Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin

Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin

Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin

Tharp, one of contemporary dance’s most eminent figures, has created a true delight for audiences of all ages. With its clever choreography, original costuming and dramatic staging, The Princess and the Goblin is, at its heart, a dynamic and captivating tale.

“Enchanting and funny…a powerful image of love. [Tharp] has succeeded here where so many have failed…a children’s ballet tightly woven with movement motifs and layered with symbolic meanings that adults can appreciate.” – New York Times, 2012

“…a heartwarming tale of humility and forgiveness.”—Winnipeg Free Press, 2012

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Twyla Tharp’s critically acclaimed story ballet is a dazzling romp through a fantastical world where goblins reign and courageous children battle for good over evil.​

Featured Creative Team

    Conceived, Directed & Choreographed By

    Twyla Tharp​

    Costume Design

    Anne Armit​

    Scenic Design

    ​Caleb Levengood

    Music

    ​Franz Schubert

    Lighting Design

    ​Donald Holder

    Assistant to the Choreographer

    Sarah Hillmer​

    Arranged & Orchestrated by

    ​Richard Burke

    Associate Lighting Design

    Jeanne Koenig​

    Assistant to the Choreographer

    John Selya​

    Original Music

    Richard Burke​

    Assistant Lighting Design

    ​Davida Tkach

    International Co-Production With

    Atlanta Ballet​

Full Cast

Saeka Shirai
Saeka Shirai as Princess Irene
Alanna McAdie
Alanna McAdie as Princess Irene
Dmitri Dovgoselets
Dmitri Dovgoselets as Curdie, Irene's friend
Ryan Vetter
Ryan Vetter as Curdie, Irene's friend
Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds as King Papa, Irene's father
Yayoi Ban
Yayoi Ban as Great, Great Grandmother Irene, Princess Irene's namesake
Jesse Petrie
Jesse Petrie as Great, Great Grandmother Irene, Princess Irene's namesake
Yosuke Mino
Yosuke Mino as King of the Goblins
Jo-Ann Sundermeier
Jo-Ann Sundermeier as Queen of the Goblins
Sophia Lee
Sophia Lee as Queen of the Goblins
Stephan Possin
Stephan Possin as Podge: Guards to Queen of the Goblins
Sophia Lee
Sophia Lee as Lootie, the Nanny
Jo-Ann Sundermeier
Jo-Ann Sundermeier as Lootie, the Nanny
Liam Caines
Liam Caines as King Papa's Friend (In Garden Party and Scene 4)
Stephan Azulay
Stephan Azulay as Helfer: Guards to Queen of the Goblins
Avery Carter
Avery Carter as Blue, Irene's sister
Casey Anderson
Casey Anderson as Blue, Irene's sister
Morley Anderson
Morley Anderson as Stella, Irene's sister
Milan Eusebio
Milan Eusebio as Stella, Irene's sister

All casting is subject to change  

Synopsis

The story of the ballet begins with King Papa’s garden party. While he is busy indulging in his guests’ attention, the children of the kingdom are kidnapped by the Goblin, who live in the mines below. Princess Irene tries to warn her father, but he is too preoccupied to hear her and does not act in time to save the children. Princess Irene attempts to rescue the children but fails, and her friend Curdie is captured and caged in the Goblin Kingdom. In her second attempt, the Princess is aided by her magical Great-Great Grandmother, who gives her a powerful weapon against the Goblin: a pair of pointe shoes. Princess Irene uses the shoes to defeat the Goblin, whose vulnerability is their tender feet. She frees Curdie, rescues the children, and all return home to King Papa.​