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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

1st December 2017 - Friday 19:00

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is bringing The Nutcracker, a full length performance of the classic Christmas story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King to the Benedum Center!

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre was founded in 1969 by Yugoslavian choreographer Nicolas Petrov and arts advocate Loti Falk. Its mission is to "perform traditional and contemporary ballets and develop innovative works" and " to perpetuate excellence in the art of ballet through performances, superior training of student dancers and community engagement initiatives." It's currently led by Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr along with Ballet Master, Steven Annegarn, and Ballet Mistress Marianna Tcherkassky, Assistant to the Artistic Director Robert Vickrey, and Company Pianist Yoland Collin. It holds more than 50 performances each year, including fresh versions of traditional ballets as well as original works. The Nutcracker is based on Alexandre Dumas Père’s adaptation of the aforementioned story by E.T.A. Hoffmann (which describes a young girl’s Christmas Eve and her first experience with the wider world and romantic love). It's a fairy tale ballet set to music by Tchaikovsky and it was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. The performance was first commissioned in 1891 by the director of Moscow’s Imperial Theatres, Ivan Vsevolozhsky. It premiered a week before Christmas in 1892 but it wasn’t until 1934 that it was performed outside Russia.

Don’t miss your chance to see a full length performance of the classic Christmas story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King! Click the button below to see Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker on Friday, December 1st!

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