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ballet Nutcracker by Balanchine, music by Tchaikovsky Megan Fairchild, Joaquin De Luz, Adam Hendrickson... – The New York City Ballet

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

Nutcracker by Balanchine, music by Tchaikovsky Megan Fairchild, Joaquin De Luz, Adam Hendrickson... – The New York City Ballet


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


  • 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
  • Brittany Pollack | Hot Chocolate
  • Adrian Danchig-Waring | Hot Chocolate
  • Andrew Scordato | Mother Ginger
  • Mary Elizabeth Sell | Harlequin
  • Lauren Lovette | Columbine
  • Troy Schumacher | Soldier
  • Justin Peck | Mouse King
  • The School of American Ballet
  • Garielle Whittle | Children's Ballet Master
  • New York City Ballet
  • Peter Martins | Ballet master
  • New York City Ballet Orchestra
  • Fayçal Karoui | Music director
  • Clotilde Otranto | Conductor


  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / George Balanchine, The Nutcracker
    • I: Overture
    • I: The Christmas Tree
    • I: March
    • I: Galop and Dance of the Parents
    • I: Dance Scene - The Presents of Drosselmeyer
    • I: Grandfather Dance
    • I: Departure of the guests. Night
    • I: Fantastic scene
    • I: A Pine Forest in Winter
    • I: Waltz of the Snowflakes
    • II: Introduction; Confiturembürg's scene
    • II: Character Dances: Chocolate (Spanish Dance)
    • II: Character Dances: Coffee (Arabian Dance)
    • II: Character Dances: Tea (Chinese Dance)
    • II: Character Dances: Trépak (Russian Dance)
    • II: Character Dances: Dance of the Reed Pipes
    • II: Character Dances: Mother Cigogne & the Clowns
    • II: Waltz of the Flowers
    • II: The Prince & the Sugar-Plum Fairy. Andante maestoso
    • II: Coda
    • II: Final Waltz and Apotheosis


  • Directed by:
    • Alan Skog
  • Venue: Lincoln Center (New York City, USA)
  • Production date: 2011
  • Duration: 1 h 39 min
  • Production: © Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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