Alberta Ballet Nutcracker performer Yukichi Hattori

Ballet BC is proud to announce the return to Vancouver of Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker, at the Queen E Theatre from December 28 to 31, featuring three evening performances and two matinees.

Choreographed by Edmund Stripe, with sets and costumes designed by Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown, The Nutcracker is set in turn of the 20th century Imperial Russia, an era of opulent grandeur. This production “…sparkles like a Fabergé egg…” says the Vancouver Sun and extravagantly displays more than a million dollars in stunning sets and costumes.

Alberta Ballet Nutcracker Company
[The Alberta Ballet performing The Nutcracker]

With scores of children, mice in the battle scene dressed as Cossack soldiers, and snowflakes dressed as Russian princesses, this “sparking and spectacular achievement” (The Calgary Herald) offers a perfect complement to Tchaikovsky’s glorious musical score played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar says, “Vancouver audiences were delighted with Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker when it was first presented here in 2011. We’re pleased to bring back this magical version of the famous Christmas ballet with its live music performed by the VSO, extravagant sets and costumes and the talented dancers of Alberta Ballet. The Nutcracker is unforgettable family entertainment that is sure to enrich your holiday season.”

Alberta Ballet Nutcracker performer Aska Homma
[Alberta Ballet Nutcracker performer Aska Homma]

Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Dates: December 28 to 30, 7:30 pm; December 29 and 31, 2 pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $26.50 to $85 (excluding service charges); available online or via phoning Ticketmaster at 1.855.985.2787 (855.985.ARTS); family packs and child pricing available

About Alberta Ballet

Formed in 1966, Alberta Ballet one of Canada’s leading ballet companies renowned for its contemporary and classical repertoire. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître and Executive Director Martin Bragg, Alberta Ballet has remained at the forefront of the national and international arts scene. One of the only arts organizations in Canada to call two cities home, Alberta Ballet is proud to be a community leader both on and off the stage.
Ballet BC continues its commitment to perform highly acclaimed productions on regional, national and international tours in addition to its regular performance season at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. For more information, visit Ballet BC online or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and on Twitter.

All photos by Darren Makowichuk.

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