Nutcracker poster

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker is set to make a triumphant return in December at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. The number of performances have been increased this year to span two weekends – from December 14 to 22.  

“We are delighted to have come to an agreement with the new owners of The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts to ensure that our production will go ahead as planned,” according to Chan Hon Goh, Director of Goh Ballet and the Executive Producer of The Nutcracker. “Our production brings together dancers from various continents. It is especially important to present Vancouver audiences with world class Principal Dancers as well as diverse award-winning members of China’s leading dance institute to share the stage with wonderful local dancers.”

Celebrating its fifth anniversary season, Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker is well known for having the largest Nutcracker cast in the city. Over 200 local performers will be joined onstage by the Royal Danish Ballet’s Principal Dancers, Ulrik Bikkjaer and Gudrun Bojesen, making their Vancouver debuts in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier Prince.

In addition, award-winning members of the Beijing Dance Academy will take part in the production, as well as members from Brazil, Australia, and Japan. Musicians of the prestigious Vancouver Opera Orchestra will provide live musical accompaniment to Tchaikovsky’s timeless and captivating classical score.

Choreographed by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Anna-Marie Holmes, The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday classic for the whole family, based on author E.T.A. Hoffman’s adored fairy tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, who receives a Nutcracker doll from her uncle, Dr. Drosselmeyer. Later that night, the young girl dreams that her Nutcracker doll comes to life and leads an army of toy soldiers into battle against the evil Mouse King. After the Mouse King is defeated, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince journey through the beautiful Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, witnessing a world of breathtaking magic along the way. When Clara awakens, she wonders if her magical journey was all but a dream.

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Dates: December 14, 15, 21, 22, 2 pm; December 14, 20, and 21, 7:30 pm
Venue: Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, 777 Homer Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $32 to $83.25; available through Ticketmaster, via phoning 1.855.985.2787, or online

About Goh Ballet
Through its wide-ranging repertoire of classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, character and Chinese dance, the Goh Ballet has touched a diverse audience, ranging from children discovering dance through the Youth Company’s educational outreach program to the seasoned dance aficionados attending performances and international festivals.

The Goh Ballet Youth Company was established in 1979 by Principal Dancers of The National Ballet of China, Choo Chiat, and Lin Yee Goh. Currently under the Direction of Chan Hon Goh, former Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada, the Goh Ballet Youth Company’s objective is the pursuit of technical and artistic excellence in conjunction with raising cultural awareness in the community. This performing group reflects the city’s cultural diversity, serves as a magnet to attract talented dancers locally and abroad, and helps to ease the transition from a student to professional dancer.

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