Dancers from throughout the world meet the sugar fairy in “The Nutcracker” on the carousel. (Sharen Bradford/Aspen Santa Fe Ballet)
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet opens the vacation season with the traditional The Nutcracker December 17-18 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe.
“This show is obviously about a girl named Clara who got a nutcracker from her uncle for Christmas,” stated Kathleen Reed, advertising affiliate at the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. “Then she is whisked away to this dream world where this Nutcracker saved her from an evil Rat King, and then they travel to the Land of Candy where they are greeted by many dancers from around the world.”
The present returns after a two-year hiatus.
“The last time we put that on was in 2019, so for obvious reasons we had to put everything on hold,” Reed stated. “That was all the productions, from the ‘Nutcracker’ to our school concerts to all the companies we bring in throughout the year to our own personal ballet company that performs all over the world, everything has kind of been put on hold in the past two seasons.”
The “Nutcracker” will function a various forged of over 100 performers with dancers from round the world alongside college students from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School.
“It’s a big piece of the puzzle because a lot of these dancers already have their routines down because they’ve probably done it a million times,” Reed stated. “So the first part of the show is put together by our kids and then we hire these pros from around the country to do the more professional bits, so it’s a piece of the puzzle.”
This yr’s present options New York ballet performers Brittany Pollack and Peter Walker.
Having dancers from throughout the world was very important to the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet.
“You have to decide in early summer if you want to continue and move forward with this production because we’re taking in professionals from all over the world,” Reed stated. “We chose it because ‘Nutcracker’ is such a shining gem during the holiday season and it just doesn’t feel like a holiday without it.”
Reed stated The Nutcracker is a timeless traditional for the vacation season.
“I’ve always been very tall for my age, so I always got cast as a party boy when I was doing ‘Nutcracker,’ and I always fell in love with the party scene,” Reed stated. “It’s the one that’s most grounded in reality and it has a lot of different movements and it just feels the most like Christmas to me.”
New to this “nutcracker” are Ukrainian and Mexican divertissements, which be a part of the celebration of worldwide cultural dance, together with conventional Chinese and Spanish flamenco dances.