Toronto’s favourite holiday tradition! Ballet companies all over the world perform The Nutcracker during the holiday season, each with a special take on the beloved classic. The National Ballet of Canada has one of the very finest versions in the world in James Kudelka’s staging from 1995, set in 19th century Russia. With non-stop dancing and magnificent sets and costumes from Santo Loquasto, The Nutcracker is an unforgettable tribute to the imagination.
Quarreling siblings Misha and Marie attend a Christmas party at their country estate when their mysterious Uncle Nikolai arrives, bearing gifts. These include a beautiful nutcracker doll for Marie, who takes it to the nursery that night. Then the magic begins. The clock strikes twelve, the Christmas tree grows to enormous proportions and Misha and Marie journey to lands of the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy where they must learn to get along.
James Kudelka served as Resident Choreographer of The National Ballet of Canada following his nine years as Artistic Director. He choreographs in a variety of styles and forms, from original full length ballets to short contemporary works and remounted classics.
The late 19th century Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky created some of the most popular works in the classical repertoire, particularly his three full-length scores for ballet: Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. He composed more than 160 works in his lifetime, including symphonies, operas and concertos.
“Remains as fresh as the day it premiered in 1995.” — The Globe and Mail
“The National Ballet of Canada’s annual production of The Nutcracker is sheer delight.” — Digital Journal
“The National Ballet's Nutcracker is for kids from one to 92” — National Post
“★★★★★/5 A magical Christmas tapestry weaved out of threads spun by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, author E.T.A. Hoffman, choreographer James Kudelka and designer Santo Loquasto.” — 24 Hours
Choreography and Libretto:
James Kudelka, O.C.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky*
Set and Costume Design:
*The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra with VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, Founder and Artistic Director Carol Woodward Ratzlaff
The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lawrence & Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.
Video Credits: Becoming the Sugar Plum Fairy
Featuring: Jurgita Dronina, Naoya Ebe, Harrison James, Elena Lobsanova, Hannah Fischer, Tanya Howard, Jeannine Haller, Siphesihle November, Teagan Richman-Taylor, Artists of the Ballet, Students from Canada's National Ballet School, The Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.
Video Credits: Behind the Scenes at The Nutcracker
Featuring: Karen Kain, Calley Skalnik, Jack Bertinshaw, Artists of the Ballet, Students from Canada’s National Ballet School, Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.
Musicians have been recorded by permission of the Toronto Musicians' Association, Local 149, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.
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2019/20 marks Artistic Director Karen Kain’s 50th anniversary with The National Ballet of Canada.
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Join us 45 minutes before every performance in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for Nutcracker Story Time!
Designed to enhance children's experience of the ballet, Nutcracker Story Time is an engaging, interactive telling of the magical holiday story that allows children to have a better understanding of the performance they are attending.
Set in Victorian Russia, Marie and Misha recount a wonderful holiday dream 30 years later.
Nutcracker Story Time is Written and Directed by Gerry Campbell starring Kelsey Falconer and Andrew Cromwell.
Nutcracker Story Time is sponsored by TD Bank Group.
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