October 5, 2023
Particulars on ‘The Nutcracker’s’ returns to the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet after two-year hiatus

Dancers from all over the world assembly Sugar Plum Fairy on the carousel in “The Nutcracker.” (Sharen Bradford/Aspen Santa Fe Ballet)

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is kicking off the vacation season with the basic, “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 17-18 on the Lensic Performing Arts Heart, 211 W. San Francisco St., in Santa Fe.

“This present clearly revolves round a woman named Clara who was gifted a nutcracker for Christmas by her uncle,” stated Kathleen Reed, advertising affiliate at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. “Then, she is swept into this dream world the place this Nutcracker saved her from an evil Rat King after which they journey into the land of sweets the place lots of dancers from all over the world greet them.”

The efficiency returns after a two-year hiatus.

“The final time we put this on was 2019, so we needed to sort of put the whole lot on maintain for apparent causes,” Reed stated. “That was all productions, from the ‘Nutcracker,’ to our faculty recitals to the entire corporations that we usher in all year long, to our personal private ballet firm that performs all over the world, the whole lot was sort of placed on maintain for the previous two seasons.”

The “Nutcracker” can have a various solid of over 100 performers with dancers from all over the world alongside college students from Aspen Santa Fe Ballet College.

“It’s a huge puzzle piece as lots of these dancers have already got their routines down pat as they’ve achieved that most likely one million occasions,” Reed stated. “So the primary little bit of the present is placed on by our youngsters after which we rent these professionals from across the nation to do the extra skilled items, so it’s a puzzle piece.”

Leaping Jack-in-the-box performing on the Stahlbaum Christmas social gathering in a scene from “The Nutcracker.” (Sharen Bradford/Aspen Santa Fe Ballet )

This yr’s present will function New York Metropolis ballet performers Brittany Pollack and Peter Walker.

Having dancers from throughout was essential for Aspen Sante Fe Ballet.

“You need to determine in early summer time if you wish to go forward and transfer ahead with this manufacturing as a result of we soak up professionals from all over the world,” Reed stated. “We determined to deliver this on as a result of ‘Nutcracker’ is such a shining jewel throughout the vacation season and it simply doesn’t really feel like the vacations with out it.”

Reed stated the “Nutcracker” is a timeless basic for the vacation season.

“I’ve all the time been actually tall for my age, so I used to be all the time solid as a celebration boy, once I did ‘Nutcracker’ and I all the time fell in love with the social gathering scene,” Reed stated. “It’s the one that’s the most grounded in actuality and it’s bought a bunch of various actions and it simply feels most like Christmas to me.”

New to this “Nutcracker” are Ukrainian and Mexican divertissements becoming a member of the celebration of worldwide cultural dance, together with conventional Chinese language and Spanish flamenco dances.

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