One of the mainstays of the holiday season is The Nutcracker ballet, which has been performed by ballet companies around the world for over 100 years. The Boston Ballet has been performing the production since 2012 at the Boston Opera House. The ballet is one of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved musical pieces, and continues to delight audiences of all ages.
Mikko Nissinen has been the art director of the Boston Ballet since 2001, dedicated to developing ballet as an art form and shaping the future of dance. The Boston Ballet has come to increased national and global attention under his direction, and his work on this year’s Nutcracker will only continue that attention.
For those who do not know, The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara Silberhaus and her nutcracker, a present from her uncle, Herr Drosselmeier. The nutcracker is transformed into a life-size prince and brings Clara to his kingdom. He helps the Snow King and Queen fight the Mouse King for possession of their castle, and introduces Clara to the Sugar Plum Fairy who helps rule his kingdom. When Clara awakes the next morning, she is unsure if she was dreaming or if it all actually happened.
The music in this show is beautiful and classic, and the dancing is brings the magical world, and the audience’s imaginations, to life. Everyone will follow Clara right along on her journey, and be enthralled and transported in the process. Classic scenes, like the dancing snowflakes and the famous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, will be brought to life wonderfully on stage.
The cast of this year’s performances will be rotating through the parts, but will be dancing in all of the shows. The show is approximately two hours long, and will be running from November 25 through December 31. Ticket prices range from $75 to $250, depending on where the seats are located. Make sure to check out bostonballet.org for performance dates and ticket purchases. You do not want to miss the best holiday performance in New England!