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Special Guest Artists Performing at The Georgia Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’

November 10, 2015

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Artistic Director, Daet Rodriguez of The Georgia Ballet announces guest artists, Arionel Vargas, a former Principal dancer at the English National Ballet and international dance film star, and Marize Fumero, international guest dancer and member of the Milwaukee Ballet, to perform the principal roles in the Saturday and Sunday performances of The Georgia Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater in Marietta, GA running December 4th through the 6th. These guest performances by Vargas and Fumero add to the excitement of our holiday favorite.

“We are privileged to receive this funding from the City of Marietta to bring Vargas and Fumero to join our already talented company of dancers. This opportunity will make for an even more exciting Nutcracker experience.” said Rodriguez.

Arionel starred in the motion picture Love Tomorrow, written and directed by Christopher Payne which was nominated at the Raindance Film Festival for Best UK Feature. In Canada, he is noted for his roles in Jiří Kylián’s Symphony in D, John Neumeier’s Nutcracker, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty by Galina Yordanova as well as David Nixon’s productions of Beauty & the Beast and Madame Butterfly.IMG_2660

Arionel joined the English National Ballet as a Principal in 2004. The English National Ballet is one of the four major ballet companies in Great Britain and one of the foremost touring companies in Europe. In 2007 he appeared as the Lead Gypsy Boy in Michael Corder’s The Snow Queen and danced both Lescaut and Des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon.

His achievements include winning the gold medal in Brazil’s International Ballet Competition in 1994 and winning gold in the New York International Ballet Competition in 1996. He has appeared in Carlos Acosta and friends in Valencia, and at the London Coliseum. His guest appearances include galas in St Petersburg and Japan. In 2011 Arionel appeared at the Opera House in Georgia in Giselle and Don Quixote and Makarova’s bayadère with Julio Boca Company.

Marize Fumero was born in Matanzas, Cuba and trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba. The Cuban National Ballet School in Havana, with approximately 3,000 students, is the biggest ballet school in the world and the most prestigious ballet school in Cuba. In 2009 she entered Ballet Nacional of Cuba. In 2012 Marize joined the English National Ballet. She most recently danced in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, George Williamson’s Firebird and as one of the three Odalisque’s in Le Corsaire staged by Anna-Marie Holmes.

Miss Fumero joined the Milwaukee Ballet Company in 2014, where she performed many roles including Snow Queen in Nutcracker, Michael Pink’s Giselle, Mortal Form and Michael Pink’s Cinderella. Recently she performed in Don Quixote and Manon pas de deux at the International Gala.

The Georgia Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is much more than just a holiday show, it is an experience. This year there is even a Jolly Trolley package, where you can be transported aboard the Jolly Trolley to the Marietta Square prior to the show to shop, have dinner, and ice skate, before it returns you to the theater for the show.

“The Nutcracker”, will also include school field-trip shows on December 3 through 12. “The school field-trip shows, accompanied by the STEM-related study guides, are a great way for schools to give students a quality live arts experience, while being able to relate the activity to their studies” said Susan Zealy, Development Director. The Georgia Ballet’s Coppelia study guide was recently featured by Georgia Public Broadcasting in their Education Matters Blog at .IMG_2662

The Georgia Ballet’s professional company seeks to reach audiences of all ages and interests, from the traditional ballet enthusiasts to the younger generations of new-comers seeking quality entertainment opportunities. This production of “The Nutcracker” promises to offer a delightful experience for everyone.

To purchase tickets and find more information, visit or call 770-528-0881.


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