Atlanta Ballet board of trustees chair Allen W. Nelson announced Sept. 2 that artistic director John McFall will end his tenure with the organization after what will be 21 years at its helm. His last day as artistic director will be June 1, 2016.
McFall, who joined Atlanta Ballet in 1994 as only the organization’s third artistic director, is credited with transforming the oldest ballet company in the nation from a respected regional troupe to one of the most inventive and boundary-pushing dance organizations in the industry, attracting talent and spectators from around the world.
Under his leadership, Atlanta Ballet has experienced unprecedented growth on and off stage. His legacy with the institution will be marked by box-office blockbusters, international tours and his commitment to the commu-nity, exemplified by his founding of the Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education.
Atlanta Ballet will honor McFall and his contributions throughout the 2015-16 season with a series of special events, beginning with a celebration around the 20th anniversary of “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker,” the first pro-duction he created for Atlanta Ballet as artistic director and arguably one of his greatest contributions to the Com-pany’s repertoire.
Reflecting on his tenure McFall said in part “It takes a community to build an illustrious arts organization and At-lanta has given me the support to build a company that is today recognized as a leader in the dance world. I have de-termined that this is the perfect time to transition and step aside from my responsibilities. I’m at the peak of my accom-plishments with the Ballet, and I’m proud of that legacy. It is time for another inspired individual to bring his or her vision to this wonderful company. My family and I have been considering moving to Europe for quite some time, and my lovely wife Paige has recently identified an opportunity in Amsterdam that I support with enthusiasm. So I will say “au revoir.” Atlanta Ballet is in my heart, and always will be.”