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Oregon Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
December 13-27, 2014
2 & 7:30 p.m. | $25-$160 | All Ages
Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert
222 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201
This winter, Oregon Ballet Theatre presents George Balanchine’s hugely popular version of The Nutcracker at the Keller Auditorium, December 13 – 27, 2014. As Willamette Week said last year, “such an unabashed ode to joy as The Nutcracker hardly exists anymore,” and it’s clear that our audiences agree. Last season, over 35,000 people made OBT’s production of The Nutcracker a part of their holiday tradition, and this year, the Ballet is offering three performances right after Christmas to make it even easier for Oregonians to share this magical event with visiting friends and family. The OBT Orchestra, led for the 25th year by Music Director and Conductor Neil DePonte, will perform live at six select performances throughout the run. Eighty-one students from the company’s official training ground, the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, will perform the ballet’s roles for children.
NEW THIS SEASON: Stepping into a role that demands technical brilliance and generosity of spirit in equal measures, soloists Candace Bouchard and Martina Chavez will both dance the part of the Sugarplum Fairy for the first time this December. Chavez, who was promoted to the rank of soloist after stellar performances in both George Balanchine’s Agon and Nicolo Fonte’s Never Stop Falling (In Love) last month, and audience favorite Bouchard will join veteran Sugarplums Xuan Cheng and Ansa Deguchi in performing the iconic role. Additional debuts in featured roles will be posted in the “Casting” section of the Nutcracker site at http://www.obt.org/season_nutcracker.html approximately one week prior to the performance.
Oregon Ballet Theatre, now in its 12th year with Balanchine’s version, remains the only company west of the Mississippi licensed to perform his choreography for this classic holiday work. Set to one of Tchaikovsky’s most recognizable scores and with sets and costumes designed by Peter Farmer and lighting by Resident Lighting Designer Michael Mazzola, The Nutcracker remains “the Queen of Portland’s holiday season” (The Oregonian, 2004).