We love a classic Nutcracker, but appreciate variety in the Christmas ballet standard, too. This season the holiday ballet can be seen in trademarked virtuosic style at Lincoln Center; adapted for family audiences in venues across the city; and a grown-up version by the American Ballet Theatre in a Brooklyn.
The original Nutcracker—Marius Petipa’s ballet based on an E.T.A. Hoffman story with music by Tchaikovsky—first premiered at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 17, 1892. The Sugar Plum Fairy, dancing rodents led by a mouse soldier, the young heroine Clara (sometimes called Marie) and Tchaikovsky’s score have become a holiday favorite in New York, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the ballet.
From late November through early January, die-hard fans and first-timers can take their pick of Nutcrackers, or choose to chew them all up.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 - Sat, Jan 04, 2014
Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets make the production one of the company's most complex and delightful theatrical stagings.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 - Fri, Dec 20, 2013
Ballet for Young Audiences / Ballet Repertory, NYC, is a unique company dedicated to the introduction of dance to new audiences. It is a group of professional dancers from NYC ...
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 - Sun, Dec 22, 2013
The enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann's whimsical world return in this acclaimed production of The Nutcracker, presented by the renowned American Ballet Theatre and choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 7:00 pm
Join us for a spectacular blend of dance and music that will fill your soul with Christmas spirit. In this timeless holiday tradition, enjoy a sugarplum delight, enchanting music, and ...
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 - Sun, Dec 22, 2013
Keith Michael has replaced his own Nutcracker, performed from 1985-2010, with a new version and it’s a honey.
Sat, Nov 30, 2013 - Sun, Jan 05, 2014
A baroque-burlesque confection of theatre, dance, circus and sumptuous design, all with an erotic edge, based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013, 7:00 pm
"The Nutcracker: A Contemporary Ballet" by Giada Ferrone featuring students from Connecticut Dance Center.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013, 6:30 pm
Choreographed by Edouard Kouchnarev, a new generation Russian choreographer who has danced and choreographed throughout the world, our production is a charming introduction to ballet and to the classic tale ...
Fri, Jan 03, 2014 - Sun, Jan 05, 2014
An Alternative Adaptation of The Nutcracker, set in the East Village, inspired by true stories.