BOSTON BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER, THE BEST-LOVED NUTCRACKER IN THE U.S., TAKES THE STAGE AT THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE
New England’s Favorite Tradition Returns For its 43rd Year, November 26 – December 31, 2010
BOSTON, MA – October 28, 2010 – Boston Ballet presents Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, voted last year as ‘The Best-Loved Nutcracker in the U.S.’, November 26 – December 31, 2010. All 40 performances of this season’s production are presented by State Street Corporation. All performances take place at The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston. Additionally, Boston Ballet and The Nutcracker will make over 30 special appearances at events throughout the community during the holiday season.
“It is with great pleasure that the company prepares for this season’s The Nutcracker,” said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “We are thrilled to have increased the number of performances to 40 this year, as well as expanded the company roster with dancers from around the world who will debut in this magical production. We are grateful to New Englanders for making us a part of your holiday traditions for 43 years.”
In addition to the world-renowned company dancers, Boston Ballet’s production features Nissinen’s own choreography which infuses the classical traditions of Marius Petipa’s The Nutcracker with fresh, neo-classical style giving it a vibrant and energized feel. The choreography is complemented by the full Boston Ballet Orchestra led by Principal Conductor Jonathan McPhee, spectacular sets designed by Helen Pond and Herbert Senn, and intricate and whimsical costumes by David Walker and Charles Heightchew. Nearly 250 Boston Ballet School students from across New England will dance in this year’s production.
Last year, The Boston Globe called the season a “Nutcracker boom,” and wrote “Boston Ballet has carved its own niche with an extravagant production featuring lavish sets and costumes, live music, striking choreograph, [and] first-rate dancing.”
New to this year’s Nutcracker season is the addition of a New Year’s Eve celebration performance with special added surprises for the audience, as well as unique children’s activities hosted by Boston Ballet School and American Girl during school vacation week performances December 28-31. Additionally, Boston Ballet’s OFFSTAGE, a season-long event series for young professionals, hosts an evening at the theatre with an after-party on Thursday, December 9.
State Street Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of financial services to institutional investors, is presenting sponsor of this year’s production. State Street also plays a major role in Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker Magic event, to be held this year on December 9. Nutcracker Magic supports Boston Ballet’s Share the Magic program, which sends more than 3,000 children to Boston Ballet productions each year. Hannah Grove, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Marketing for State Street, will chair the event for the fourth consecutive year.
“State Street’s continued commitment to The Nutcracker impacts the many thousands of children and families who enjoy The Nutcracker every holiday season, as well as thousands of children year-round through our Share the Magic program,” said Nissinen. “We are grateful for their support of the Boston Ballet’s work on stage, in the studio, and in the community.”
The Nutcracker, a classical ballet in two acts based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, follows the enchanting journey of young Clara, who receives a Nutcracker as a gift at a Christmas Eve party. Her nutcracker is ultimately transformed into a handsome young prince, who leads her through an enchanted forest and on to the Palace of Sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy. Among the ballet’s most famous and memorable moments are a battle between toy soldiers and overgrown mice, a Christmas tree that grows to huge heights, the pas de deux of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, and a shimmering snow scene.
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2010-2011 Season Tickets
Subscriptions, individual tickets and tickets for The Nutcrakcer are on sale now. Subscriptions and all tickets will be available for sales online 24 hours a day or by phone at 617.695.6955 or in person at the box office at 19 Clarendon Street, Boston, Mon–Fri, 9am-5pm and on performance days on Sat and Sun, 11am – 4pm. Prices for season ballets start at $25. Tickets to The Nutcracker start at $35. Discounted group tickets (10 or more for season ballets and 20 or more for The Nutcracker) are available by calling Boston Ballet’s Group Sales at 617.456.6343. Contact the Boston Ballet Box Office at 617.695.6955 or click here for details.
About Boston Ballet
Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio and in the community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Barry Hughson, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and the largest ballet school in North America, Boston Ballet School.
Boston Ballet maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today’s finest choreographers. Boston Ballet’s second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting lecture-demonstrations and special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast.
Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to excellence and access and reaches more than 10,000 students ages 2-adult each year through Boston Ballet School classes, Summer Dance Workshop, Summer Dance Program, Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance. The wide array of dance programs are held at three studio locations in Boston, Newton, and Marblehead with additional programs throughout New England, as well as community centers and in Boston Public Schools.
Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners:
State Street Corporation, 2010 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker
Massachusetts Cultural Council
National Endowment for the Arts