Miami City Ballet is bringing George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker outdoors for everyone to enjoy this holiday season!
The merry day has arrived! Miami City Ballet’s popular The Nutcracker production is opening on Friday, December 18, at Downtown Doral Park for everyone to enjoy and celebrate the holiday season safely.
After canceling most of its 2020-21 season, the ballet announced earlier in October it would be readapting George Balanchine’s incredible production of The Nutcracker into a COVID-friendly outdoor production. The new show, which features animation, projection, video and live sequences, prioritizes the health and safety of all those involved while still delivering all the magic and joy of the beloved Christmas classic.
“George Balanchine’s Nutcracker is an iconic, time-honored, deeply cherished ballet that depicts the essence of winter — of families coming together, of challenges and dreams, of progress and accomplishment– and the music that Tchaikovsky wrote captures it perfectly. People look forward to seeing it time and time again. This year, in our 35th anniversary season, it takes on additional meaning in the face of this unforgiving virus,” said Lourdes Lopez, MCB’s Artistic Director in a press release.
“We have adapted this incredible story for an outdoor setting while working to meet the health and safety needs of our audience, dancers, students and everyone involved in the production. It has been a profound and powerful journey to witness business, medical and government sectors join forces with a ballet company to bring joy and healing to their citizens, to keep our dreams alive, to be entertained, to hum the melodies we all know, and most of all, to dance,” she continued.
The ballet will hold 14 performances of The Nutcracker at Downtown Doral Park from Friday, December 18, through to Thursday, December 31. Opening night on December 18 will be reserved for a special free performance for all first responders and essential workers. Performance for the general public will start on December 19 and tickets are available for purchase on the ballet’s website.
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