Ballet BC lights up the holidays with Nutcracker: the dream ballet beautifully brought to life by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet captures the imagination with this charming Canadian retelling of the beloved holiday classic, the Nutcracker. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, the story follows the wondrous adventures of Clara, her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The turn-of-the century fantasy is set in a stately mansion where young Clara’s Christmas dream world features toy soldiers, dancing mice and a mischievous bear who steals the Christmas pudding. When Clara’s Christmas gift comes to life and defeats the evil Mouse King, she’s whisked away to a magical kingdom, where the Sugar Plum Fairy reigns. Whether you’re beginning a new holiday tradition or revisiting an old favourite, you’ll be enthralled by Clara’s escapades with her Nutcracker Prince.
This heart-warming ballet is full of surprises, including traditional Canadian scenes such as a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill. Sumptuous costumes and an enchanting set design make this classic sparkle, delighting audiences of all ages with its beauty and splendour.
“We are thrilled to present the return of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, one of Canada’s leading ballet companies, in this iconic Canadian version of the delightful Christmas story” says Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar. “Casting over 70 talented, aspiring young dancers from close to 20 dance schools across the Lower Mainland, this presentation also gives us a chance to support the local dance community and marks the first opportunity for these young dancers to perform with a professional ballet company.
“We excitedly present this ballet each year as it ties our past to our future. We are very happy that Vancouver is part of our exciting touring season and that we are working with Ballet BC again,” sharesAndré Lewis, Artistic Director of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. “Nutcracker is an outstanding traditional piece of classical ballet repertoire where we see dancers in our Company grow into new roles and bring their unique artistry to the characters.”
Choreography by Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon, Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Costume Design by Paul Daigle, Scenic Design by Brian Perchaluk, Lighting Design by Michael J. Whitfield.
Nutcracker plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre December 8 – 11 (7:30pm performances December 8 – 10and 2:00pm performances December 10 and 11). Single tickets range from $35 to $98.50 and Family Packs (2 Adults, 2 Children) range from $229 – $300 (including service charges). Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS) or online at ticketmaster.ca.