Things to do in New York: This December Brings NY Events to New York City like The Nutcracker that are Favorites Among Young and Old Alike.
When you’re looking for Things to do in New York in November and December, purchase tickets to see George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” one of the cherished NY Events that features delightful sugar plum fairies, wooden toy soldiers, pretty snowflakes, curious children, and dancing mice.
Things to do in New York like watching a performance of The Nutcracker is a tradition in NYC. This New York holiday production is performed by the New York City Ballet, and is a time-honored New York Event for the holidays.
Watching a New York theater performance of The Nutcracker is one of the most exciting Things to do in New York during the holidays. Not only will you be able to see a classic New York holiday production by the famed New York City Ballet, you’ll be able to watch it at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a cherished NYC Venue that hosts some of the finest performances throughout the year.
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During the holiday season the entire New York Ballet Company is immersed in activities surrounding NY Events like George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.
All 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands, and two casts of 50 young students each, from the School of American Ballet, join forces to make each performance as magical as possible. Spectators of all ages from New York City and all over the country come to a renowned New York theater to be captivated by Tchaikovsky's brilliant and beautiful music.
Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets make George Balanchine's The Nutcracker one of the most exciting New York Events of the season. The Nutcracker ballet performance is based on the Alexandre Dumas version of E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” (1816), and it has turned into a full-scale production in New York City.
The elaborate stage elements and intricate lighting play with the audiences’ imagination by providing some of the grandest visual effects you’ll see in a holiday performance. As an example, the 1-ton Christmas tree that grows from a height of 12 feet to 40 feet evokes audible gasps of disbelief from theatergoers at each performance.
Another fun and comical highlight of The Nutcracker include a figure of Mother Ginger, which sits at 85 pounds, and measures 9 feet wide. This costume requires handling by three people, once it is lowered by pulley over the dancer's head. You’ll also surely love the continuous flutter crystal-shaped snowflakes throughout the performance, which are swept up and preserved for use again at a future performance.
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is one of the most complex ballets in the Company's active repertory, and one of the most captivating. This ballet is so popular because it speaks to an unforgettable tradition and a sense of wonder during the holiday season.
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