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Alberta Ballet

November 27, 2018
The Nutcracker, Alberta Ballet

The Snow Tsarina enters at the end of Act I

The Nutcracker

NAC Southam Hall, Ottawa

(Performances November 28 through December 2, 7 p.m., plus Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m.)

When The Nutcracker comes to town, for me it’s the official start of the holiday season.

And this year, the Alberta Ballet presents its traditional and opulent version of this 125-year-old ballet that is based on the original 1816 story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by German author E. T. A. Hoffmann.

A two-act Tchaikovsky ballet, The Nutcracker continues to enchant young and old year after year, as it takes its audience into a magical world of battling rodents, waltzing princesses and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The story opens on a festive Christmas Eve party that takes place in 19th century Imperial Russia, introduces the mysterious Drosselmeyer, who performs a strange play about a nutcracker soldier and a ballerina who fall in love, and then takes us into Klara’s dream world on the other side of midnight, where she witnesses a battle with Cossack rats.

Nutcracker,+Alberta+Ballet+2018The first act ends with the appearance of the magical Snow Tsarina, entering the stage with her attendant white wolves and snow princesses, who dance under a sensational shimmering “snowfall” that drifts seemingly endlessly onto the stage against a starlit backdrop.

The second act features the palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where dancers from all over the world entertain Klara and her nutcracker soldier companion.

Award-winning choreographer Edmund Stripe created Alberta Ballet’s nostalgic and whimsical version 10 years ago and features American designer Zach Brown’s delightful costumes.

Nearly 100 young dancers from local dance schools will join the troupe on stage as party children, mice, rats, soldiers and pages.

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