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Culture notes: Catching up on Twyla Tharp and Atlanta Ballet; CORE to dance in 25-year celebration

DANCE
Tharp’s new ballet coming into view

Atlanta Ballet’s much-anticipated world premiere for February now has a name: “Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin.” Co-commissioned with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the work will be performed Feb. 10-19 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. The Canadian premiere follows in fall 2012.

Tharp was back in Atlanta recently to work with the company to create and choreograph the dance based on Scottish author George MacDonald’s 19th century children’s tale “The Princess and the Goblin,” something of a departure for the thoroughly modern choreographer. Befitting MacDonald, if a bit of a surprise for Tharp, it’s set to the Romantic music of Franz Schubert (arranged and orchestrated by composer and Schubert scholar Richard Burke).

In addition to the full professional company, “Princess,” a blend of classical ballet and modern movement, taps 13 students from the Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education. It marks the first time Tharp has used youngsters in a full-length ballet. Children drive the MacDonald story, their innocence and love in surmounting dangers make possible the redemption of adults.

Information: www.atlantaballet.com, www.atlantaballetblog.com. Tickets:1-800-982-2787, www.ticketmaster.com. HOWARD POUSNER

DANCE
CORE celebrates 25th anniversary

Those enjoying this weekend’s AJC Decatur Book Festival might also be interested in another free cultural celebration: performances celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Decatur contemporary dance troupe CORE at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 and 3 p.m. Sept. 18. A group of Decatur businesses and agencies contributed funding so that the presentations of “The Point” and “The Moment Between” in the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center would be free to the public.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support for our anniversary celebration,” founding artistic director and choreographer Sue Schroeder said. “To present our newest dance creation for no charge to the community is more than I could have asked for.”

The free tickets must be reserved in advance: www.coredance.org, 404-373-4154. VIP tickets ($10) also are available for the Saturday night performance includes premier seating and a post-show reception with the company at CORE Studios. HOWARD POUSNER

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