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.Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in "Journey." CONTRIBUTED BY RICHARD CALMES
.Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in "Journey." CONTRIBUTED BY RICHARD CALMES

.Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in “Journey.” CONTRIBUTED BY RICHARD CALMES

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre will present the regional premiere of artistic director Wade Walthall’s “Journey” at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center next weekend. The production is a contemporary three-act ballet that tells the story of a young man through life as he struggles with tragedy, love and friendship.

Since this is often a similar journey to those who experience brain injuries, and with March being National Brain Injury Awareness Month, Gwinnett Ballet and the Brain Injury Association of Georgia are promoting each other’s efforts. Anyone with a brain injury or a condition resulting from a brain injury attending a performance will receive special recognition, and association members will receive discounted admission.

“Those who have endured brain injury take powerful journeys of their own,” noted Paige Havens of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia. “They are real tales of strength, perseverance and faith, full of swells of tragedy and triumph.”

Added GBT Board Chairman Ted Scartz: “Part of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s mission is to reach out to community organizations and other non-profits. The subject of brain injury has been brought into the public’s consciousness recently, largely through the world of sports. However, brain injuries happen every day to ordinary people, not just sports stars. We hope that our collaboration can bring further awareness to the great work being done by the Brain Injury Association of Georgia.”

Performances are at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. March 29. Tickets, $20, $15 students and seniors: 1-888-929-7849,

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