The Nutcracker by Balanchine, music by Tchaikovsky

Megan Fairchild, Joaquin De Luz, Adam Hendrickson... – The New York City Ballet

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Thomas A. Lemanski — Stage director

Karinska — Costume director

Mark Stanley — Lighting

Rouben Ter-Arutunian — Stage sets

Megan Fairchild — The Sugarplum Fairy

Joaquin De Luz — Herr Cavalier

Adam Hendrickson — Herr Drosselmeier

Colby Clark — Herr Drosselmeier's Nephew

Ask LaCour — Dr. Stahlbaum

Gwyneth Muller — Frau Stahlbaum

Fiona Brennan — Marie/The Little Princess

Maximillian Brooking Landegger — Fritz

Ashley Bouder — Dewdrop Fairy

Teresa Reichlen — Coffee

Daniel Ulbricht — Candy Cane

Tiler Peck — Marzipan Shepherdess

Antonio Carmena — Tea

Program notes

The legendary artistic director and choreographer of the New York City Ballet George Balanchine first plied his considerable talents to Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet The Nutcracker in 1954, creating a new staging based on Alexandre Dumas’s version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King notable in particular for incorporating more child dancers than ever before. The staging has since become the most revived and imitated version of the ballet in the United States, and in December 2011 filmmaker Alan Skog filmed the New York City Ballet’s annual revival of Balanchine’s 1954 version. Honored with an Emmy Award nomination in 2012, Skog’s film captures a truly compelling performance of Balanchine’s classic choreography, with music director Fayçal Karoui leading the New York City Ballet Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s timelessly enchanting score.

Photo: © Paul Kolnik

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