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.
“The best Nutcracker on the planet.” — The Globe and Mail
“The Nutcracker: nothing short of spectacular!” — National Post
“★★★★★ /5 A Christmas gift for everyone… a feast for the senses, filled with enough wonder that there is something certain to delight audiences of any age and any taste.” — Toronto Sun
“The ballet spectacle that never fails to delight young and old alike!” — 680 News
Choreography and Libretto:
James Kudelka, O.C.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set and Costume Design:
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.
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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.
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