City’s Parsons Dance performs at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center in October.

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FOR(E)RUNNER

Dance Canvas / Atlanta Contemporary

September 10 to 12

Atlanta Contemporary and Dance Canvas partner on the second year of Summer Choreographic Residencies, culminating in a live performance inspired by Danielle Deadwyler’s “FOR(E)RUNNER,” a multimedia installation that incorporates performance, video and sculpture to tell the histories of the Atlanta railway corridor.

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Also keep in mind:

It’s Nutcracker time. Ballethnic Dance Company brings its Urban Nutcracker Experience to a new venue, the Legacy Theater in Alpharetta, December 18, 2 and 8 p.m.  . . . A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker turns the classic ballet on its head — literally — at the Fox Theatre December 14  . . . Hip hop unites with classical Chinese dance and social justice in Together from the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company October 2 and 3 at the Gas South Theater in Duluth  . . . Conceptual and performance artist Morgan Bobrow-Williams’ The Running Project will “cohabitate urban spaces in Atlanta” courtesy of the always-surprising glo and Tanz Farm, October 18 to 24.

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