The holidays in Philadelphia are not complete without Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker!
An enduring tradition now in its 43nd year, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker boasts enchanting characters, lavish costumes and sets, world-class dancing, and a heart-warming Tschaikovsky score complemented by the Philadelphia Boys Choir.F
Families have created yuletide memories with Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of this classic tale. The simple story of a girl, a gift, and a fanciful dream is made magical by opulent sets and costumes by Peter Horne and Judanna Lynn and the impassioned artistry of Pennsylvania Ballet dancers.
Under Artistic Director Roy Kaiser, Pennsylvania Ballet has expanded its Balanchine-based repertoire to include bold, innovative new works that embody creative excellence and engage audiences in an ongoing commitment to the vitality of this unique art form. Follow the adventures of Marie and her Prince as they battle the evil Mouse King and travel to the magnificent Land of the Sweets where the graceful Sugraplum Fairy reigns.
Full of freshness and draped in decadence, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – powerful holiday season magic for the whole family.
Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the premier ballet companies in the United States and has been at the forefront of American dance since 1963.
A leading Philadelphia cultural institution, the Company has earned a national reputation for its impassioned artistry and technical virtuosity, and has received widespread critical acclaim for extraordinary performances from an increasingly diverse repertoire.
Adding to the excitement of this year’s Nutcracker season, Pennsylvania Ballet precedes its Philadelphia
engagement with a seven-performance tour to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada. With at least
one performance already sold out, this historic tour marks the first international presentation of Pennsylvania
Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. Tickets to performances in Ottawa, December
1-4, are available at www2.nac-cna.ca/en/.
This year, Nutcracker hits the “big” screen in The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 2011. Pennsylvania Ballet
dancers appear in scenes from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ for this annual holiday show,
presented on The Comcast Experience video wall – the world’s largest 4mm LED video display, standing at
more than 25 feet tall by 83 feet wide. See Pennsylvania Ballet dancers in The Comcast Holiday Spectacular
2011 at the top of each hour, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays), Thanksgiving Day to New
Year’s Day, at the Comcast Center at 1701 JFK Blvd. in Philadelphia.
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December 10, 2011