The Joffrey Ballet Ashley C. Wheater, Artistic Director with the Norwood Middle School Choir, Bethesda, MD
The Nutcracker Conceived and directed by Robert Joffrey Selected choreography by Gerald Arpino Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
"Joffrey's vast Nutcracker is the stuff of dreams." --Chicago Sun-Times
"A warm holiday treat…an elegantly unified production with tastefully executed vintage touches, and great care taken with Tchaikovsky's beloved score" --The Washington Post
For the winter holidays, Chicago's world-renowned The Joffrey Ballet returns with its founder's dazzling family production of The Nutcracker. From its charming Victorian scenery and costumes, to the dozens of dancing and singing children, Robert Joffrey's staging beams brightly from start to finish. And, as always, Gerald Arpino's waltzes are perennial crowd-pleasers. Says the Washington Post: "The Snow scene is one of the ballet's high points, with its clusters of ballerina-snowflakes skimming about like pools of light. And in genuine Russian style, the folk dances that constitute the second act's divertissements are sentimental, even nostalgic." The Washington Post goes on to say that "it's the dancers' naturalness of feeling that gives this Nutcracker extra appeal…it brings holiday harmony tantalizingly close." No doubt you'll cherish this annual Kennedy Center tradition, whether you're six or ninety-six.