The Joffrey Ballet
Ashley C. Wheater, Artistic Director
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
and The Arlington Children's Chorus
Conceived and directed by Robert Joffrey
Selected choreography by Gerald Arpino
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
"A theatrical event of irresistible power"
--The Washington Post
"A warm, lavish tribute to fantasy, family, and classic dance"
--The Chicago Tribune
Boasting larger-than-life Victorian America scenery and costumes, entrancing storytelling, Tchaikovsky's beloved score, and invigorating dancing that could only be found in a dream, The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker "could easily melt an old-fashioned snowstorm with its unique combination of warmth, charm, grandeur, and superb performances" (The Chicago Sun-Times). Fresh from celebrating its 25th anniversary, this awe-inspiring version of the perennial classic from Chicago's world-renowned company returns to dazzle and delight Washington audiences over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Joffrey's "elegantly unified production" (The Washington Post) brings the magic of the season to life like no other Nutcracker, swirling with heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, the glittering Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, a giant Mother Ginger, and a journey to the Kingdom of Sweets. From start to finish, The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker is one to cherish with the entire family--for the joy of its fairy-tale comforts, and for the excitement in discovering something new, every time.
Performance Timing: Act One - 50 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 52 min.