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The Magic of The Nutcracker Experience for Canada’s National Ballet School Students
by Alanna Bayer, Canada’s National Ballet School
It’s a most magical time of year – Nutcracker season! Hundreds of students from Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) Professional Ballet Program (PBP) and Associates Program (AP) perform in a range of roles in James Kudelka’s The Nutcracker each season. Much like the original 1892 production, Kudelka’s adaptation features large numbers of young dancers onstage.
The Nutcracker and its Evergreen Appeal
It is a good thing that Alexandre Dumas’ Histoire d’un casse-noisette (1844) inspired Prince Ivan Vsevolozhsky, director of the Russian Imperial Theatres, or we would not have the beloved ballet The Nutcracker that we so enjoy today.
Karen Kain's Primer on The Dream & Being and Nothingness
The Dream, the one-act reimagining of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, returns after 17-years with Choreographic Associate and Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy of the same name.
Behind the Scenes
The Magic Behind the Snow Scene
One Snow Queen, two Icicles, 18 Snow Maidens, six Unicorns, 20 young singers and 65 musicians – along with 10 lbs of paper snow – come together to create a brilliant snow storm in The Nutcracker.
A Snow Queen
The moment the curtain opens on the snow scene can be so magical. It’s the transition between the fairly chaotic battle scene and then this absolutely serene moment where the Snow Trio appears – it’s the single best moment onstage.
YOU dance: Inspiring a New Generation
The National Ballet of Canada’s signature education and outreach programme, YOU dance, sparks creativity in over 200,000 young people by connecting them to the world of dance.