The Atlanta Ballet launches a new Nutcracker to critical acclaim; the Development Team raises almost $6M for the new production.

Special effects loom large with Atlanta Ballet’s new production of The Nutcracker. Images span from elaborate clockwork machinations to books that swirl through the air to household objects that change in scale, creating seismic shifts in perceived reality.

The $3.7 million production integrates high-tech video projections with Yuri Possokhov’s choreography, and the clear intent is to attract large audiences. But for all the layering of video with scenery, lighting and dancing, The Nutcracker’s success is in the simplicity of Possokhov’s story. The production, which runs through December 24 at the Fox Theatre, is destined to become a staple among Atlanta holiday arts events.

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