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Culture notes: CORE to tell moving ‘Secret’ at Callanwolde; Shakespeare Co. leader’s global role

The Decatur contemporary dance group CORE will premiere a program of works that not only will take place at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center but was inspired by the Gothic-Tudor-style mansion completed in 1920 for the family of then Coca Cola Co. president Charles Howard Candler.

Choreographed by CORE artistic director Sue Schroeder and Houston-based guest artist Becky Valls, “Secret” will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 and 3 p.m. Feb. 3.

Accompanied by the Atlanta contemporary chamber music ensemble Bent Frequency, “Secret” will be performed in the manse’s Great Hall, Grand Staircase and Courtyard room as well as other spaces, some requiring the audience to follow the dancers. Daniel Solberg, organist and music associate at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, also will accompany the dance on the restored Aeolian organ.

Callanwolde is at 980 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta. Tickets — $15; students and seniors, $10 — via 404-373-4154, HOWARD POUSNER

Watkins’ global Shakespeare role

Atlanta Shakespeare Company founder and artistic director Jeffrey Watkins has begun a two-year term as president of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association.

“I’m enormously honored,” Watkins said in a statement. “The strategic and artistic inspiration that I’ve drawn from this organization over past years has been instrumental in the development of my own company in Atlanta.”

The Shakespeare Theatre Association was established in 1991 to provide a forum for the artistic, managerial and educational leadership of theaters primarily involved in producing the works of William Shakespeare.

Watkins succeeds Patrick Spottiswoode of London’s Globe Theatre, under whose watch the association expanded internationally. In addition to member theaters across North America and the United Kingdom, the organization has recently welcomed troupes from Brazil, Poland, Argentina and Australia.

“I’m looking forward to even more collaboration with my colleagues across the globe,” Watkins said.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Shakespeare Company is trying something completely different in its next show, “Romeo and Juliet,” opening Jan. 31 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Midtown for a run through March 3.

In this 13th annual production, the tragic leads will be played by high school students Jake West (of North Cobb Christian) and Margaret Flock (of the Lovett School). The teens performed the roles during the 2011 Shakespeare Intensive for Teens production, leading impressed theater leaders to decide that they would bring something authentic to the next Main Stage presentation.

General admission previews, $15, are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The tavern is at 499 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. Information: 404-874-5299, ext. 0, HOWARD POUSNER

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