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

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by Eve Meadows on November 23, 2018

in Dance,Theater-Los Angeles,Tours


Miami City Ballet’s new redesign of the magical George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, featuring 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, returns to The Music Center, having had its world premiere in Los Angeles last year. Running November 30 through December 2, 2018, all performances will feature a live orchestra.

The Toledos’ fanciful new sets and costumes 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 student dancers from two L.A. arts academies — The Colburn School and The Gabriella Foundation’s everybody dance! program.

This year you can indulge your senses in a winter wonderland of enchantment with an elegant buffet brunch before you take your seat for the Saturday December 1 matinee show. Enjoy live music, kids activities and photo opportunities while savoring delicious brunch favorites provided by Patina Restaurant Group.

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
November 30, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
December 1, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.
December 1, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
December 2, 2018 | 11:00 a.m.
December 2, 2018 | 4:00 p.m.
for tickets, call 213.972.0711 or visit The Music Center

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