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The Nutcracker


Susan McElhinney, James Kudelka, Warren Benns and Victoria Bertram in rehearsal (1995). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

On December 21, 1995, the National Ballet premiered a new The Nutcracker with choreography by James Kudelka and sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto. The story is told through the eyes of sister and brother Marie and Misha who are played by students from Canada’s National Ballet School. The first Marie was Susan McElhinney and the first Misha was Warren Benns.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.