George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

by George Balanchine, music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
December 8, 2017 to December 31, 2017 Academy of Music

Journey to the Land of the Sweets for Philadelphia’s most beloved holiday tradition. Giant mice, dancing snowflakes, a growing Christmas tree and an enchanted nutcracker are sure to delight children of all ages.

“Seeing the Pennsylvania Ballet at the Academy of Music is an experience from beginning to end." -Alison Smith, Philadelphia Inquirer 

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Sensory Friendly
December 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a welcoming environment for families with children who are on the autism spectrum, may have sensory sensitivities, and anyone who may benefit being in a more relaxed environment. Accommodations for these performances may include adjusted lighting and sound as well as relaxed theater rules. Pennsylvania Ballet is grateful to The Bergman Foundation for their support of these sensory friendly performances.

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Student Matinee
December 15, 2017 at 11:00 am
Student matinee performances are performances of select ballets that are marketed to schools and school groups. A full, regular performance is presented to an audience that primarily consists of elementary and middle school students.

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George Balanchine

Born on January 22, 1904, in St. Petersburg, Russia, George Balanchine studied ballet and music in Russia before making his way to America. He gained notoriety as a young choreographer and co-founded the American Ballet. Balanchine was the co-founder, artistic director and chief choreographer of the New York City Ballet, and nearly every ballet company in the world has performed his work. He died in New York City in 1983. George Balanchine began his training at the Mariinsky Theatre’s ballet school and after graduating he attended the Petrograd State Conservatory of Music. In 1922, George Balanchine married a 15-year-old ballet student named Tamara Gevergeyeva. This was the first of four separate marriages to dancers, and for each of his wives, Balanchine would make a ballet. In 1924, Balanchine was invited to tour Germany as part of the Soviet State Dancers. A year later, the young choreographer joined Serge Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. At just 21 years old, Balanchine took over as choreographer for the group, one of the most renowned ballet companies in the world. After the Ballet Russes collapsed, Balanchine created the company Les Ballets in 1933. Following a performance, American dance aficionado Lincoln Kirstein approached Balanchine about collaboration and the two began a 50-year creative partnership, co-founding the School of American Ballet in 1934. The following year, the professional company known as the American Ballet emerged, becoming the official company of New York's Metropolitan Opera until 1936. In 1946, Kirstein and Balanchine co-founded a company that would become the New York City Ballet. Balanchine served as artistic director of the company, based out of New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. He produced more than 150 works for the company, including "The Nutcracker." While money was tight, Balanchine presented the dancers in practice clothes instead of ornate costumes. In addition to ballet, George Balanchine choreographed Hollywood movies and Broadway musicals. He is known for his connection to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine created many ballets to his work, some in collaboration with the composer. He made more than 465 works, which have been performed by nearly every ballet company in the world.

Balanchine created plotless ballets, where the dancing upstaged glitz and storytelling. His work never featured a star, as he believed the performance should outshine the individual. He is credited with developing the neo-classical style distinct to the 20th century. Balanchine served as the artistic director of the New York City Ballet until his death, on April 30, 1983, in New York City. 

Source: http://www.biography.com/people/george-balanchine-9196284With edits made.

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