Ballet Victoria’s Nutcracker is a 21st century updated family tradition with everything you expect from a ballet production. An original Christmas tale danced to the timeless score of the Nutcracker with humorous pantomime, beautiful costumes, magic and as always, surprises for the whole family. The score drives the imaginative choreography for the company dancers. This year, the work has been adapted to a reduced cast which unfortunately will not include local children as before. However, we invite you to still come and enjoy the magic a timeless tale guaranteed to warm your heart and spread holiday cheer. Watch the story come alive and enthral the whole family!
Behind the Curtain
The story begins when midnight strikes and Clara is suddenly been overwhelmed by the chaos of the magic hour, all the toys have come to life in her living room! A myriad of fantastic characters is dancing around the room: Spanish, Russian, Columbine and Harlequin dolls, an Arabian princess, a white dragon and more. Clara is terrified and when her uncle Dross joins her to help, even his magic seems powerless. Frantic, he summons the Nutcracker and the Snow Princess to bring back some peace.
Clara must now conquer her fear of the unknown and dance with all the fabulous characters. She must then thank them each with a rose so they transform back into toys and everything goes back to normal.
When all is quiet again, the Dewdrop fairy and her Cavalier offer a dance celebration with the roses, followed by the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince grand pas de deux.
Christmas night is quiet again and all dream about presents and the wonderful times shared with family and friends.
Ballet Victoria, now in its 18th season, is an innovative company dedicated to originality. Artistic Director, Paul Destrooper and his team of 12 professional dancers, perform at various venues throughout the Province, as well as the USA and Mexico. Ballet Victoria provides community and school outreach performances and collaborate with many of Victoria’s professional arts organizations. The company has presented over 50 new works and adds to its growing repertoire each season.
The Nutcracker dates back to 1892 at the Mariinksy theatre in Saint Petersburg. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score, it has become a world-renowned holiday classic. The traditional ballet takes a trip to the ‘Land of Sweets’ where each sweet is represented by a different country around the world. The Nutcracker is still being performed seasonally by many ballet companies and continues to adapt to the modern world.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is one of the most popular Russian composers of all time. His work includes 7 symphonies, 11 operas, 3 ballets, 5 suites, and much more. In the ballet world, he is recognized famously for his music composition of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s work is celebrated all over the world and has been used in movie adaptations and other works of art. His Nutcracker Suite has become a staple for the holidays and continues to be played by orchestras around the world.
Tchaikovsky introduces a new musical instrument that hadn’t been heard in Russia prior to The Nutcracker– the celesta. In “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” the famous tinkling, crystalline sound is performed by the celesta.
Join Ballet Victoria in Kirk Hall to experience a safe and intimate performance.
Venue: Kirk Hall, 680 Courtney Street, Victoria, BC
Capacity: 30 audience members per show, wheelchair accessible
Victoria Show Dates in December:
10th (7:30pm), 11th (7:30pm), 12th (2pm) & (7:30pm)
16th (7:30pm), 17th (7:30pm), 18th (7:30pm), 19th (2pm), 20th (2pm)
22nd (7:30pm), 23rd (7:30pm)
PPE such as masks will follow BC Health recommendations. Masks will be mandatory at all times.
$100.00 ticket comes with a $70.00 tax receipt
Call 250-380-6063 during our box office hours to buy your ticket or purchase online here
Box Office hours: Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm
Ballet Victoria is following all provincial health guidelines for the safety of the guests, dancers, and the community.