Atlanta Ballet will embark on a two week international tour throughout China beginning Oct. 29 thru Nov. 11.
The China tour represents the 84 year-old Atlanta dance company’s first major international tour in 10 years.
Atlanta Ballet was founded in 1929, and has become the Official State Ballet Of Georgia, and has become one of the most prestigious dance companies in the country.
The National Ballet Of China will host the “International Ballet Season, featuring Atlanta Ballet and 11 other premiere dance companies from around the country.
“I am pleased that Atlanta’s relationship with China continues to flourish, and that Atlanta Ballet will represent our great city and nation during their performance in Beijing,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed reportedly said. “I salute Atlanta Ballet for participating in this cultural exchange that will continue to foster our relationship with China.”
Atlanta Ballet in conjunction with 19 talented dancers will engage in seven brilliant performances at various locations throughout Beijing, China.
“We are honored to have the extraordinary opportunity to visit China and represent our city and state abroad,” Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director John McFall reportedly said. “The birth of this festival speaks volumes about the energy, enthusiasm and vision of the Chinese dance community, and we are thrilled to be at the forefront of the movement. We are looking forward to being a part of the rich exchange of ideas and culture. I’m positive that our time there will impact the company in profound ways, and it’s inspiring to know that we’ll be able to bring those experiences back to our patrons.”
Atlanta Ballet’s first major tour to China enhances the dance companies’ international reputation.
“The arts is an integral part of our region’s economic development efforts,” Jorge Fernandez, Vice President Of Global Commerce at Metro Chamber Of Commerce, reportedly said. “Not only is the arts a very robust industry in Atlanta contributing to job creation, but also significantly enhancing our region’s quality of life, one of the top five reasons why companies choose Atlanta for their U.S operations. China is a priority market for Metro Atlanta Chamber and all of Georgia. Having Atlanta Ballet travel to China is a great way to tell the story of Atlanta to the important Chinese market.”