â€˜The Nutcrackerâ€™ Brings Magic to the Holidays with Enhanced Experiences
By Melody Pierce -
Friday Oct 08, 2021
Get ready for visions of sugar plums, mouse kings and sparkling Swarovski crystals. Ballet Arizona is proud to announce its 36th year of The Nutcracker performances, choreographed by renowned Artistic Director Ib Andersen. The Nutcracker will run from December 10-24 for a total of 15 performances, with afternoon and evening shows at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. 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 The Nutcracker â€œone of the three finest productionsâ€ of the nearly 20 versions he attended around the country. Ballet Arizona, the Valleyâ€™s only professional ballet company, 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 "grows" to 40 feet, 200 pounds of "snow" falling during the snow scene and the firing of cannons onstage.
Enhance your 2021 holiday experience by upgrading your evening at The Nutcracker:
Some interesting facts from this season's The Nutcracker performances include:
â€¢ More than 100,000 Austrian Swarovski crystals make the spectacular Snow Scene sparkle.
â€¢ The Nutcracker scenic elements including sets, lights, costumes and special effects require four tractor trailers and two 24-foot trucks.
â€¢ The Mouse King is more than 9 feet tall with his crown.
â€¢ Over 7,000 pounds of dry ice is used for the entire run of the production.
â€¢ During the run of The Nutcracker, Ballet Arizonaâ€™s female dancers will use more than 300 pairs of pointe shoes. Pointe shoes are custom made and cost more than $100 per pair. Most pairs of shoes last one performance.
â€¢ The sleigh that Clara and the Prince ride in is built on a mobility scooter and one technician lays inside on their stomach and drives it around the stage.
â€¢ The production uses 25 different backdrops.
Ticket prices for The Nutcracker start at $25, with discounts offered for seniors, students, military and groups. To ensure lowest ticket prices and purchase enhanced experiences, buy exclusively through Ballet Arizona. Tickets and packages can be purchased by calling 602.381.1096 or visiting balletaz.org.
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 - a former Principal Dancer with The New York City Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet - 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 balletaz.org.