The Joffrey Ballet
Ashley C. Wheater, Artistic Director
--with the Opera House Orchestra
--with the Norwood Middle School Choir (Bethesda, MD), National Cathedral School Choir (Washington, DC), and St. Alban's Choir (Washington, DC)
Conceived and directed by Robert Joffrey
Selected choreography by Gerald Arpino
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
"Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker dazzles as a confection striving toward perfection."
--The Washington Post
"A magical concoction of fireside warmth, battling giant mice, snowy winter landscapes and invigorating dance..."
Lights are twinkling and gifts are wrapped--sure signs that the holidays are here again. The Kennedy Center invites audiences to unwrap one of the season's favorite gifts when The Joffrey Ballet returns to perform their Nutcracker. Featuring charming Victorian scenery and costumes, Gerald Arpino's waltzes for the Snowflakes and Flowers, and dozens of dancing and singing children, Robert Joffrey's staging beams brightly from beginning to end. The holidays get off to a festive start with the only Nutcracker that shines with enough yuletide luster to last through the season.
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." Whether this will be your first Nutcracker or fiftieth, this Kennedy Center tradition is the most cherished in DC.
Performance Timing: Act I - 50 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 52 min.
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