Los Angeles Dance Preview: GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER (Miami City Ballet World Premiere at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion)

by Frank Arthur on December 2, 2017

in Dance,Theater-Los Angeles

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Miami City Ballet’s new redesign of the magical George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will feature enchanting new costumes and sets by the Cuban-American artist/designer power couple Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Balanchine’s glorious choreography, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved timeless score. The production, co-commissioned by The Music Center, will have its world premiere in Los Angeles on December 7, 2017. All performances will feature a live orchestra.

The Toledos fanciful new sets and costumes will enhance this classic holiday tale of a young girl and her magical Nutcracker Prince, who journey to an enchanted kingdom where heroic toy soldiers battle giant mice, and a glittering Sugarplum Fairy dwells in a magical Land of Sweets.

Miami City Ballet is one of the few companies in the country to continuously perform Balanchine’s Nutcracker, which it has done for almost 30 years. The new production features a cast of over 100, including 70 children. Strengthening The Music Center’s ties with L.A.-based artists, performances will include, for the first time, student dancers from two L.A. arts academies — The Colburn School and The Gabriella Foundation’s everybody dance! Program — while the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus will provide live vocals.

photos courtesy of The Music Center

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Miami City Ballet, co-commissioned by The Music Center
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave
December 7-10, 2017
for tickets, call 213.972.0711 or visit The Music Center

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