by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
No holiday season is complete without a live performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The catchy, vibrant music and the dancing candy and desserts make it perfect for children. Dances Patrelle is holding its 18th annual production of The Yorkville Nutcracker, choreographed by Francis Patrelle, which you won’t want to miss!The ballet features two professional dancers from the New York City Ballet, as well as some 100 young dancers from around the NYC area. I saw last year’s performance and was so impressed – not just by the professional dancers, but also by the younger ballet students who are incredibly talented and bring a rare quality to the production. You could tell some of the older students are on the verge of a professional career. The smaller kids were beyond adorable and it makes perfect sense to have them on stage – it is a ballet about kids and for kids; why shouldn’t it be by kids?The company presents the 18th annual production of choreographer Francis Patrelle’s unique rendition of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic The Nutcracker. Set in 1895, The Yorkville Nutcracker takes the audience on an action-packed tour of Olde New York’s most beloved landmarks, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. Lavish sets and costumes, enchanting music and beautiful dancers from ages 5 to 65 complete this thrilling production, with New York City Ballet principals Jenifer Ringer and Jared Angle as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Matthew Dibble, a soloist in Royal Ballet who performed on Broadway in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, will join the show as the Snow Boy.
When: December 5th – 7:00pm
December 6th – 7:00pm
December 7th – 2:00pm & 7:00pm
December 8th – 12:00pm & 5:00pm
Where: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
68th Street, between Park & Lexington Avenues, NYC
To purchase tickets call (212) 772-4448 or purchase at the Kaye Playhouse box office. You can also purchase online here.
For more information visit www.dancespatrelle.org
Photos by Eduardo Patino.
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for thirteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 6, 4 and 1) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.