The Princess And The Goblin

The Princess and The Goblin
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Atlanta, GA
Commissioner

Atlanta Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Dance sections

Our story begins at King Papa's garden party as his daughter Princess Irene discovers the town's children being kidnapped by the Goblin. Ignored by King Papa and the other adults, Princess Irene and her friend Curdie enter the Goblin Kingdom. With the help of her Great-Great-Grandmother Irene, Princess Irene and Curdie rescue the children.

PROLOGUE
Great-Great-Grandmother Irene, Princess Irene, Curdie, Lootie with Stella and Blu and King Papa 

ONE: KING PAPA’S GARDEN PARTY
Full cast 

TWO: PRINCESS IRENE MEETS HER NAMESAKE
Great-Great-Grandmother Irene, Princess Irene and Companions

THREE: CURDIE SAVES PRINCESS IRENE
Princess Irene, Curdie, King of the Goblin, Stella and Blu, Eleven Children and Goblin 

FOUR: CURDIE HELD IN GOBLIN KINGDOM
Queen of the Goblin, King of the Goblin, Curdie, Helfer and Podge, Stella and Blu, Eleven Children and Goblin 

FIVE: THE INVISIBLE THREAD
Great-Great-Grandmother Irene, Princess Irene and Companions

SIX: PRINCESS IRENE'S NEW SHOES
Princess Irene, Helfer and Podge, Curdie and Goblin

SEVEN: DIVERTISSEMENT
   Minuet: Princess Irene Enthroned
   German Dance: Helfer and Podge Dance for Princess Irene
   Goblin Dance: Goblin Perform in New Shoes
   Rondo: Curdie Courted by Two Goblin
   Grand Pas de Deux: The King and Queen of the Goblin Take Their Turn 

EIGHT: THE ESCAPE
Full cast

NINE: CURDIE LEARNS TO SEE GREAT-GREAT-GRANDMOTHER IRENE
Princess Irene, Curdie, Great-Great-Grandmother Irene and Stella and Blu

TEN: PRINCESS IRENE TEACHES THE CHILDREN
Full Cast with Eleven Children

ELEVEN: KING PAPA AND HIS CHILDREN 
King Papa with Stella and Blu, Lootie and Irene and Curdie 

TWELVE: THE NEW KINGDOM  
Full Cast with Eleven Children

Principals

Princess Irene.....Alessa Rogers
King Papa, Irene's father.....John Welker
Stella and Blu, Irene's sisters.....Stella McFall and Flannery Bogost
Great-Great-Grandmother Irene, Princess Irene's namesake.....Christine Winkler
Curdie, Irene's friend.....Jacob Bush
Lootie, the nanny.....Tara Lee
King of the Goblin.....John Welker
Queen of the Goblin.....Tara Lee
Helfer and Podge, Guards to Queen of the Goblin.....Christian Clark and Jesse Tyler

Ensemble

King Papa's Friends:
Lisa Barrieau, Peng-Yu Chen, Christian Clark, Pedro Gamino, Heath Gill, Jonah Hooper, Yoomi Kim, Nadia Mara, Miguel MontoyaJackie Nash, Tommy PantoRachel Van Buskirk

Great-Great-Grandmother Irene's Companions:
Peng-Yu Chen and Nadia Mara with Lisa Barrieau, Briley Jozwiak, Yoomi Kim, Jackie Nash, Abigail Tan, Rachel Van Buskirk

Goblin:
Lisa Barrieau, Peng-Yu Chen, Christian Clark, Pedro Gamino, Heath Gill, Jonah Hooper, Briley Jozwiak, Yoomi Kim, Nadia Mara, Miguel Montoya, Jackie Nash, Tommy Panto, Abigail Tan, Jared Tan, Jesse Tyler, Rachel Van Buskirk

Eleven Stolen Children:
Sophie Basarrate, Tristan Bogost, Charlotte Brewer, Christina Carlos, Catherine Carlos, Hanae Dillon, Anna Scott Johnson, Pryor Krugman, Joshua Nunamaker, Kevin Silverstein, Cameron Walls, Grace Brawn, Fiona O'Halloran, Kennedy Walls

Total number of dancers
34
Runtime
01:15:00
Other program information

Conductor: Ari Pelto
Rehearsal Assitant: Sarah Hillmer
Assistant to Ms. Tharp: Gabe Friend-Jones
Ballet Mistresses: Rosemary Miles, Dale Shields, Sharon Story

From the original program: "This ballet is dedicated to Maurice Sendak and gratefully acknowledges his work OUTSIDE OVER THERE. - Twyla Tharp

The creation of Twyla Tharp's The Princess And The Goblin made possibile through the support of Merry L. and Chris M. Carlos in Memory of Mrs. Thalia N. Carlos, Patti Eloise Wallace, Anonymous, The Rich Foundation, The Asper Family in Memory of Babs Asper, Susan Glass, C.M. and Arni Thorstenson, Dr. Robert Ross and Angela B. Ross, with additional support from Ginny and Charles Brewer and the National Endowment for the Arts."

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. 

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    Bush, Rogers, Clark, Welker and Tyler of the Atlanta Ballet in dress rehearsal. © Kim Kenney
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    Atlanta Ballet dancers rehearse The Princess and The Goblin. © Twyla Tharp
  • The Princess and The Goblin
    Winkler of the Atlanta Ballet rehearses. © Twyla Tharp
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    Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancers in dress rehearsal. © Twyla Tharp
  • The Princess and The Goblin
    Atlanta Ballet dancers in dress rehearsal. © Charlie McCullers
  • The Princess and The Goblin
    Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancers rehearse. © Twyla Tharp
  • The Princess and The Goblin
    Rogers and members of the Atlanta Ballet ensemble in dress rehearsal. © Charlie McCullers
Video Description

Brief excerpts featuring the Atlanta Ballet cast of children in studio and dress rehearsals.

Full music program

Original score for Twyla Tharp's The Princess And The Goblin
Performed live by The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra
Conducted by Ari Pelto
with
Music by Franz Schubert
Arranged and orchestrated by Richard Burke - 2012

Music details
Music track
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The Princess And The Goblin | Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Centennial Concert Hall
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
The Princess And The Goblin | Atlanta Ballet
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Atlanta, GA
The Princess And The Goblin (Canadian premiere) | Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall
Winnipeg, Canada
The Princess And The Goblin (premiere) | Atlanta Ballet
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Atlanta, GA