NYC Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
December 2015 – Fathom Events in continuation of bringing out live performance and classic entertainment brought the Lincoln Center performance events to big screen. In time for the holidays, they presented the New York City Ballet performing George Balanchine’s adaptation of The Nutcracker. Performed on the massive stage at Lincoln Center, the event featured a 40’ Christmas tree, other giant stage backgrounds and a cast that ranged from their featured ballerinas to children.
This iconic production of a holiday classic has been an annual event on stage since it was first performed in 1954. In George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, Tchaikovsky's beloved melodies transport the audience to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. Unique in this interpretation are the lead roles being played by children of approximately 10 yrs of age. Using the lead as children, reduces the story aspects of a love interest between the prince and Clara (Maria in this adaptation), and free the other dancers to have more athletic and elaborate routines. This presentation by the NY City Ballet is famous for its extravagant staging, Balanchine’s stunning choreography, awe-inspiring set pieces, ornate costumes, and grand one-of-a-kind visual effects.
The audience, which was a mix of couples, family, and an age diversity of 5-7yr grandkids getting their first exposure to the spectacle, through many senior citizens returning to the holiday classic as part of a decades long family tradition. The performance translated quite well to big screen, and many in the audience applauded along with the live audience at the routines by the dancers in this event.