American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
Thursday, December 08, 2011 - Sunday, December 11, 2011

American Ballet Theatre performs Alexei Ratmansky's production--"[it] seizes your attention…like no other" (The New York Times)--of Tchaikovsky's family holiday classic.

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American Ballet Theatre
Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director

with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra,
the Norwood Middle School Choir (Bethesda, MD), and the National Cathedral School Choir (Washington, DC)

The Nutcracker
Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

"A production like no other. Funny and touching...the entertainment level doesn't flag."
--The New York Times

"ABT has itself a holiday winner."
--Vanity Fair

Magical toy soldiers, shimmering snowflakes, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann's whimsical world descend upon the Kennedy Center for the DC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker. American Ballet Theatre's artist-in-residence and former Artistic Director of Bolshoi Ballet, Mr. Ratmansky choreographed this new production, which premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2010 to rave reviews. The New York Times notes, "Made with complete theatrical authority from first to last, it shows many aspects of Mr. Ratmansky: satirist, storyteller, dramatist, poet," who tweaks the story and "makes it new."

Performed with a live orchestra, together with extraordinary sets and costumes by Tony Award winner Richard Hudson (The Lion King) , Ratmansky's new version of Tchaikovsky's classic unites more than 100 superb performers for a sublime retelling of the beloved story. Join young Clara and her famous wooden prince for the sweetest of all family holiday dreams. Even if you've already seen 50 Nutcrackers, you will not want to miss this one by Alexei Ratmansky. This Kennedy Center tradition is the most cherished in DC.

Performance Timing: Act I - 46 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 48 min.

Clara, The Princess  
(12/8 eve & 10 mat - Part; 12/9 mat & 10 eve - Reyes; 12/9 eve & 11 mat - Herrera; 12/11 eve - Murphy)
Nutcracker, The Prince
(12/8 eve & 10 mat - Gomes; 12/9 mat & 10 eve - Cornejo; 12/9 eve & 11 mat - Stearns; 12/11 eve - Hallberg)


Watch and Listen

Listen to No.2 March from The Nutcracker

Alexei Ratmansky discusses his new production of The Nutcracker

American Ballet Theatre rehearses The Nutcracker

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