The Princess and The Goblin was co-commissioned by two North American ballet companies: Atlanta Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. This unique arrangement allowed the two companies to share monetary and creative resources and provided Tharp with an extended rehearsal period.
This full-length narrative ballet is based on George MacDonald’s fantasy tale of the same name. In the story, a young princess must take charge when the children of the kingdom have been kidnapped by goblins, which dwell in the mountain caves. The Princess and The Goblin features a cast that spans the ranks of a company - principals to ballet school children.
After the February 2012 premiere by Atlanta Ballet, Tharp spent several weeks in Winnipeg, Canada revising and restaging the ballet on Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancers. The cast featured two guest artists: Paloma Herrera of American Ballet Theatre and John Selya, a longtime Tharp alum.
Bush, Rogers, Clark, Welker and Tyler of the Atlanta Ballet in dress rehearsal. © Kim Kenney
Atlanta Ballet dancers rehearse The Princess and The Goblin. © Twyla Tharp
Winkler of the Atlanta Ballet rehearses. © Twyla Tharp
Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancers in dress rehearsal. © Twyla Tharp
Atlanta Ballet dancers in dress rehearsal. © Charlie McCullers
Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancers rehearse. © Twyla Tharp
Rogers and members of the Atlanta Ballet ensemble in dress rehearsal. © Charlie McCullers
Additional performances on February 11-19, 2012
Additional performances on October 18-21, 2012