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Lincoln Center, 70 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023
Ended 3 Jan 2015 after 36 days
The Balanchine Nutcracker, which had its premiere at New York City Center on Feb. 2, 1954, is now older than any member of its onstage cast (except an occasional Drosselmeier) and most of the audience.
The New York Times
The New York City Ballet's annual production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is at the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season, and this year is extra-special as we celebrate their 60th anniversary of performing New York City's best loved Nutcracker! Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit.
From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most breathtaking costumes, sets and dancing on earth.
Almost 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students each from the School of American Ballet join forces to make each performance as magical as possible. The elaborate stage elements and intricate lighting unleash the viewers' imagination by providing visual effects that are extraordinarily grand. The most famous example is the one-ton Christmas tree that grows from a height of 12 feet to 40 feet, evoking audible gasps of disbelief from the audience at each performance.
Opening night: 28 November 2014
Closing night: 3 January 2015
Perfect for the whole family and a wonderful introduction to ballet for younger audience members
90 minutes with an interval after 49 minutes
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