Please Touch Museum hosts a festive meet and greet with the Sugarplum Fairy from Pennsylvania Ballet's George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™!
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., join Jon Martin from Pennsylvania Ballet for a short 30 minute class that...
Presented by First Niagara.
Join us as we celebrate 25 years of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™. Journey to the wondrous Land of Sweets for the Philadelphia region's most beloved holiday tradition. Follow Marie and her Prince through the dazzling party scene, a harrowing battle, a glistening forest full of snow, and into the Sugarplum Fairy's kingdom. Spectacular sets and costumes make this 44-year-old tradition sparkle like new. The Philadelphia Boys choir and dozens of local dance students add to the enchantment. See why so many make memories with this production. Read the story of The Nutcracker.
New this year! Partnership with The Salvation Army
Pennsylvania Ballet is proud to partner with The Salvation Army. At performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, audience members are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need. Once collected at the theater, these toys will be distributed to families across the Delaware Valley throughout the holiday season and beyond.
Soloist Barette Vance Widell retires from the stage on Sunday, December 23 at 5pm with her one of her most cherished roles, Dew Drop in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™. Always an exhilarating dancer, Ms. Widell looks forward to exploring the business side of dance in her new role as Event Coordinator at Capezio.
A major artistic figure of the twentieth century, Balanchine revolutionized the look of classical ballet. Taking classicism as his base, he heightened, quickened, expanded, streamlined, and even inverted the fundamentals of the 400-year-old language of academic dance. This had an inestimable influence on the growth of dance in America. Although at first his style seemed particularly suited to the energy and speed of American dancers, especially those he trained, his ballets are now performed by all the major classical ballet companies throughout the world.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Balanchine accepted the invitation of American arts patron Lincoln Kirstein to create a ballet company in the United States in 1933. At Balanchine's request, Kirstein was also prepared to support the formation of a ballet school that would eventually rival the long-established academies of Europe.
The School of American Ballet, founded in 1934, was the first product of the Balanchine-Kirstein collaboration. Several ballet companies directed by the partnership were created and dissolved in the years that followed, while Balanchine found other outlets for his choreography. Eventually, with a performance on October 11, 1948, the New York City Ballet was born. Balanchine served as its ballet master and principal choreographer from 1948 until his death in 1983.
Balanchine's more than 400 dance works include Serenade (1934), Concerto Barocco (1941), Le Palais de Cristal, later renamedSymphony in C (1947), Orpheus (1948), The Nutcracker (1954), Agon (1957), Symphony in Three Movements (1972), Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), Vienna Waltzes (1977), Ballo della Regina (1978), and Mozartiana (1981). His final ballet, a new version of Stravinsky's Variations for Orchestra, was created in 1982.
He also choreographed for films, operas, revues, and musicals. Among his best-known dances for the stage is Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, originally created for Broadway's On Your Toes (1936). The musical was later made into a movie.
Pennsylvania Ballet was founded 1963 by Balanchine student Barbara Weisberger, and continues to be a company steeped in Balanchine style and repertoire, in addition to being committed to new works that continue to contribute to the vitality of the art form.