Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

The internationally renowned ballet company offers a spectacular new 2014-2015 season on the big screen beginning with magnificent classics including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. As they have with the Metropolitan Opera and the UK’s National Theatre, audiences across the globe will be able to enjoy these outstanding performances with the Bolshoi principals, soloists and corps de ballet.

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army.

Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.

This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker.

Music: Piotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

SCREENINGS ARE ON A TIME-DELAY AND MAY NOT BE SCREENED ON THE SAME DAY OR TIME AS THE LIVE PERFORMANCE.

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