Live From Lincoln Center: The Nutcracker at NYC Ballet

December 9th, 2011

Photo courtesy of Paul Kolnik

Next week, Live From Lincoln Center gets into the holiday spirit with New York City Ballet’s take on the holiday favorite, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s score, Balanchine’s Nutcracker features New York City Ballet’s roster of more than 150 dancers and musicians, as well as two alternating casts of 50 children from the School of American Ballet, the New York City Ballet’s official school. In addition to Balanchine’s choreography, the work features scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska and lighting by Mark Stanley, after the original design by Ronald Bates.

The live television broadcast will be hosted by School of American Ballet board member Chelsea Clinton, who danced several roles in the ballet with Ballet Arkansas from 1985-1992 and then the Washington Ballet from 1993-1996. In a Lincoln Center first, the program will also bring the holiday classic to service men and women around the world via a Christmas Eve re-broadcast on the American Forces Network.

Live From Lincoln Center‘s presentation of The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet premieres Wednesday, December 14 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

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