New York Theatre Ballet Presents Keith Michael's NUTCRACKER, Now thru 12/22
New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) returns for a second season of Keith Michael's Nutcracker, an enchanting holiday ballet. This one-hour ballet is perfect for children ages 3-10, with clever choreography sophisticated enough for the most discerning parent. Opening night at New York City's Florence Gould Hall will be tonight, December 7 at 4:30 p.m., with additional shows on December 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22 (see schedule below).
This classic retelling of the Nutcracker begins on Christmas Eve with toymaker Drosselmeyer's arrival carrying an endearing nutcracker doll, and includes a lively mouse queen with a 18-foot-tail, a journey through the Land of Snow and, of course, a sweet romance between a young woman and her nutcracker prince. From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement.
The Nutcracker is set in Art Nouveau style circa 1907 featuring innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer, Keith Michael, set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and costumes by Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia Nolan.
Tickets are $35 for children and $40 for adults. Premium Seating is $45. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nytb.org, Ticketmaster (800.982.2787) or in-person at the Florence Gould Hall box office at 55 East 59th Street, New York City (for more information, contact Florence Gould Hall box office at 212.355.6160). Group rates and special subscriptions are also available at www.nytb.org. Each seat at the recently renovated Florence Gould Hall offers excellent viewing for audience members of all ages.
New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, is the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States. NYTB is dedicated to inspiring a love of dance in diverse audiences through performances of chamber ballet masterpieces and bold new works for adults, and innovative one-hour ballets for children-all at affordable prices. By pairing the ballets of legendary creators, including Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Agnes deMille, José Limón and Jerome Robbins, with those of contemporary visionaries such as Pam Tanowitz, Antonia Franceschi and Gemma Bond, it brings audiences a new understanding and appreciation of dance. NYTB's approach to dancing for children is groundbreaking and unique. It is the only adult ballet company in the country that also presents an annual series of hour-long ballets tailored to the attention span of young audience members, while offering high production values and clever choreography sophisticated enough for discerning parents. NYTB is committed to bringing ballet to smaller cities and venues where it is less-often performed as well as to reaching underserved audiences, especially children. Its professional school provides scholarships to talented homeless and underserved children.
NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Friday, December 7: 4:30 pm
Saturday, December 8: 11 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm
Sunday, December 9: 11 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm
Friday, December 14: 10 am & 12:00 pm
Saturday, December 15: 11 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm
Sunday, December 16: 11 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm
Friday, December 21: 1 pm, & 3:30 pm
Saturday, December 22: 11 am & 1 pm
To purchase tickets: On-line at www.nytb.org. In person at the Florence Gould Hall Box Office, 55 East 59th Street, NYC Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787. Box Office Hotline: 212-355-6160. Children $35, Adults $40.