Directed by Michelangelo Canale
Anchorage Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker is an exciting ballet performance filled with fantasy.
Join Marie as her Nutcracker Prince escorts her on a magical journey through an enchanted forest filled with cascading snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets! At the Kingdom of the Sweets, Marie is greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy International Ballet Stars join the Anchorage Ballet for this exciting holiday tradition.
The Prince tells her about their daring battle with the army of mice and Marie is rewarded with a celebration of dances. Each dance is a gift: Coffee: Arabian Dance, Tea: Chinese Dance, Trepak: Russian Dance, Chocolate: Spanish Dance, The Dance of the Mirlitons and the Waltz of the Flowers.
As a finale, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier dance a beautiful Pas de Deux. Marie awakens from her dream and finds herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved Nutcracker.
International guest artists join Anchorage Ballet for this wonderful holiday event.
A must see this winter!
The Nutcracker Story
The Nutcracker is based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same: the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. When Marius Petipa choreographed the story into a ballet, it was actually based on a revision by the French author Alexander Dumas. His version reflects the ballet that we have come to love as The Nutcracker.
It is Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum’s. Family and friends have gathered to decorate the beautiful Christmas tree in preparation for the party. Once the tree is finished, the children are sent for. They stand in awe of the tree sparkling with candles and decorations. The party begins, a march is played and presents are given out to the children. Suddenly, as the owl-topped grandmother clock strikes eight, a mysterious figure enters the room. It is Drosselmeyer, a local councilman, magician, and Marie’s godfather. Drosselmeyer has another toy for them: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man, used for cracking nuts. The other children ignore it, but Marie immediately takes a liking to it. Franz, however, accidentally breaks it. Marie is heartbroken. During the night, after everyone else has gone to bed, Marie returns to check on her beloved nutcracker. As she reaches the little bed, the clock strikes midnight and she looks up to see Drosselmeyer perched atop it. Suddenly, mice begin to fill the room and the Christmas tree begins to grow to dizzying heights. The Nutcracker also grows to life size. Marie finds herself in the midst of a battle between an army of soldiers and the mice. As the Mouse King advances on the Nutcracker, Marie throws her slipper at him, distracting him long enough for the nutcracker to stab him.
The Land of the Snow
The Nutcracker Prince takes Marie on a journey to the Land of Snow, an enchanted forest wonderland where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes.
The Kindom of the Sweets
The Nutcracker Prince escorts Marie to the Kingdom of Sweets. Upon arriving there, Marie and her Nutcracker Prince are welcomed by Angels and the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. They are presented with gifts: tea from China, coffee from Arabia, chocolate from Spain, a Russian Trepak, Mother Gigogne and her Polinchinelles and a Pas de Trois. The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier dance a beautiful pas de deux. Everyone joins together in a grand finale. The dream ends and Marie awakens finding herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved Nutcracker doll.
Join Artistic Director Michelangelo Canale and the Anchorage Ballet Nutcracker cast for an exciting evening of ballet artistry.