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Royal Winnipeg Ballet

December 5, 2017

nutcracker rwbThe Nutcracker

NAC Southam Hall, Ottawa

(Performances December 6 through 10, 7 p.m., plus Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m.)

With Christmas only two or three weeks away, what better way to get into the spirit of the season than taking in The Nutcracker ballet!

The nostalgic version the Royal Winnipeg Ballet brings to the National Arts Centre this year is a truly Canadian one with prancing polar bear cubs, Royal Canadian Mounted Police dolls, Bay blankets, a street hockey game, a snow-filled sky brushed with the Northern Lights, and a backdrop of Parliament Hill.

Nevertheless, the story still reflects all the magic of the original E.T.A. Hoffmann, even though it is set in 1913 Canada six months before the First World War. What this means for the story is we have a boyfriend arriving for the Christmas party from Montreal, dressed in military uniform, and the Christmas tree is lit with electric lights for the first time.

Tickets are already nearly sold out. Try not to miss this whimsical ballet, replete with its magical Christmas Eve, its sword-wielding mice, its toy soldiers battling by moonlight and its wintry pine forest. And, of course, the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.


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