THE JOFFREY BALLET
Ashley C. Wheater, Artistic Director
FINAL D.C. PERFORMANCES OF ROBERT JOFFREY’S BELOVED VERSION OF THE BALLET!
Conceived and directed by Robert Joffrey
Selected choreography by Gerald Arpino
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
“A theatrical event of irresistible power”
—The Washington Post
“A warm, lavish tribute to fantasy, family, and classic dance”
—The Chicago Tribune
Robert Joffrey’s awe-inspiring staging of the perennial classic The Nutcracker will enjoy its final D.C. performances in the 2015–2016 season, as Chicago’s world-renowned The Joffrey Ballet is set to premiere a new version in the company’s hometown for future seasons. So bring your entire family to cherish and delight in this joyful holiday treat, a fairy-tale favorite that “could easily melt an old-fashioned snowstorm with its unique combination of warmth, charm, grandeur, and superb performances” (The Chicago Sun-Times)!
Boasting larger-than-life Victorian America scenery and costumes, entrancing storytelling, Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, and invigorating dancing that could only be found in a dream, Robert Joffrey’s “elegantly unified production” (The Washington Post) brings the magic of the season to life like no other Nutcracker. The ballet swirls with heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, the glittering Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, crowd-pleasing waltzes and folk divertissements, a giant Mother Ginger puppet from the creator of Big Bird, and a journey to the Kingdom of Sweets–all the extraordinary vision of a wide-eyed young girl.
Following tradition, dozens of local children will join the company on stage, while D.C.-area youth choir members from Arlington Children’s Chorus lend their voices to what is heralded as the most spectacular Snow Scene today, featuring a parade of ballerina-snowflakes that will take your breath away.