Los Angeles Ballet TAKES THE NUTCRACKER TO FIVE VENUES to launch its seventh season
Los Angeles Ballet [LAB] Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary will tour its acclaimed rendition of the beloved classic The Nutcracker to five venues for the very first time. Each weekend in December will feature evening and matinee performances at a different location, including the Alex Theatre, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Royce Hall (UCLA), Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach and Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge.
“Seven years ago, The Nutcracker served as LAB’s introduction to the City of Los Angeles, and as the years have gone by it continues to produce new fans of all ages to the world of ballet,” said Christensen. “With this ambitious expansion to five venues, LAB will have the opportunity to reach new audiences and give them a chance to participate in what has become a holiday tradition.” Added Neary, “The Nutcracker is such a great showcase for our principal dancers Allynne Noelle and Allyssa Bross.”
An original production choreographed by Christensen and Neary set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s illustrious score, The Nutcracker will see principal dancers Allynne Noelle and Allyssa Bross reprise their role as Marie at alternating performances, as well as principal dancers Christopher Revels and Kenta Shimizu as The Prince. Featuring sets with Los Angeles flair by LA designer Catherine Kanner and costumes originally designed by Mikael Melbye, The Nutcracker has become a staple for the city of Los Angeles, and LAB is excited to be able to bring this endearing ballet to broader audiences and new venues.
Performances of The Nutcracker will take place at venues across Los Angeles County from December 1 to December 30. Tickets range in price from $24 – $95. Full repertoire follows.
Reserve now by calling 310.998.7782 or by visiting Los Angeles Ballet’s website.
Los Angeles Ballet THE NUTCRACKER Schedule
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203
Saturday, December 1, 2012 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 2, 2012 @ 2:00pm
carpenter performing arts center
6200 East Atherton Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Saturday, December 8, 2012 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 9, 2012 @ 2:00pm
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Saturday, December 15, 2012 @ 1:00pm
Saturday, December 15, 2012 @ 5:00pm
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 1:00pm
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 5:00pm
Valley performing arts center
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Saturday, December 22, 2012 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 23, 2012 @ 2:00pm
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 1:00pm
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 5:00pm
Sunday, December 30, 2012 @ 2:00pm
*Repertoire subject to change
About the Artistic Directors
Thordal Christensen is the Founding co-Artistic Director for Los Angeles Ballet. The world of dance claims Mr. Christensen as one of its most respected citizens. Mr. Christensen danced with the Royal Danish Ballet, New York City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet in major roles in the classical and modern repertoire. He was appointed artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet School in 1999. During his leadership he advanced the company repertoire and school to new levels. In 2002, Mr. Christensen was appointed Knight of Dannebrog by Her Majesty Margrethe II.
Colleen Neary is the Founding co-Artistic Director for Los Angeles Ballet. Ms. Neary danced as a soloist from 1969 to 1979 with New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. She had numerous roles created for her by George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jacques d’Amboise and others.
She was invited in 1979 to be Ballet Mistress and Choreographic Assistant for the Zurich Ballet. During this period she also staged Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote and Manfred for La Scala de Milan, Zurich Ballet and Vienna State Opera. In 1984 she was invited to be Principal Guest Artist and company teacher for Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XXième Siecle where he created several roles for her. In 1986 she was invited to join Pacific Northwest Ballet as Principal Dancer. In 1992 she joined The Royal Danish Ballet as Ballet Mistress and company teacher. By 1999 she became First Ballet Mistress in charge of productions, a position she held until 2002.
Ms. Neary is a member of the George Balanchine Trust and has staged many of his ballets, including Agon, The Four Temperaments, Theme and Variations, Rubies, Serenade, Tarantella, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Divertimento no.15, Piano Concerto no. 2, Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Symphony in C, for leading companies around the world.
Since co-founding Los Angeles Ballet in 2006, Ms. Neary and Mr. Christensen have worked continuously to advance the company to one of the nation’s most prestigious ballet companies by staging and choreographing increasingly difficult works, such as La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Prodigal Son, Giselle, and now Swan Lake.
About Los Angeles Ballet
Launched in 2006 by Co-Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary and Executive Director Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet enjoyed a successful first season as the city’s own professional ballet company focused on capturing the creative aesthetic unique to Southern California. Los Angeles Ballet is committed to bringing world-class dance to audiences throughout Southern California by performing at venues in many different communities. Through touring LA County and presenting both classical choreography and new contemporary works, LAB aims to make dance more accessible and appealing to a diverse base of fans who will grow to become devoted, supportive patrons.
The Company, a not-for-profit arts organization, makes its professional home at Los Angeles Ballet Center in Los Angeles, which also house Los Angeles Ballet School.