Holiday Family Classic Nutcracker from Pacific Northwest Ballet
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The last date listed for Nutcracker was Wednesday December 30, 2009 / 5:30pm.
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Catch some spectacular ballroom dancing courtesy of the stars of a few of TV's biggest prime-time hits when Ballroom with a Twist comes to town. This theatrical production, which blends traditional ballroom dancing with contemporary styles, was created and choreographed by Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Louis Van Amstel. With a cast that includes Dancing With the Stars' Maksim Chmerkovskiy (this season's winner), Karina Smirnoff, Val Chmerkovskiy and Shana Burgess, vocalist Von Smith from American Idol, as well as some of your favorites from So You Think You Can Dance and more, this show will have you dancing in the aisles. Learn More
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A beautiful event performed with enthusiasm and talent. I would recommend this show to adults and children---as there is much to be enjoyed by any age. The set design was creative, artistic and complemented the telling of the story.
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“The thrill of the children both in the audience and on stage is contagious.” —Seattle Times
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Sets & Costumes: Maurice Sendak
Photo © Angela Sterling
The brilliant result of close collaboration between PNB Founding Artistic Director and choreographer Kent Stowell and renowned children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, Nutcracker premiered to national acclaim in December 1983. Drawing on E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Stowell and Sendak delved deeply into the original story and infused the ballet with a drama and strength that fully complements Tchaikovsky’s classic score.
The following year saw the publication of Nutcracker, a new edition of the original Hoffman story, with illustrations by Sendak, that remained on the New York Times Best Seller List for eight weeks. In 1986, a feature-length film of the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker was premiered in Seattle and released nationwide. In addition to annual Seattle performances, PNB has performed Nutcracker in Vancouver, Portland, and Minneapolis.