Rejoice in the spirit of the holidays with Ballet Arizona, the Valleyâ€™s only professional ballet company, as it presents the classic story of â€˜The Nutcracker,â€™ choreographed by Artistic Director Ib Andersen. â€˜The Nutcrackerâ€™ will run from Dec. 9 through 24 for a total of 15 performances, with afternoon and evening shows at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. Located at 75 N. 2nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004. All performances are accompanied with live music by The Phoenix Symphony.
In 2013, The New York Timesâ€™ senior dance critic Alastair Macaulay hailed Ib Andersenâ€™s â€˜The Nutcrackerâ€™ as â€œone of the three finest productionsâ€ of the nearly 20 versions he attended around the country. Ballet Arizona created the production in 2006 at a cost of $1.8 million.
The beloved ballet tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful Mouse King before embarking on a wondrous journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Young and old alike will experience the many special effects, including the Christmas tree that â€œgrowsâ€ to 40 feet, 200 pounds of â€œsnowâ€ falling during the snow scene and the firing of cannons onstage.
â€œThe Nutcracker is about coming together to celebrate the holidays to the unforgettable music of Tchaikovsky. Watching it with your friends and loved ones will make your heart sing,â€ said Andersen.
Single tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Ballet Arizona box office at 602-381-1096. For more information, visit balletaz.org/performance/cinderella-2022.
About Ballet Arizona:
Ballet Arizona is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating new and innovative works. Under the artistic direction of internationally acclaimed choreographer Ib Andersen â€“ a former Principal Dancer with The New York City Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet â€“ Ballet Arizona follows his lead to the future of dance in Arizona. The School of Ballet Arizona promotes access to the art form of ballet through dance education, with a focus on excellence in the form, directing each student to a life-long love of dance. Following this vision, Ballet Arizona connects to more than 35,000 children and families every year through its free and low-cost outreach programs. For more information, visit http://www.balletaz.org.